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movie "minority report" a futuristic way of policing. well, police are always looking for innovative ways to fight crime and here's a new one that's fascinating. >> this really is cool. this particular technology helps cops in one city to predict where a crime could potentially happen next. abc's abby boudreau reports from santa cruz, california. >> reporter: we can predict the weather. and even a person's shopping habits. >> thank you. >> reporter: but what about predicting where a criminal might strike next? >> crime is not random. you can actually predict some of the things people will do. >> reporter: it's not exactly as futuristic as sci-fi thriller "minority report" where cops picked up criminals before they committed their crime. >> set up a perimeter. >> reporter: police in santa cruz, california, are getting closer to the sci-fi future using this algorithm. a complicated math equation similar to the one that predicts earthquake aftershocks to predict crime. >> the map is updated every
day -- >> reporter: the system tracks and pinpoints crimes up to the minute. then spits out detailed maps, a daily forecast showing where new crimes are most likely to crop up. >> it does more than just where it will be, it also tells you when it will be and what type of crime it will be. >> reporter: actual time of day? >> that's right. >> reporter: past crimes, the weather, even the day of the week all factor in, and so does location. >> how you doing? >> reporter: criminals often like to hit the same spot more than once if they think they can get away with it. is this a hot spot? >> we are in a hot spot right now. >> reporter: officer bernie escalante says with 20% fewer officers on the streets in santa cruz, the technology helps fill in the gap. >> they give you the map and a square. it's very easy to understand. it's hard to screw it up. >> reporter: and it seems to be working.
thanks to the system, santa cruz police have made several arrests in just six weeks. including these two women found casing cars in a crime hot spot. police say predictive policing is likely contributing to the 27% drop in burglaries in july compared to a year ago. and now major cities across the country, iluding los angeles, are working to start similar programs. ask any cop, there's really no computer printout that will ever replace an officer's instinct. abby boudreau, abc news, santa cruz, california. >> as times get tight, the country is fallingngn hard economic times, that prompts a crime -- you know, a spike in crime. so, i'm -- i think it's a great idea. >> but they're worried about profiling, that people will worry, well, are they going to just assume that i'm trying to ç case a car, like those two girls were arrested for casing some cars. >> a lot of profiling happens even without that technology. >> true. >> there we are. >> look at you. look at your hair. >> what -- what -- i guess -- i look like little richard if he was a cop. what is that?
oh, that's tom cruise's hair. very, very nice. i look good out there. >> you can get any job doing that. >> i'm going to take my food out of the fridge in the back. i'm going to find out some things. don't worry. i'm trying to find out some dirt about you, too. don't worry. i got my team on it. >> i'm innocent. >> you california girls. all right. coming up next, the big fight over the situation's clothing and who's getting involved now. >> "the skinny" is next.
♪ skinny so skinny welcome back, everybody. time for the friday edition of "the skinny." we've talked a lot about this over the week. this has been the big story th last couple of days, the suicide of russell armstrong, the star of "the real housewives of beverly hills" show and now the mom is speaking out and she's not mincing words. she's basically saying, look, if bravo airs any footage of my son, we're coming after you with a lawsuit. she doesn't want any of the show of the season to air. >> you can't blame her. she's a grieving mom.
>> a grieving mom. several family members are speaking out saying they really do blame the network, they blame bravo for the suicide. a step brother says bravo is at fault and somebody needs to pay, so they're considering a lawsuit against bravo just for the suicide itself. now they're saying, if you air any footage at all, that will only complicate matters. it's getting messy and a tough time for that family. on top of this, , e t. decided to chime in tuesday with a tweet. >> foot in the mouth. >> he tweeted, quote, bad joke but a lot of those wives would make me consider it. >> oh, nice. >> you can imagine the backlash came quickly. he's since apologized. ice, dumb move. he's catching flack for that. >> how about some gossip? >> how about it. >> kat von d, jesse james, those crazy kids. she called off the engagement. well, it's back on. "l.a. ink" has been canceled but they were making out, getting
kissy face and james added [ speaking foreign language ] which means forever in spanish. he told "people" magazine the engagement is back on. it's official. kat von d is once again wearing her ring. he says, sometimes you're only given one chance in life and he says it's the woman of his dreams. >> they y serve each other. god bless. i'm sure it will last forever. another situation that has me cracked up for the week. the situation about the situation. you know the backstory, that abercrombie & fitch said, stop wearing our clothes. we'll pay you to stop wearing our clothes. you don't fit our image. even though abercrombie & fitch had shirts made up, which is hypocritical, now they're saying, we don't want to be associated with you. but then good old larry flynt and "hustler" steps in and says, we will pay you to wear our clothes. the door open at hustler. larry flynt now offering to pay the cast of the "jersey shore" to wear "hustler" clothing. i love america. >> awesome. a 180 in terms of celebrities. who do you believe is the most trusted celebrity?
>> i already know the answer. i'll let you -- >> betty white. >> there we go. >> we all love betty white. she's the best. she's the most trusted celebrity in america. nono some of the other favorable celebrities are denzel washington, clint eastwood, will smith. topping the e t so hot list, charlie sheen, britney spears -- >> shocking. >> -- kim kardashian, lebron, and how about this, titir woods. i have a feeling it's because he's a bad tipper. >> and on top of that arnold schwarzenegger, donald trump and mel gibson. there's a lot of people out there -- >> but congratulations to betty white. i always want t give her a big hit. >> everyone loves rose nylon. she's an animal lover just like you. even better. congrats. we'll have more from "world news now" when we come right back.
>> oh, that was -- >> that's just a failed -- >> they're drinking upstairs again. finally this half hour, hit the stamp belatedly, as you saw there, our favorite story of the day. it's about a former lifeguard on new york's long island. >> he wants his old job back. he says hehe lost it because he wanted to cover up a bit. abc's andrea canning is hanging out with the story. >> reporter: at 61 years old, roy lester is comfortable in his own skin. he just wants a little more of it covered up. >> they're not cut here. they're not showing a lot of skin. they're not showing a lot of thigh. >> reporter: as a lifeguard he's perfectly happy to spend his day
in a bathing suit, just not a speedo. why hate the speedo? >> it's called aging gracefully. at a certain point, the older you get, the less skin you y hpi if you have a washboarach. efusthe requirement to wear the skimpy suit for the annl s why those suits? the state is not commenting bu lester is ang t >> it was a way to get at the older guys. >> reporter: despite those "baywatch" guards and their small suits. >> you guys should race. >> sounds good to me. what about it? >> reporter: lester says the key to being a good lifeguard is the wisdom and experience that comes with age. >> back when i was a kid, 61 was really old. older people now don't feel that they're old. as you see them embracing their age, they're beginning to look at age as it's just a number. hey, i can still do these things. >> reporter: what would make him
the most ha back on the beach in his suit to enjoy the endless summer. andrea canning, abc news, jones beach, new york. >> i applaud that man. aging gracefully. >> he's still got it. he looks pretty good for 61 years old. >> i don't understand the whole speedo look. what do you - anyn the old banana hammock? what do you think? >> what do you think? >> i don't know. i was in mexico a few days ago and there were old dudes by the kin u that's our facebook question on wnnfans.com. should 61-year-o n
about susan powell's disappearance as crews resume searching for her. it's friday, august 19th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." and good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana alvear. susan powell's husband claimed she disappeared when he went on a camping trip with the couple's two young children. this morning we'll hear from one of powell's closest friends who's relieved to hear about this potential new development. also ahead in this half hour, desperation in atlanta, where thousands of people lined up at a jobs fair, some collapsing in the heat. some even waiting overnight for a chance to grab a job, waiting to meet potential employers. a sign of the times, if there ever is one. man, look at that. later this half hour, a 12-year-olold girl learned so mh at a summer camp hosted by prosecutors and a police. when a family member was a victim of a crime, she solved it. >> all right. 12-year-old detective.
we like that. first, police in salt lake city plan to release new details about the disappearance of susan powell. >> they're launcncng a new search for her in ely, nevada. far away from her family's utah home. as bart smith of ktvx reports, powell's friend are anxious for new leads. >> i'm excited. i'm hoping for something -- some kindndf news, some information, anything to help us find susan. >> reporter: debbie caldwell's search for susan has n never ended. the purple ribbon, susan's favorite color, still hangs from the home and purple flowers were planted in honor of the missing mother. >> there's no way susan would ever walk away from her children. i would bet my life on it. >> reporter: caldwell was their day care provider and susan's friend. the boys spent 12 hours a day, three times a week here, but after susan disappeared, they never came back and josh refused to let her see them. >> when he packed up the children j jt 11 days after susan went missing, took them away from their safety net, i -- i couldn't help but feel that he
knew more than he was saying. >> repeporter: now caldwell hop investigators in ely know more than they are saying. whilshe fears the worst, she continues to hope for the best. >> until i know for sure, i'm going to keep hoping and keep looking and keep praying and doing everything i can to keep her face out there and let people know, we're still looking for her. >> that was barb smith reporting. what makes this interesting is her relatives have no idea why this area is so significant because she and her husband never went there. we'll find out a lot more. >> police must have something, though. we'll see how that case plays out. investigators may have a promising lead in the disappearance of american robyn gardner in aruba. turns out her traveling companion giordano tried to collect on a $1.5 million accideal death insurance policy that he took out on gardner. he insists he did nothing wrong and said she disappeared while they were snorkeling. it looks like we're heading into another roughgh day on wal
street after yesterday's selloff as investors grow more concerned about a recession. the dow fell 419 points, that's nearly 4%. worries about european banks led the decline. that decline continues this morning on the asian markets. exchanges in tokyo and hong kong dropped 2% or more. oil prices have al dropped because speculation demand will fall. we're learning this morning that bank of america, the nation's largest bank, plans to lay off thousands of workers by the end of next month. those layoffs come as the unemployed line up at job fairs around the country for hours to find some new work. abc's steve osunsami reports from atlanta. >> reporter: there were so many people desperate for work, trying to get to this job fair, traffic here was backed up for miles and miles. thousands waited overnight. some camped out in their business suits andffice heels in the stifling heat. >> i got here at 9:12. i got in there at like 1:58. >> i'm going to be positive.
that's the only way i can be right now. >> reporter: authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion and were struggling to keep the line moving and get people moved inside. >> you came out here to get a job, not to get si. >> reporter: derek clayton, under the umbrella, is a former security guard with three children to feed. he's been looking for work since may. >> you got child, kids, bills. you have to stay somewhere. you don't want to be homeless. >> reporter: stacy is a secretary laid off last fall. ronald carter, a certified pipe fitter, laid off in january. >> i came here thihinking i'd g a break. >> reporter: and? >> it's in the air, i guesess. >> reporter: have you gone on a lot of interviews? >> no, sir. >> reporter: no interviews? >> no, sir. >> reporter: no call backs? >> not one.ç >> reporter: atlanta area unemployment is high. today at 10.5%, a full point above the national rate of 9.1%. that equals more than 280,000 people in this city looking for work who can't find it.
inside this crowded college classroom building, there were jobs and they were accepting resumes. >> we have finance, quality, sourcing. >> engineering. >> engineering. >> reporter: but many of the companies were government agencies who couldn't take applications and were directing these weary visitors to websites where they could apply online. >> i was out here for no reason. no applications. >> reporter: congressman john lewis, part of the congressional delegation who put this together, says these fairs offer jobs and more importantly, hope. they plan to do this again. >> you have to give people hope, a sense ofof optimism and tell them over and over again, don't give up. don't give up. hang in there. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. a major shakeup in the far east this morning. in addition to the market plunges. a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck this morning near the coast of honshu, japan, that's near the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant. there was no immediate threat there and a tsunami alert was
called off. at least three people are dead after two bombs went off in afghanistan this morning. the explosions went off at a british compound in kabul. the target was apparently the british council, a cultural and educational institution funded by the british government. already the taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. britain's prince harry has toured an area hard hit by last week's riots. he praised emergency workers who carried on with their jobs despite being pelted by rocks. he also met with injured police officers. 3,000 people have been arrested in connection with those riots. a 23-year-old babysitter in daytona beach, florida, has been charged with child neglect after riding in the back of a pickup truck with a baby in a stroller. all of this captured on a squad car's dash cam. several people called 911 after spotting the babysitter riding with the 8-month-old in the truck. it's not clear if the driver was charged. >> wow. unbelievable. we all know when given a choice, kids tend to go for the unhealthy foods. with enough nagging, the little ones often get their way. new research places the blame
squarely on some of their most beloved cartoons. abc's dan harris explains. >> i want -- >> reporter: check out what happened when my friend and colleague, abc's bob woodruff, took his litite girls to the supermarket. >> scooby-doo crackers. >> you like those? >> yeah. >> have you ever had them? >> no. >> how do you know you like them?ç >> i love them so, so, so much. >> reporter: the new study from john hopkins says cartoon characters play a key role in getting children to nag their parents for fatty foods. >> you like those? >> i like these. >> how do you know? >> because. >> reporter: critics say food marketers ow this and exploit it. i called the author of the study, a researcher by the name of dina borzekowski, and i asked her, what does she think? does she think cartoon characters like fred flinstone and tony the tiger should be banned the way joe camel was? heanswer is no, but she says she hopes food companies will start using cartoon characters
to market healthier foods. she points to another study she did showing that if you wrap carrots in mcdonalds packaging, kids actually say the carrots taste better. dan harris, abc news. >> the carrot in the mcdonald's box, that's kind of cool. we put this question on facebook, a lot of interesting responses. raven wrote in, what happened to saying no? seriously, people. someone wrote in and said, i tell mine the truth about what's in the food. they understand the difference between what's good for them and what's not. >> some of them said, you know, don't take them to the supermarket, but i know -- i my sister-in-law has a tough enough time, three kids with her. she n't just leave them home. and then, of course, they al gang up and say, we want our fruity pebbles. >> i still like fruity pebbles, i have to admit. if this bud's for you, then have you to wait a while to get your hands on it. a big rig loaded with beer overturned near fresno,
california, yesterday morning. oh, that's alcohol abuse. the driver suffered a concussion. cases of budweiser flew out of the truck and most of it landed in a vineyard at the side of the road. now, that's a party. >> they say no crying over spilled milk. plenty of guys out therere cryi over spilled beer. >> yeah. oh, man, it's tough to see tha >> i know. you okay? you neex? >> i'll get it toget here's a like at your weather. showers from the desert southwest into the northern rockies. stormy in the plains. and ocferstrom o florid atlanta, 93. mo 80ss th another triple digit day, we've been saying that for eight years now, in dalla phoenix near 90. 81 in portland. >> how about a happy friday story? >> yes, we need happy news. a very special two-day surfing clinic is under way along the shores of maine. >> aimed at disabled athletes to
show them what they can do rather than what they cn't. though most of the surfers in the clinic are amputees, anyone with an kinity paccome onhe sd. the clinics are run by anç adaptive surfing school based in california. i love it when these little kids, they would normally not be able to get, you know, int these kind of sports. yet they're taking the time out of their dw thh t that's so awesome. >> that's great. >> and surfing is awesome. have you ever done it? >> i haven't. you're a california girl. >> i only did it a couple times. but i love it. and i have no coordination, so the fact i can get up on the board means you could do it, anybody could do e, .ateo -hht -g lo you go next if you had a hehehere would hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty?
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well, now to the summer camp that paid off immediately down in georgia. it's a program run by the fulton county d.a. which teaches kids about crime fighting. >> one youngster learned the lessons well. >> reporter: junior district attorneys learn to argue cases in the real state supreme court. they meet former prosecutor nancy grace. and the key to this story, learn about investigating crimes. among the junior district attorneys was jessica mabel, just after the forensics class someone burglarized the home of jessica's late great grandmother in fitzgerald, georgia. jessica investigated and found where the burglars broke in. the police had missed it. then she and her mom investigated a local pawn shop and found her great grandmother's property.
>> we called the police station. and then the guy who -- the investigator, he came and he was like, oh, my gosh, how did you find all this stuff here? i was comiming here. and i was like, i did your job again. >> reporter: they alal learned the pawn shop owner had copies of the i.d.s of the guys who sold the stuff. and then, believe it or not, she and her mom drove to the guy's house and confronted him. he confessed to you that he did it? >> he confessed. >> r rorter: at last word police still haven't made an arrest. the police still haven't arrested him? >> no. i don't know what's taking them so long. >> reporter: paul hohord started the junior d.a. program 13 years ago and this is a first. >> we're hoping she'll take that lesson with her through life, the things she's learned here as a junior d.a. >> reporter: jessica tells me she might go into a career in law but she has other big aspirations, too, and some other kids don't have, proof that she can handle any job she chooses. >> love that story. >> i know.
did you notice what they were wearing? >> the navy blazers. >> yes. they want them to be professionals and they tell them appearance is part of that. >> you have to look and act the part. >> she's so going to be a lawyer. >> i know you used to be a park ranger, within of your jobs, but did you ever consider law -- a career -- >> you were a lifeguard? did you not see the past news? >> here you go. another guy down the road. >> oh, look at that gun. welcome to the gun show. >> oh. for real. really? >> oh, no, no. >> you're bashful now. coming up, martina mcbride's new video strikes a chord. >> it does. her new song and why it means so much to cancer survivors. you're watching "world news now." údúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdp
strong ♪ ♪ when you let go i'll hold on ♪ when you need to cry i'll be there to dry your eye ♪ ♪ when you feel lost and scared to death ♪ >> chills already. >> very powerful story for you this friday morning. as you may know "good morning america" co-anchor robin roberts is herself a survivor of breast cancer. >> she's part of an extraordinary video for singer martina mcbride's new song about the bond between cancer patients and their support system. >> first, robin takes us behind the scenes. >> reporter: on a music video o set you never know who you're going to bump into. look who's in hair and makeup. hoda kotb. i had no idea she could sing. >> don't make me dance. ♪ everybody breaking their neck like that girl that girl that girl ♪ >> reporter: did you hear the song? >> i did. that's why -- >> reporter: yeah, yeah. later i made my music video debut, telling my story of being
a warrior in the fight against breast cancer. >> somebody loved me through this. and i'm going to love somebody else through it. that's what we have to do for one another. >> reporter: the video includes testimonials from other survivors like sheryl crow and sharing her personal story of loss, katie couric. >> i'm lucky i have a family that is incredibly supportive. >> reporter: later, the powerful voice behind the song, martina mcbride, stopped by to say hello. you can feel your passion behind this. >> well, it just touched me, that song. i just knew -- it was just an immediate reaction. i thought, i have to sing this song. >> reporter: ultimately it's a song about things that matter the most. for me, faith, family and friends. >> oh, wow. you're already tearing up. >> yeah, i know. >> for good reason, though. that song is called "i'm going to love you through it." it's very, very special. >> it's going to touch anybody who knew somebody who has cancer or knows somebody who has cancer. >> and that's all of us.
really, really is. >> martina mcbride will take us to the break. check it out. ♪ >> i was diagnosed in may of 2006. >> april 15th, tax day. >> when you're diagnosed with cancer, everybody around you is diagnosed as well. >> at that point you realize how much someone means to you. >> all i wanted to do wawato live to raise my children. ♪ she dropped the phone and burst into tears ♪ ♪ the doctor just confirmed her fear ♪ ♪ her husband held it in and held her tight ♪ ♪ cancer don't discriminate or care if you're just 38 ♪ ♪ but three kids need you in their life ♪ ♪ he said i know that you're afraid and i am too ♪ ♪ but you'll never be alone i promise you ♪
♪ when you're weak i'll be strong ♪ ♪ when you let go i'll hold on ♪ when you need to cry i swear that i'll be there to dry your eyes ♪ ♪ wn you feel lost and scared to death like you can't take one more step ♪ ♪ take my hand together we can do it ♪ ♪ i'm going to love you through it ♪ >> my husband was so supportive. >> he looked at me and said, you know what, it's going to be okay. >> there was my dad, sitting on the little bench. >> we've always just been this team. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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more than 400 points. it's friday, august 19th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana alvear. that selloff on wall street is having an impact this morning overseas where foreign markets are down. here in the u.s., it's an even more discouraging scene where thousands of people lined up in atlanta at a job fair. >> if that's not a scene of what's going on in the country, i don't know what is. >> absolutely. >> some waited overnight in theieir suits, dhoes -- >> in the heat. >> unbelievable. also ahead, a possible break in the case of that missing tourist in aruba. her travel companion is in custody and investigators found out he took out a big travel insurance policy on robin gardner before their trip. not ofofcially charged but a lot of signs leading to -- >> and still being held. >> oh, yeah.
later this half hour, a warning to dog lovers from the american kennel club. dog-napping incidents are skyrocketing. what you need to do to prevent this from happening. before all that, we head into the weekend with renewed worries about the global economy. those worries are weighing down markets in asia, where tokyo's nikkei was down more than 2%. >> and futures indicate a lower opening on wall street. our coverage begins with abc's alex stone. >> reporter: pictures with a thousand statistics, a line 4,000 people long, job hunters, who stood in atlanta's stifling heat waiting to get a crack at some openings at this job fair. >> i got here at 9:12. got in there at like 1:58. >> got kids, got bills, got to stay somewhere. >> reporter: over 20 people were treated for heat exhaustion, others were just exhausted by the fruitless search for work. no call backs? >> not one. >> reporter: 408,000 people applied for unemployment benefits last week, up 9,000 from the week before. the news took its toll on stocks.
the dow down over 500 points during the day. closing 419 points in the red. >> we don't think we're out of the woods or even close to being out of the woods. quite honestly, we think the problems are going to continue to unfold over the next 18 to 24 months. >> reporter: in the first ten days of august, americans pulled $23.5 billion from 401(k)s. >> the companies are out there and they're -- selective companies are doing well. >> reporter: some are now stocking up, buying back their own stocks in a show of self-confidence, and mortgage rates have hit their lowest point in history. a few gleams, at least, in the economic gloom. alex stone, abc news. >> incredible stat there, the $24 billion in 401(k)s pulled out in the first ten days of this month? >> didn't want to look at that. >> no, unbelievable. >> but there's a couple of things that may give you good d news this morning. the price of a barrel of oil dropped $5. that's a huge drop. and the price of gold is doing well. >> and doing so well, in fact, in southern los angeles, they
say 110 people have been robbed of their gold chains recently because the price of gold has skyrocketed. >> interesting to make that connection. >> yeah. weird. scary, too. political news this morning, president obama wakes up in massachusetts on this friday morning, his first full day of vacation. >> meanwhile, republicans insist the president should have stayed at the white house to work on the nation's economic problems. abc's john hendren has the latest. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana. republicans for months have been hammering on the president's previous stimulus package, saying it hasn't worked. so, it may come as some surprise that included in the president's upcoming deficit reduction plan is also new stimulus spending. as president obama takes a brbrk on martha's vineyard, republicans are not taking a vacation from criticism. >> i have one goal in mind. it's this -- to make barack obama a one-term president! >> reporter: the republican national committee has come out with the line of economy-themed obama postcards noting the president is vacationing among
high unemployment and economic turmoil. gop presidential candidates are keeping up the pressure. >> we need one strong hombre or hombrette. i'm the hombrette to stand for you in washington, d.c. >> reporter: the president plans to strike back after labor day by announcing a nq reduction plan and, in a surprise, new stimulus spending to spur job creation. >> we can't afford to do one or the other. we have to do both. >> reporter: among republicans, stimulus is a dirty word. >> we now have just this monstrous debt hanging over our children's future like a black cloud. >> reporter: candidate rick perry has drawn some criticism of his own. this mother used her son to question the candidate's views on evolution. >> i hear your mom was a aing about evolution. and it's a theory that is out there. in texas we teach both creation and evolution.
in our public schools. >> ask him why he doesn't believe in science. >> because i figure you're smart enough to figurereut which one is right. >> ask him why he doesn't believe in science. >> reporter: the president's upcoming economic plan calls for a deficit reduction committee to come up with even more than the $1.5 trillion in savings they've already been asked to find. rob and diana? >> thank you, john. interesting to see that conversation there between perry, the little boy and his mother. perry pretty much opened up a creationism pandora's box. because in 1997, the supreme court ruled against teaching creationism in public schools. now we're hearing so much more about it again. >> this is a debate, there will never be an end to it. interesting to hear him chime in on that as well. if they are teaching it, that's against the law. i don't think we've heard the last about that from governor perry. we shift gears overseas. we're following a developing story in afghanistan. at last three people have been killed in a twin bomb attack on a british compound in kabul, the building housed the british council, a cultural and educational institution, funded by the british government.
investigators say two afgh policemen and a worker were killed. deadly gunfire continues this morning on both sides of the border between israel and egypt. israeli forces killed five palestinian gunmen and then launched at least a dozen air strikes in gaza in retaliation to yesterday's bus attack. a palestinian toddler and 13-year-old were among those killed. militants fired a series of rockets into southern israel. attacks on buses in israel killed eight people. it was the deadliest attack of its kind in three years. gunmen crossed over frfr the egyptian desert and opened fire on a civilian bus near a resort town. several cars and another bus were later attacked. investigators in utah say they have a new lead in the case of susan powell. she's been missing now for nearly two years. they'll be searching the dessert near ely, nevada, hundndds of miles from her home. her husband, josh, has insisted all along she left on her own while he was on a camping trip with their two young sons in the
middle of a blizzard. police say hs a person of f interest, though he's never been arrested. we have news in the case of another missing woman. there's a possible break in the case of robyn gardner, who disappeared while vacationing in aruba. >> a lot of sordid details emerging in this case. we're following all these n new details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. after investigating for more than two weeks, authorities continue to zero in on robyn gardner's traveling companion. aruban authorities may now have a motive behind robyn gardner's disappearance, a $1.5 million travel insurance. giordano is listed as the beneficiary. according to the ap, giordano called about collecting on it two days after reporting gardner missing. >> travel insurance was taken out and we're investigating that material, seeing if there's relevance to the disappearance.
>> reporter: gardner's estranged boyfriend can't believe she would voluntarily sign a travel policy. >> maybe if she was forced to, maybe if she was misinformed as to what it was. >> reporter: this and other new evidence helps explain why a judge monday sided with prosecutors, extending giordano's detention another 16 days as the investigation continues. authorities haven't confirmed it but "people" magazine is reporting explicit photos of gardner were found stored in giordano's camera. the last time they were seen together was at this restaurant. where she appeared woozy. he latat told police they were drinking vodka and she had taken sleeping pills. later that day he claims they went snorkeling and she was swept out to sea. >> he's tied himself to that story of snorkeling and now authorities, piece by piece, are trying to take it apart. >> reporter: authorities are interrogating him daily but say he isn't cooperating. his attorney says he is and hasn't done anything wrong. giordano's attorney is not commenting on his client's connection to that travel
insurance policy. rob, diana? >> a lot of damaging details in that case. for the third time since last month a huge dust storm has engulfed the phoenix area, the giant wall of dirt and debris rolled in last night, creating near zero visibility and delaying some flights as well. winds topping 60 miles an hour. thouounds of folks lost power. the summer of weird weather just continues. >> wacky, wild weather, wants to be priority number one in the news. >> mother nature. here's your friday forecast. thunderstorms and downpours from carolina up to new england. showers and thunderstorms around chicago, st. louis, des moines and omaha. hail and gusty winds in the central plains. showers in the rockies. thunderstorms in florida. >> 90 in miami. 93 in atlanta. 86 here in new york. mostly 80s from the twin cities to indianapolis. dallas still hot, 107. phoenix, 102. 85 in sacramento. and a nice sounding 76 in seattle. there's a chance of wet weather in the town of sterling, illinois, but we're pretty sure that won't stop the big celebration and parade set for later today.
>> sterling, illinois, as your little league softball world series champions. >> how excited are those girls? that's right. the girls of sterling's little league softball team are the new world champs after beating a team from waco 7-5 in portland, oregon, wednesday night. >> they look happy. they're back home, exhausted, but thrilled to be only the second illinois team to win the national title. congratulations, ladies. >> i love it. those girls must be very, very talented and so excited. it's nice to see the girls -- you know, go girls! girl power. >> you go, girl! >> yeah. >> say it with attitude. >> you go, girl! >> there you go. >> you bat that softball. more "world news now" coming up after the break. ♪ who run the world ♪ girls girls
♪ we're going at it tonight tonight there's a party on the ç rooftop top of the world ♪ ♪ tonight tonight and we're dancing on the edge of the hollywood sign ♪ >> i can't tell you, rob, how awesome it's been to be here on "world news now" this week. it was an incredible week. >> we had fun. we had fun. it's been great to work with you, too. we had a lot going on this week. >> lots of news. >> presidential politics, almost tragedy at tampa high school, and of course a very expensive lesson in doing the right thing. here now is our weekly tradition, "the quotes of the week." the winner of the 2011 iowa straw poll is congresswoman michele bachmann. >> obama is my strategy. i intend to be the nomomee of the republican party and to take him on and defeat him in 2012. >> i'm here to enlist you in a fight. we are fighting for the future of our country. >> how do you fix the economy, mr. president? well, apparently he thinks it's to create a new jobs agency. >> i'll cut him some slack. he's only been at it for a few days now. >> he's going to talk about
jobs, but i think the only job he cares a aut is the one he's got. >> it will be interesting to see how he does under the spotlight. it's a big spotlight. but texas is a big spotlight also. i think he'll do very well. >> saw people running. next thing you know, you look back and there's people underneath the stage trying to get out. >> what's remarkable about this is virtually throughout the rest of the fairgrounds, the midway, particularly, no damages to >> we were probably able to thwart a potentially catastrophic event, the likes of which the city of tampa has not seen. >> i think most people are going to be like scared and a lot of people might not even show up to >> a real housewife of beverly hills husband found dead. >> he probably thought the fame was great and then he realized this has ruined my marriage, ruined my life. >> i'm --
i'm pretty sure -- >> no doubt. no doubt. >> woo! >> honesty is the best policy. we wanted to set a good example for our kids. the next day i called zach and i said, you know, it was really nate that made the shot. >> what a lesson for those kids. but what a shot. >> but he made the shot. >> it was good. you have is something near and dear to your heart happening next week. >> next friday is national dog day. i know you'll be celebrating, right? >> i'll be celebrating hard. regis philbin, a friend here at abc,urns 80 years old next weekend. >> happy birthday. >> leaving the show in a few ç months. a big end of the era on tv. a lot going on in the days ahead. >> the doggy story, very relevant right now. coming up, dog lovers beware. >> owners of sought-after breeds are discovering the hard way just how valuable those dogs really are, to criminals. you're watching "world news now."
well, this might sound alarmist to some folks out there but this is a growing problem, dog stealing. dog-napping, in fact. >> the american kennel club says incidents are up sharply this year. abc's lara spencer looks at that and how to keep your four-legged friend safe. >> reporter: california, a security camera in the backyard of a breeder catches a thief jumping the fence and stealing these husky puppies. >> tore our family apart for months, trying to find those puppies. >> reporter: they never did. caught on tape, a 10-week-old maltese puppy stolen from a pet store in miami. two chocolate labs go missing. their owners sick with worry. one comes back, the other is still gone. >> nausea. like, oh, my god. oh, my god, oh, my god, oh, my god. >> reporter: turns out a man allegedly posted on facebook trying to sell the dog. he was arrested for grand theft and the charges are still pending.
isolated incidents? hardly. perhaps a sign of a struggling economy. this is a growing and scary trend. >> the american kennel club continues to see an alarming rise in the number of dog-nappings across america. >> reporter: lisa peterson is the communications director for the akc,2which has seen a 49% increase in pet thefts this year alone. john husky and dina martinez were devastated when their 4-month-old dog, mr. james brown, went missing. >> we were really, really concerned that this wasn't going to end well. >> reporter: they hired a pet detective. >> we thought the dog squeezed out some bars, so that's when we can bring out the search dog. >> reporter: analisa burnes from pet search and rescue worked on the case. >> good girl! rainbow, ready? search. where's the dog? >> reporter: it workrkvery much the same as for a missing person, using dogs to try to find the scent. john and dina's story had a happy ending. they got mr. james brown back. >> thank you. >> reporter: but that is not
always the case. >> most people, over 80% to 90%, they can get their pets back on their own if they know what to do. they don't need the search dogs. >> reporter: what do you need to do to prevent your pet from becoming a statistic? >> the biggest prevention tip is a collar and tag. hands down. it's the easiest, simplest, most inexpensive thing you can do and really has that increasing your chance of getting your dog back safe. >> simple steps. >> those microchips work, too. there was a dog that was dog napped in california and turned up in seattle and it was a microchip that reunited them. >> really? yes. >> there's my day job. >> look how happy are you with those animals. hó
night" coming up in a second. >> first, anne hathaway is starring in "one day." this is a movie based on a popular novel by the same name. i know, i know, you're thinking chick flick. it features anne hathaway and jim sturgis. they meet on their graduation day and then it revisits the next 20 years on that particular date. i think the date is july 15, 1988 and then the next 20 years. it follows their characters, emma and dexter, and their ups and downs and what happens to them. emma's a struggling actor and she's working in a mexican restaurant. dexter is a reality star that has a little bit of a coke problem. you know, so -- >> typical love story. >> yeah. let's take a look at the very first day they met. >> you know, we've never actually met. >> actually we have, several times. >> oh, have we? >> you crashed my birthday party. >> ouch. well, i'm sorry about that. >> no, not at all. you're delightful. >> oh, was i?
>> no, no, you weren't. >> of course the big story anne hathaway has a british accent and she's not getting the best reviews for that. they're not getting the bestst reviews for the movie. >> haven't heard good things about this one yet. better things about my movie "fright night," this is not a high brow adventure but a remake of a 1985 movie of the same name here. basically it about a teenager, has all the right things going for him, the hot girlfriend, cool friends but this crazy guy moves next door played by colin farrell here. >> yummy. >> as they discover, he is a vampire. so, he kind of has to get a little help here in getting rid of the vampire. he kind of solicits the help of a casino showman friend of his who has the right secret to take him down. take a listen. >> you can't get in without an invitation. >> like a vampire. ♪
>> don't need an invitation if there's no house. >> whoa! >> there it is. they say the movov is clever, good sense of humor. mixes the gore with the jokes here. true to the original from '85, good 3d effects. >> he looks like he's having fun. >> b-minus, eonline gave it. colin farrell really makes the movie. >> 30% for one day. can you believe that? it's getting so much marketing, i don't know. >> you'll like this one. >> if you like colin farrell. >> oh, you like colin? >> that's the news for this half hour. follow us on facebook
>> while main street investors yank their retirement money out of the markets in droves. it's friday, august 19th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm diana alvear. >> and i'm rob nelson. it's been a pleasure working with you this week as we wrap up the week. >> i know. last day. >> last day. we'll go out strong. it's not encouraging news for many unemployed americans. take a look at long lines in atlanta yesterday at a job fair in that city. people say came down all night, literally. this is a worldwide problem. asian markets taking a dive. >> not so good news. also ahead, an international incident on a basketball court in china. how did the american and chinese teams playing during a goodwill visit end up in a brawl? >> not our most diplomatic moment there on the court. later this half hour, he's a professional lifeguard who at age 61 is in a little trouble because he decided not to wear a speedo to work. see why this is our favorite story of the day. >> absolutely.
first, stock markets in asia opened sharply lower this morning, following a day of sharp losses in markets around the world. tokyo's market lost more than 2%. >> investors are worried about a recession as well as debt and banking problems in europe.ç abc's t.j. winick is following all of these market jitters. morning, t.j. >> good morning, rob and diana. another bad day in stocks as fears about global debt sent the markets into a downward spiral. >> reporter: it was another gloomy day on wall street. the markets finishing the day down over 419 points. debt woes in both the u.s. and europe and more signs of economic weakness triggered a selloff in stock markets around the world. during the day the dow jones industrial average fell more than 500 points. >> that german market, which is -- they're the leaders in europe, our biggest trading partner, by the way, and they were down triple digits this morning. so we knew coming in that we were going to have a rough opening. >> reporter: in the u.s., 408,000 people applied for
unemployment benefits in the u.u.s. last week. up from 399,000 the week before. in atlanta, thousands lined up outside a job fair, hoping for a chance to speak with at least one of 80 employers. >> i'm willing to stay in this line no matter what. >> reporter: william smith is an out of work security officer with a wife and 1-year-old little girl at home. >> i've been constantly looking every day. since i've been laid off in june. >> reporter: even if the market bounces back, these swings have taken a major toll on consumer confidence. americans are paying more for staple items and fewer people are buying homes. >> in a nation powered by consumer spending, 70% of this country is powered by consumer spending, it comes down to jobs. i mean, jobs is the bottom line. and that's something that there's no silver bullet for. >> reporter: during the first ten days of august americans withdrew $23.5 billion from their 401(k)s, fearful of how much further their retirement funds could drop. rob and diana?
>> thanks, t.j. >> gold is doing pretty well which means more gold is being snsnatched off people in the streets. in l.a. they're reporting there's been a whopping increase in the number of chains being stolen. >> ripped off people's necks. that's crazy. that number about people yanking out of their 401(k)s. that's kind of what investors say, don't do. they say ride it out, things will get better. unless you're really close to retirement, don't yank your money. $4 billion are gone already. people are getting panic settling in, which is scary. other news this morning, the president is getting updates from his economic team as he remains on vacation for ten days on martha's vineyard. the president is also working on that major speech he's set to give after labor day that will focus on job creation and reduction of the nation's debt. as mr. obama works, though, behind the scenes, his republican challengers are keeping up their campaign criticisms. >> we now have just this monstrous debt hanging over our children's future like a black cloud. >> we need one strong hombre or hombrette, and i'm t the hombree
to go and stand for you in washington, d.c. >> governor perry came under criticism of his own in new hampshire where he was heckled for the first time as a presidential candidate. protesters told him to keep his hands off medicare and actually said he is a threat to america. the obama administration is joining european allies in taking a hard line against syria's president assad. the white house is mincing no words, saying assad has lost all credibility. for the first time, demanding he step down. assad has escalated his crackdown on pro democracy activists. nearly 2,000 people have been killed since uprisings started five months ago. in libya, at least seven loud blasts were heard in tripoli this morning as bombs fell in the vicinity of moammar gadhafi's main compound. the fighting has gotten more intense over the past few days as rebel forces have gained some ground there. they are closing in on the capital from both the south and the west. an outside agency will help investigate the deadly stage collapse at indiana state fair last weekend. but there are questions this
morning about how objective that investigation might be. that's because an outside agency is an engineering firm hired by the state fair commission. critics say that amounts to the state essentially investigating itself. we turn to an international incident of sorts on the hardwood in china. a basketball game between georgetown university and a chinese team deteriorated into a bench-clearing brawl with everything being thrown, including punches, chairs, even ll water bottles. more now from abc's jim sciutto. >> reporter: it was a goodwill trip to china that turned ugly. a collision between players from the georgetown hoyas and bayi rockets turned to shoving, and then an all-out brawl. chinese players swarmed the court, kicking one georgetown player on the ground. coaches and fans joined the fight. one raising a chair over his head. "washington post" reporter gene wang was inside the arena.
>> this is a men's team, an experienced team, frankly, getting embarrassed by a college team. you know, they couldn't beat them squarely playing basketball, so they tried to muck it up and get really physical. and they obviously crossed the bounds of good sportsmanship. >> reporter: the fight ended only when georgetown coach john thompson iii pulled his team off the court with nine minutes left in the game. they asked for but didn't receive a police escort back to their hotel. this is a trip that the georgetown team and the campus were looking forward to with huge anticipation. the georgetown coach released a statement saying that two great teams played a competitive game and his team regrets how it ended. >> the officials were just horrid. i mean, you know, i've been covering sports for 20-plus years. i've never seen officials do a worse job than they did. >> reporter: the brawl, the video spread across the internet, comes at an embarrassing time for u.s. and chinese officials. vice president joe biden just arrived in china, trying to ease
relations, as the world's two largest economies clash over america's debt, trade and a host of national security issues. it had been all smiles when biden stopped to watch georgetown's first game in china on wednesday. but for the team, it's this image that may be more lasting. jim sciutto, abc news, washington. >> what may turn out to be a massive understatement, the state department issued a statement saying it's unfortunate. >> that's a bold statement. >> it's unfortunate. >> tough call. to me, i saw a hard foul and then the georgetown guy kind of take that first -- that first shove -- >> a little trash talk, pushy here, pushy there. it happens in basketball. >> it happens. tempers flare. >> you want to be a baller. >> or brawler. a day at the beach turned into quite the scare in north carolina. a waterspout formed offshore at carolina beach. swimmers and sunbathers were shocked to see it make its way on land. boogie boards, umbrellas and trash cans were swept into the funnel, but there was no major damage and no one was hurt.
that is quite -- if i saw that coming toward me, i would assume there was a cow coming, twister -- >> i'm gone. >> -- get out. >> please, let no one be hurt. pretty to look at if it doesn't do any damage. wow. here's your friday forecast. heavy rain from boston down to raleigh. showers and thunderstorms in omaha, des moines, st. louis and chicago. severe weather threatens northeast cocolorado, western nebraska and kansas, too. showers from new mexico to montana. and the dakotas. >> 76 in fargo, 84 in detroit and 88 in kansas city. 80s from boston to baltimore. 93 in new orleans. albuquerque, colorado springs and boise all hover near the 90-degree mark. well, a puppy left for dead on a train track in central poland is getting a second chance, thanks to a local animal shelter. >> vets have come up with a set of wheels to replace the pup's paralyzed back legs and they say she's doing very well. a distraught train driver thought he might have driven over three puppies that had been abandoned on the tracks. >> two didn't make it, but he carried the injured pup to the
shelter himself where staffers managed to keep her alive. now she's up for adoption. >> that's so great to see her walking. >> that's cool. that is cool. they really don't know at this point who may have abandoned those pups on the track there, so some unanswered questions. but that little guy's back 4p+olling along. >> i would adopt him, if i could, but you know that. >> because you're betty white. we'll be back with more news after this. ♪ when a big dog throws you a bone ♪ ♪ one moment in sunshine when your ducks line up in a row ♪ ♪
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that's the music from the movie "minority report" a futuristic way of policing. well, police are always looking for innovative ways to fight crime and here's a new one that's fascinating. >> this really is cool. this particular technology helps cops in one city to predict where a crime could potentially happen next. abc's abby boudreau reports from santa cruz, california. >> reporter: we can predict the weather. and even a person's shopping habits. >> thank you. >> reporter: but what about predicting where a criminal might strike next? >> crime is not random. you can actually predict some of the things people will do. >> reporter: it's not exactly as futuristic as sci-fi thriller "minority report" where cops picked up criminals before they committed their crime. >> set up a perimeter. tell them we're en route. >> reporter: police in santa cruz, california, are getting closer to the sci-fi future using this algorithm. a complicated math equation similar to the one that predicts earthquake aftershocks to
predict crime. >> the map is updated every day -- >> reporter: the system tracks and pinpoints crimes up to the minute. then spits out detailed maps, a daily forecast showing where new crimes are most likely to crop up. >> it does more than just where it will be, it also tells you when it will be and what type of crime it will be. >> reporter: actual time of day? >> that's right. >> reporter: past crimes, the weather, even the day of the week all factor in, and so does location. >> how youou doing? >> reporter: criminals often like to hit the same spot more than once if they think they can is this a hot spot? >> we are in a hot spot right now. >> reporter: officer bernie escalante says with 20% fewer officers on the streets in santa cruz, the technology helps fill in the gap. >> they give you the map and a square. it's very easy to understand. it's hard to screw it up. >> reporter: and it seems to be working. thanks to the system, santa cruz police have made several arrests in just six weeks. including these two women found casing cars in a crime hot spot.
police say predictive policing is likely contributing to the 27% drop in burglaries in july compared to a year ago. and now major cities across the country, including los angeles, are working to start similar programs. ask any cop, there's really no computer printout that will ever replace an officer's instinct. abby boudreau, abc news, santa cruz, california. >> as times get tight, the country is falling on hard economic times, that prompts a crime -- you know, a spike in crime. so, i'm -- i think it's a great idea. >> but they're worried about profiling, that people will worry, well, are they going to just assume that i'm trying to case a car, like those two girls were arrested for casing some cars. >> a lot of profiling happens even without that technology. >> true. >> there we are. >> look at you. look at your hair. >> what -- what -- i guess -- i look like little richard if he was a cop. whwhat is that?
oh, that's tom cruise's hair. very, very nice. i look good out there. >> you can get any job doing that. >> i'm going to take my food out of the fridge in the back. i'm going to find out some things. don't worry. i'm trying to find out some dirt about you, too. don't worry. i got my team on it. >> i'm innocent. >> you california girls. all right. coming up next, the big fight over the situation's clothing and who's getting involved now. >> "the skinny" is next.
♪ skinny so skinny welcome back, everybody. time for the friday edition of "the skinny." we've talked a lot about this over the week. this has been the big story the last couple of days, the suicide of russell armstrong, the star of "the real housewives of beverly hills" show and now the mom is speaking out and she's not mincing words. she's basically saying, look, if bravo airs any footage of my son, we're coming after you with a lawsuit. she doesn't want any of the show of the season to air. >> you can't blame her. she's a grieving mom.
>> a grieving mom. several family members are speaking out saying they really do blame the network, they blame bravo for the suicide. a step brother says bravo is at fault and somebody needs to pay, so they're considering a lawsuit against bravo just for the suicide itself. now they're saying, if you air any footage at all, that will only complicate matters. it's getting messy and a tough time for that family. and on top of that, this stuff doesn't help. rapper ice t. decided to chime in tuesday with a tweet. >> foot in the mouth. >> he tweeted, quote, bad joke but a lot of those wives would make me consider it. >> oh, nice. >> you can imagine the backlash came quickly. he's since apologized. he's catching flack for that. ice, dumb move. >> how about some gossip? >> how about it. >> kat von d, jesse james, those crazy kids. she called off the engagement. well, guess what? they're baba on. >> true love.
>> "l.a. ink" has been canceled but they were making out, getting kissy face and james added [ speaking foreign language ] which means forever in spanish. he told "people" magazine the engagement is back on. it's official. kat von d is once again wearing her ring. he says, sometimes you're only given one chance in life and he says it's the woman of his dreams. >> those two deserve each other. love forever. god bless. i'm sure it will last forever. another situation that has me cracked up for the week. the situation about the situation. you know the backstory, that abercrombie & fitch said, stop wearing our clothes. we'll pay you to stop wearing our clothes. you don't fit our image. even though abercrombie & fitch did have shirts made up, which seems a little bit hypocritical, now they're saying, we don't want to be associated with you. but then good old larry flynt and "hustler" steps in and says, we will pay you to wear our clothes. the door open at hustler. larry flynt now offering to pay the cast of the "jersey shore" to wear "hustler" clothing. i love america. >> awesome. a 180 in terms of celebrities. who do you believe is the most trusted celebrity?
>> i already know the answer. i'll let you -- >> betty white. >> there we go. >> we all love betty white. she's the best. she's the most trusted celebrity in america. now, some of the other favorable celebrities are denzel washington, clint eastwood, will smith. topping the not so hot list, charlie sheen, britney spears -- >> shocking. >> -- kim kardashian, lebron, and how about this, tiger woods. i have a feeling it's because he's a bad tipper. >> and on top of that arnold schwarzenegger, donald trump and mel gibson. there's a lot of people out there they just t n't like. >> but congratulations to betty white. i always want to give her a big hit. >> everyone loves rose nylon. you've got to love betty white. she's an animal lover just like you. even better. congrats. we'll have more from "world news now" when we come right back.
>> one more time. >> oh, that was -- >> that's just a failed -- >> they're drinking upstairs again. finally this half hour, hit stat the stamp but as you saw there, belatedly, but this is our favorite story of the day. it's about a former lifeguard on new york's long island. >> he wants his old job back. he says he lost it because he wanted to cover up a bit. abc's andrea canning is hanging out with the story. >> reporter: at 61 years old, roy lester is comfortable in zis own skin. he just wants a little more of it covered up. >> they're not cut here. they're not showing a lot of skin. they're not showing a lot of thigh. >> reporter: as a lifeguard he's perfectly happy to spend his day a bathing suit, just not a speedo. why hate the speedo? >> it's called aging gracefully. at a certain point, the older you get, the less skin you
should show. speedo is a really nice suit if you have a perfect body. if you have a washboard stomach. >> reporter: he says he lost his lifeguard job b of 40 years because he refused the requirement to wear the skimpy suit for the annual swim test. why those suits? the state is not commenting but lester is, and he's suing to get his job back. >> it was a way to get at the older guys. >> reporter: despite those "baywatch" guards and their small suits. >> you guys should race. >> sounds good to me. what about it? >> reporter: lester says the key to being a good lifeguard is the ge.being a good lifeguard is the >> back when i was a kid, 61 was really old. older people now don't feel that they're old. as you see them embracing their age, they're beginning to look at age as it's just a number. hey, i can still do these things. >> reporter: what would make im the most happy to be able get back on the beach in his suit to enjoy the endless summer. andrea canning, abc news, jones
beach, new york. aging gracefully. man. >> he's still got it. he looks pretty good for 61 years old. >> i don't understand the whole speedo look. what do you -- any opinion on the old banana hammock? at do you think? >> what do you think? >> i don't know. i was in mexico a few days ago and there were old dudes by the pool, and i was like, you've got to be kidding me? there's an age threshold to this kind of stuff. >> what do you think? that's our facebook question on wnnfans.com. should 61-year-old lifeguards be required to wear a banana hammock, like you said? would you? would you wear one? >> i would not on my best day. sorry to disappoint you. >> sorry to disappoint your fans out there. >> oh! >> oh. >> look at you!