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be donated to honor father baker's dream. baker notifies uhlrich that $130,000 is deposited in the marine trust for the tonetti brothers marble company. emile sends an urgent telegram to baker asking him to convert american dollars to lire, as to avoid mutual risk. the tonetti brothers are getting very nervous as they experience difficulty withdrawing money from the trust, since it is in american dollars and not italian lire. the value of the lira has changed, causing them to lose money on the deal. as a result, their enthusiasm in the project begins to drop. baker writes the trust and begins the long, difficult process of settling the currency issue. by this time, uhlrich realizes that his work with father baker is almost complete. he respectfully and humbly reminds father baker of his need to be compensated.
uhlrich: i will have to wake up to the fact that i must earn a living. so far, i have acted like a fancier with no worries of the future. i was blinded by the fun of doing something beautiful. i dropped into oblivion, and that can be done in a few weeks and, i fear, nullify a lifetime of up-building. my little economies are going fast, and i will have to get another job. i trust to providence and to your good will and sense of fairness. narrator: father baker responds and states that everything is looking so beautiful. he also mentions... father baker: i am enclosing a few dollars, as you may need it. narrator: in the months ahead, baker continues to send uhlrich payments for his services. as the year 1924 ends, the exterior facade is complete. the interior work, including the stained glass, paintings, and statuary, are well underway.
father baker writes the lawyer for the tonetti brothers, stating he's awaiting some major pieces for the altars and pleads that the company be careful when boxing items, as some of the marble columns are broken in two when they arrive in america. in a few months, monsignor baker announces that bishop turner has agreed to celebrate the dedication of the shrine on october 7th, the feast of our lady of victory. this date is later changed due to marble from abroad not arriving on time. by december of 1925, the official dedication date is not yet announced, but enough of the shrine is completed to allow father baker to celebrate the first mass there on christmas day. writing about this opening event in the annals, father baker notes, "the spirit of our lady permeates the entire edifice." oh, our lady of victory is the gem. it's the culmination of decades of building and designing and planning.
it's at the top. and i think that would be at the top of father baker's list, as well, and i can't think of an architect that wouldn't be proud that they had built that structure. i think that's definitely the culmination of their work. narrator: there are still some details that must be completed before the shrine can be officially dedicated. main altar pieces and columns which were shipped are still in new york city, and father baker learns that they are being held there until tonetti is paid in full. baker insists tonetti adheres to the contract as written, despite the changing value of the lira. father baker: i am very much ashamed and more or less indignant that you are treating us like so many children in acting perfectly regardless of our signed contracts. narrator: father baker is anxious to pay all debts, and he asks uhlrich, who is now in havana with his wife, to try to settle all accounts.
emile writes to baker that he will take up the matter of the missing pieces of the shrine with the lawyer for the tonetti brothers. one unexpected favor occurs at this time. president calvin coolidge and the united states congress grant father baker the right to have the marble for the shrine coming from abroad to be admitted duty free to the united states. the near completion of the shrine allows monsignor baker to again set the date of the official dedication. it is to be held on march 19, 1926, the 50th anniversary of father baker's ordination to the priesthood. unfortunately, father baker takes ill, and the official dedication is again postponed. [ pipe organ playing ] the dedication of the our lady of victory shrine commences on may 25, 1926.
the consecration ceremony begins at 6:00 a.m., with bishop william turner, sixth bishop of buffalo, officiating. father baker serves as celebrant of the dedication mass held at 10:30 a.m. 400 hundred bishops and priests from all over the country attend the event. over 30,000 people try to squeeze into the shrine that can hold 5,000. the crowd gasps as they delight in the realized beauty of father baker's dream. cardinal patrick hayes of new york states in his sermon that day... cardinal hayes: i know of no church like this, so beautiful, so uplifting, so glorious. i know of no other church like this, consecrated to the charities of christ our lord. it is a monument to the buffalo diocese, the city of lackawanna, to our great lady of victory, and to a modern apostle of charity, father baker. narrator: father baker himself is very pleased with how well the shrine turned out.
father baker: its brilliant white marble exterior gstening in the sunlight, while the tall, stately, cross-crowned spires pierce high into the clouds, and its magnificent dome -- a scene unequaled in splendor, seldom if ever witnessed. the classical impulse, which uhlrich exemplifies, this kind of roman sensibility, is very clear on the outside with the tuscan columns, the smaller columns, the overall composition from the exterior -- these amazing arms, these curvilinear arms that come out and embrace you, and how there's a crescendo up to the towers and then back to the dome. so it really is an amazing body -- you know, like a head and arms and legs. it's all been put together. the artistic style is very baroque. if you look at the curved frontage that is different from st. peter's.
it's baroque because it's curved, and it is, like, pulling you in to the front of the building. i think that the style is incredible. stroik: what's interesting is the french, like they always do -- they learn from rome. they learn from the italians, and then they bring their own abilities to it. and often, they make it more pure, maybe even more elegant. and so, he's looking at rome through the french lens and creating something spectacular. narrator: above the ends of the exterior colonnades are two very beautiful marble sculptures. on the left, 30 young girls surround a sister of st. joseph -- above her an immense angel with the torch of faith in one hand and in the other a wreath of honor. on the right, 30 young boys surrounding father baker with another large angel hovering overhead.
the sculpture was made in secret. the humble father baker was surprised and quite upset to discover it and demanded to have it removed. after much convincing, he agrees to let it stay. at the main entrance stands a statue of our lady of victory with her divine child, standing 12 feet high and weighing 16,000 pounds, carved from white carrara marble. passing through the massive bronze doors, many are astonished by the sheer beauty of the interior. if you stand here and face the back door when people come in or you're with them when they come in, the very first thing you'll see is their jaw drop as they walk down the aisle. you can almost see them saying, "oh, my gosh, this is really just unbelievable. it's hard to even take it all in". i've seen that expression on people's faces over and over again. narrator: one can almost imagine father baker himself proudly leading tours through his shrine. father baker: walking down the center aisle to the main altar,
you notice the beautifully carved stations of the cross on either side of the shrine, each of these carved from their own block of pure white carrara marble. looking up, you will take in the eight painted panels representing the laurentian litany of the blessed virgin mary. at the top of the nave, the inspiring stained-glass windows depicting the seven joyful episodes in the life of our blessed lady and the seven sorrowful episodes in the life of our blessed lady. there are 134 windows in the shrine, the two largest being 13 feet in diameter. the two large rose windows in the transepts are marvels of beauty. another beautiful feature of the shrine is the lady of lourdes grotto. this chapel depicts the visitation of mary to st. bernadette in lourdes, france, and is hewn out of black lava rock from mount vesuvius in italy.
the catholic church is a church of sacramentality, okay? it means that we see in created reality and material reality the divine shining through. beauty always does that. father baker was so concerned about making sure he had the most beautiful, the best materials, the best artists. he knew that what they could do with their crafts and with their arts would speak to people for generations. narrator: one of the most stunning creations in the shrine is the painting of the main dome. the artist, professor raggi, describes it here. raggi: glancing upwards at the dome, a veritable sea of celestial beauty greets the eye in a painting representing a vision of heaven and the assumption of the blessed mother of god, carried in the arms of an angelic host of heavenly beings prostrating themselves before the holy trinity, the father, the son, and the holy spirit,
who are placing the crown of celestial magnificence upon the brow of the immaculate mother of christ. monsignor burkard: many people come here and they'll tell you that they come here because it's a place that they find the most peace in their life that they don't find elsewhere. foit-albert: you're drawn into, i think, the inner spirit. i used to call it the void, which was the space for -- has potential for all good things to happen, the architecture of the void. well, the churches aren't probably constructed to be "the void," but they are that. and they do bring in that sense of repose and serenity. narrator: the main focus of the our lady of victory shrine is the powerful expression of the main altar. father baker: wandering down the center aisle, we come to the extreme end to drink in the beauty of the main altar. the four beautifully twisted columns on the main altar
are of rare red pyrenees marble, which holds the magnificent dome with angelic figures hovering over it, all surrounding our lady of victory, which stands 9 feet in height. 14 beautiful angelic figures add to the magnificence of the altar. over the tabernacle stand two other angels holding a marble pillow, upon which is to rest the ostensorium containing the most blessed sacrament, which is surrounded by a large and elegant golden crown. when you walk in the main entrance, it's magnetic. there is a kind of visual artistic pull to the center, which is our lady. stroik: i think the main altar is very gutsy, and it's like a crescendo. and you see it as you enter, but as you get closer to it, you realize how wonderful it is.
and the further you get in, the mystery kind of unfolds. the other thing that i really love are the two chapels off the transept. i think those are knockouts that are their own little space, and they're kind of domical. they're like little mini churches, like the main sanctuary. father baker: the side altars are most magnificent in painting, color, and sculptures. on the east side, the altar dedicated to the sacred heart of our lord and savior, jesus christ. the statue is much larger than life, standing on an altar of varicolored marble. on the west side is the altar of saint joseph, where a larger-than-life statue of joseph holds the christ child in his right hand and a beautifully carved lily in his left. narrator: professor raggi describes the murals. raggi: over saint joseph's altar are the paintings depicting the slaughter of the innocents,
showing how determined king herod was to destroy the life of the divine child, issuing an order for the destruction of all the male children under 2 years of age. the flight into egypt depicts the event of an angel of god to notify saint joseph to take the child and the mother and flee into egypt. over the altar of the sacred heart of jesus is the nativity of our blessed lord, showing the manger scene at the birth of our lord and the coming of the wise men to adore the newborn savior. narrator: behind the main altar, a curved walkway displays five more altars honoring various saints. so, what that allows you to do, in the back of the altar, in the rotunda-type area, is to go around and continue your journey.
what it does is it graciously rounds off your experience, and see what's behind as well as what's in front of it. father baker: the first of the back altars recalls the patron saint of the original church which once stood here. saint patrick's altar bestows the figure of ireland with a white robe and blue mantle, sitting on the venerable stone of destiny, the ancient symbol of national independence and governmental authority. it is by a green, white, and orange flag of the reawakened nation, and above that the celtic cross to symbolize the catholicism of the nation. following along, we visit the the altar of saint aloysius... the altar of the immaculate mother... the altar of saint anne... and the last altar is that of saint vincent de paul, which depicts this great patron of charity
holding a newborn babe and with his other arm about the neck of a homeless boy. narrator: it is believed that there are over 2,000 angels in the shrine, either in sculpture or painting. stroik: we believe that angels surround us and especially surround us in the liturgy. so, it's very appropriate that we try to show them in our buildings or on our buildings, in the case of our lady of victory. but 2,000 is amazing. the open spaces where you would anticipate a column is a pendent form, and in between these arches are angels with long wings. and he loves angels. you will find angels in all of his churches. and father baker, again, is another fan of the angels. narrator: two months after the shrine is dedicated, on july 28, 1926, the vatican designated our lady of victory shrine
as a minor basilica by papal decree. it is the second minor basilica in the united states. the title of "basilica" bestows a church with certain privileges that are conferred on it by the pope. our lady of victory basilica contains a papal throne and umbrella that will be opened only in the event that the pope should visit. the vatican decree notes... man: it is not its beauty, size, or magnificence that gives the sanctuary of our lady of victory of lackawanna its greatest importance. its greatest value is that it is in the center of a very large work of piety and charity. narrator: this last statement, giving credit to the institutions that father baker served during his priesthood. into the 1930s, during the great depression, father baker and his institutions continued to help those in need.
on april 30, 1936, father baker is admitted to our lady of victory hospital, suffering from pneumonia. he recovers from this ordeal but was never again in good health and is re-admitted in july. nelson baker died the morning of july 29, 1936, at age 95, with "no money in the bank, indebted to no one, and no one indebted to me" as stated in his last will and testament. stroik: one of the greatest outpourings of all time was father baker's funeral. thousands and thousands of people lined ridge road. really a beloved man by people across the country, across the state, and those of other faiths recognized that this was a great american who had done great works for us. narrator: on august 3rd, a reported half million mourners processed down ridge road for father baker's funeral. as they walk, the panoramic view of this man's many achievements,
through his faith in god and his never-failing trust in our lady of victory, is displayed. the many institutions he served, the boys' home he managed, the hospital he cared for, the school he led, and the shrine he built would certainly all nod in agreement to give honor to this saintly man of charity -- a man who gave the credit for his achievements to our lady of victory. to this day, father baker's institutions continue to help the less fortunate. he was able to set into place, whether he knew it or not, a program to care for the poor that was going to last 100 years after him or 200 years after him, maybe 300 or 400 years, you know? narrator: the our lady of victory basilica, however, has undergone some physical changes over the years. when father baker asked uhlrich to give him a sketch of what the church would be like,
the basilica would be like, uhlrich gave him a chalk drawing. and if you took that drawing and you held it up to the outside of the facade of the basilica today, it's almost identical, the difference being that the towers on the outside of the church were about 30 feet taller than they are at the present time. in the '40s, they were destabilized by an electrical storm, and the towers had to be taken down to a certain level. and they capped them off with a copper cap that matched the dome. this is a church to be seen from afar, from even miles away. and if you could bring back those towers, 164 feet, it would be incredible and would fulfill baker and uhlrich's vision, which is what they intended. narrator: the maintenance of our lady of victory basilica requires constant attention. much renovation was done in the 1980s and again in 2012, as all the windows were taken out above the main altar, re-leaded, and carefully re-installed.
some painting and plastering had to be done, as well. the basilica cost nearly $4 million to build in 1926. today, there is doubt that such a structure could be built. monsignor burkard: i've asked that question of architects, "how difficult would it be to rebuild this building?" and they kind of scratch their head and roll their eyes and walk away. yeah, $4 million in 1926, and it's funny because i have clients who want me to build buildings for them for $4 million. probably they're not father baker, though. the cost of it would be prohibitive -- finding the craftsmen to do it the way it was done here, with the quality of work -- almost an impossibility these days. and, of course, financing it,. stroik: i think it's a couple hundred million. i think it's $200 million. and a lot of that money is, frankly -- it's in the handwork. monsignor burkard: this is not the kind of a church that you build in a parish. it's a once-in-a-lifetime,
once-in-a-location kind of a building. barrett: these older buildings, these historic buildings that we have, they embody the history of their time. and the materials can never be re-created. there's a term for it. "embedded worth" i believe is what it is? our modern churches don't have anything close to this. it takes people to do it. takes a lot of time, costs a lot of money, but it's what we love about it. it's very human. it's very connected to our bodies and to our sight. foit-albert: there's a lot of human energy that you can almost feel when you enter the basilica. and you should be able to feel it. it's a lot. but more so than that, after you experience that, that's when the serenity begins. narrator: the basilica has some 30,000 visitors each year. people come to enjoy its beauty and to pray at the tomb of father baker.
in 1999, father baker's remains were exhumed from the nearby holy cross cemetery and entombed inside the basilica in the grotto of our lady of lourdes. people pray for healings, miracles, and favors, but also pray for father baker's canonization to sainthood. the cause for father baker's canonization goes back to 1988, when bishop head proposed to rome the possibility of father baker's canonization. rome accepted the case, and from that time on, father baker was called "servant of god." father baker's body was brought back into the basilica in 1999. rome suggested that, because they wanted people to have more access to father baker's physical presence, and also pray for his canonization. monsignor wurtz, who was my predecessor, began to put together documentation on a miracle that would potentially lead father baker to beatification. that was finished and presented to rome. along with that,
about 800 pages of documentation on father baker's life. narrator: in 2011, pope benedict xvi approved the document on nelson baker's heroic virtue and declared father baker "venerable." his cause for canonization? very exciting that that could give renewed life to the basilica, bring people there for a number of reasons, including to pay their respects to this great saintly man who built all of this wonderful work, and perhaps his greatest work, at least architecturally -- his greatest work was the basilica. i suppose his greatest work was the lives of the boys and girls. and it's across generations, and especially the young people -- i find that young people, given the choice, love the richness. they may not know much about it. they may not have grown up with it. but once they come in contact with it, they find it very compelling. narrator: the question arises -- how was the basilica built in five years?
the answer -- simultaneously, in all corners of the world, by a various number of architectural, artistic, and creative contributors, and brought together here in lackawanna, new york. barrett: they were really very, very fortunate in the talent of the other workers that worked the inside -- the sculptors, the painters, the frescoers, everyone, all the metalwork on the outside, the angels -- just amazing. it's quite miraculous, i think, they got it done in five years. stroik: my experience has been that all great churches -- you give credit to the talented architect and the talented patron. and sometimes the patron may be very tough on the architect. one thinks of pope julius ii and michelangelo on the sistine ceiling. sometimes that tough client or patron will bring it out of the artist. but there's no question
that the great buildings were all done by an architect who was very involved and very talented, but the client was also involved. and that's what you see with father baker. foit-albert: to me, as an architect, the value of the basilica is seemingly in terms of its design and its architectural beauty. but i think, as a philosopher, what i really admire about the basilica is its ability to get us to our spiritual side, our deeper side, our more sublime side. and i think that the basilica accomplishes both of those. can architecture assist us in our work? can it assist us in our prayer? can it assist us in faith? can it even, in a sense, evangelize? and i would say that in the case of our lady of victory, the answer is yes. people come here,
and i think part of that awe is the fact that they not only see beauty, but in it they see god and they find god in their life. so, that part of father baker's vision has certainly been consistent and has held up down through the ages. it seems to me that whether you're a catholic or not, this is a great work of art. i like to think of a building -- and in this case, i would say father baker's shrine, our lady of victory -- is a great sermon that he wrote. it's a great sermon that lives on after his death and continues to speak to people today. ♪ intercede for us, we pray ♪ open our hearts with the ray ♪ the ray of divine grace ♪ divine grace
this morning on "world news now," making history in cuba. >> for the first time in 90 years, an american president is in havana. can president obama ease the decades of tension between the u.s. and cuba? searching for clues. the jetliner that crashed in russia killing everyone on board. the important evidence recovered that's badly damaged. victim again. scammers attacking taxpayers filing their returns. those hit last year, getting hit again. how you can avoid being the next victim. and later, a magical creation using flour, yeast and water. it's time to bake french bread with the masters and me. "insomniac kitchen" is getting crusty on this monday, march 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm kendis gibson.
good monday morning we should say. >> yeah, and i'm lauren lyster in for reena ninan. >> reena is sick and it had nothing to do with any of my baking. you will get that privilege. >> i will get sick from your baking. actually, no, i'm looking forward to it. i used to go to that bakery every morning. >> exactly. and my baking, nothing like they do. we'll get started with the historical moment taking place right now. the president now on that trip, an historical one, to cuba after arriving late yesterday. the president, the first lady didn't let a heavy downpour stop them from walking around havana. >> today the president meets with cuban leader raul castro. marci gonzalez is covering the visit for us. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning. a rainy welcome for president obama here in havana, starting a whirlwind two-day trip that no other sitting president has made here in nearly 90 years. a warm welcome to cuba. ♪
president obama taking a history historic step forward in trying to mend the decades of tension between the u.s. and this communist island nation. >> it's been nearly 90 years since a u.s. president stepped foot in cuba. it is wonderful to be here. >> reporter: the president visiting with u.s. embassy staff, playing tourist along with the first family in old havana, past the vintage cars and weathered buildings, before he sits down monday with president raul castro. >> it's an historic opportunity to forge new agreements and commercial deals to build new ties between our two peoples. and for me to lay out my vision for a future that's brighter than our past. >> reporter: but problems of the present in full view. just before president obama's arrival, outspoken opponents of the authoritarian castro regime arrested, a part of the human
rights concerns the president plans to discuss in a meeting with some of the country's political dissidents. country's political dissidents. >> he needs to challenge the regime if you want to move forward with us in normalization, you've got to do this. >> reporter: while there are plenty of critics of this trip, we have seen clear excitement about the possibility of change here. lauren and kendis. >> marci gonzalez reporting there from havana, cuba. abc's david muir sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the president. he reports from havana tonight on "world news tonight." >> we look forward to that one. the suspected terrorist behind the paris attacks was apparently planning new operations and was ready for more violence. salah abdeslam was linked to isis. he was charged with terrorist murder in belgium on saturday in connection with the paris attacks. authorities are taking the latest claim seriously. they found heavy weapons during the takedown of abdeslam in brussels on friday. the marine killed in an isis rocket attack in iraq has been identified as staff
sergeant luis cardin from temecula, california. he was deployed with the 26th marine exdigsary unit, which was guarding a coalition base in the iraqi city of makhmur. his family says he enlisted just two days after graduating from high school. the death comes as the defense department officially announced the deployment of the marine unit to the base. the airline flydubai is offering hardship payments to the families of those killed when one of its passenger jets crashed in southern russia on saturday. it's providing whatever help it can to investigators who have already begun examining the black boxes for clues. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: investigators are analyzing the two black boxes recovered from flight 981. the devices, badly battered. but the russians report they have started to uncover data that may reveal why it plunged to the ground. the flight faced ferocious weather and winds.
unconfirmed recordings posted on the internet purporting to be the tower talking to the pilot. asking air traffic control about weather conditions, circling the area for two hours. >> okay, thank you. and when you look out windows there, it looks better than before. >> 9er-8-1, moderately. >> it almost looks like the pilot was visually trying to acquire the airport and was looking out the window, rather than relying on instruments. >> reporter: planemaker boeing, along with experts from the u.s. government, will aid the russians trying to learn why this jet crashed. david kerley, abc news, washington. members of an indiana high school basketball team involved in a harrowing bus crash now say they're ready to play ball. the griffith high panthers were on their way to a playoff game saturday when their bus was sideswiped and they were forced into a ditch. that game is rescheduled for wednesday. they did suffer a few bumps and bruises but everyone is
recovering. also in indiana, another law enforcement officer has been killed while a fellow deputy is in stable condition. and the suspect is also dead. we get more now from abc's chuck sivertsen. >> reporter: a nightmare on the streets in indiana. two sheriff's deputies shot in the early morning hours, one of them killed. >> deputy carl koontz was one of our family. these people standing with me, they are his family. >> reporter: 27-year-old deputy carl koontz and 35-year-old sergeant jordan buckley had arrived at a home in russiaville to serve an arrest warrant. when the pair knocked, no one came to the door. when they went inside, officials say someone simply started shooting. > i'm pulling into my lot and the cop says, get out now, so i followed suit. >> reporter: the officers returned fire but both had already been hit. crews rushed them to the hospital. koontz did not survive. the husband and father of a young baby had been with the department just two years. >> he was an outstanding officer.
had great promise with our agency and he will be greatly missed. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. teams eventually entered the house and found the suspect dead. >> it's scary. you never know. you never know. you know? and here i'm talking to this guy two weeks ago, waving at him. >> reporter: sergeant buckley remains in the hospital as state police pick up the investigation into what went so horribly wrong. chuck sivertsen, abc news, new york. now to the race for president. donald trump's campaign saying it's going to beef up security at trump's rallies. that comes after a couple of violent incidents at trump events over the weekend. on saturday, in tucson, arizona, a protester was suckerpunched and repeatedly kicked by a trump supporter. also, trump's campaign manager was seen grabbing a protester by the collar. at an event in palm beach, florida, last night, trump placed the blame for the violence on protesters. >> i don't even call them protesters. i think they're professional in many cases, and they see what's happening with our campaign, because we will beat hillary so easily, folks. we're going to beat her so
easily. >> at that same event, trump said he will soon release a list of up to ten judges he would consider nominating for the supreme court. he also said dr. ben carson will have a health care role in his administration. on the democratic side, bill clinton hit the campaign trail in arizona stumping for his wife. clinton's event came ahead of tomorrow's arizona primary. there are also democratic nominating contests tomorrow in utah and idaho. hillary clinton hosts an event for herself tonight in phoenix. and for his part, bernie sanders will be hoping for more big crowds today at his events in idaho and utah. sanders held rallies that attracted thousands of people across washington state. look at that scene. the largest was in seattle, 10,000 people inside an arena. and more than 7,000 outside, as well. washington's democratic caucuses are on saturday. well, it may not feel like
spring in the washington, d.c., area today, but it is. and the proof is in the large crowds that turned out yesterday for the start of the annual cherry blossom festival despite the cool weather. >> they're all bundled up as you can see. >> the lack of people actually in that shot. >> 3800 of the trees around the tidal basin and 70% of them should be in bloom. the national park service says the peak days this year are this wednesday and thursday. despite cooler than usual temperatures right now. >> and this is great news for me because i'm actually going to be in d.c. wednesday and thursday. >> have you ever seen them? >> so look out for my selfie. i have. but i lived in d.c. in years and my tendency was always to miss them because they come earlier than you think they're going to. they come when it's still chilly out. >> you never know. it's all over the place. >> march is still usually cold. >> yes. >> on the east coast. >> this year, by the way, is the 104th anniversary of the cherry trees being right there. >> is that right? >> being a d.c. resident, next year will be the 105th
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this is 20,000 pounds of fireworks literally going up in smoke. out with a bang. and no sound track even. they were illegal explosives seized by alcohol, tobacco and firearms agents in west texas. for those wondering why not keep them for some city or, perhaps, some town to use next fourth of july and save big money? well, the atf says this destruction was actually court ordered. >> it's kind of magical. >> it does. it would be better with some john williams sound track next to it, wouldn't it? >> i think it was good on its own.
well, the fourth of july is still a long ways away, but this year's april 18th tax deadline is quickly approaching. > it can't come soon enough for some people, right? wrong. but especially if you're filing your return electronically and you have been hacked before, we have a warning for you. if you got hacked last year and a victim of tax return fraud, it could happen again and make your life even more miserable this year. >> reporter: as millions of americans are preparing to file their taxes, a warning. >> there's an issue with your federal refund and it's been rejected by the irs. >> reporter: the growing threat of tax return fraud happening to victims not once but twice. you're the victim of fraud again this year, what was your reaction? >> i was angry. i was so angry. >> reporter: last year, hackers grabbing michele quinn's refund diverting it to a bank account that wasn't hers. this year crooks beating her to it again, filing a fake return. it again filing a fake return. how much is this happening where someone is a victim twice? >> nobody's really sure yet
because this is sort of a new and, unfortunately, growing area. >> reporter: to combat the problem, the irs adding a layer of extra security for fraud victims. issuing p.i.n. numbers for 2.7 million taxpayers. this month, the irs suspending the online tool. they found 800 fraudulent returns using those very p.i.n.s. and those are just the ones they caught. to protect against fraud, use long and strong passwords. don't fall for phishing scams asking for your personal information or for a phone call saying it's the irs. >> within the next hour they will be at your door step to handcuff you and put you behind bars. >> and if you've been a victim before, experts say you really need to sign up for a sophisticated credit monitoring program to follow who is using your identity. hopefully just you. >> little did you know you have to think about that, as well in tax season. coming up in our next half hour, jail time for text while walking sounds extreme but that's what some lawmakers are calling for. why a spike in accidents has led to drastic measures. first, carbo load, baking
>> there is the joy for me. i love bread. >> we do too, oprah, especially this guy who got a lesson in bread baking. i'm talking about kendis. >> yes. so, i was apparently up for the challenge. no promises what i made is actually edible. it isn't. today is national french bread day. yes. >> who knew there was one. >> yes. it's the day when americans say ola to french bread. let's head into the "insomniac kitchen" for a little late night baking. >> hey, insomniacs, we're here for the latest science experiment that i'll call cooking or baking.
>> baking exactly. kendis, i will try to teach you how you can do a beautiful baguette. >> great. and i will teach you how painful that experience will be. >> we start with 500 grams of flour. >> all right. >> so see how i work. >> is it okay if i need to sneeze right now? >> no. you just need five ingredients. flour, water, salt, yeast, and a lot of patience. so when you finish to mix all the water with the flour, you start kneading the dough. this. >> okay, sorry. >> you don't do cooking often i see. >> i'm not even trying to mess it up. it's just happening naturally. ♪ >> this is going to what, ferment for like -- >> fermentation. >> for three or so hours. >> three hours outside. after we take the dough and we start to work with the dough. >> magic.
>> this i'm sure you can do. you just need to cut part of the dough to prepare your future baguette. you just push a little of the dough. you close your dough at one time. after you start with one hand -- >> just one hand, just massage it. >> and roll. this is a beautiful baguette, kendis. between two and three hours. after we go to put in the oven. so, now i think after 20 minutes the bread is ready, kendis. so will take out. so i take mine. you take yours. >> take yours out, okay. they look good. >> yes. >> those are mine. >> whoo-hoo. >> voila, my bread. look at that. >> it's beautiful. >> when you look at it, you really can't tell whose baguette is whose. >> perhaps your baguette is most beautiful, most handsome, no? >> it looks so deformed.
>> what we need to do now? >> do we eat it? >> yes. so you can eat your baguette and i can eat this baguette. >> i picked the wrong day to not do carbs. >> this is no carbs. it's pure. natural. >> natural. you can eat it straight from the oven like this? >> like this. it's way hot. >> it's great. nice job. it's a great way to celebrate the holiday. >> yes, it's a holiday. we do a beautiful baguette with few ingredients. i try to teach you. but i think you're a better now. >> merci. >> so, clearly, he's good at lying because my baguette was not very good. >> these are the baguettes that kendis baked for us. thank you, kendis. >> no. did you see that deformed thing? the key is to smell it at first. there's several different -- >> like a fine wine. >> yes. the 2012 merlot. yeah, it's a baguette. >> it's delicious. >> be better with some fromage perhaps.
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that looks challenging. >> he might have a future in it. no doubt. so everybody's all about this selfie craze nowadays, as well. there was this kid during the knicks game last night who was trying to take a selfie just as the players were coming out and it just went completely wrong. take a look. he's there. oh. >> oh! >> he gets knocked over, but he gets back up. he's all right. >> oh. >> let's go to the close-up. take a look. oh. >> oh, man! >> he's all right. but that's a good lesson learned right there. >> yeah, this is better than a selfie. >> he's on tv, on the news, and probably all over the internet. >> wiping out? >> yeah, wouldn't have been the case if he just had a boring old selfie and he learned a lesson. speaking of selfies, we've seen a lot of selfies of celebrities and also maternity shoots. we're familiar with demi moore has done -- that was an iconic image of her on "vanity fair." jessica simpson, kourtney kardashian.
pregnant celebs something we're used to. what about pregnant dogs? oh, this is lilica. she is a dog. she apparently thought a maternity shoot would be a great idea for her pregnant pooch. >> so they can look at these memories in a few months and be happy about it. very nice. >> wish you the best with your pups. on the pet beat for a second here, we have a real, real cat burglar to tell you about in new zealand. take a look here. this is bridgette. 6-year-old cat here who has stolen -- those are the items bridgette has stolen. 11 pairs of boxers, some 50 pairs of socks from her neighbors in new zealand. her owner sent out a note to her neighbors saying, you might want to retrieve your boxers and your briefs. if you're curious, she seemed to have a preference towards boxers. for whatever reason. >> how does she get in all these houses? that's what i don't get. >> it's probably on a clothes
this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now," president obama's arrival in cuba. starting a new chapter in relations with havana. the long-awaited arrival, what he hopes to accomplish there today. campaign violence. donald trump responds to the protests at campaign rallies. the blame game from the republican front-runner. and new this half hour, the violent scene inside a busy shopping mall. >> caught on camera, the man posing as the easter bunny is seen losing his cool and in the middle of a brawl. who broke it up and who is investigating. >> wow. and later in "the skinny," the birthday bash. that would be reese witherspoon there who she only turns 40 once. you'll see the superstars who sang and celebrated the big event in "the skinny" on this monday, march 21st. >> announcer: from abc news,
this is "world news now." good monday morning, everyone. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm lauren lyster. in for reena ninan. we begin this half hour with the big news. president obama in cuba. upon his arrival in havana, the president was greeted by top cuban officials. cuban president raul castro was not among them. >> mr. obama and castro will meet today, however, and the obamas will be the gusts of honor tonight at a formal state dinner. abc's arlette saenz is in havana. good morning. >> reporter: president obama stepped into the history books becoming the first american president to set foot on cuban soil in nearly nine decades. air force one landed in havana for the first time carrying the president of the united states. the last president to visit cuba arrived on a battleship. >> back in 1928, president coolidge came on a battleship. it took him three days to get here. it only took me three hours. >> reporter: president obama strolled through the rainy
streets of old havana, prompting cheers from cubans lining the roads. the president's three-day visit comes 15 months after the u.s. restored diplomatic relations with cuba. the white house is hoping this trip will cement the president's cuba policy. >> this is a historic visit. and it's a historic opportunity. >> reporter: today the president will meet with cuban president raul castro. one year after they first met face-to-face in panama. but there's one famous cuban the president won't see. the iconic revolutionary leader fidel castro. the president will also take his message directly to the cuban people, delivering a speech to a crowd of thousands and meeting with political dissidents on tuesday. he'll even catch a baseball game between the tampa bay rays and cuba's national team. all part of an effort to forge a closer relationship between the u.s. and cuba. arlette saenz, abc news, havana. >> and with so much history being made in cuba, abc's david muir sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the
president tonight. you'll see that report on "world news tonight." overseas a suspect in the paris attacks captured friday was apparently planning more violence. salah abdeslam was charged in connection with the attacks. investigators say they found heavy weapons during the operation that resulted in abdeslam's capture. he was taken into custody not very far from his family home, which is in brussells. a marine from southern california identified as the victim of a rocket attack in iraq this weekend. staff sergeant louis cardin of temecula was killed saturday at a coalition base. he was deployed with the 26th marine expeditionary unit which just arrived in iraq about a week ago. the marines are providing protection for the military advisors in that region. in central indiana, one sheriff's deputy is dead, another wounded after a gun battle at a mobile home about 50 miles north of indianapolis. the suspect is also dead. the deputies were trying to serve a pair of warrants for
drug-related offenses. here's more from abc's gio benitez. >> we've got two officers down. we need somebody. >> reporter: you're listening to the moment two indiana deputies serving a warrant ended up in a gun battle. >> fired, county! >> we got shots fired. >> i've been hit. >> reporter: 27-year-old deputy carl koontz and 35-year-old sergeant jordan buckley coming face-to-face with a gunman when they went into a house. the deputies returning gunfire, but it was too late. koontz, less than three years on the force, dying from those wounds. buckley is still recovering. >> they got inside the residence and they were met with gunfire. so i mean, we planned for it, but you're never fully prepared, of course, for that situation, if it truly is unknown to us. >> reporter: the alleged suspect is dead. his identity has not been released. gio benitez, abc news, new york. investigators in western pennsylvania say a retired state trooper was behind a toll booth robely which turned deadly. the retired trooper clarence brigs was killed in a shootout
with on-duty troopers. they say briggs robbed two toll collectors at gunpoint. one collector was killed, as well along with a security guard. donald trump's campaign is making a move to reduce violence at trump's events. more security personnel will now be hired from now on at trump's larger gatherings. that comes after new incidents at rallies over the weekend. the blame for those incidents according to trump should be placed on protesters. abc's mary bruce has more. >> reporter: it's the most violent confrontation yet. a protester at this trump rally in tucson escorted out when a trump supporter sucker-punches him, pulls him to the ground, and repeatedly kicks him. the supporter, arrested. but donald trump seeming to blame the man who was hit. >> these people are very disruptive people, george. >> but does that excuse punching and kicking a protester? >> well, you know, he or his
partner was wearing a ku klux klan outfit. this happened to be an african-american man who was very, very incensed at the fact that somebody -- a protester would be wearing a ku klux klan outfit. >> reporter: fact is, the man who was punched was wearing a stars and stripes shirt. still, trump on "this week" says protesters share responsibility for the unrest. >> at what point do people blame the protesters? these are people that are professional agitators. >> so, you're blaming the protesters, not the person who actually punched and kicked the protester? >> no, i'm saying this, these are professional agitators and they should be blamed there, too. >> reporter: trump also defending his campaign manager, corey lewandowski, after grabbing a protester by the collar. watch again. lewandowski in the grey suit. >> i give him credit for having spirit. he wanted them to take down those horrible profanity-laced signs. >> reporter: this is the second time lewandowski has been accused of getting physical at a rally. he also allegedly grabbed a female reporter. but trump standing by his campaign manager, bringing lewandowski on stage at his last victory celebration. now, trump was pressed about his
prediction that his supporters will riot at the convention if he doesn't win the nomination. trump says he'll tell them not to, but suggests it could happen anyway saying they are, quote, fervent. mary bruce, abc news, the white house. in the meantime, on the democratic side, bill clinton will be on the campaign trail in washington state today, stumping for his wife. clinton's event yesterday in arizona came ahead of tomorrow's primary in that state. and there are also democratic nominating contests tomorrow in utah and idaho. hillary clinton hosts an event herself tonight in phoenix. and bernie sanders will be hoping for more big crowds today at his events in idaho and utah. sanders attracted thousands of people at rallies across washington state, the largest in seattle, 10,000 people inside. more than 7,000 outside. washington's democratic caucuses are on saturday. the northeast coast is bracing for moderate to heavy snow on the first day of spring in time for the morning commute. with flurries falling on new york city overnight. east of the city on long island, several inches of snow are
expected. the boston area is also expecting heavy snow overnight. half a foot or more by daybreak. boston schools will be closed. connecticut schools are also closed or delayed because of slick roads. so in today's forecast, in the meantime, the rest of the northeast will get no more than a coating. and all of it will melt away a little later on in the day because you see those temperatures. some frost overnight in the south. a new storm is moving in from the pacific bringing rain to the northwest and snow to the mountains. >> highs in the northeast in the 40s to low 50s. good-bye, snow. in the 60s in the south. upper 40s in the upper midwest and our hot spot today, phoenix at 94 degrees. >> wow. scorcher there. we're expecting some modest product announcements from apple today. the company isn't saying, of course, but analysts expect we'll see a new iphone, new ipad. the phone will be smaller, more the size of the 5 than the more
recent 6, but also less expensive than the 6. it will be intended for price conscious customers who think smaller is better. the new ipad will be another midrange option. >> smaller price tag is better maybe for those customers. twitter is celebrating its tenth anniversary today. initially the service was spelled t-w-t-t-r. no vowels. the mini social network now has 300 million active users and is a publicly traded company. it's become a major force in social media and really in all media. one of the first things president obama did upon arriving in cuba, for example, was send a tweet. but analysts do point out the company is still want making money. >> yeah, his tweet saying cuba, what's happening. it was seen all around. >> that's cool. but probably not in cuba where only 5% get the internet. it's kind of interesting. >> it's growing. it's getting there. going to the mall to take pictures with the easter bunny should be a happy time, right? >> in theory. it should be.
but it didn't turn out that way at one new jersey mall. take a look at this. after its resident easter bunny got tangled up in a brawl. oh, my gosh. it's so bizarre to see a headless bunny doing that. it's a little hard to see in the chaos. but the bunny is there wearing his blue jacket with no head and no floppy ears, but those pants are a dead giveaway. >> yeah, he was separated from one customer. then he pulled his gloves off and went back for more until security guards were able to finally subdue him. it's unclear what started the brawl. mall officials aren't necessarily talking about it. >> but how many kids were disturbed in the process of seeing the easter bunny do that? >> yeah. all right. maybe he'll be next year's santa claus, as well. we'll see. >> you can only hope, right? coming up in the skinny, super hero embarrassment for henry cavill and ben affleck showing up for a "batman v. superman" film premiere. and also ahead, the bald eagles welcomed into the world with millions of people discreetly watching. why the baby birds were so wildly anticipated.
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if you're one of those people that has trouble walking and chewing gum, then the whole walking and texting thing is probably out of the question but it doesn't mean you don't do it. >> we practice it all the time. and that's what some lawmakers are trying to do right now by banning what they call a high-risk habit. >> reporter: the new push to make this a criminal offense, distracted walking. > even headphones are bad. you're not paying attention to where you're going. >> reporter: so dangerous -- >> i've been caught a couple of times like about to get hit by a car. >> reporter: a new jersey assemblywoman introduced a bill making violators subject to a fine or 15 days in jail. it doesn't matter if you have the right of way, the bill states if you're in a crosswalk, your phone has to be put away and your hands have to be free. one after the other in just an hour, pedestrians caught texting in new york city where it is legal. this as cameras capture mishaps of distracted walking. this man nearly runs into a bear in a california neighborhood while a robber in london takes advantage of this guy's distraction. recent numbers show a 10% spike in pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of last year.
>> the smartphone is the newest and arguably one of the most dangerous forms of distraction. >> reporter: now lawmakers hoping to stop this increasingly dangerous habit in its tracks. >> many lawmakers are saying this is basically akin to jaywalking. so, if jaywalking is illegal in so many states and so many communities, why shouldn't this be illegal as well? >> you never know when a bear is going to be around the corner. there is that. there's also this. is there a higher penalty if you are using one of these phones if that law goes into effect? >> we call it old school. that's -- those are the days when i was reading "right on" magazine and just using that. >> big phone. i like it. >> what's "right on" magazine? >> that was my question. i'm not going to lie. >> the kids know it. from the '90s. coming up, the all-star
fantastic party over the weekend that we weren't invited to. >> no, we were working. we couldn't go. >> our excuse. >> those invitations might have been lost in the mail but, hey, it's okay. we'll forgive you, reese witherspoon, of course. luckily others made it out for her 40th birthday party. >> it was a who's who of hollywood party at the warwick on sunset boulevard. many stars shared the fun on social media including kate hudson. >> witherspoon hired quite the house band with taylor swift performing for the crowd. reese did a little performing herself. she sang on stage with keith urban playing guitar on this lynyrd skynyrd crowd-pleaser. ♪ sweet home alabama ♪ i'm coming home to you ♪ sweet home alabama >> and she looks great and sounds great. at the risk of name dropping we'll tell you that the other guests included matthew mcconaughey, robert downey jr., jennifer aniston and justin theroux.
to name just a few. >> there were quite a few folks there. the guest of honor was reese's momma who flew in from tennessee for the event. happy birthday. speaking of celebrations, beyonce kicked off spring with early easter festivities starring little blue ivey carter, her daughter. >> queen bey threw her 4-year-old daughter a very cute tea party complete with photoshopped flower crowns, bunny ears and plenty of adorable smiles and blue super cool aunt solange even joined in on some of the easter fun. >> lucky for us, beyonce shared photos of the special occasion on her website with the caption, "happy spring." >> all righty. thank you. next, two super heroes getting a lot of attention right now, batman and superman. >> yeah, at last night's new york premiere has fans buzzing but earlier in the weekend, mexico city hosted its own premiere with ben affleck who plays batman taking to the red carpet.
>> henry cavill, of course, plays superman who was also there. but some had a hard time telling them apart. both rocking a white suit. so cavill with the three-piece option and affleck with a slightly more relaxed look. now the real question is, what would bruce wayne and clark kent do in this situation? >> they would change into their super hero outfits naturally. >> who wore it better? i'm going with henry. >> i'm going to go with ben. >> i'm going henry. >> something for everyone. finally, a dvr alert for all you insomniacs. tonight is the season premiere of the "dancing with the stars." >> the cast has been hard at work and there will be some slight adjustments in personnel. derek hough is out as well as his sister julianne hough and old judge len berman returning from sabbatical. >> let's take a look at the odds-on favorites according to bookies in las vegas. abc's very own ginger zee is the top prospect. jodie sweetin from "fuller house" positioned as her top competition. >> and super bowl mvp von miller
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a little touch is all it takes. k-y touch. ♪ i want to fly like an eagle to ♪ i want to fly like an eagle to the sea ♪ ♪ fly like an eagle let my spirit carry me ♪ >> and with that in mind, a couple of baby bald eagles are internet superstars after millions of people watched their arrival into the world. >> they're pretty cute. webcams were focused on the new arrivals and the breakthrough moments for both of the birds. abc's rachel smith was part of the excitement. >> reporter: the bird watchers across the country captivated by this baby bald eagle born in washington, d.c.
the hatchling breaking free of its shell friday morning live on the national arboretum's webcam. the proud parents, dubbed mr. president and the first lady, seen doting on the patriotic peep since its birth. the little fellow even caught on camera opening its mouth for mom. >> the bald eagle almost gone from our country has come back tenfold, 100 fold. >> reporter: the presidential couple the first nesting eagles in the area since 1947 are now taking turns caring for the chick keeping the northwest tidy, feeding the chick, mr. president even seen here flopping a fish into the nest before going back out to hunt. >> they're more like a modern family in the sense they both take turns sitting on the eggs, they both go and hunt. they both brood the babies, both feed the babies. >> reporter: social media obsessed. #dceaglecam trending worldwide. conservationists also on the edge of their seats as that second egg finally breaks its way into the world almost 48 hours after its sibling. >> one of the greatest things
that i think anybody could view is our national bird being hatched and our national bird being grown up, and hopefully they'll show all this over the next few weeks. and to see that bird take its first flight, oh, my gosh. >> reporter: rachel smith, abc news, new york. >> this is much better than what i watched when i saw the webcam live which is eating a rotting fish. a lot of flies on it. >> why do you have to be a buzz kill? i have experience in this. >> oh, wow, you are experienced. >> like eagle whisperer there. >> you should be right up there. >> i should tell you, you know, the sad part as much -- as cute as they are, there was no knowing the babies will actually survive. you never know. they're wild eagles. >> nature is unforgiving. >> i will tame them. >> you will? you'll come to their rescue. >> don't miss our updates on facebook @wnnfans.com. coming up, more news from abc. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. acs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning -- historic visit. president obama waking up in cuba. a full schedule including a meeting with raul castro. and controversy surrounding the visit. we're live with the details. spring snow. a storm sweeping up the east coast right now. winter's last gasp, bringing several inches and closing schools. who's expected to get the worst of it? risky rescue. the earth opening up. two boys falling into a sinkhole. sinkhole 30 feet down. plus, march madness buzzer beaters and wild upsets. and the moment that left this expression on bill murray's face. >> uh-oh.