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good morning. great white death. new details on the fatal shark attack that claimed the life of ab american diver in australia, as a friend of the boat watched in horror, while the enormous killer pulled the victim under. royal pain? the california girl linked to prince harry is speaking out about their night together and what did and did not happen. and do we have to? remember this girl's tears of joy when she was told she was heading to disneyland? >> are you joking? >> no, i'm not joking. >> we're going?
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>> yes, we're going. >> not everyone reacts the same way. wait until you see how these two kids react when told the same thing. their response is priceless and we'll have it for you today, sunday, october 23, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. what did we do before youtube? >> what did we do before disneyland? >> it's like 30% of all of the material in our show these days. >> kids going to disneyland. these other kids, we'll see it later on. it's funny, especially in contrast. anyway, a lot to get to this morning, including some new revelations in a deadly plane crash. it's been nearly three years since that commuter air crash in
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buffalo killed 50 people. now just released e-mails reveals the company's serious concerns about the training of the captain of that aircraft. why was he at the controls? more on that story, coming up. plus, the search for baby lisa irwin. tomorrow marks three weeks since she disappeared from her family's home. the latest development, a police cadaver dog picked up a scent inside the bedroom. what do parents have to say? we'll talk to their attorney, live, just ahead. the marriage of kate edwards. a bittersweet ceremony for the bride. her father, john edwards, walked her down the aisle. he's facing serious criminal charges and the wedding nearly a year after elizabeth edwards lost her battle to cancer. more on that coming up. are you ever really too old to go back to school? if you're a football kicker, the answer is apparently no. fresh out of retirement, he is 61 years old, the guy sticking,
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the oldest player in history. i had a chance to spend time with him the last couple of weeks. we'll let you bb thknow about t coming up. >> i did i think i was watching the snoopy episode watching the ball. >> did i think i was going to need blamassive plastic surgery after that but i was okay. let's begin with the deadly shark attack off the popular beach in australia. the victim, an american, spear fishing in the ocean when the 10-foot predator struck. nbc sarah james live in melbourne with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. authorities here have identified the american who was killed by the great white as george thomas wainwright. a 32-year-old man from texas. he was working here in australia and was a keen diver. now, everyone is searching for the predator who claimed his life, and the orders are shoot
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to kill. in western australia today, a massive search is under way for a mammoth shark. a 10-foot great white, similar to this one, spotted in the vicinity, shortly after the attack that killed an american diver. >> some pretty massive injuries. >> the young man's friends and family, obviously a horrific ips dents. >> reporter: authorities scrambled to get swimmers and divers out of the water after the attack, which happened around 1:30 in the afternoon, in the picturesque stretch of ocean near the city of perth. george thomas wainwright, out with friends on a boat, went for a dive. but a trail of bubbles indicated something was wrong. then -- >> he floated to the surface, and the shark was seen as they were leaving the area. >> reporter: wainwright's horrified friends, both also from the u.s., tried to help, but it was too late.
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>> this is a tragic situation, and it's the third shark fatality we have had in only a matter of weeks. >> reporter: the first, a surfer, grabbed by a great white on september 4th. the next, october 10th, a businessman out for a morning swim, and now this. prompting some here to fear there could be a jaws man eater on the prowl. experts say there are also other possibilities. an increase in the number of whales migrating south this year, as well as more seals, mean more sharks lurking in the water. great white sharks are a protected species in australia. they can't be hunted. but this latest attack prompted a gra dramatic order from the government. >> within an hour of that situation occurring, the fisheries minister, and the government authorized that the shark be caught and destroyed, if possible, and the fisheries are attempting to do that. >> i think it will just create a
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problem with a lot of dead sharks and it probably won't get the shark that attacked the young man. >> reporter: but in an attempt to snare the shark with bait has been abandoned. >> we haven't seen it, hasn't been a capture, but we thought we should remove it fromdwg the water. >> reporter: lester, obviously this is a difficult proposition, finding this elusive shark. meantime, swimmers and divers are urged to be very cautious. lester. >> sara james in australia for us this morning. thank you. >> lester, thanks. troubling revelations about the deadly commuter plane crash in buffalo nearly three years ago. the accident killed 50 people, and as nbc's tom costello report, it appears the airline had concerns about the pilot. >> reporter: within months of the crash of continental connection flight 3407, flown by
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colgan airline, investigators zeroed in on the captain and copilot. >> they went from complacency to catastrophe in 30 seconds. >> reporter: they failed to monitor the air speed of the dash q-400 turboprop. when the plane began to stall, captain renslow pulled the nose up, causing the plane to crash. just six months before the crash, colgan airlines i was was concerned about renslow and didn't think he was qualified to upgrade to go from saab turbo problem to the bigger q-400. one manager says you might want to check the training records. there is something in the back of my mind about renslow. you are correct. he had a problem upgrading. then the vice president of operations weighs in, saying anyone that does not meet the minimums and had problems
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training before is not ready to tackle the q. the chief pilot replies, he is already off the list. in fact, renslow had failed multiple check rides, yet six months later he was flying the q that crashed in buffalo. the attorney for the victim' families calls the e-mails a smoking gun. >> they determined he was not qualified because he did not have enough experience, he problems training, he had failed his tests. >> reporter: in a statement, colgan airlines' parent company says renslow got the training without any problems. he was properly trained, certified, and qualified under all applicable federal aviation regulations to act as pilot in command of a q-400 ashlt. colg colgan never shared e-mails with the faa. >> it shouldn't have happened. people get tired of seeing us or hearing us.
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but they don't live with it every day. they don't see their four or 5-year-old daughter saying where is daddy. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> we're joined by sue pash. her sister was a passenger on the flight. thank you for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> the e-mails say things like "renslow had a problem upgrading and anyone who does not meet the minimum standard and had problems in training is not ready to handle the q." what was your reaction when you saw the e-mails and renslow's immediate supervisors had questions about his ability to handle this plane? >> i was one, ecstatic, that it is out in the open and a confirmation of what we all suspected all along and that is that colgan air neglected to train that pilot properly and he should have never been flying
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the q-400. >> your family is one of the few families refusing to set wel th -- settle with this airline. do these e-mails help you feel vindicated in any sort of way? >> sure. it does, but yet we're still going to push forward and our number one concern here is aviation safety. it's not about the case. it's about making sure our skies are safer for everyone. >> i want to play devil's advocate for a second. pinnacle airlines, which owns colgan, voluntarily made the e-mails public. captain renslow was properly trained, certified, and qualified to act as pilot in command of that q-400, and he successfully completed the faa approved q-400 training program
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and issued a rating by an faa designated examiner and successfully completed 20 hours of transition operating experience. what that all means, depass the training and did follow all the rules. did the company do anything wrong here? >> well, sure. he failed five check rides. i couldn't get a driver's license if i failed my driver's test. so how can someone all along fail these tests and then be put into the seat of a cockpit to fly people? someone dropped the ball. whether it was the examiner, colgan, and then pinnacle to be able to release on friday that he had 20 hours of flight time? come on. in order for a cosmetologist to get her license to cut hair needs 1,000. 20 hours of flight time is enough?
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it's mind boggling to me. >> a few seconds left. tell us what you are trying to gain with the lawsuit, what you are looking to really gather here? >> well, 50 lives were -- perished that day. we do not want those lives to go in vain. we're here, like i said earlier to fight for aviation safety. >> sue, thank you so much. our best to you and your family as you continue to mourn. >> thank you so much. >> once again, here is lester. >> jena thanks. now to politics and the new challenges from overseas. in iraq, all u.s. troops home by year's end, and moammar gadhafi is dead. two milestones in a couple of days. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." >> good morning. >> how will this affect his legacy, now that the war barely registers in the list of issues among american voters? >> when you have the economy is in the shape that the economy is
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now in, i don't think anything can crowd that out for attention it has an immediate focus here and this is a big week for the president president's foreign policy. indeed, a big year. a lot of important questions about iraq in the future. does it get bloody all of a sudden. will there be civil war? i don't think is top of mind for american voters as we think about the election. this is a leadership moment for the president. at time when government cannot do much about the economy, there is certainly a time when he aaccomplishing a lot in foreign policy. at a momentous time for the rest of the world when you look at what's happening in the middle east. >> democrats traditionally have been vulnerable to charges of being soft on defense. bin laden was killed at the order of the president. gadhafi, a war in which the u.s. participated is now gone. president has stepped up drone
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attacks in pakistan. taken that together, has he removed a weak point, an achilles heel in the minds of republicans trying to unseat him? >> i don't think there's any question about that. two interesting pieces about this. first, republicans morris lags is more isolationist. the president put the country on the glade path out. number two, you look at the republican debate, there has been the betrayal of a lack of understanding in foreign policy, and it's stunning to a lot of people in 2011 after a decade at war. simple mistakes about geography or lack of a really well thought out point of view about america in the rest of the world. so these are issues, if you go back to hillary clinton's 3:00 a.m. phone call against president obama, who do you trust? who can handle that crisis? this president has been tested now repeat ted until that arena,
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and it's something he he'll try to use as a club against republicans in the debate. >> david gregory, thank you so much. we have sharon epperson at the news desk with more. >> we begin with the story of a powerful earthquake today in eastern turkey. the state-run news agency says the quake was a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, struck near the city of van, collapsing some buildings. rescue workers trying to reach people believed trapped in the wreckage. no official word on deaths or injuries. a momentous day in libya, following the death of moammar gadhafi. they are declaring liberation from an 8-month-old civil war. a cocktail waitress is denying she is wild about harry. annabelle roberts is live in london with the latest on prince harry. good morning, annabelle. >> hi there, yes. the lady in question, 26-year-old jessica johnson has spoken out.
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she says harry is a real prince charming, but kind of goofy with her, not sure that's such a compliment. she admits there were a couple of dates, but no kisses. he got up close just to talk to her. prince harry, of course, has quite a reputation as a party lover and is often pictures at nightclubs, somewhat the worse for wear. he recently split from his girlfriend, chelsea davey. harry is in california for two months, training as an apatchy helicopter pilot and hopes to return to active duty in afghanistan it would be absurd to affect him not to make headlines in california and maybe this episode with jessica won't be the last. >> thank you very much. game four of the world series is tonight in arlington, texas. cardinals hold a 2-1 edge over the rangers. thanks to albert pujols. he hit three impressive home runs last night to tie the world series record. amassing five hits and six rbis,
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the cards' 16-7 win. some are calling it the greatest hitting performance in world series history. that's the news. back to lester and jena. >> sharon, thanks. chris warren with a check of the weather. >> good morning. things looking quiet across the country. a few storms lingering in good sunday morning. bright sunshine. chilly, chilly conditions. 46 in washington and annapolis. 36 in manassas. 34 in frederick. 38 in hagerstown for current temperatures. plenty of sunshine in the forecast for today. a mild day. near peak fall color today. temperatures in the low and mid-60s. that's your weather. now here is lester. >> we'll be back with more of "today," after this.
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a bittersweet for kate edwards yesterday. the daughter of elizabeth edwards was married in a north carolina church with her daughter, john edwards. a former presidential candidate facing a prison sentence walking her down the aisle. we have more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. for a young woman, kate edwards has certainly been through a lot in life. the loss of a sibling, the recent passing of her mother, and, of course, her father's highly publicized political scandal. this weekend marks a new beginning. kate edwards, moments before walking down the aisle, and into a new life. on saturday, the 29-year-old married her college sweetheart, 30-year-old trevor upham. the ceremony held at a church in chapel hill, north carolina. according to those at the wedding, her father, former presidential candidate john edwards, was there to walk her down the aisle. >> i think that this day for the edwards family is kind of a
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bright spot in what's really been a dark year. >> reporter: that's because kate can't share this moment with her mother, elizabeth edwards, an iconic figure in her own right, elizabeth pass aed away last december after a long battle with breast cancer. just two weeks after cate got engaged. at a breast cancer walk last month, cate told nbc's andrea mitchell, she was quitting her job as a lawyer to start a nonprofit in her mother's name. >> big choices make, little choices i make, sort of everything i do, i hear her voice, the same way did i when she was alive. >> reporter: the edwards have weathered a lot in 2004, john edwards seemed to be the rising star of the democratic party when he became john kerry's running mate. unsuccessful, edwards threw his hat into the presidential ring in 200. then a fall from grace. news he was having an affair with campaign worke rielle huntr
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and fathered her child, now three. is he now facing criminal charges for using campaign funds to cover up his affair. he is pleaded not guilty. cate is moving on. she told "glam oor"glamor" maga. she will always remember the two weeks she had to plan her wedding with her mother. i feel so lucky to have shared that joy with her. cherished memories as cate edwards walks a new path. and john edwards hosted the reception. jenna. >> thank you very much. we'll take a break. back after these messages. quaker oatmeal is a super grain. ♪ it gives me warmth. ♪ [ boy ] it gives me energy to help me be my best. quaker oatmeal has whole grains for heart health. and it has fiber that helps fill me up. ♪
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good morning. it's sunday, october 23rd. let's take a look at what stories we're following right now. d.c. police are searching for a gunman after a deadly shooting on georgia avenue northwest and w street near howard university hospital. police say the 20-year-old victim was taken to the hospital about a block away but died. howard university hospital tells us the shooting is not related to the hospital or the school, which was celebrating its homecoming. d.c. police are trying to figure out who shot and killed a cab driver in northeast washington. police found the driver in his car at anacostia and pond street just before 4:00 a.m. yesterday morning. at this time police are still looking for a suspect and a motive. a response vane ya county neighborhood is on the lookout for a man month tried to snatch a 9-year-old girl on polaris court. she had just gotten off the school bus on friday when she noticed a man coming towards her. he chased her a couple houses before giving up and walking
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away. sheriff's department plans to add extra patrols. and the redskins will try to get back in the win column this afternoon. they're counting on john beck to help them do that. he will get his first start at quarterback against the carolina panthers. they are led by their explosive quarterback cam newton. a check on your forecast next. don't go anywhere. state farm. this is jessica. hey, jessica, jerry neumann with a policy question. jerry, how are you doing? fine, i just got a little fender bender. oh, jerry, i'm so sorry. i would love to help but remember, you dropped us last month. yeah, you know it's funny. it only took 15 minutes to sign up for that new auto insurance company but it's taken a lot longer to hear back. is your car up a pole again? [ crying ] i miss you, jessica! jerry, are you crying? no, i just, i bit my tongue. [ male announcer ] get to a better state. text save to 7-8836.
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whubg, a little cool out there. >> temperatures down in the mid-30s. our coldest start here in washington in six months. so, yes, indeed, a very chilly way to get your chill. the sun is up. these temperatures in the 30s and 40s now will be quickly jumping into the upper 50s to low and mid-60s for much of the afternoon hours. nice day coming up.
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near peak color in the blue ridge mountains, shenandoah valley. take your fall photos tomorrow. a mix of clouds and sunshine but mild. highs tomorrow in the upper 60s to near 70. warm weather goes through the middle of the week, john. after wednesday, the rains return. >> all right. thanks, chuck. >> we have more news coming up at 9:00. until then, back to the "today" back on this sunday morning, october 23, 2011. another beautiful fall day. a nice crowd. we thank them for spending a relatively chilly morning with us. i'm jenna wolfe with lester holt. the story that gets stranger, the search for baby lisa. >> three weeks after the 10-month-old disappeared from her room, much of the attention on her parents. ka davrer dogs have found the scent of human remains in the
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home. an attorney has a different explanation why that scent may have been mounted. we'll ask him about that shortly. switching gears, why age is just a number. i recently spent some time with a very nice guy. a college football player. what makes this guy stand out, he actually has grandchildren. 61-year-old starting kicker for faulker university football team, alan moore, wait until you meet him. very interesting fellow. >> how far did he -- >> 30, 35 yards. point after touchdown. well versed in football. you brag every sunday morning you are. my bad for not knowing that. very consistent and that's what makes him so good. >> you done? >> i'm going to stop talking now anything you said now is fine. and then the weekend buzz. some of the things that folks are talking about. beyonce and jay-z. a huge nursery, i believe bigger
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than my apartment. and parents didn't get the response they were quite hoping for when they told their kids they were going to disney world. how did they react? not well. >> what year did disney world start? >> i don't know. >> why we're putting each other on the spot, i thought i would throw that out. >> i am going to say '74. >> perfect. that's great. we're asking people to show us your best stuff. we're searching for the best thanksgiving stuffing recipes from you, our viewers, for a showdown in november. >> head to our website, submit an original stuffing recipe and a video or photo with your dish. need help with this? oh, okay. you dropped -- i just saw she dropped her sign, out of the corner of her eye. stuffing deadline, saturday, november 12th. her sign is there. >> all is well.
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>> all is well. okay. another check of the weather with chris warren. hey, chris. >> hello, jenna and lester. weather quiet across much of the country. the question, why does retirement rock? >> we both retired. >> what are you retiring from? >> nursing. >> thank you very much for that. enjoy your retirement in new york city. where it is a little on the cool side. not real, real cold. a look at what we have as far as current temperatures go. 51 degrees in new york. not too far away in buffalo, upper 30s for current conditions. purple on the map, temperatures in the 30s and then today, a few systems working through the northern tier throughout the northern rockies, mississippi valley, bringing us a few showers. strong storms in oklahoma and texas, with some golfball and baseball sized hail. those storms dying off for and good sunday morning.
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i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. thick fog hanging over the potomac river first thing this morning. temperatures plummeted into the mid and upper 30s in most suburbs to 46 in town, 46 in annapolis. a bright and sunny day. just a few clouds in from time to time. on the whole, a mild afternoon. perfect for getting outside and enjoying some october weather. highs today in the low to mid-60s. upper 60s to n remember, you can always get your weather any time on and the weather channel on cable or satellite. and tonight, it is football night in america. going to be nice in the dome, of course. new orleans. but outside, getting ready for tailgating, mostly clear conditions and temperatures will be in the 60s. not looking too bad throughout much of louisiana and new orleans, those storms should stay away. that's your weather. here is jenna. >> chris, thank you. now to the misery of baby lisa irwin, who disappeared
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three weeks tomorrow. several dramatic developments in recent days, including the revelation that a kcadaver dog picked up the scent of human remains inside the family's home. ron mott joins us live from kansas city with more. >> reporter: police made the big development on friday about that cadaver dog strike, this as the family is learning billboards are going up asking people if they know where baby lisa irwin is. new billboards are up in kansas city. asking passing motorists if they have seen baby lisa irwin, who vanished nearly three weeks ago from the family's home. police revealed in court papers they received around 600 tips and leads, there is still no sign of the missing toddler. or is there? a trained fbi cadaver dog picked up a scent with a dead human body this week on the floor of the parents' bedroom. both deny having any involvement in lisa's disappearance. reporting her missing on october
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4th, after having last seen her the night before. >> human decomposition usually starts within four minutes after biological death. as far as a scent dog or cadaver dog, what they are hitting on is that scent cone. when decomposition forms there, is a cone of the smell of decomposition that's formed. that's impacted on the air, weather conditions, how hot it is, if the body has been moved. but, again, it's going to be within minutes that a dog should be able to find that scent if it actually existed. >> reporter: police returned to deborah bradley and jeremy irwin's home with a search warrant. they took a number of items with them. officials say the parents have not been fully cooperative at times, something attorneys for the couple deny. since executing the search warrant, police have been noticeably less public. on the scene at the family's home and in front of the cameras. leading some to conclude it
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appears the investigation may have switched focus from a search and rescue mission to search and recovery. >> i think law enforcement was dedicating a lot of time early on for the potential of a live victim, for a kidnapping, an unknown person who carried that child away. i think the longer that this has gone on, they have to consider the strong possibility that a victim is deceased. >> reporter: there were no developments in this case yesterday, police have not announced any searches or planned activities for today. they continue to work in all directions according to a police spokesperson. police continue to pursue hundreds of leads and focusing some of their attention in and around the family home. joining us now is the attorney for baby lisa irwin's parents, cindy shoyt. thank you for being with us. >> good morning. >> we just heard from ron mott,
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cadaver dogs picked up the scent of human remains in the family home. police took out a swatch of carpet, a number of other items. can you tell us what police removed from the house? >> i can. first of all, i would say that the -- if there ever was any evidence of cadaver dogs, that was not confirmed by this search of the house on october 19th. you want to tell me why i know that? >> yes, please. >> last night i went to the kcpd and asked permission to get back into the house, whether the house would be released back to the family and it was verified the house would be released. i came right over to the house so i could make a tour of the house and see whether or not there was any evidence within the house that would suggest that a dogger h ever hit in the bedroom. when i went in the house, i had an opportunity to look at the search warrant return. the dogs were through the house
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on october 17th and that particular consent form, which jeremy irwin signed it indicate thad no evidence was seized at that time. when i had an opportunity to go up into the bedroom where the dog had allegedly hit, it was very apparent to me that what was being reported was both unfair and leaving false impressions. the entire carpet of that bedroom was intact. there was nothing cut out of the bedroom. and just like any other kind of evidence that we see in these kinds of cases, you have to collect the evidence if there had been scent evidence, you would expect that portions of that carpet would have been cut out and that it would have been collected and preserved. there is no evidence in the home that those things occurred. >> cyndy, let me move on and ask you about two eyewitness accounts. two say they saw baby lisa after her disappearance.
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a man walking down the street with a little baby. have had you a chance to speak with these two eyewitnesss? >> i have had a chance to speak to one of those eyewitnesss, i spoke with him last night and feel that he has a very strong story to tell. he is an honest, forth write individual, and he saw a man at approximately 4:00 a.m., walking underdressed and with an infant appearing to be the size and age of baby lisa. which firmly makes us believe that the direction of this investigation has been in the wrong direction. and we're urging people all over the -- this city and beyond to continue to make calls in and to continue to help us find this little girl, who we believe is alive. >> cyndy short, thank you for joining us this morning. and we're back, after these messages.
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junior, 5'7", 170 pounds, and born in 1950. wait. is that a typo? i'm taking a look around. are you older than all of these people by about 20 years? >> 40. >> 40 years. so why is alan moore here? back in 1968, he was a kicker on the jones jr. college football team in mississippi when he was drafted to go to vietnam. he packed up and left, leaving one year of football eligibility behind. fast forward to 2009, alan was laid off from his job. and for the first time in his life, he was lost. so with nothing to lose, he threw all his chips in, and tried out for the faulkner university football team. >> linebacker's coach, came to me and said coach, you wont believe this, i have a kicker that wants to come over to faulkner. and i said coach, he's 61.
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i said what? >> reporter: alan wowed his coaches enough to earn a spot on the roster and at age 61, he was going back to school. his first test? september 10th of this year, when he kicked an extra point to help the eagles pick up their first win on the season. >> all of the kids rallied around. that was a lot of inspiration. >> reporter: and while his studies will take a little getting used to, on campus, alan has become somewhat of a folk hero. while he works off the field, he's really one of the guys when he's suited up on it. except for a few noticeable exceptions. number one, his weird-looking kicking shoe. why does it look like a nursing orthotic? >> back when we kicked in straight all kicking. we kicked off a two-inch tee. >> calle
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>> reporter: you kicked with your toes. >> straight off. kicked with the toes. >> how do they kick now? >> with the instep. >> reporter: he wears a custom fit shoe. and his helmet, modern day marvel. first time put this on, show me where your head sits. i love it. man, that thing is heavy. >> they say trust and respect your elders. i will do just that, ready? and you as a coach, are you okay, blocking around someone who are older that you are? >> i am now, when we first started this deal. first time he came to speak to me, and i kept saying yes, sir. he said stop. we have to get something straight right now. you are the coach, i'm the athlete, i say yes, sir to you. and i said that doesn't seem right, and he says that's the way it's going to be. >> reporter: alan knows he
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serves a dual role, to kick and kick well and serve as a role model. >> he doesn't give up on a dream, like he says, and something we can carry over when we leave here. >> that's a positive and productive thing you will bring to a football team and a school that wasn't centered on alan moore getting an education. it was centered on not letting these kids give up on theirs. >> of the things that alan has mastered, the first bump, tweeting, his thumbs are stronger than he has ever been, tweeting and facebook and all that. and just sort of hanging out. >> it's old school. >> just like old school. maybe he gets to go to the frat parties. >> maybe. just maybe. absolutely. i like that you knew that. coming up, the weekend buzz from george clooney and beyonce, to the priceless reaction of two kids. first, these messages. [ fema
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from george clooney's new girlfriend to the surprise reaction of kids told they are going to disney world, a busy week in buzz here on "today." >> let's look at the highlights. joining us are our contributors. good morning to both of you. >> nice to see you. george clooney has a new love in his life. anybody starting the clock to how long it will last? >> as a big admirer of george clooney's for a long time, someone needs to sit her down and tell her exactly how this will end. he's not the marrying type. very open about this. and that's why he's allowed to bounce around from long-term relationship to long-term relationship. not making any bones about it.
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usually last about two years. what? two months in? 22 months to go. >> enjoy him while you've got him. >> enjoy him while you can. >> i don't know. she might body slam him if she he tries to let go. >> she's big, an amazonian girl. >> a little girl's reaction last week, when told she was going to disney world. couldn't believe it. actually started crying. this week, two other kids, a different family we're told, the same thing. wait until you see their reaction. take a look at this. >> we want to go to chattanooga. >> we're going to chattanooga. >> i have never heard anybody cry because they are going to disney world. >> instead of chattanooga. >> instead of chattanooga. >> is this the ultimate
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backfire? the ultimate -- she is really crying. is the chattanooga chamber of commerce behind this? maybe chattanooga meant something other than what we think it means. >> perfect kids to have during the recession, right? they are nice and cheap. >> what do you mean we're not going bargain shopping? i want aa bargain vacation. >> no, no, no. not disney. we want to go to chattanooga. >> those parents should be on their knees thanking the good lord they are cheap. >> and jennifer lopez, she broke down in tears. this was the first time that we've seen her really talk about or at least reacted publicly to her breakup with marc anthony. >> we don't know necessarily it was that. safe to assume. >> she could be crying or bradley cooper. >> that's fair. but, yeah, it's a hard time.
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mother of two, they were together for seven years, longest public relationship. we forget she's out about and partying and hanging out with bradley cooper, but behind all of that, she is probably really in pain. >> and this is the first kind of breakup of this sort in that they have kids. before when she's broken up with people after long-term relationships can be a cleaner break, move on, go on to the next person. but it's really a complicated relationship. she still has that relationship with marc anthony. >> let's pick this up a little bit. huge news. there's a chance that jessica simpson maybe could possibly be pregnant. and there is a chance that she could maybe be possibly carrying a little girl. but did i read this correctly? she's not releasing it until she gets $500,000 from a magazine or newspaper? >> there is a lot of talk about what's going on exactly in her uterus. and they are not confirming or
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denying, not answering calls and e-mails at this point. but jessica simpson trying to look unpregnant, she's not doing the best job. as a person who has been through this, there are certain tricks you employ, and she definitely qualifies with the suspiciously baggy clothing tricks. if she is trying to wait until she sells the story so to speak to confirm it, this isn't something that's unusual. the pay to play idea happens a lot. and she's allegedly trying to get $500,000 for the story, it's not going to happen. not going to happen at all. the most she'll probably get is about $100,000. >> the baby pictures, that's worth a little cash. >> and the only person commanding that type of paycheck these days is kim kardashian, when she announces she's pregnant, that's a $500,000 payday. >> this guy will be paying for it. >> thank you so much for coming on. good to talk to you. >> we're back, right after these messages. quaker oatmeal is a super grain. ♪ it gives me warmth.
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this year, i'll be really cooled this year. >> thank so much, everybody. bye. right now on this sunday morning, a historic day in lib kwrafplt how the country is getting ready to celebrate liberation day. a deadly shooting blocks from a college campus. high stakes version of let's make a deal. what google is doing that could result in the sale of one of the biggest names on the internet. those stories still ahead. good morning. thanks for waking up with us today.


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