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good morning. sad homecoming. whitney houston's body arrives in newark, new jersey, carried to a funeral home in a golden hearse. preparations begin for a very public memorial to honor the pop superstar. this morning, the music producer who was with houston in the studio just last week speaks out in a live interview. a u.s. supreme court justice stephen breyer robbed way a machete wielding intruder. now the search is on for a suspect. and dream come true, a 6-year-old who married justice continue bieber in a pretend ceremony meets her superstar husband for real. you can't stop gushing about his
date with the girl known as mrs. bieber today tuesday, february 14th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome today on this tuesday morning, i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. we want to take a live look at a funeral home in newark, new jersey. this is where the body of whitney houston arrived overnight after being flown perfect los angeles aboard a private plane. >> hundreds of fans lined the streets just to have the latest on the investigation as the houston death and how the singer's young daughter is coping. also ahead, is an american wrongfully in prison in nick waga in 34-year-old real estate agent is serving 22 years for drug be trafficking after being
convicted on no evidence at all. now his family and former drug agents are calling for his release. you'll hear from that man's mother and sister. the dugger are here. they'll be here to talk in our studio. they'll have a live interview. and how often do you goat say this? a model on the covers of both "sports illustrated" swimsuit issue and this morning's "new york times." how social media may have created this modelling sensation and how often do you get to see the dugger and kate upton on the same couch? it's part of the show we do here. >> let's just take a look. there we are. we want to begin on a serious note. that is about whitney houston's death. jeff rossen has more on this story in beverly hills. >> reporter: this story is developing on both coasts. whitney houston, her body resting at a funeral home in new jersey. that is where she'll be buried later this week along with massive public funeral service. more details on that in just a
moment. here in los angeles, police investigators still working and they cleared the scene here at the beverly hilton. but they are getting closer now. how whitney houston spent her final moments. whitney houston's body, departing los angeles monday on this private jet, a gulf stream four headed to her hometown of newark, new jersey. after landing, her casket taken by hearse to a nearby funeral home where a wake is schedule fod are thursday. >> just another legend lost. >> reporter: now sources familiar with the planning tell nbc news there will likely be a public funeral on friday. at newark's prudential center which seats more than 18,000 people. >> i just want to say i love you so much. >> reporter: similar to the michael jackson trib neutral 2009. now new details from inside whitney's fourth floor suite at the beverly hilton. police say her body was discovered in her bathtub underwater and parentally
unconscious. >> i know there are reports she maybe was drowned or did she overdose? but, no, we won't make a final determination until all the tests are in. >> reporter: the coroner says that will take weeks but confirms there would be prescription pill bottles in the suite. >> sources tell us the drugs included anti-anxiety medication and sleeping aids. ♪ sometimes >> reporter: but today, it is her voice -- ♪ where do broken hearts go >> reporter: the voice as she was called, honored everywhere. >> she keep you smiling. lord, that girl can sing. >> reporter: whitney houston, the pop icon honored from hollywood -- >> whitney was a beautiful person. and she had a talent beyond compare. >> reporter: -- to the white house. >> i know that his thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter.
♪ i look to you >> reporter: want to take you to a live picture of the funeral home in new jersey. fans gathered here until the wee hours this morning where pit witt any hu whitney houston is resting. many of her relatives have traveled there just to be close. by the way, a note about the funeral on friday. we're told the plan is to make it favorite come first serve basis for up to 18,000 people along with vips and the family. we're told it may be televised. >> jeff, thank you so much. music producer harvey mason was working with whitney houston on the recording studio just days before she died. mr. mason, good morning. >> good morning. >> there's a photograph of you just one week ago today working with whitney. she had just come out of the recording studio. you guys were working on the music for her upcoming movie "sparkle." describe that day.
>> the last day i worked with her was tuesday. we had done a couple sessions in the last two weeks. and it was a normal day. it was a session not unusual from any of the others we've done. she comes in pretty close to on time and warms up. goes into the booth and we start right to work on the vocal. she was in good spirits. i thought we had a really good session, productive. and, you know, just tough for me to watch some of the footage you were showing. first time i've really seen some of that stuff. i haven't really -- i made a point not to watch it. it's a little tough for me. >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry that you're experiencing this all right now. as i understand it, she came out of that recording booth and she wanted to hear her singing. and you two talked about her future and she started dancing and you were laughing. describe that moment and what she said about her future. >> she was very optimistic the last few times i was with her.
she was looking forward to completing the movie. she was really excited about the soundtrack. and as you said, you know, she came out of the booth and said do we have everything that you need to make a great song? i said, yes. she said play it back. let's listen. turn it up. she wanted to dance. she wanted to just enjoy the moment. and that's going to be something i'm going to remember forever. it's really not uncommon for her to just have a great time, a great spirit. she is very passionate shech. she works very hard. that's how all of our sessions were. she was fun loving and we had a great rapport. >> you said that she worked very hard. she wanted to excel. >> she did. >> did she feel, do you think, pressure as a result of this? i mean trying to match the sort of brightness of the 1980s of her career, of her soaring voice then? >> i didn't get the feeling that was a burden on her. i think like any artist other
than artists doing their first record, they always feel pressure. i know she cared about her fans. she really wanted to give them something of great quality. we spoke a lot about that. she said, i have to make this better. i have to make this perfect. it's got to be great. she worked really hard to make sure that everything at least we did together in the last three years was of very high quality and something her fans would enjoy and appreciate. >> how was her voice? how was her demeanor? >> her demeanor was great. she was very positive. as i said, we had a lot of fun. we would go back and forth in the studio. sometimes we bicker. sometimes we laugh. but at the end of the day, she's always happy with the rument es the vocal. as far as her voice is concerned, like every singer, lz go there are good and bad days. it's not breaking news her voice doesn't sound exactly like did it when she was 19.
the last couple weeks, the session we were doing, i was very positive and felt good about. i thought we were getting great material. we were both excited about what we were working on. >> you saw no signs of anything wrong. harvey mason jr., i'm sorry for, again, for having you see this material on our air just before our interview. thank you so much again for talking to us. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> coming up, we're going to talk much more about the future, what the future holds tofor houston's daughter. investigators on a caribbean island are on the hunt for a suspect that robbed stephen breyer at machete point. pete williams is in washington with the latest on this. pete, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning. justice breyer was vacationing with his wife and some friends in the caribbean when they all became victims of the robbery. he actually owns a house on the island in the west indies. according to a spokesman, last thursday night a man wearing a
mask and carrying a machete broke in and robbed them at knifepoint. police and supreme court officials say he made off wdzew $1,000 in cash. no one was hurt. the man ran away. local authorities say she made no arrest and have no suspect. it was part of a string of recent robberies on this island. there is no indication that stephen breyer was singled out because of his position on the supreme court. the justices are no strangers to this kind of random crime. in 1996, a man snatched rouge bader ginsburg's purse and then david souter who was on the court was mugged while jogging near his home here in washington. matt? >> i'm to assume there is no special security provided for justices of the supreme court? >> reporter: well, that's one thing the court doesn't talk about or the marshal service. i think it's fair to assume there is always more security when they're on official business than they are when they're on vacation. >> pete williams, thank you very much. it's now ten minutes after
the hour. president obama unveiled his new budget plan on monday and with this being an election year, his republican rivals were quick to lash out in opposition. chuck todd is the chief white house correspondent. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. one giant issue this presidential election may settle is who's going to bear the greatest burden on reducing the large national debt? the wealthiest of americans or government itself and what you had in the unveiling of the budget was presidential populism versus a republican focus on shrinking government. >> we've got a choice. we can settle for a country where a few people do really, really well and everybody else struggles to get by. or we can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot. >> reporter: this morning the battle over the president's 2013 budget is under way in washington and on the campaign trail. where the gop is firing away at
a budget that proposes almost 4 there a trillion in spending. >> he looks at where we are right now and is comfortable borrowing $1 trillion a year more than we already spend. this cannot go on. if i'm president, i will cut spending. i will call spending and get us a balanced budget. >> this budget isn't possible. it's exactly the wrong direction. >> reporter: the president didn't spend a lot of time on the big numbers in his budget. >> don't worry, i'll not read it to you. it's long and a lot of numbers. >> reporter: focusing instead on the new spending ideas, what he calls investments. $350 billion for job creation, $476 billion for transportation and infrastructure rebuilding. and $141 billion for government, research and development.
>> we have to do everything in our power to keep this on track chgt. >> the president's blueprint does add $1.3 trillion to the national debt this year alone. with the deficit eventually shrinking over the next decade by changing tax laws for corporations and raising taxes on the wealthiest americans. but the white house isn't providing a lot of details on where the new tax revenue the come from beyond promising to end the so-called bush era tax cuts. >> no, we have not tried to lay out what the exact rates would be. >> reporter: republicans accuse the president worrying more about the re-election than on the nation's economic situation. >> preb released a budget that isn't a budget at all. it's a campaign document. >> somebody asked me if this budget was dead on arrival. no, it's debt on arrival. >> a couple presidential campaign notes, ann. today we're going to start seeing first adds from the romny
superpac. focusing attack ads on newt gingrich and the first ones that we expect to see in michigan on rick santorum. >> all right, chuck todd, thanks as always. let's get a check of the other top stories. natalie is standing by with those. good morning you to. >> good morning. good morning, everyone. as tensions between the u.s. and iran mount, the strategic oil route has fallen into the cross hairs. this morning jim mick mick joins us with the first ever live tv broadcast. what you have seen throughout? >> reporter: good morning, natalie. from the deck of the abraham lincoln, and i can tell you that there were some tense moment onz this trip today. and iranian naval patrol boat came speeding on a collision course directly at the carrier but veered off at the last minute avoiding a confrontation. but since iran has already threatened to close the strait
and attack u.s. military warships coming through here, you can only imagine that the pensi tensions are running high. it's not likely to change any time soon. as long as the tough u.s. sanctions against iran for the nuclear program remain in place. and there are fears in this region that if israel should attack iran's nuclear sites, then all bets are off. natalie? >> all right, we look much more forward to your reports there from the uss abraham lincoln. thank you. a critical cancer drug is suddenly running in short supply as lawmakers and doctors groups urge the makers of methotrexate to step up production. it is a key treatment for a type of leukemia most commonly found in children. kit cure nearly 90% of the estimated 3500 american children and teens diagnosed with that type of cancer each year. washington has become the seventh state to legalize same
sex marriage after the governor signed a bill into law that will allow game couples to walk down the aisle starting june 7th. inth th inew jersey, the state recognize same sex marriages. governor chris christie promised to veet yoet measure. and video of that supposed woolly mammoth wilding through siberia has shockingly been debunked. the suspiciously blurry video of something furrey crossing a river fueled speculation that long ex-extinct ice age creature was still alive and kicking. this is the original video that a filmmaker said he shot and posted on youtube in 2011. just looks like a calm river. he believes someone took the footage to make the fake sighting. the day he shot the video, i don't recall seeing a mammoth. yeah, no mammoth in that shot. 7:16. let's turn it back over to matt and ann. >> amazing what they do to
youtube. >> yeah. >> he could have left, you know, the mammoth could have already gone. anyway. >> have we said happy valentine's day? >> happy valentine's day, everybody. >> we have a valentine forecast for you and your sweetie. first of all, we'll start off in loveland, nevada. heart lake, wyoming, 27. valentine, nebraska, partly sunny, 44. fog in romance, arkansas. look for some light snow in romeo, michigan and rose, new york. we've got some wet weather making its way through the southeast. snow to the north of that. not a lot of heavy snow. talking about maybe one to two inches of snow there. but as we get to the south, we are going to be looking for rain, one to two inches of rain. i should say a quarter inch to an inch of rain. all in all, not a bad
>> good morning. we have some cloud cover this morning. we have a slight chance for it rain shower. it should not be a problem. and that's your latest weather. >> thank you so much. now to a touching story on this valentine's day morning. a young girl gets a dream date with teen pop sensation justin bieber. natalie is here with the story. >> does it get any better than this? it started with a pretend wedding for a 6-year-old girl fighting cancer and on monday she got to meet her pretend husband face-to-face. this little girl was already one of justin bieber's biggest fans.
now she knows why you should never say never. ♪ i will never say never i will fight ♪ >> she suffers from a rare form of cancer and last year thanks to the jimmy fund she got a pretend marriage to her pop idol. >> how old are you? >> 6. >> how long have you loved bieber? >> seven years. no, 80 years. >> it was wonderful. it was wonderful. just another fun moment. >> reporter: family and friends took to facebook hoping to arrange a meeting between bieber and the special little girl who came to be known as mrs. bieber. when she was profiled by a local affiliate -- ♪ baby, baby >> it turns out bieber was watching. the pop superstar flew her and her familiarly to new york for a special valentine's visit on monday. the pair played board games,
gave each other autographs and avalana even got to style bieber's world famous hair. after the meeting, he tweet, that is one of the best things i have ever done. she was awesome. feeling really inspired now. another tweet simply read, best part of my day. this was a dream come true for avalana who is battling an aggressive form of cancer called atrt that she battled for almost all of her life. but after their special meeting, the little girl known as mrs. bieber has reason to feel extra special this valentine's day. >> i have bieber fever. >> an incredible day for a very special girl. by the way, atrt, the cancer she has, is so rare that there are less than 30 new cases diagnosed in the u.s. each year. >> such a sweet story. >> a very special occasion for her. good for justin bieber. he has a heart of gold. >> yeah, we love that kid. natalie, thank you so much. just ahead, the model gracing the cover of the "sports
just ahead, the toll that whitney houston's death is taking on her 18-year-old daughter. >> and bob and michelle dugger speak out about the alleged extortion plot targeting their family. we'll talk about that and much more. but first, these messages, local news and weather. ethan allen brings you new looks from the 5 signature lifestyles.
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but as a person that had been helped by their work. i was just blown away. life's been good to me. i feel like one of the luckiest guys in the world. ♪ >> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. here's a look at what our top stories -- one of our top stories. a man was ordered to leave the federal hill went officers found him recording an arrest in progress on his cell phone
camera. it came hours after it was not announced to be ok for citizens to record police on public -- it was announced to be ok for citizens to report police on public property. the incident is under investigation. >> dealing with delays on southbound 95 around grew 24 down to 152. things are starting to flow a little bit better. but there accident just prior to 152. debris removal on the mid-span of the bridge. everyone is being detoured under the bridge. fort mchenry and harbor tunnel much better bets this hour. a lot going on out there. normal volume-related delays in place as well. south of 152.
tuesday, february 14th, 2012, that makes it valentine's day. we have a lot of people on the plaza. a lot of guys delighted with a little valentine's gift of kate upton who is this year's "sports illustrated" swimsuit cover model weechlt ta model. inside the studio, matt lauer alongside ann curry. one man's motional fight for freedom. >> a 34-year-old american working in nicaragua is serving
a sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking. investigators have no evidence. now the familiar sli on a crusade to have that conviction overturned. we're going hear from them coming up. also ahead, the dugger family kicks off a new season of "19 kids and counting." first, michelle and jim bob are here us with. we're going to talk to them about the recent extortion plot targeting their family. we're going to meet a 19-year-old who just landed a big honor, kate upton. we'll hear from her. you say that's a gift for the men. where is the gift for the women? >> i don't know how that issue breaks down in terms of women and men reading it. do you think as many women look through the pages of that? >> i would have no idea. i don't -- i actually don't think so. i don't think so. >> we'll do a survey in a little while. let's begin this half hour with more on the death of whitney houston. it's a loss that hit her 18-year-old daughter bobbi kristina especially hard. we have a reporter in los angeles. he has details on.
that miguel goosh, good morning. >> reporter: she grew up with two legendary parents who were famous for successes and failures. while bobbi kristina brown was exposed to the pitfalls at a young age. whitney houston was the queen of pop and daughter bobbi kristina was her crowned jewel. born to superstar parents, the legendary singer and the r&b bad boy bobby brown, bobbi kristina took to the stage before she could walk. >> say hello. >> bobbi kristina spent her childhood growing up on the road. she was on tour with her mother a lot. >> reporter: a childhood that couldn't have been easy. her mother and father publicly battled drug addictions and each other. bobbi kristina grew up in a storm of tabloid fodder. in 2005, houston and brown's chaotic and unstable marriage was on display for the world to see in the reality tv show "being bobby brown." in the years to follow, there would be rehab and relapse for
whitney. kristina almost acted as though she was the parent. as whitney began to kobe with sobriety, she wanted to make up for the time in which she wasn't always physically present for her daughter. >> reporter: despite the turmoil in her mother, bobbi kristina saw her future. >> bobbi kristina idolized her mother she wants to be a singer herself. and really was patterning her life and her career after her mother. ♪ i've heard that you're ♪ >> reporter: and like her mom at a young age, she found her voice. ♪ found a girl and you're married now ♪ >> reporter: on twitter, she chronicled her life, birthdays with whitney, reunions with bobby. but on saturday, the unthinkable. bobbi kristina was reportedly in the hotel when her mother passed. the trauma senting the 18-year-old to the hospital to be treated for stress and
anxiety. her father rushed to be by her side. the performer who sang of life and love now gone. ♪ and i >> reporter: but her greatest achievement and legacy lives on. ♪ will always love you >> reporter: this morning as fans and the music world remember whitney, many are thinking of bobbi kristina. monday president obama's spokesman said that obama's thoughts and prayers were with the 18-year-old. matt? >> miguel, thank you very much. julie holland is a psychiatrist and author of "weekends at bellevue." alicia quaurrrels is an editor associated press. good morning. >> good morning. >> let me start with you, alicia. i think a lot of what we talk about in this regard is speculation and i want to be careful about that because there is an awful lot we don't know. what do we know about the relationship between bobbi kristina and whitney? >> we know that they were extremely tight. i witnessed them together.
bobbi kristina was the love of her life. she wanted more children so she had miscarriages. she valued her little girl. she sang backup on the last album. they were together thursday night at kelly price's party. they were hanging out partying, having a great time. they were tight. >> this idea that over the course of her life bobbi kristina had to take on at times the roll of caretaker, can you back that up? >> absolutely. if you look at that reality show that was out in 2005, you know, clearly whitney and bobby were on substances. you saw the little daughter being the caretaker. this is something, you know, that's devastating. she has two parents that battled addiction. here you are coming of age where you need your mother the most. she has strong women in her life. her grandmother sis ji strong. her godmother is aretha franklin and cousin is dionne warwick. and, of course, her father is there. >> julie, generally speaking, what are the pressures and what are the reactions when children
are brought up around addiction, especially on both sides? >> right. first of all, she's really genetically loaded to have problems herself. you know, she has two parents who are substance abusers. the household is going to be chaotic. usually children are trying to clean up the messes or prevent messes from happening. it's very unpredictable. they never know what's going to happen. and there is also a lot of lying and hiding. so the child ends up having trust issues and intimacy issues. >> i understand, and you say this as well, often times children who have grown up around addiction and then see the death of one parent believe in some way it's their fault. i don't understand why that's true. >> just like a child of divorce will think it's their fault that their parents are splitting, when you spend your life preventing bad things from happening or fixing messes or trying to prevent bad things from happening, when something devastating like this happens, i mean anyone is going to say, you know, if i'd only done this or only if she took a shower instead of a bath or a nap instead of a bath, i'm sure
anybody that would have sort of 20/20 hindsight. >> alicia, there have been reports circulated that bobbi kristina had to be hospitalized, perhaps twice since her mother's death. i don't think we should read too much into that. i mean it's an incredibly traumatic event. and that she might have needed some medical treatment. doesn't seem to go beyond the pale to me. >> no, it's not. imagine if you lost a parent and suddenly the whole world, every media organization is looking down at you. so she was rushed to the hospital. and released. she's going to have a tough road to travel being a celebrity's child, you remember elvis died, lisa marie battled addiction. she was partying. so just being in the spotlight having to deal with all that suddenly at such a young age is going to be quite a cross to bear. >> alicia and julie, ladies, thank you both. i appreciate it. now, let's get a check of the weather from al. >> matt, thank you so much. and you're hoping today is your baby's birthday? >> yes.
she was due on saturday. so we're hoping for a val tin's day baby. >> where are from you? >> i live here in new york. >> thank goodness. >> my mom and my sisters are here from minnesota and delaware. >> hope you get a great valentine's day gift. >> thank you. >> let's see what we got for you to day. foggy travel from texas all the way up to minnesota where we got dense fog advisories. a lot of low level moisture is going to cause airport delays for dallas, oklahoma city, houston, omaha and into minneapolis much the rest of the country today, we have wet weather making its way along the southeastern atlantic coast. light snow working throughout great lakes. more light snow through the central rockies and more rain moving into the pacific >> good morning.this afternoo we have a system moving through the look was a chance for it rain shower in the forecast. not a big deal. high temperature of 48.
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freedom. he's being held in prison in ni nicaragua. current and form you are u.s. officials believe he should be set free. kerry sanders has the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. 34-year-old american jason was in nick iowa selling real estate when arrested and is now serving after being sentenced to 22 years in prison. the problem, his supporters say, this now includes the innocent project, that there's no real evidence against him. among those fighting the hardest for his freedom, his family. jason purlcall's parents rindian. he grew up here in the quiet suburbs of tacoma, washington. >> i never met anyone with jason's sense of loyalty and his sense of family. >> reporter: as a teenager, he got good grades and went on to graduate from the university of washington. >> jason, big goofy smile. >> reporter: after clenollege,
joined the peace corps. he fell in love with a local beauty, married and started a family. he settled down in nicaragua selling real estate to a growing number of americans who see this sea side village as the perfect place to retire. but some of the country's darker past lingers here as well. on november 11th, 2010, jason was arrested along with 10 local men. his mother was there visiting when police stormed in. >> i was thinking that this is all some strange mistake and things will be over pretty soon. >> reporter: instead, jason was held in prison for nine months, then charged and ultimately convicted for international drug trafficking and money laundering. his prison sentence, 22 years. jason's wife scarlet. >> i know 100% that jason is innocent.
>> there are no drugs in this case. >> reporter: back home in washington state, jason's mother and sisters have launched a full time campaign to win his freedom. >> i've inspected every document, gone through the trial records. there is just not one shred of evidence against jason. >> reporter: it's expected jason's family would swear he's not guilty. but what is rare, current and former u.s. officials, including the former dea stationed chief in miami who all say the same thing. >> i say that there's a lot of major drug traffickers in nicaragua and a lot in central america. but jason percal is not one of them. >> reporter: a judge convicted him of using his real estate business to launder drug money, even though they found no drugs, no records, no trail of bank records, no confiscated piles of cash. >> translator: there were no drugs. no drugs appeared at all. >> no. >> reporter: the spokesperson for the justice department admits the trial judge would not
allow jason's defense team to present much of its evidence. for the past 14 months, he's been here in this brutal filthy prison. >> there's no running water. we have to fight with the other 250 inmates on the cellblock to get water. and there's a lot of violence between them. every day is a fight to stay alive. >> reporter: officials would only allow us to speak to him by phone. did he speak to cameras before the conviction. >> they're accusing me of drug trafficking without any drugs or money or organized crime with the other ten people charged in this case. >> he's away from his family over here. >> reporter: fellow american real estate agent met him in the peace corps ten years ago. he says it's a mystery why jason was targeted by police but he
thinks that his friend with tattoos and long hair may simply have been the victim of local prejudice. >> the guy looks like he's made of money. the guy looks super flashy. he's dark skinned. they just convicted him before he even had a chance. >> reporter: the appeals court is now scheduled to review jason's case and the evidence including all the evidence the prosecutor would not allow at the initial trial. giving hope to percal's family in seattle and to his wife and son, a 4-year-old with down syndrome that jason will be set free. >> i can't wait 22 years. i can't. it's impossible. >> reporter: it would be a huge embarrassment to the nicaraguan government to admit they made a mistake here. fwhaut would not be without precedent. more than four years ago another american was arrested in the same town and convicted in the
same town and anything wag juan appeals court eventually let him go free. and now jason percal's familiar sli hoping the same can happen in this case. ann? >> good reporting. thank you so much. and coming up next, the 19-year-old who just land the the cover of "sports illustrated" swimsuit issue. but first, these messages. , ever since i can remember. my name is paul fabry, and i grow oranges in florida for tropicana. my grandpa taught me that there's no orange like a florida orange. they're grown in just the right soil... with the perfect amount of sunshine. see, that's how you get that beautiful colour and ripeness. tropicana pure premium is made with 100% florida oranges. because the best oranges make the best juice. ♪ would they switch? notice a difference? it feels a bit tight. [ female announcer ] soap leaves behind soap residue
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♪ i'm sexy and i know it >> we're back on "today." landing the coveted slot this year, kate upton. kate, good morning. congratulations. >> good morning. thank you so much. >> how did you find out? >> i found out last night. i was so excited. no words. >> in the awards show? >> yes, on david letterman. >> and this morning you're on the front page of "the new york times" as well as on the cover of "sports illustrated." >> yeah. i didn't even know that. so waiit was a nice surprise. i was just living the moment with "sports illustrated." >> the "new york times" article, it's interesting, it talks about your path and basically it says that you're a self created internet phenomenon. essentially, you posted video of yourself dancing. do you see this as paving a new road to becoming a super model? >> well, in my opinion, you know, everyone talks about how the aging super model is dead. i don't think it's dead. i just think that people want more. you know, we have new
technology. so people want to see personalities not just someone walking down a runway or just a face. that's why, you know, campaign goes to actresses now. >> and there's no question you have a large following. i think that's one of the reasons that people at "sports illustrated" decided you would be a perfect fit. what do you want this to do for your career? people knew before you this. now this is going to take you to an entirely new level. what do you want to be doing five years from now? >> honestly, being on the cover was my dream. i just want to live in this moment. i know it's a huge career boost. but i'm just going to ride it out. >> you have pretty exotic locations. some of the weather conditions were kind of harsh for this. >> yes. a lot of people don't know that. the hours are very long. and it's, you know, sometimes not summer there. >> it looks so glamorous. >> exactly. you can even see on the cover the wind is blowing. there was harsh wind number complaints.
i'm happy. >> you grew up in a household where the "sports illustrated" swimsuit issue would arrive every year. did you have one mod that will you wanted to kind of pattern yourself after? >> i loved heidi kluum. now, you know, kathy ireland is on the cover of forbes. so that's pretty amazing as well. >> maybe a business future. >> yeah. >> congratulations. >> thank you so much. >> enjoy this moment. >> thank you. and, by the way, the duggers are coming up straight ahead and they're live in our studio. we'll talk to them after the local news. ♪ i want horsepower. cleaner horsepower. i want power that dominates the road. and fuel efficiency that respects the earth. gimme 43 miles per gallon. and the rush of 200 horsepower. what i want is the best of both worlds. [ male announcer ] introducing the reinvented 2012 camry hybrid. from toyota. ♪
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. time for a check of the morning to be a. >> hard to sugarcoat this one. it is on bass. it loop is shut out on the keybridge 22 debris removal. it detouring traffic on the inner loop under the bridge. causing delays on southbound 95, delays back to route 124 to the fort mchenry. it will be awhile before the delays start to filter out.
ebenezer road, tracking accident, about 12 mi. per our. if you want to head out on the inner loop prior to the j.f.x. from my around 795, delays towards the j.f.x., west side is filling up quickly. one more problem of note -- kilimanjaro road and oakland mills road, accident in columbia. that is the pace of things to the fort mchenry did in loop is shut down due to the debris removal. >> at least to the weather is not coming into play too much. not enough to affect the traffic. 36 in sykesville. mostly cloudy skies. 30% chance that you will run into a brief rain shower. high temperatures between 45 and 50.
8:00 now on this valentine's day mornlging. look at all of our lovebirds on the plaza. a lot of them brought valentine's and signs with hearts on them. they're sending love to their families and friends back home. we're so glad to have them here. meantime, outside studio 1a, i'm here with i had vwrite valentin. i'm going to flash you guys. i want to send some love to the world in america. there you go. anyway. i'm glad you liked that.
>> good thing you remembered the dress. >> no kidding. >> that's a cool dress. >> thank you. speaking of love, we have a family in our studio with lots of kids. we're talking about jim bob and michelle dugger. they had 19 children. they have actually had a difficulty in their own family. they're going to be here to talk about a tragic loss they endured and also they're going to talk about a member of their family. we're going to be asking them about that. >> also ahead at 8:22, taylor swift is one of the queens of country music. some would say pop muse niic in general. she recently sat down with jenna bush hager talking about buying her first home and her love life. >> that's pretty good stuff. okay. by the way, it, of course, being valentine's day, maybe you didn't figure out what you are going to do for your sweetie. we have the secret to a romantic
dinner for two. and, of course, he's french. so no matter what he does, it's romantic. >> exactly. >> apparently involves a big ball of green stuff, too. let's get inside and get a check of the morning's top stories from natalie morales. >> thank you. good morning, everyone. in the news this morning, the body of whitney houston is back in her hometown of newark, new jersey, after being flown on a private jet last night from los angeles where she died saturday. a gold colored hearse carried her casket to a newark funeral family. friends and family finalize plans for a wake and service later this week. republicans in congress and on the campaign trail say president obama's budget proposal does not do enough to reign in spending and reduce the federal deficit. the budget unveiled monday adds to the debt with nearly $4 trillion in spending paid for with less than $3 trillion in.
th in taxes. they wage a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year that would add some $100 billion to the nation's debt. just stephen breyer was robbed at machete point last thursday at his vacation home. the suspect who wore a mask took about $1,000 in cash from breyer, his wife and houseguests. nobody was hurt. and now here's brian williams with a look at what is coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news." >> good morning. coming up on "nightly news," does it feel like allergy season never really ended or is it starting earlier? a lot of this country flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising. no winter to speak of. it's an allergy sufferer's worst nightmare. we'll look at the science wlaf is going on tonight on "nightly news." natalie, for now, back to you. >> look forward to it, brian. now for a look at what is trending to day. a quick roundup of what has you talking online. sony music is jacking up the price of whitney houston's ultimate collection album within hours of her death saturday.
online sales of houston's music are spiking, nonetheless. the price increase was later withdrawn. and oprah winfrey apologized for using at which timer to pump up ratings for her cable network own. a serious violation. on sunday night during the grammy awards, oprah tweeted, everyone that can please turn to own along with commercial grammy people, you can turn to own. oprah says she intend nod harm and deleted her original tweet. and martha stewart's chow chow is one reason why the westminster kennel club dog show is trending on google. he won best of breed. and martha tweeted a picture of her preshow lunch at the pash pl posh plaza hotel. they'll join us this hour. we met him recently. beautiful dog. >> let's go to al.
>> he is a cutie. >> that's right, for thanksgiving. >> that's right. very nice. a lot of folks here celebrating valentine's day. very nice. let's see if there is a lot of love in south texas. let's show wlau is happening. arizona, phoenix, arizona, our pi pick city celebrating its 100th birthday. a few showers. it will be mild there. look at the afternoon temperatures. 20s and 30s in new england. also in the plains states and the rockies. we've got 70s into florida. 60s in southern california. afternoon showers move into the pacific northwest. look for mountain snows in the rockies today. light snow around the eastern great lakes. wet weather making its way through the appalachians down into the southeast. that's what's going on arounth >> good morning. we have some cloud cover this morning. we have a slight chance for it rain shower. it should not be a problem.
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back now with the duggers. their hit reality show "19 kids and counting" returns tonight, a season that will deal with the family's recent miscarriage tragedy. we'll talk to jim bob and michelle in just a moment. but first, their story. if you're not familiar with the name dugger, you probably know them as the family with 19 children. america was introduced to the dugger's through their reality show. which documents the fun, excitement, even the highs and lows of family has experienced including the premature birth of their baby josie who recently celebrated her second birthday. >> say thank you. >> thank you. >> bible says that children are a blessing from the lord. >> reporter: the dugger's
appeared on "today" more than ten times, most recently in november when they announced this news. >> we are expecting our 20th child. yes! yes! we are due in april. and just thrilled. >> reporter: but only a month later, jim bob and michelle were devastate the as the show's camera followed them to a routine visit with their doctor. >> she wasn't able to find a heartbeat. the pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage and now jim bob and michelle try pick up the pieces and move forward. jim bob and michelle dugger, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> miscarriages are harder on women than most people realize. it's been eight weeks? >> yes. >> what do you want to say about it? how are you doing? >> oh, i think just the, you know, the joy of looking forward to a new little life being in our family and then going to a routine ultrasound and finding out that our baby had no
heartbeat, that's devastating. and i think many others have experienced very similar situations because we've heard from so many others. and i think probably the hardest part is when a loss like this occurs, people really don't know what to say. they want to be sensitive and not make you hurt more, but at the same time when you don't say anything, that's difficult, too. and so we just -- we realize our sweet little jubilee is with the lord. we will see her again some day. and we have, you know, ten girls and ten boys just we only have our nine girls here and ten boys that are here with us and i think we have a sweet memory of our little jubilee for 18 weeks. we enjoyed having her with us. and we're looking forward to her and now we look forward to her
in heaven. >> and i know husbands are very important to help a mother get through this. any thoughts about what you've learned about how to help a wife get through something like this? >> i you this our whole family grew closer together through this experience. i think we cried a lot. we prayed a lot. and god gave us the grace to get through. i don't see how somebody can get through this without faith in god. >> he makes us really cherish the moment that's we have together with each other. th the ones that are here, you don't take for granted. >> part of what you're cherishing is being grandparents now. >> yes. >> how is that? how does being a grandparent compare tok being a parent? >> it's wonderful. we heard so many wonderful thin things. now we know why it's so great. you don't have all the responsibility of diapers and keeping up with everything. it is great. it is so much fun.
>> congratulations on that. >> thank you. >> and i need to ask you about this extortion thing. this woman allegedly tried to extort money from the discovery channel, tlc's parent company, apparently claiming she had scandalous photographs of your niece amy with a much older man. now i understand this woman has been arrested. what do you know about this? what response do you have given that this has been widely reported already? >> we're basically, we just received it off the network saying they received this letter from a lady and included her name, home address, her phone number and bank account number. wanted they will to send her $10,000. they contacted the fbi. and, anyway, they did a sting operation. she just had some pictures of kind of this guy that amy knows, a family friend, standing beside each other. the pictures were just of no, you know, no substance at all. but she just -- i guess she had mental issues or something. we pray she can get her life straightened out. i think she's been arrested.
>> meantime, on a very different note. i notice that your family, all your kridz not heids are not he. you're just having a night by yourself. valentine's day. a romantic night in new york city. we know you're trouble. >> that's right. >> so are you happy -- i love that you're laughing about this. >> this is an unusual thing for us to be without all of the kids. and so, it's going to be -- we'll go to a nice restaurant and have a nice valentine's before we head home and would be the kids again. >> yeah. enjoy this time together and have a little bit of quiet before you hit the storm of having a house full of kids. thank you so much for being here this morning. we want to mention that the season premier of "19 kids and counting" airs to night on tlc. so thanks so much. >> thank you. and coming up next, jenna bush hager sits down with taylor twist. that's coming up right after this.
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taylor swift is just 22 years old and already music royalty. now she's becoming truly animated. today jenna bush hagger is here to explain this. good morning. >> hi, matt. happy valentine's day. >> you, too. >> yes, taylor is coming off her successful speak now tour. last name she was billboard's woman of the year. sunday she added two more grammys to her collection. but now here comes a whole new role for the talented performer. this is the taylor swift we know, the young sweet voice singing of love and loss. >> you want to see something cool? >> this is also taylor swift. >> they used to grow all around here. >> reporter: she plays audrey in "the lorax" by an author who is a childhood inspiration. >> what i want more than anything in the whole world is to see a real living tree.
>> reporter: so when you were little, your parents read dr. suess's books? >> dr. suess books were a huge, huge part of my childhood. and it really made me fall in love with the way can you make words bounce off a page. if you get them in the right order and with the right rhymes at the end. and then that later became poetry and that became songwriting. i think i was very inspired by what dr. suess was able to do with words. >> i think it's kind of ironic you grew up on a tree farm. and you play this character audrey who all she wants is to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. >> it was really amazing that the character ended up being a girl obsessed with trees. i grew up on a christmas tree farm. i love nature. i'm obsessed with going on hikes and walks and just being around nature all the time. that's sort of my life. i can relate to it. ♪ sparks fly >> once called the poet laureate of puberty, she's grown up. now at 22, she's a woman.
>> you've been writing since you were young, 11, 12, what's it like to write as a woman? >> hopefully it becomes a natural evolution of songwriting. i'm never going to have the moment where i'm like i'm a woman now, guys. i'm going to write dark songs and dance in my bra all the time. like i just -- that's not really me. >> that's not your personality. >> i hope things will gradually evolve into growing up, kind of as people naturally grow up. so i find at 22 is an age where a lot of times artists feel like they need to be i'm a woman now, guys. but i don't know. i don't -- i feel like it should happen naturally for me. ♪ stakes are high >> a natural trance formation, big a house in l.a., a cave pursuit of acting and a whole new look. >> 21 and 22 have been great as far as, you know, loving to live alone and lofrg the independence and traveling the world and i'm kind of in this adventurous phase right now where i'll just
go out by myself and see what wr the day takes me. i think i realized that in my life to be inspired to write music, you have to have a life to write about. >> you are on the cover of "voeg." >> yeah. >> which is every girl's dream, i think. >> absolutely. >> what was that like? >> being on the cover of "vogue" is the coolest thing. the fact that "vogue" is such a huge glamourous, wonderful, you know, pie in the sky dream that i never thought would actually happen to me and they cut my hair. ♪ you're a bad idea >> taylor's grammy winning lyrics tapped into her own romantic ups and downs and dealing with rumors. this is probably a rumor, too. a rumor that you're dating your co-star. >> i'm not now. we're friends. no. >> and so you're seeing being friends with somebody and then they write about it. >> yeah. i just come to terms with the fact that that comes along with the life that i've chosen. like i absolutely love making music and getting to do
wonderful things like be in this film and this whole thing. and there's a price that comes with everything good in your life. >> but it doesn't stop her from reaching out to fans. and what fans know, too, is that although much has changed, even at the age of 22, 13 is still her favorite number. so when a tourist tram rolled up. >> that's tram number 13. 13 is my lucky number. >> we're an exhibit. >> exactly. >> you're the exhibit, i'm just the sidekick. >> taylor would like to take on more acting roles. she says she's carefully reading scripts. but, of course, she will never stop singing. she's work ogen a new album. >> do you have a feeling she's going to get a lot of offers. >> she's talented, for sure. >> jenna, thank you very much. now here's ann. thanks. lauren xrugz, the texas model who was severely injured when she walked into a plane's propeller is showing off her latest progress. we have details now.
good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning you to. when you see these pictures, you can tell this is young woman who is not only having fun but feeling good about herself. pretty remarkable considering everything that she's been through. there she is, lauren scruggs with that beautiful smile and long blonde hair we've come to know surrounded by her friends. but we're not in texas anymore. bundled in winter wear this is steamboat springs, colorado. lauren's first vacation since her accident in early december. such a fun weekend with sweet family and friends, lauren tweeted. she also uploaded this picture with her twin brittany. sisters both wearing sun glass that's hid from view lauren's new prosthetic eye which she received two weeks ago. the fashion floger later tweeting, watching ski jumping, love it. her followers were quick to wish her well. one tweeting back, you look so beautiful and so happy with friends and family.
and she's not just vacationing. last week lauren updated her fashion website with a blog post called inspired on sunday where she posted some new favorite clothing. it is, by all accounts, remarkable progress considering lauren suffered head injuries in the accident that also took her left eye and hand. in the new photos, a sweep of pictures covers that hand and a sweep of her hair covers her left eye. but there is no hiding that look on her face, what can only be described as here is joy. and why not? well, her mother is blogged that there is a long road ahead, she's already traveled far. a vacation, complete with a change of scenery and climate. maybe just what the doctor ordered. >> this is an uphill battle. how nice it must have been to get away a change of scenery for just a couple of days. ann? >> sweet to see her smile. thanks so much, janet. coming up ahead, martha stewart
shows off her prize winning dog. snooichlt >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> busy ride out there. problems at keybridge all morning. clear at the inner loop the open. delays on 95 stretch back to are four county. 895 to the harbor tunnel, dealing with delays there. northeast corner, getting word of an accident. that is going to add to delays this morning. belair road and ebenezer road,
watch for an accident. inner loop, as to make your way towards the j.f.x. pennsylvania avenue and north avenue, 21 miles per hour on the west side outer loop. harrisburg expressway, of east not tracking delays at mount carmel. looking good ones to get down to padonia road. things get heavier towards the beltway. here is what it looks like on a 95 to eastern ave. back to the 95 merge down to the harbor tunnel. live view of the area of keybridge and burning highway. things are slowing again. no sign of delays any longer at the end of the keybridge. >> not a perfect day, with a bang-wise, but not going to cause a big problem -- weather- wise, but not going to cause a big problem either.
morales. and coming up, we're going to be doing a little way to say i love you for your valentines. >> that's right. you know, if you have a wonderful meal that you want to have for valentine's day, who else do you want to make it more than our french chef. i love saying his name. hopefully i'm saying it correctliment he's going to make a pork tenderloin for us this morning that we can possibly consider for our sweetheart tonight. >> delicious. okay. also ahead, changing lives by changing your career midlife. jane paul ji back with us this morning. she's talking about this extraordinary woman and her journey to a new life. very moving. >> yeah. >> and then a little later on, we have some different kind of animals in our studio. we have everything from -- who's that? i don't know. hoo! and we've got an arm dilarm dil
yoe and a tauny frog mouth. and we also have a very special guest creature here. we have best in breed. >> yes, martha stewart is here! and her dog won best in breed at the westminster dog show. >> he did. he is a chow chow. >> he's a chow chow. congratulations. >> thank you. >> we all got to meet him up at your house when we went up there for thanks giving. >> yep. he's a wonderful dog. really, the show is so much fun. if you haven't been, i urge you to go watch it on tv. it's a lovely, lovely show. and you get to see 185 different breeds. and this is the 136th year of this show. >> was there any training that goes into this? >> they all have to be champions. but most important thing. they have to be champions.
this is the best of the breed. and the dogs are there proudly showing themselves off. >> does he walk differently now that he knows -- >> he has always walked beautifully. >> but with a little more pride. >> i'm just happy that all the table scraps i fed him at thanks giving didn't do anything. he was glued to my leg. he was chowing down on that stuffing. >> you took him to the plaza hotel for a preshow lunch? >> he stayed overnight at the plaza. it's a dog friendly hotel, by the way. >> i didn't know that. >> yes. >> what a nice posting. and you're right on the park. it's so nice. >> how do you get his hair to do that? >> that is a blow drier. you blow dry him, of course and fluff him up. but he's naturally like that. that's what makes him a champion. >> of course. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> terrific news. >> congratulations. >> we're so happy.
>> and congratulations to your dog. he's oblivious to it all. >> thanks for having him on much he's very proud to be here. >> it's our pleasure. >> thanks. >> mr. roquker? >> thanks very much. let's show what you is happening with your weather today. starting with today, we have the snow throughout great lakes. rain moves into the pacific northwest later this afternoon. snow around the rockies. wet weather down into the gulf coast. for tomorrow, we expect to see that system move out in the east. we're looking at a risk of strong storms through eastern texas and central alabama with a >> good morning. we have a system moving through the look was a chance for it rain shower in the forecast. not a big deal. high temperature of 48.
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famous restaurant in new york city. it's great to you have here. >> thank you very much. it's been a long time. >> you say that this recipe is idiot proof or as you would say idiot proof. is that right? >> yes, i think so. it's a very simple one. we're doing a pork tenderloin. and we're going to cook it in a soft crust. and you just follow the directions and it come out perfectly. >> how do you make a salt crust? >> for the salt crust, we use a lot of salt and flower. >> that is a lot of salt. >> it's a lot of salt. but it's just to give the flavor to the pork. if you want to put it in a container here. >> let's take a look at. this three pounds of flour, 4 1/2 cups of salt. >> again, that crust will cook. you will not eat the crust. >> you don't eat the crust. >> these are egg whites. if you do it with flower and water, it's not the same. you need to put egg whites.
chopped rosemary and "time." > thyme. that's a lot of flavor. >> mix it. >> in the meantime, you let that go for eight minutes. we're not going to wait for eight minutes. >> no. we would be done with television. >> by the way, we forgot the garlic. >> no, we're saving the garlic. >> then we have the pork tenderloin that is seered. we keep all the juices inside. just a minute on the edges. so the dough comes out like. that you see the consistency. >> i like that dough. >> i'm going to put some rosemary and thyme. now we're using the garlic like that. and that will give a lot of nice flavor on it. the pork goes on top. and then i'm going to roll this a little bit more. it has to be sealed together. it's going to cook the pork. like that.
and then you give the nice shape, by the way. and we're going to paint it. this is mostly for presentation. we have some egg wash. so that will go, of course, in the oven like that. >> you don't have to pinch it? >> we're going to -- it's going to stick together by itself. >> i see. i have some salt. i'm going to add salt on top for the presentation later like that. >> and then how long do you cook this? >> you cook it for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. >> more egg wash? >> yes. you'll see. it's for the color. >> okay. >> it's presentation. i know we're using a lot of salt. but it's not so bad. i'm going to use a knife and this is when you give the shape. >> i see. you cut it like that. and we give a nice shape. >> i'm going to tell you, right now this does not look that appetizing. >> but it's going to be. >> oh, yes. so then you remove it, of
course. and that will go in the oven. >> that looks very pretty. all right. >> so we put it in the oven. and then it goes in the often. 20 minutes, look what we have. >> look at that. >> so when you have that, you just have to open it with a knife like that. >> so you're saying that has cooked in all that flavor, the rosemary and thyme and salt. >> look at that. >> it's cooked inside. >> oh, boy. >> then you remove it. and we're going to slice. >> the aroma is unbelievable. >> the meat is perfect. >> how long did you cook it? >> 20 minutes. look at that color. >> that is beautiful. >> so what it does, it cooks the pork evenly. it gives this beautiful texture and color. flavor, of course. >> should i try this? >> yes. >> i better try it. after all that, we have to see
if it's salty. >> it's not oversalty at all. >> it is not oversalty. >> it's a beautiful flavor. and then i have a bed of lentils here. so we put our pork like. that and i have also done a cauliflow cauliflower. so if you want to put sauce on top of the pork, i'm going to open it here. and look what we have inside. this is really, really good. it's cauliflower, a bit of olive oil and some curry. and then you -- >> always season with curry. that's my view. >> and you can slice it like that. it's very -- it comes out like this. [ speaking french ] thank you so much. happy valentine's day. >> thank you so much. >> of course, we have some wine. >> actually. we should cheers. >> yes, we should cheer. >> why not? >> happy valentine's day you to and to all of you.
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8:45 now. we're back with "your life calling today." jane pauley is working with aarp. this morning a writer who is making a difference in the place that's very far from her home. jane, good morning. >> good morning, matt. jenny bowen explains i have an idea, i write the story, i cast it, i dream a world that doesn't exist and i find a way to get there. at 67, she's no longer making films. but she's still dreaming big. here's jenny bowen with her life
calling. when jenny bowen goes to china, she's a woman on a mission. >> there's a beautiful chinese quote from 500 a.d. that says all the children who are held and loved will know how to love others. spread these virtues through the world. nothing more need be done. >> reporter: but modern china had a problem. the one child policy to slow population growth and a cultural preference for boys orphanages filled up with baby girls. rooms upon rooms of cribs, so many babies to feed and change, too many to be held and loved. moved by the pictures -- >> we said, we have to do something. he said, we can bring one home. >> reporter: in their mid 50s, 14 years ago, the bowens started a new family. anya and mia whose smile were
slow to come. at nearly 2 when she was adopted, mia couldn't either walk nor talk. >> nobody had ever talked to her. she was emotionally just vacant. there was nothing there. nothing. >> we went on a three person bicycle ride. >> i've never seen a three person bicycle. >> reporter: now a vibrant teenager, she was 3 the day jenny remembers as the most compelling moment of her life. it was a backyard party about a year after mia's adoption. >> and there was that little girl romping around in the garden, singing so full of joy and happiness. it became so clear just loving her up was all that little girl needed. and that must be what all of them need. >> reporter: that day, she told richard, i know what i'm going to do for the rest of my life.
>> let's figure out how to convince the chinese government to let us come over there and set up programs for children. >> and you did it. >> yeah. >> reporter: what was your first step? >> i was a screenwriter. and really good at research. i just started poking around on the internet. >> reporter: she built a network of experts. and with other adoptive parents, she reached out to china. >> what we said was we are so grateful for these beautiful children. will you let us work with you to try to bring the love of family to children who don't have families? >> reporter: when the answer was yes -- half the sky, an american foundation, began recruiting chinese nannies, trained in nurturing skills those nannies worked loving magic. >> the children within six months were behaving like children. they started to blossom.
>> reporter: still growing, half the sky has trained 2,000 childcare workers with centers in every province in china. >> what is the meaning of half the sky? >> there's an old chinese saying, women hold up half the sky. and about 95% of the healthy children in china's welfare institutions are little girls. we wanted to help those little girls hold up their half of the sky. >> jenny had no child development expertise, foreign policy experience, doesn't speak chinese. the reality check, the bowens had the freedom to relocate. they lived in china for five years and still spends a week there every other month and fund-raising is nonstop. jenny bow isn't recipient of the 2011 purpose prize for intergenerational innovation sponsored by aarp. join me along with jenny at 10:00 a.m. eastern this morning on my internet radio show
this morning on "call of the wild," we have a member from the busch gardens and sea world. she has creatures that have unique ways of protecting themselves in the wild. we're starting with a crunchy little ball. >> that's right. you know, he looks like he's pretty well protected. he is just sitting there. but watch this. i'm going to pick him up. when a predator approaches and maybe goes for him like this, look at the way he can just put himself almost perfectly into that puzzle of a protection there. >> that's a hard shell. >> isn't that amazing? >> so why is this animal so vulnerable to -- in terms of -- >> being small always makes people more vulnerable or animals more vulnerable. this is a way that a small animal can protect themselves from any predator. >> they can also dig and jump. >> this is a brazilian breed.
they jump three feet in the air. unfortunately, that's not great whether the traffic is coming. >> that one is vulnerable to extinctiontion. he's having some trouble. >> everywhere aren't world, all animals are pretty much running into habitat loss and lower populations. >> watch him take off. he's going to go for a walk there. we can move on. >> he looks like a toy. >> i know. >> a little remote control. he goes that way. >> talk about the owl. >> it's not even an owl. that is really strange. it's actually related to night jars. it is called a tawny frog mouth. you can see why he is called a frog mouth. he has the little feathers up here. and he -- oops, i missed. al, you want to give a try? there you go. he has that perfect, perfect camouflage head. he goes, what is that?
>> what is with these people? >> he doesn't eat out of a bowl like a cat? >> no. >> he is a hunter. he's not a hunter like an owl or other bird of prey. he has very weak feet. he actually uses -- i know, it's like don't touch my legs. >> but he lives at discovery cove. he meets people all the time. just prt coloratithe perfect co. >> he looks like the log. >> yeah. that is his perfect layout. and you know, since it's valentine's day, i have to mention that these guy dozen live in pairs for life. >> let's talk about this guy. a lot of people are frieghtened of tr ofte spiders. >> do we have another person that wants to hold them? >> i actually like spiders. >> i love them. >> this guy is a little bit
more -- >> can you use two hands. >> how often do they actually bite people? >> that's the great thing. you know, their protection is not actually to bite. that's the last thing that they will do. th these guys look big. but in dpar son to most other predators, instead, they try look as big as they k they rear up on their hind legs. they actually have spider pepper spray. they remove the little hairs which are irritating hairs on their abdomen and they throw them at their prey, at their predators, i'm sorry. and then that is how they hope they can scare them off that way. biting is the absolute last thing they want to do. >> i like the look of that. >> let's bring our last little friend in here. >> wait a minute. do we want to get rid of this little guy first? >> no. don't you want to go down there? yes, you do. >> as opposed to the other animals which have some great way of defending against
predators this guy just gets scared to death, literally. >> i'm not touching this until he puts his legs down. >> i know. >> he has seven of them up. >> i know. >> i don't like this. i'm a little alarmed right now. >> he is waiting to scurry up your arm, that's all. >> they have fantastic defense dhz s. it's a great way for them to learn and for us to learn about how to protect these guys. >> he is making his way. >> julie, thank you so much. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. prosecutors will continue laying out their case against a man accused of murdering an off-duty state trooper.
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