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you'll be watching today. good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. we made it to friday. i'm sarah french. >> and i'm christa delcamp. there are some rumors about you wearing fleece yesterday. >> okay, wait, now, it was dark outside. i have to say, i did go to a neighbor's pool yesterday and the weather was amazing in the afternoon. >> it was amazing. i don't mean to give you a hard time, because we are friends. definitely not fleece weather. manageable amount of humidity, 83 to 89. the weekend forecast, split 50/50. i wouldn't cancel any of your plans for saturday. we need to keep an eye to the sky, expecting the scattered storms to work through midday into the afternoon hours until probably early evening when that storm threat leaves us. high pressure keeps things nice and dry and sunny. here is the next weathermaker. a cool front. you can see the storms rolling
expecting that to move through our neighborhood as we make it into tomorrow. it's even possible we get some showers and storms to fire up earlier in the morning. i think midmorning into midafternoon. but look at that. once the cool front moves through, things go back to the way we like them. sunny, less humid, manageable amount of humidity. really a beautiful day to enjoy on sunday. just that chance saturday. more on that in a bit. and a look at the expressway. looking pretty good if you're heading out the door. let's go to the mapping. braintree to boston, 10 minutes. green a good thing this morning. route 324 and 95, no issues. a couple of work crews, and they'll wrap things up as we head into the 5:00 hour. 3 looking good.
route 1, smooth sailing. the drive times if you're heading out the door. ten minutes to braintree, boston. 12 minutes from 128 southbound, the t, commuter rail both running on schedule. back to you guys. happening now, a worker recovering after running into danger on the job in newton. his foot getting twisted around a blade in a cement mixer. >> what a for this man. let's go to victoria warren. she'll fill us in. vicki? >> reporter: good morning, christa. this was yesterday afternoon. the men were on a construction site. one man heard another man screaming. he ran and discovered that his other worker's foot was caught in this cement mixer. it took rescuers hours to free him. a construction worker rushed to
accident. firefighters say the 22-year-old worker slip and caught his foot in a working cement mixer in newton thursday afternoon. >> he caught deep into the mixer on the auger. >> reporter: a co-worker ran over and unplugged the machine. the man was in pain, and there was no easy way to free him. >> it's a hardened steel auger. we couldn't use a torch, because thele the heat would burn the victims. >> reporter: and they were asked to bring in hand tools. >> we had to disassemble the unit to get the foot out. >> reporter: that took hours of careful work. >> we had to get the cement out and cut away the body of it, and cut the auger off. >> reporter: the construction worker was alert the entire time. >> you know, he obviously wanted to get out of there as quick as he could. >> reporter: now, investigators have to figure out how this happened, saying the man may
>> they had bags of cement that was, like, four feet high. so i don't know how his leg got in there, but that's still under investigation. >> reporter: so that 22-year-old construction worker was rushed to the hospital. they didn't give details on exactly what his injuries are. but they did say that his condition has stabilized. live this morning in newton, victoria warren, 7 news "today in new england." breaking overnight, pol accident that happened in everett. this was at the intersection of broadway and beechum street. the truck went on the curb and the trailer ripped open. no one was hurt. firefighters are investigating a fire at braintree. firefighters were able to contain the flames before the spread. no injuries were reported. right now, a boston police
plain. investigators say his cruiser and another vehicle crashed into one another and this was at the intersection of washington street and school treet last night. the officer is expected to be okay. the other driver was not seriously injured. the boston police union demanding action this morning. they claim that bpd isn't doing enough to protect the police. they say they have needs to keep them safe, but the department isn't backing them. nicole oliverio live with more. nicole letter is in wake to the recent police shootings going on around the country where officers have been ambushed and killed, and the boston police union says more needs to be ton to protect the officers. boston police unions are taking aim at the city's commissioners and the mayor. they said more needs to be done to protect officers out on the streets. it read in part, we have
officers. we now demand it. the need is necessary and the need is now. >> it is what it is. >> reporter: the letter comes after officers were ambushed and murdered in dallas and baton rouge. the police union begged for more officers and more equipment like ballistic helmets, this as the union tweeted out officers and kids with, who needs police we have hoodsies? commissioner evans says safety for his officers is a top priority, but believe the union's letter was a bit much. >> it's a hard time to be a police officer right now. and i think everybody sometimes feel underappreciated and under attack, and i think he's speaking from the heart. but, you know, i wish some of the words he didn't use, a little offensive.
now, so i know where he's coming from. >> reporter: and the commissioner says right now the department is reviewing all of its policies to see if any changes can be made in terms of safety. from bpd headquarters, nicole oliverio, "today in new england." police in boston are expressing concerns about the body camera program. councilors taking questions hearing last night. many people were upset that police officers have not been wearing body cameras, even though officials said they wanted it to start by the end of last month. they said no one has come forward to wear the cameras, and he'll likely have to assign officers to be a part of the program. happening today, governor charlie baker will sign new legislation that will regulate
airport and main convention center. the move was praised. let's go to the latest in the race for the white house. and donald trump not getting support from the harvard republican club. the club says it will not be endorsing the gop nominee for president. this is the first time in 128 years that the organization has not backed the republican nominee. in a statement, the club said that trump lacks the temperament and character necessy on thursday, trump spoke up in portland, maine, and protesters held up copies of the constitution as part of the ongoing feud between trump and the family of an american muslim soldier killed in iraq. in a speech, trump also spoke about the boston marathon bomber the, saying he could have prevented the tragedy had he been president. >> -- arrived through the political asylum process, right?
citizenship and was naturalized on september 11th, 2012. the older brother had a pending application for citizenship. oh, that's wonderful. we take 'em, right? we take 'em. [ shouts ] and you see what happened. how violent and how vicious and how horrible was that? okay? and if they're not here, we don't have that incident, which killed so many and so wounded so many. >> trump has made similar comments about being able to prevent the 9/11 terror attacks. this morning, questions are also swirling about trump's wife melania's immigration status and how she became a u.s. citizen. so photos, as you might know, have resurfaced of melania as a young model and people are questioning how she came to the u.s. she said she arrived here legally with a visa in 1996.
1995. all eye the on rio as we head into the olympic zone. gisellep bundchen expected to play a big role. it was taken at the rio science museum. there has been speculation that pele could be lighting the olympic cauldron, but there are concerns that health problems may prevent the securing the games a top priority, of course. tourists seeing the sites in rio and being greeted by heavily armed soldiers, as well. from christ the redeemer, police are looking for threats big and small. authorities are on high alert along the olympic torch route. the cauldron will be lit tonight with the world and the athletes watching. among them, the russian olympians who have been cleared to play in the games.
entry of 271 athletes. that means only 70% of the original team will compete following revelations of state-backed doping. athletes from across the country are gearing up four grueling competition against the best in the worlds, and we're keeping a close eye on some of the stars that made a name for themselves in new england. 7's nancy chen has more on the locals to watch. >> reporter: alley raiseman is just one of the for gold here in rio. dozens are trying to make everyone back home proud. before we all headed down to rio, i had the chance to talk to them about their journeys. six olympic medals and one super bowl ring. these are some of what the athletes from new england bring to the table. needham's ali razeman is returning as the gymnastics team. she and the team were a force
competing in the olympics and having the whole world together and watch. >> reporter: kayla henderson made history at the 2012 games when she became the first american to win gold in judo. she's ready to defend her title, but during our conversation, she admitted she still gets nervous. >> when you care this much, you're going to be nervous about the results will be. but i know ultimately i'm prepared and i've done everything in my power to be ready. >> reporter: elizabeth is looking to make a rio will be the third olympic appearance for the u.s. captain swim team, and she's ready to make the most of it. >> i'm excited to swim the first day and literally have seven days of watching the olympic, watching the best supporting event ever. i get to do it in person. so it's going to be really, really exciting. i'm so excited. >> reporter: the 2016 olympic game the are a first for new england patriots safety nate ebner. earlier this year, he announced
the pats, trying out for the rugby team. a risk that paid off. >> how do you not want to be a part of that? really, with those thoughts kind of what flooded my mind, along with, what type of regret would i feel if i didn't try to do it? >> reporter: of course, we're all excited to cheer them on. in rio, nancy chen, 7 news in new england. >> don't forget, 7 news is your home for the summer half hour of "today in new england." starting on monday, you can catch the headlights and highlights from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00. >> we'll be there. still ahead on 7 news today in up inning, -- getting his bike back. a wish coming true from a team in beverly after an impassioned
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yesterday was such a beautiful day. >> yeah. >> went to a neighbor's pool. had to put on the sunscreen. i could feel that sun. >> it's nice to have neighbors like that. >> it is, isn't it? >> yeah, invite us over, too. >> you know, my neighbor is paul re a cup of sugar or two. [ laughter ] from him. friday sunshine as it should be to wrap up the work week. we're in for a few thunderstorms as we head in for tomorrow. something to watch out for. less humid on sunday. the front that sweeps through tomorrow will knock out the humidity. if it feels too muggy to you tomorrow, which it will, i imagine, then just wait one more day. hold on for one more day. it will be much better as we head into the weekend. 55 in norwood.
out, and that's because the dew points are starting to creep up. patchy fog around the norwood area. a usual suspect there that will quickly mix out as the sunshine is at play. 67 by 7:00 a.m. already in the mid to upper 80s as we head into 2:00 p.m. a warm one in store for today. if you liked yesterday, the day before, you'll like today, as well. highs today in the mid to upper 80s for most. it is under a southwesterly flow. so while i don't think we'll take much advantage o the islands will be stuck in the 70s with the air coming off of cooler ocean water. beaches today looking fantastic. again, the water temperature is creeping up. high tide in the middle of the afternoon, might be tricky to find a place to lay your town again. that's what neighbors are, even neighbors at the beach. tomorrow is the day to keep the eyes to the skies. we have to talk in more detail about that. some of the storms we're expecting for tomorrow could be
storms is right now throughout illinois, midwestern states, rolling through the ohio river valley later on this afternoon. so the time line for us, we can't rule it out, but we even see a pop of shower or storm south of the mass pike in the midmorning hours. it becomes more likely into the afternoon. and by the evening, i think that threat has passed us, by about 7:00, 8:00 tomorrow, and again, humidity dropping. nevertheless, there is by severe weather tomorrow. that means some of the storms could prove to come to severe criteria. a major threat -- the main threat, i should say -- for this would be straightline wind gusts, damaging wind gusts, possibly urban or street flooding if we get too much rain too quickly, and with the dry ground, it has a hard time ab so,,ing into the ground. again, an eye to the sky tomorrow. dew points okay today.
some. it gets muggy tomorrow. we get back in check with the humidity as we get into sunday. so for pan mass challenge, today looks to be the better day. tomorrow, don't cancel any plans, but maybe amendments. thank you, brie. a beverly teenager is thrilled to have his late brother's bicycle back after it was stolen from outside his home. we brought you the story ye cameron gave him the bike before he unexpected passed away back in january. a 7 news viewer spotted the bike yesterday when someone tried to bring it on board a train. the conductor refused. the person left the bike there. and that's when the viewer went ahead and called police. >> -- got on the train, not followed up on it, not thought about it, and took the time to call. >> thank you very much, and i -- i'd be nothing without
working with the mbta reviewing the surveillance footage to try to find the person who stole the bike. >> what a great story. i'm so glad they were reunited. >> and so glad that people were watching 7 news. >> yeah, it does! >> regardless of what people may tell you. >> yes, absolutely. up next, the red sox need extra innings in seattle. highlights coming up. the swim team showing off oh, boy, the video going viral that could end in a couple of record deals.
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holt delivered a base hit up the middle. shortstop sean o'malley dove for it, but couldn't make the stop. travis shaw scored what turned out to be the winning run. and the sox won, 3-2. also, remember yesterday we showed the gifts given to david ortiz to celebrate his retirement. in addition, he received a slugger. it includes popi's family. otis painted that picture. >> i have a few friends that work at rock nation, which is robinson canoe's agency. he did see my work through social media and things like that. and he wanted to -- they wanted to do something for david for his last year. >> that is so cool! look at the clogs, too. the mariners also gave ortiz
with the organization. seattle signed him in 1992, but then the mariners traded him in 1996 before he made his major league debut. the patriots play the first preseason game on thursday. can you believe it? with tom brady suspended, though, to start the regular season, there is plenty of pressure on the defense to perform at a high level. now, fans are hoping defensive end chris long will make an immediate impact. he spent his first eight years with the rams, but he is familiar with some of bill belichick' the college coach spent many years coaching with bill belichick. center brian stork still missing from practice. according to "the herald," he's dealing with yet another concussion. he has had at least four concussions in the last four years. coming up next at 5:30 rks we're headed to the summer games. a local olympian and team captain hoping for a big win in rio. see how elizabeth and her teammates are getting pumped up before jumping into the pool.
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big blast destroys a home. offers some rather special treats for the boston police department's new ice cream truck. and 7 news nina. >> skbr hello, it's 5:30. it's friday. everybody seems to be in good mood because of coffee cake. >> one of our producers brought it, dave. it is amazing. right, brie? >> where's it from? >> from cane's. >> and gluten-free doughnuts. does it get any better? this is a perfect way to start the day.
days, how about we do it again? sun shine for us today. mid to upper 80s in store for us, really through the weekend, as well. pan mass challenge, a big weekend to be outside. however, tomorrow, keep your eye to the sky. because we're keeping the potential for strong to even severe storms to pop up as we make it into midday early afternoon tomorrow, with the cold front that sweeps through the area. the good news is after the frontes get less humid for sunday. the severe risk, the spc, storm prediction center in oklahoma, they've issued us a regional risk category for seeing some of the storms get strong to even severe. the main threat would be strong, damaging wind gusts, straight line wind gusts, and problems with localized urban street flooding. we'll talk about this in more details in a few minutes. >> okay, still lots to go over there. brie, thank you. how about traffic, danielle?
looking good. that's the theme on fridays. smooth sailing. a look at the expressway. things looking good. only ten minutes from braintree to boston, south of town, route 24 and 325, a little good. slowing down a little. no major delays. problem-free in and out on the pike. route 2 and 3 fine. 93 fine back to 495 and no issues on route 1. let's check the drive times. ten minutes boston. 128, 93 westbound, the zakim brim, 11 minutes, both the t and commuter rail running on schedule. now to breaking news. police are investigating a tractor trailer incident in everett. this happened at broadway and beecham street. the trailer ripped open. no injuries reported. now to today's other top
foot stuck in a cement mixer. the accident happened in newton thursday afternoon. a co-worker unplugged the machine and called for help. firefighters used hand tools to disassemble the machine and free that man. a boston police officer is recovering this morning after he was hurt in a car crash in jamaica plain. investigators say his cruiser and another car crashed into each other at the intersection of washington street and school street late last night. the officer is expected to be okay. the other driver was not seriously hurt. happening rig investigators trying to figure out the cause of a house explosion in connecticut. today, crews are going to be back on the scene, obviously just going through all of that debris. for the first time this morning, we're also hearing from people who heard this huge blast. >> i was cooking in my apartment this afternoon when i heard a boom. >> it felt like a car hit the building. >> reporter: a huge explosion rocking this vernon, connecticut, home, and the
pieces of the home flying with the blast. a 7-year-old child had to be pulled from the debris. when police got there, one adult and two children were already outside the collapsed house. investigators say the young child that had to be pulled from what was left of the home has significant injuries. >> what i can tell you so far is that at least four people -- we confirmed -- have been inside the house had it collapsed. several of them were outside when responders arrived. they were injured and have been transported to the hospital. since i'ee crew pulled at least one injured child from the home, a young child. >> one guy in the very beginning, he was, like, picking away debris, where the front porch used to be, so we at least new -- sorry -- that they were okay. >> you can see police digging through the debris figuring out what happened. and the explosion not leaving behind much. >> wow. right now, we understand that 7-year-old boy is still in
are looking for a person of interest in a gym break-in. they say this man may have been involved at the break-in at the planet fitness on clemantis avenue. if you have any information, contact police. police are looking for this man involved in suspicious incident. a man told police he walked into her house where her mother who does not speak english was staying. the door was unlocked. the man began speaking understand them, they want to find out if there was a break-in or misunderstanding. new this morning, former attorney general martha coakley is helping the cambridge family who filed a wrongful death lawsuit. coakley is working with another attorney. brady mccarthy was watching the couple's 1-year-old daughter when the child died suddenly in 2013. it was initially ruled a homicide, but later on, last
were dropped. relatives and friends paying their respects to little kaiser willis, the young boy who died last week at a day camp in south boston. the funeral for the 7-year-old was held in mattapan. the mayor has ordered new safety regulations for summer day camps in the city. all right. a car goes up in flames on the mass pike. it happened in the connector turn on i-90 yesterday afternoon. you can see smoke coming out of the car before it burst i flames. no word yet on if anyone was hurt. police are investigating after they make a big drug bust at a home in quincy. investigators say they seized $1.5 million worth of cocaine from the apartment. police also found $65,000 in cash. so far, no arrests have been made. we have more news for you today. a young giraffe who's been battling pneumonia is back at the franklin park zoo, and staff members are asking for your help, trying to come up with a name.
24th and still requires medical attention. but we're hearing she's doing better. officials have two possible names for her. either asha or amari. you can vote online for your choice anytime before 3:00 this afternoon. also, peta is trying to make a special summer donation to the police department's new ice cream truck. they sent a letter to commissioner evans offering to donate $1,000 worth of vegan ice cream to those products to residenting who don't eat dairy products. they're hoping the department sweeps up the sweet deal to help beat heart disseats. all ice on rio and giselle who will take part in tonight's opening ceremony. 7 news is live at the summer games next. also, looking at the guest list for president obama's big birthday bash.
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defending the star after some controversy. the director of the movie called "the great wall" says there is diversity in the movie. now, he claims that damon's role was never intended for an actor from china, and that the other four heroes of the movie are all of chinese descent. actor and comedian jeff black is filming his new movie in rhode island. the "school of rock" about a polka king, who goes to prison for running a ponzi scheme. there will be a huge celebration at the white house tonight. it's all for president obama's 55th birthday. some of the stars beyonce, jay-z, usher, and the party is expected to last into the night, and social media is reportedly banned from the party. all right. >> they're kicking it old school. >> yeah. >> all right, like it's 1999. >> live in the moment, you
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welcome back, everybody. 5:45. time for everything you need to start your day off right. >> what you need to know is it's friday and the weather looks gorgeous again. >> yeah, the last two days, let's do it for a third time, third time's the charm. mid-50s int 64 in boston. now, today, we're in for a touch warmer temperatures, 83 to 89. cape cod, under the southwest flow. we really could use the rain. the sunshine is nice to enjoy. we've been harping on this, not to be debbie downer, it is true. 62% of the commonwealth within severe drought conditions. we could use any drop we could get, but it will take a big system to start to dig us out of this hole, since january
8 inches far from average. so it's a dry, dusty hole we're stuck in. so we'll take any of the raindrops we can get tomorrow with scattered storms in the forecast for us. again, it could happen midmorning into about midafternoon. the unfortunate part is, some of the storms could prove to be strong, even potentially severe. the best chance of that will be south of the mass pike as we get into tomorrow afternoon and the biggest threat there would be strong, straight line-damaging wind gusts, possibly some urban and street today. just tomorrow to keep an eye to the sky. so if you're headed to jam out with pearl jam tonight at fenway, looking fantastic. 80 degrees. we keep the sunshine around for this friday. and did you know that august is national golf month? perfect day to hit the links. just grab the spf. that's what i tell my husband. look at the 7 on 7 forecast -- we're in the 80s throughout the weekend, into the beginning of next week, and we bump it up to near 90 with possibly another round of storms on wednesday.
fast-track traffic. let's send it over to danielle. >> good morning, everyone. happy friday to you. here's a look at the roads. not too bad heading north. braintree to boston will take you about 20 minutes. south of town, we're not watching issues on route 324, i-95. you're problem free on the pike. route 2 and 3 looking good here, and 93 are fine back to 495. no issues on route 1. let's check t minutes on the expressway, no delays on the pike, 128, 12 minutes and 193 southbound to zakim bridge, 11 minutes. the t and commuter rail running on schedule. back to you guys. a worker recovering after running into danger in newton. his foot getting twisted around a blade in a cement mixer. >> oh, boy. they had quite the challenge here undoing this one. and we have more on that race to the rescue.
vicki, you were saying this took hours, this rescue operation? >> reporter: it did, christa, and this man was conscious the entire time, in a lot of pain, as they worked to free his foot from that cement mixer. all of this happening on a construction site in newton yesterday afternoon. one of his co-workers around 4:30 heard the 22-year-old man just start screaming. he ran over, quickly unplugged the cement mixer, then called 911. firefighters and other rescue crews were left with worker's ankle was wrapped around the blade. they brought in hand tools to actually disassemble the entire unit to rescue him. the rescue did take hours. but eventually, that man was freed. they did not give details on the exact nature of his injuries, but he was rushed to the hospital. they did tell us that he has stabilized, and their investigation into how this accident happened continues. live this morning in newton, victoria warren, 7 news, "today in new england."
the animal cruelty investigation at a westport farm. two westport health officials are now off the job. officials say two health inspectors were removed because they failed to properly inspect the farm. it comes after hundreds of dead and injured animals were discovered on the property last month. so far, no charges have been filed as police continue to investigate. a neglected dog found on the property is now up for adoption. the animal rescue league says bear is doing well despite a through. doctors from beth israel and other researchers are set to test the zika vaccine in humans. the vaccine has been successfully tested in rhesus monkeys. zika has turned up in mosquitos in florida. 15 people have been infected from mosquitos in that state. health officials have warned that the mosquitos carrying zika may be resistant to sprays. right now, a person is recovering after a dangerous drive in littleton.
tractor trailer collided. you can see the roof of the suv was completely torn off. and we're told one person was seriously injured, as well. we're heading into the olympic zone! the countdown is on. we're now just hours away from the start of the summer olympics. >> the opening ceremony is tonight, and team usa seems really confident as they start competition. let's head out live to rio now. here's's 7's nancy chen. up and at 'em early. morning to you guys. or should i say bon gia. that's good morning in portuguese. there's such a sense of excitement. brazil has been preparing for this for years and tonight is the big night. we are now just hours away from the opening ceremony. everyone's prepared, including the athletes. they are ready to go including needham gymnast ali. she's gotten the chance to see and practice in the olympic
she told me she's having a great time in the olympic village getting to know fellow athletes including jamaican sprinter, she said she almost flipped over the table to get to him in the dining hall. and he wasn't the only star athlete she's met so far. >> we met bolvari, and yesterday we saw phelps, and it's really cool to be around some of the best athletes. and we're the other athletes. everyone here is excited for the same reason. it's easy to bond over the hard work and how excited we are to represent our country. >> reporter: and the u.s. swim team arrived in rio earlier this week. but before they came out here, they hit the road. the u.s. swim team hitting a high note. ? be this way ? proving they're stars not only
carpool anyway. ? it's up to you we're all all right ? the team posting this video on social media, and you can see how seriously they took it. >> we're doing carpool karaoke. let me call you back. >> reporter: michael phelps riding with liza beisel. ? they're playing my song the butterflies ? moving high hips like yeah ? ? you know i'm gonna be okay yeah, yeah ? ? party in the usa ? >> reporter: it's hard not to want to dance when you hear that. they it a good job getting into that. it's clear the team likes to sing. check out this yesterday of the
god bless america ? ? my home sweet home ? [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: u.s. swimmers psyching themselves up yesterday by singing "god bless america" and rhode island native elizabeth beisel recorded the video,nd a usa chant. some decent skills there. i'm sure we'll see plenty of videos from them in the days ahead when they're not busy competing. coming up "today in new england," i'm so excited, plenty of stories to show you, we're looking ahead to the opening ceremonies, we got big hints of what we can expect. for now, it's back to you guys in boston. >> okay. we have our hint. there's giselle bundchen. >> i looked at that morning all morning and never caught that.
>> yeah, at the bottom. thanks, nancy. we'll check in with her again at 6:00 a.m. just a reminder, 7 news is your home for the summer games and there's so much excitement we're adding an extra half hour of "today in new england," so starting on monday, you can catch all of the highlights and headlines from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. so if you're up early -- >> i love t and so, you know what, from the olympics to kind of one of the more rare sightings, here, an springfield. police received a tip that this five-foot-long gator was being kept at a private home. officers say the animal was being kept in a backyard enclosure and forest park zoo officials removed it. by the way, a reminder, it's illegal to own alligators in the state of massachusetts. >> yeah. >> i mean, okay, i'm going to go put the gator back in the yard. >> yeah, don't think i'd want a gator as a pet, that's for sure, brie. >> what would you name him?
for walks, that would be tricky task. tomorrow, we'll be keeping an eye to the sky for afternoon evening thunderstorms. so i know weekend plans, i wouldn't cancel any of them. you might need to make amendments, dodge inside for a time. if you have an outdoor barbecue planned. we'll talk in more detail about the storms coming up during the 6:00 hour. the 7 on 7 forecast, humidity lowers for sunday, another fantastically warm and dry day. the sun stays with us until midweek. we're in as well as another round of storms on wednesday. >> all right, thanks, brie.
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we are in rio this morning counting down to the opening ceremony. today, we're catching up with the olympic athletes from new england preparing to go for gold. and learning more about local summer's routine to help her go the distance. also, a tricky rescue at a newton construction site. how a worker got caugh i twisting cement mixer. a boston police officer injured in a bad cruiser crash. harvard university denying a gop endorsement for the first time in more than a century. friday morning. that's the operative word, everybody. i'm christa delcamp. >> and i'm sarah french. brie, i'm hoping for another day like yesterday, because it was gorgeous. >> reporter: you got it. third time's the charm. lots of sunshine today.
the weekend forecast, taking a look to tomorrow. we'll have to keep an eye to the sky, afternoon storms very likely. scattered in nature. but some could be strong to even severe. we have to talk about that in more detail to come in the extended forecast. but then, humidity back in check, sunshine, and enjoyable warmth returns for sunday. more to come in a bit. >> all right. time now for fast-track traffic. here's danielle. >> thanks. happy friday. things are looking good if you're heading out the door. here's the expressway. this is the morning, about 20 minutes from braintree to boston. notice everything else looking green. you're in good shape on i pike, route 3, 93. on the t, no issues on the commuter rail. watching delays on the franklin line. back to you. >> thank you, danielle. danger on the job for a worker in newton. his foot getting twisted around a blade in a cement mixer. so painful, and he was stuck in this machine for hours while rescue crews worked to free
treated at the hospital, and victoria warren is live in newton with more. vicki? >> reporter: the workers were on this construction site when all of a sudden they heard one of the men just start screaming. they quickly discovered that his foot was somehow trapped in the cement mixer, and it took hours for him to be freed. [ sirens ] a construction worker rushed to the hospital after an awful accident. firefighters say the 22-year-old worker slipped and caught his foot cement mixer in newton thursday afternoon. >> it was caught deep into the mixer on the auger. >> reporter: we're told a co-worker heard him screaming, ran over, unplugged the machine, then called for help. it was a difficult situation. the man was in pain, and there was no easy way to free him. >> so it's a hardened-steel auger. so we couldn't use a torch, because the ankle was wrapped around the auger, and the heat from the torch would byrne the victim. we had to basically disassemble
out. >> reporter: that took hours of careful work. >> we had to get the cement out and cut away the body of it. and cut the auger off. you know, he obviously wanted to get out of there as quick as he could. >> reporter: now, investigators have to figure out how this happened saying the man may have slipped. >> they had bags of cement that was, like, four feet high. so i don't know how his leg got in there. that's still under investigation. >> reporter: that man in the hospital. they didn't give the exact details about the nature of his injuries, but they did say his condition has stabilized. they deny to investigate this accident. live this morning in newton, victoria warren, "today in new england." a boston police officer is recovering this morning after he was hurt in a car crash in jamaica plain. investigators say his cruiser and another car crashed into one another at the intersection of washington street and school street late last night. the officer is expected to be okay.
seriously hurt. some of boston's fighting for the city to protect police. the police union calling for better protective gear, like held melts and vests, in the wake of violence against police officers across the country. 7's nicole oliverio live at boss tone police headquarters with more. >> reporter: sarah, the union sending a pretty demanding letter to the commissioner and the mayor saying that both need to do more to make sure that the officers stay safe. boston police unions are taking aim at the city's mayor and police commissioner. in a scathesing letter, the union demanded more needs to be done to protect officers out in the streets. it read, in part, we have requested long guns for our patrol officers. we now demand it. the need is necessary and the need is now. >> -- sometimes the matter can get to you, and it is what it is. >> reporter: the letter comes after officers were ambushed
baton rouge. the police union begged for more officers and more equipment like ballistic helmets. this as the boston police patrolman's association tweeted out picture with officers and kids, who needs police gear we have hoodsies? referring to the $89,000 ice cream truck. commissioner evans says safety for his officers is a top priority but believes the union's letter was a bit much. >> i think he's speaking from the heart. i wish some of the words he didn't use, a little offensive. you know, i think it's a hard time to be a police officer now. so i know where he's coming from. >> reporter: and the department says that it is reviewing all of its policies to see if any changes can be made. that's the latest live in boston, nicole oliverio, "7news today in new england." >> nicole, thank you. we're headed into the olympic zone now where the
smoern. >> hard to believe $3 billion people are expected to be watching when the torch is lit tonight on the iconic americana stadium. the big headliner is tom brady's other half, giselle bundchen. look at this. she posted this picture on instagram yesterday. she took the picture while at a science museum here in the city, writing, what an incredible place, so much to learn. during the ceremony, supermodel giselle will play the part of the famou >> he appeared at the clothing ceremonies of the 2012 games to represent the transition. there's also speculation that he will be one of the people to light the olympic cauldron tonight. but medical issues may prevent the 75-year-old from taking part in that portion of the event. so we'll see. meantime, securing the game, of course, a high priority.
visitors to the area are seeing heavily armed soldiers from around the sites, from christ the redeemer, to the sands of cocoa beach. although the route of the olympic torch making its way to the cauldron. and one day before the opening ceremony, the international olympic committee cleared 271,000 russiano country's original team. there have been calls to ban the entire team. there will be dozens of local athletes competing in rio, hoping to make everyone here proud. >> before nancy made her way to rio, she had a chance to go for some of those going for gold. >> reporter: six olympic medals and one super bowl ring. these are some of what the olympic athletes from new
>> -- now, with a new team, she tells me she's looking to do it again. >> there's nothing like competing at the olympics and having the whole world come together and watch. >> reporter: kayla anderson made history at the 2012 games when she became the first american to win gold in judo. she's ready to defend her title, but during our conversation, she admitted she still gets nervous. >> when you care this about what the results will be. but i know ultimately i'm prepared and i've done everything in my power to be ready. >> reporter: saunderstown native, elizabeth beisel is looking to make a splash. she's ready to make the most of it. >> i'm excited to swim the first day and literally have seven days of just watching the olympics, watching the best sporting event ever. and i get to do it in person. so it's going to be really,
>> reporter: the 2016 games are a first for new england patriots nate ebner. earlier this year, he announced was taking a leave of absence for the rugby team. a risk that paid off. >> part of one of the biggest sports competitions in the world, and how do you not want to be a part of that? and really, those thoughts were kind of what flooded my mind along with, you know, what type of regret would i feel if i didn't try to do it? >> i mean, it would be great if he has gold and the super bowl ring, right? you heard nancy mentioning elizabeth beisel, the rhode island native, let nancy in on a premi routine and with captain schmidt. >> so it involves rihanna's song "cheers." take a look. >> we do it at every single meet. we do it at trial the and definitely at this meet. it's just sort of, like, our tradition that we do.
races. so it's something we obviously want to do. and it's just something that really helps us enjoy it, and it keeps the mood light, because it can get pretty serious at the olympics. >> yeah, whatever works, right? >> yeah, we will see how it works when she competes in the 400-meter individual medley tomorrow night. >> and coming up from rio, nancy has a closer look at the outfits that team usa will be wearing tonight and how some companies played an important role i dressed. can't wait to see it. still ahead, a family's home blown apart by an explosion. what caused this blast and how people there are doing this morning. new this morning, trouble on landing when a cargo plane skidded onto a highway. and a scare for hillary clinton on stage. why the secret service rushed the candidate, coming up. summer at its best. let's do it today for a third time. we'll talk more about scattered storms in the forecast for
welcome fwak. 6:13. a beautiful look at boston a gorgeous day yesterday, and it looks like >> yeah, this is the day to take off, because it sounds like saturday, you know, we might get storms or something later like that. >> yeah. i was going to say, sarah, suddenly i'm not feeling so well. i think i need to recover on the beach. speaking of beaches, i wanted to point out 48 degrees in martha's vineyard. the low there at the observation site, 46, a new record low for that area. 49 was the older record set in 2013.
54 norwood. into the 60s in boston. we didn't drop into the 50s in the urban heat island. today, we're in for mostly sunny skies, low humidity, 70s for the cape. upper 70s, albeit 83 to 89 elsewhere. it's another nice day for us. we did it well the last couple of days. third time's the charm. the foodie forecast, because i love this, food always tastes better when you're enjoying it outside. so looking good for lunch, dinner as well, in case you want to throw something on the grill. again, i wouldn't cancel any plans, but tomorrow is going to be one of those days where we have to kind of plan by the moment and be a little flexible. the reason being, this cold front sweeping through midday into the afternoon, into the early evening hours could bring us some scattered storms. some of those storms could prove to be strong isolated severe possible there. the main threat would be strong, damaging, straight line wind gusts and possibly some urban street flooding.
breaker. that really is the bad news. i know we've been harping on this. it's like you can't even buy rain. we are really needing some big storms to come through and take care of this drought situation with more than 62% of the commonwealth in severe drought. we are looking at 7 to 8 inches, departure from average, since january 1st. this is quite the deficit here. it's a dry, dusty hole, i've called before, we have to dig ourselves out night, it might take a remnant tropical low to come through and chip away at that deficit. not in the cards for us tomorrow. talking about the dew points, today might feel a little sticky to some. but it's really tomorrow that's just not warm but also very muggy watching out for the storms. so it might be a little tough in you're doing the pan mass challenge. sunday looks much better. get away to the lakes region, it looks like early showers to midday showers, not expecting strong storms up north.
cod for the weekend, looking good, as well, but keeping an eye out for an isolated storm through tomorrow afternoon. an eye to the sky kind of day. showing 80 degrees, sticking around for us, and maybe another round of showers and storms along the way middle of next week. time for fast track traffic. here's danielle gersh. >> happy friday, everyone. the roads are not looking too bad. a little congested heading into boston on the you'll notice the maps. a lot of green on the maps. braintree to boston, 18 minutes. route 24 and 95, route 3 looking good, heading in or out of town on the pike. 93, pretty much fine back to 495, route 1 also looking good. let's check the drive times if you're heading out the door this morning. 18 minutes from braintree to
minutes on 123. noish sures on the t on the commuter rail watching delays of about 15 to 20 minutes on the franklin line. back to you guys. let's go to the latest in the race to the white house. the republican harvard club says they will not be endorsing donald trump, and this is the first time in 128 years the organization has not backed the republican nominee. on thursday, also, trump spoke in portland, maine. protesters held up copies of the constitution. and he spoke of the boston marathon saying he could have prevented the attack had he been president. >> -- arrived through the asylum process, right? the younger brother applied for citizenship and was naturalized on september 11th, 2012. the older brother had a pending application for citizenship. oh, that's wonderful. we take 'em, right?
and you see what happened. how violent and how vicious and how horrible was that? okay? and if they're not here, we don't have that incident, which killed so many and so badly wounded so many. >> trump made similar comments about being able to prevent the 9/11 terror attacks. and this morning, questions are swirling about trump's wife melania immigration status and how she became as you may know, photos may have resurfaced as photos of melania. she said she came here legally with a visa. in 1996, however, the photos were taken in 1995. the scare for hillary clinton on stage in las vegas. secret service rushed to her side as animal rights protesters came close to the
and his kids who she claims have killed many animals. trump's sons have big-game hunting in the past. -- late brother's bicycle back after it was stolen from outside the family's home. aiden regan says his brother cameron gave him the bike before you unexpected passed away in january. a 7 news viewer spotted it thursday saying someone tried to bring it on a train. the conductor refused and the pe the viewer then called police. >> -- got on the train, not followed up on it, not thought about it, but took the time to call, gratefully called. >> thank you very much. and i'd be nothing without this bike. >> aw. beverly officers are working with the mbta, reviewing surveillance footage to try to find the person who stole the bike. >> really get a sense of what it meant to him with that comment, that he made there.
to say, hey, i remember that bike from the news. >> yeah. boston researchers on the front lines of the zika battle. the local hospital about to start the first vaccine trials for the virus. a celtic star going the extra mile to help local kids have some summer fun. the red sox going into extra innings in seattle. we'll let you know who provided the late, and should we say,
fenway tonight, also sunday, as well, the forecast looks fantastic for both of the nights of wonderful music. the weekend forecast, we'll be watching out for some scattered showers and storms into tomorrow afternoon and evening, but then humidity decreases and temperatures warm up again for sunday. all right. a good chance that you didn't stay up for the end of the red sox game. so let us tell you that boston beat settle in 11 innings and the game didn't end before 2:00 in the morning. so in the top of the 11 the middle. shortstop sean o'malley dove for it but couldn't make the stop. travis shaw scoring what turned out to be the winning run and the sox won the game. 3-2. one of the sox catchers will visit a foot specialist in north carolina today, spraining his left ankle two months ago, and he's been working to rehab that injury. he's hoping to return to the field before the end of the season. as for the patriots, training camp continues gearing
practice. according to "the herald" he's dealing with yet another concussion. he has had at least four concussions in the last four years. some kids had quite an experience at the franklin park zoo. celtics forward kerrey olenik hosted a fair at the zoo, and the kids go to the enjoy some of the roads. >> very cute ps >> i love, love that merry-go-round. so beautifully restored. still ahead, an incredible discovery in a bay state backyard. the neighborhood where this giant gator was found. we go back to nancy chen in rio to meet the people behind
in the olympic zone this morning, the opening ceremony just hours away. the local companies making sure our olympic athletes arrive in style tonight. and there's more news today. a home blown apart with a family inside. emergency crews race to the rescue. and wild find a giant gator wrangled out of a bay state backyard. good friday morning, everybody. thanks for staying with us, it's 6:30r, i'm sarah french. >> and i'm calista delcamp. cool temperatures to start today. mid-50s to low 60s generally speaking, but we'll be warming up quickly once again. if you like the last couple of days, today is third time's a charm. i keep saying it because it's
keep an eye to the sky. that looks to be the one day through the weekend we'll have to be flexible with the outdoor plans, scattered showers and storms expected but then humidity decreases and sunshine returns thursday. more to come. how about traffic on this friday, danielle? >> fridays have been unusually light. it's a summer thing going on. this is where traffic is heavier, 20 minutes from braintree to boston. let's go to the maps and you'll notice a lot of n. clean. 2 and 3 looking good. 95 are fine, back to 495. the t's running on schedule on the commuter rail. we're watching delays on the franklin line and the lowell line. team usa gearing up for tonight's big event. opening ceremonies will be seen by a few billion people around the world. >> just a few billion. the u.s. athletes will be wearing clothing that's made right here in new england.
nancy has more on that. but we're also hearing that needham's ali raceman is getting a lot of attention there in rio? >> reporter: yeah, she's not a big star not only for us in new england but across the united states. she's the captain. the u.s. olympics team. she spoke with ryan seacrest yesterday about what it means to ab leader. >> everyone's been asking what kind of advice i've given. th advice, because they're all so prepared. we've all been working so hard. again, give simone credit, because she says we are stronger as a team than we are individually. we use each other for support. we generally are having so much fun. >> the u.s. rugby team has been busy, as well. captain madison hughes who wept to dartmouth posting this picture. he wrote, having fun with our wardrobe in the olympic
having a very good time. the whole team, and that includs the nate abner, the standout collegiate rugby star, sharing his experience, tweeting out this picture, capturing palm trees and a beautiful mountain. the caption, by the way, first practice in rio unreal. by the way, as you guys mentioned, they will be decked out tonight along with the other athletes of team usa. i know the outfits are a big thing. and guess what? part was england. take a look. before the athletes change into their uniforms and go for gold, they'll dress to impress in red, white, and blue for the opening ceremony. when they step on the international stage here in rio, they'll be wearing shoes made in maine. >> i have great pride in the fact that we'll make shoes that are seen on the world stage. it was an immediate response i was so proud to be asked and
him and his team, to make the boat shoes worn in both the opening and closing ceremonies. >> for the women's, start at size 35 and went up to 16, and on men's, size 6 up to a size 18. >> reporter: it took six months to create 1,100 pairs for the athletes and officials. ? it does pose challenges. >> reporter: the workers paying attention to every tee tail. >> the athletes are standing up for this doing what it is we do. >> reporter: it's such a pride shared farther south by new england shoe company. >> it's a great thrill to have something tore to for your country. aren't kidder was contacted by ralph lauren to make the shirts team usa will wear for the closing ceremony. >> we didn't know what they would look like, so we were excited to the possibility. when we saw the shirts themselves and saw how expressive they before for lack
exci exciting. >> it is really an honor. the people here are very proud that they were able to do this. >> reporter: nearly 5,000 shirts wrr handcraftedy a factory that dates back to 1883. >> i mean, these are national and international worldwide visual products. obviously, they wanted to make sure they were actually spot-on perfect. >> perfect and patriotic items made in new england. and we will see the athletes from team usa in those outfits later on tonight. meantime, coming up later on "today in new england," i got the chance to talk to ali. i spoke to her last night during practice. we'll have more from rio in a bit. >> thank the, nancy. 7 news is your home for the summer games. there's so much excitement we're adding an extra half hour of "today in new england." starting on monday, you can catch the highlights and
4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. also this morning, a family lucky to be arrive after their home in connecticut is blown to bits. emergency crews pulling four people from that rubble. this morning, a 7-year-old boy sadly is still in serious condition. the force of that blafd collapsed this house in vernon. it sent pieces flying. one or two adults were able to make it out, but three adurlts and 7-year-old boy had to pull offed from the debris. witnesses describe the chaotic scene. >> when i ran out, it was a big crowd of smoke up the front, in the back. one guy in the very beginning, he was picking away debris, like where the front pomp could be, so we could hear him -- so at least he knew, sorry, that they were okay. >> reporter: right now, investigators are trying to figure out what exactly caused that explosion. happening today, governor
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an airplane missing the mark and crash-landing in the middle of a road in italy. officials say this cargo plane overshot the runway and then slid through airport fences before ending up on the road. you can see the nose of that plane blocking traffic. no one was hurt. computer problems for people in china as the ceiling collapses at a subway station. this is shanghai. you can see people were walking
crashing down. wow. officials say recent damp weather caused the collapse. but luckily, no one was hurt. the obamas are visiting martha's vineyard, but before that, there will be a huge celebration at the white house tonight for president obama's 55th birthday. some of the stars expected to attend, beyonce, her hub jay-z, usher, and ellen degeneres. look at this. from a backyard. officers say the animal was being kept in a backyard enclosure. forest park zoo officials removed that gator. of course, it is illegal to own alligators in the state of massachusetts. >> i need to go take my pet alligator for a walk now? >> to each his own, i guess. it's illegal. the day's top stories up next, including a freak
painful predicament for a worker when his foot gets stuck in a cement mixer. the new local effort to fight the zika virus. a boston hospital getting set to start the first vaccine trials. and we head back to rio where i go is hes -- giselle bundchen is getting prepared. and we have a live report from rio next.
>> announcer: it's 6:45. time to know and go. in the olympic zone, athletes gearing up. the stars expected to make a grand entrance. and hitting the road. the u.s. olympic team making a splash before the games begin. and more news this morning. tangled up in a dangerous spot. a a worker's foot gets stuck. and a police union not -- >> okay. i guess it cut out quickly. we have all of the day's top stories coming up. >> i was fixing my shirt. [ laughter ] >> time to no and go for sure. comfortably cool temperatures to start once again. like the last couple of days we warm up very quickly under abundant sunshine. still very powerful with that uv index at 9.
burn. keep applying the spf. clouds take over for tomorrow. we'll be watching for scattered showers and thunderstorms moving into the afternoon and early evening hours. it's due to this cold front that passes through. but the good news for sunday is once that cold front moves through, it does get less humid again as we move into sunday. so we just kind of have to keep an eye to the sky for tomorrow, and then we wrap up the weekend with more fantastic conditions. so a closer look at the expected showers and storms the better chance for any of the storms to get feisty will be south of the mass pike, and it looks into midday, early afternoon, with the threat not moving out of here, until about 7:00, 8:00 p.m. tomorrow. but nen again, drier air behind it. there is a risk for severe weather, isolated storms. so some of these could reach severe criteria. the spc put us under marginal threat. almost possibly getting too
isolated areas. i did mention dew points up tomorrow, but back down and in check for sunday and monday. and we really keep things in the 80s this weekend and into next week, until we boost temperatures in the 90s. >> thanks for letting us know, brie. what do we need to know about the roads, danielle? >> slow spots like 93 southbound, like summerville, it's slow on the expressway, but we're not watching accidents. you'll notice a lot of gr route 3 looks good on 25 northbound. you're slowing down a little bit approaching 128. but route 2 and 3, no issues, either. let's take a quick look at the drive times if you're heading out the door. 20 minutes on the expressway, 12 minutes into town on the pike. 13 minutes on 93. southbound to 128 to the zakim bridge. a dangerous job for a worker in bl newton.
machine for hours. >> let's head out to newton and victoria warren. vicki? >> reporter: he was actually conscious the entire time. they were working, trying to get his foot freed from that cement mixer. all of this happening in newton yesterday afternoon on a construction site. one of the construction workers heard the man screaming around 4:30 in the afternoon. he ran over unplugged the cement mixer and then called 911. firefighters and oer crews were left in a very difficult rescue as the worker's ankle was wrapped around the blade. they had to bring in some hand tools and those tools were used to disassemble the entire unit to rescue him. the rescue took hours before the man was freed. he was rushed to the hospital. they didn't go into specifics as to what exactly his injuries are. but they have told us that his condition stabilized. the investigation into how he got his ankle caught in that
live this morning in newton, victoria warren, "7news today in new england." boston police officers recovering this morning after he was hurt in a car crash in jamaica plane. investigators say his screwser and another car slammed into each other at the intersection of washington street and school street late last night. the officer is expected to be okay. some of boston's finest fighting for the city to protect police. the police union is calling for better protective gear like of violence against police across the country. let's head out live to police headquarters in boston's 7's nicole oliverio is there. >> reporter: well, christa, the boston police union sent a pretty scathing letter to the city's mayor as well as the police commissioner. as you said, they're demanding better protection for police officers. so they want more officers and more equipment like ballistic helmets. the letter comes after officers
long guns for patrol officers and now they are demanding it, and they need to be able to neutralize a threat with long guns quickly. so this comes as the boston police patrolman's association also tweeted out a picture of officers and kids with the caption, "who needs police gear, we have hoodsies"? that's referring to the new $89,000 ice cream truck meant to foster goodwill and help community engagement. for his officers is top. >> i think he's speaking from the heart. i wish some of the words he didn't use. i think it's a hard time to be a police officer now. i know where he's coming from. >> reporter: the department says it's reviewing all of its policies so see if they can make any changes within the department. that's the latest live in boston, nicole oliverio, "7news today in new england."
and other researchers are set to test a zika vaccine in people. the vaccine has been successfully tested in rhesus monkeys. it's turned up in people in florida and 15 people affected in that state. health officials have warned that the mosquitos carrying zika may be resistant to sprays. now to the race for the white house, donald trump not getting report from the harvard republican club. the club says it will not be endorsing the gop nominee for years that the organization has not backed the republican nominee. in a statement, the club said trump lacks the temperament and character necessary to be president. heading into the olympic zone where the wait is almost over. let's look at rio. >> wussful. >> just beautiful. coverage of the kickoff to the summer games begins at 7:po
giselle bundchen, and nancy chen joins us live. good morning, nancy. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you guys. can you feel the excitement? it is the day of the opening ceremony. a lot of people so pumped to see what will happen. brazil is promising a show like nothing we've seen before. a couple of tickets i've been getting out there over the past couple of days and two of the mentioned, gisele bundchen, who posted this picture yesterday, posting it while at a science museum, writing, what an incredible place, so much to learn. during the ceremony, we are hearing bundchen will play the part of the girl from epinema. and, also, pele will be featured at the opening ceremony. he appeared at the close r
there is speculation that he will be the one to light the olympic cauldron tonight, but medical issues may plea vent the 75-year-old from taking part in that portion of the event. meanti meantime, security at the games, a high priority. 85,000 officers have been deployed. people are seeing heavily armed police. on top of that, authorities are on high alert along the of the olympic torch which is making its way to the cauldron. now, on thursday, just one day before the opening ceremony, the international olympic committee cleared 271 russian athletes to compete following revelations of state-backed tauping. that's just 70% of the country's original team to ban russia's entire team as you might remember. now, needham gymnasts ali is ready to go.
but got the chance to see and practice in the olympic arena where she'll be competing for the first time last night. i there alopping with with her. she said she's having a great time trading pins and getting to know sprinters, including holt, she said she almost flipped over the table to get to limb, and he wasn't the only star athletes she's met so far. ? yesterday, we saw phelps a couple of times. the pest athletes. and i've had fun pin trading and meeting the other athlete the. dwlefr oriole everyone is excited and it's nice to bond over the hard work and how hard it is to recommend our country. >> now, the u.s. swim team arrived in rio earlier this week, but before they came down to south america, they had some fun on the road. >> is anybody going to play
way ? >> reporter: proving their star's not only until a swimming pool but a carpool as well. ? talk to you we're all all right ? ? we're all all right ? ? the team posting this video on social immediate dwra and you can see how they're enjoying it. >> mom, we're toing carpool karaoke r the butterflies fly away ? ? moving my hips like yeah ? ? put my hands in the air you know it's phone that be okay ? ? yeah, yeah a party in the usa ? ? yeah, yeah ? >> they really got into it, didn't they? i love that. it's hard not to dance when you see them dancing like that. absolutely.
>> i love the swimming cap the and the goggles sdplchlt yeah. even bet earp. nancy, you've seen some of the sites around rio, seen your pictures on instagram. tell bus some of the places you've been. >> reporter: i'm been trying not to overload on social media, but it's hard not to, because when you're here, the sights and sounds, it's hard not to show it to folks back at home. copa there. anyway, it was absolutely gorgeous. the day we went was not fan it's tick cloudy-wise. nevertheless. >> i got a coconut, sat on the peach. that's where they're doing veech volleyball. >> nancy, i say keep on posting, girl. we're enskbroiing the pictures. >> i love how you're channelling your inner barry manilow, very nice.
add the passion, the enthusia enthusiasm. >> all right, nancy, thank you so much. so enjoyable to be talking to you every morning sdplchlt. >> also a reminder, we are your home station for to the games. starting on monday, catch all of the highlights and headlines from 4:30 instead of 7:00ally. from. >> final check of the forecast now with brie. >> we have to be weather aware. tomorrow, a activity the. we are in for scattered showers and storms midday. an eye to the sky. some of the storm the could get ornery, so we're talking severe to strong criteria. not out of the question. a look at the 7 on 7 forecast, sunshine return the, low humidity as well. >> all right. the "today" show is straight ahead. thank you so much for joining us, everybody, i'm sarah french. >> i'm christa delcamp.
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? good morning. let the games begin. all eyes on rio with the opening ceremony of the 2016 olympic games now just hours away. the american flag raised over the athletes village as crews put the final touches on iconic nearly 5,000 performers, 11,000 athletes, all getting ready, and over 1 billion people set to watch around the globe. we have your exclusive sneak peek today, friday, august 5th, 2016. team usa has won back-to-back gold medals! >> another strong finish by phelps! >> announcer: from nbc news,