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good morning. confession. a 51-year-old man set to be arraigned today for the murder of etan patz. the 6-year-old new york city boy who disappeared exactly 33 years ago. police say the man has admitted to committing the crime, but without physical evidence, how can they be sure? exonerated. a former star athlete who spent five years in prison for rape and kidnapping breaks down after being cleared of those crimes. this after his accuser contacted him on facebook, and admitted making up her story. does he now want her to go to jail? we'll ask him in an exclusive live interview. and jilted. he's suing his ex-fiancee for leaving him with a pile of wedding bills after she calmed off their engagement.
we heard from her. now his side of the story we heard from her. now his side of the story "today," friday, may 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. you're now looking at a site where police say pedro hernandez told them he used a can of soda to lure etan patz to his death 33 years ago today. >> apparently the break in this case when last month a search of a basement near the crime scene prompted a tipster to lead investigators to this 51-year-old suspect. so why are police so sure they have the right man? we're going to get into this straight ahead. >> all right. also we're going to be talking about this first hurricane of the season, expected to make land on mexico's pacific coast
today. and resort towns like puerto vallarta are right in its path. coming up we're going to get the latest from al. and also his memorial day weekend forecast. >> speaking of the holiday weekend. we're throwing an early party on the plaza with a live concert. one of the hottest musicians on the planet right now. it is mr. worldwide, or pitbull, and he's going to be performing on our plaza. >> meantime, however, we begin with the serious news this morning, an arrest in the 1979 disappearance of etan patz, who vanished while walking to his school bus stop alone for the first time. jonathan dietz is the investigator reporter. jonathan, good morning. >> good morning. it was 33 years ago this very day that etan patz, police say, that etan patz was strangled, his body put in a bag and left out amid the garbage. now police say they're armed with a lengthy confession and
they say despite that the suspect never explains why he went after that beautiful little boy. police say 6-year-old etan patz was lured to his death by a killer who offered him a can of soda. authorities say grocery worker pedro hernandez led him towards his corner store. >> he then led him into the basement of the bodega, choked him there, and disposed of the body by putting it into a plastic bag, and placing it into the trash. >> reporter: the nypd announced that this missing child case, that haunted a city, and the nation, for 33 years, had finally been solved. based almost entirely on the suspect's own words. >> we have a signed confession. he spoke for 3 1/2 hours. >> reporter: hernandez was 19 at the time of the crime, lived and worked in the neighborhood, and had a clean record. but investigators say he would eventually tell some of a dark secret. >> hernandez had told a family
member and others that he had, quote, done a bad thing, and killed a child in new york. >> reporter: that troubling story remained in the shadows for three decades, until etan's case was back in the spotlight a month ago. when the fbi and nypd dug in a basement for etan's remains. nothing was found. but law enforcement sources say hernandez's brother-in-law, jose lopez, saw the news coverage about the search. >> the individual came forward because of the recent notoriety on the case. that's how we were first given information about hernandez. >> reporter: at hernandez's home in new jersey, neighbors reacted to his arrest. >> he doesn't seem like the kind of guy. he's always a nice guy. you know. but i don't know what happened 33 years ago. >> reporter: it was 33 years ago today stanley and julie patz allowed their 6-year-old son to walk to his bus stop by himself for the first time.
>> just overwhelms you, and you think you're going to fall to pieces. >> reporter: for decades his parents have lived in quiet anguish. their son, in many ways, became the face of missing and exploited children across the nation. the first missing child to be put on a milk carton to help raise awareness. >> that question, the big unknown, will we ever see him again, constantly troubles me. >> reporter: police tried to ease some of those troubles with the news of the arrest. >> i was concerned of mr. patz's feelings. obviously i wanted to deliver news to him. i don't know if you would call this good news. i think it would be considered another piece in the puzzle. >> reporter: a puzzle that may always be missing pieces as to why this little boy was taken. hernandez is due in court later today with his court-appointed lawyer. this, as police plan to pore over that case file and reinterview witnesses to see if they can come up with some evidence that matches to his confession. ann, back to you. >> thank you for your reporting on this. it is now 7:05. here's matt. >> all right, ann, thank you very much.
beep resorts along mexico's pacific coast are bracing for hurricane bud, the first hurricane of the season, and there is some weather here in the states that could be impacting your memorial day weekend over the next day or so. al is upstairs. he's got track of all of this. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. that's right. we've got hurricane bud. it is now the earliest major hurricane to ever form in the eastern pacific. right now it's 130 miles southwest of manzanillo, mexico. it was a category 3, now down to a category 2. it's moving north/northeast. it is going to come onshore sometime late tonight, early tomorrow morning with 75-mile-per-hour winds. just a minimal category 1 storm. and then maybe curve back out to sea. but it is going to bring a lot of rain with it. not so much wind. a lot of rain over mountainous areas causing flooding. now to the east coast and what could become tropical storm beryl. this is an area, 70% chance for tropical cyclone development, in
the northwestern bahamas. moving northeast about 15 miles per hour. could strengthen over the weekend. whether it becomes a tropical system or not, dump a ton of rain, anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of rain from tampa, florida, all the way up into the cape. and eventually make its way further to the north. but we're going to watch this and continue. it's going to cause problems, though, for a lot of folks upwards of anywhere, about 10 million people affected by this system over the next 72 hours. >> all right, al. we'll get the rest of your forecast in just a bit. but now let's turn to a former high school football star in california. cleared of a rape and kidnapping conviction that derailed his life ten years ago. a turn of events set in motion when his accuser reached out to him on facebook. we'll talk to him exclusively in just a moment. but first, nbc's kristen dahlgren has the story. kristen, good morning. >> good morning, ann. yeah, this is a redemption ten long years in the making. brian banks was just 16 when he went to jail. now 26, he has finally been cleared of ever committing a
crime. so often in a courtroom tears symbolize the loss of freedom. >> the people's motion to dismiss this case. >> reporter: but for brian banks these tears are about getting his freedom back. ten years ago, banks was a superstar in waiting. a linebacker on the power house long beach polytechnic high school team, looking at a full scholarship to usc and possibly an nfl career. but at age 16, banks was accused of kidnapping and raping a classmate. there was no dna evidence. no witnesses. just he said/she said. his lawyer told banks he had a choice. plead no contest in exchange for a lighter sentence, or go to trial. >> either go into that courtroom in front of a jury, you're a big, black teenager, they're going to automatically assume you're guilty, and you'll be facing 41 years to life. what do you want to do? >> reporter: banks took the plea bargain, and in an instant his
football dreams were replaced by a 6x6 cell. >> i think the system failed. failed brian. you know, i don't think there was a sufficient investigation into the case. >> reporter: banks served five years in prison, paroled in 2008 at age 22. he was labeled a sex offender, and forced to wear an ankle bracelet. >> like branded. like somebody just put a brand on you like this. sex offender. >> reporter: things looked bleak. until february of last year when banks says he received a facebook friend request from his accuser. she wanted to let bygones be bygones. they met a day later and as a private investigator recorded this conversation, gibson admitted her accusations were false. >> did he rape you? >> no, he did not. >> did he kidnap you? >> no. >> reporter: the california innocence project took the case. the district attorney looked at the inconsistency in gibson's story. and on thursday, conceded to the
petition for banks' freedom. now 26 and completely free, banks is looking to reclaim his life. including his visions of the nfl. knowing now that even what can seem like an impossible dream -- >> my only dream in the world was to just be free, and to have the same opportunity as everybody here. >> reporter: -- sometimes comes true. now banks says that his accuser didn't want to come forward because she received a settlement from the school district. nbc news reached out to gibson for comment but we were unable to reach her. >> kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. brian banks is now joining us exclusively this morning. brian, good morning to you. >> great morning to you. >> great morning to you. that's the first thing you're going to say. >> for sure. >> you know, you did something some might say many might say was impossible. you cleared your name ten years after you pleaded no contest to a heinous crime. describe that moment.
when you heard in court that your name had been cleared. >> wow. you know, i just feel with so many different emotions, just overwhelmed with finally hearing those words, and knowing that this whole ordeal is put to rest. it was bittersweet, you know. happy to be free now, happy to clear my name, but also very much in a reflective state, and just remembering everything i've been through to get to this point. >> hmm. you know, one of the things that you went through is you heard, as we heard in this last report from juaneta gibson, she finally admitted that the story that she told up to now has been that that basically you had not even had sex together, that she told you that she wouldn't go to authorities, however, because that her family had been awarded $1.5 million. she admitted that she made the story up. what do you think should happen to her? should she face prosecution, do you think? >> you know, i haven't given it much thought.
i do believe that everyone should be responsible for their actions. if that action warrants some type of consequence, then i feel that, you know, it's justified. but as far as what should happen to her, i really haven't given it much thought at all. >> you haven't. >> no. >> it's surprising to hear you say that. some might want, or they may want revenge. >> no, you know. you -- it's easy to have those feelings initially when you first hear the story. i've been dealing with this now for ten years, and i've had my moments where i was very angry, and very vengeful. but i know it was best for me to try and move forward in a positive manner, and for the betterment of me. it hurts no one but myself to hang onto that type of negative energy. and it will only keep me in a stagnant position. and i always want to better myself as a person, regardless of the situation that i'm in.
>> a lot of people would say listening to what happened to you that you definitely deserve another chance at your dream. you dreamed of being an nfl football player, you know, you got a free ride, a straight ride to usc, i'm wondering what you would say to any nfl coach listening right now. >> give me an opportunity and let me show you what i can -- what i can produce. i think that any team that gave me -- that gives me an opportunity will be really impressed with what i can do despite all of what i've been through these past ten years. >> i wonder if you would say anything about what you would want to change about the system that may have failed you, as we just heard in the prior report. how do you think things should change so that this does not happen to anyone else, brian? >> i definitely feel that further investigations in cases like this are definitely necessary, especially when it involves minors. children.
you know. i think i was quick to be jud d judged, rather than the time needed to, you know, be put in for an investigation to see what actually really happened. it was, you know, my story against hers. and unfortunately my story was never heard at the time. >> wow, it's amazing to hear your story. i hope that someone with the nfl is listening. good luck to you, brian, as you begin your new life. >> thank you so much. appreciate you having me. >> i hope not only on nfl coach is listening, anybody who just wants to give a young man a great opportunity, even if the nfl thing doesn't work out. this is a guy who clearly deserves it. >> no kidding. he's a real star. >> let's get a check of the rest of the top stories from savannah guthrie. she's in while natalie is taking a day off. good morning to you. >> good morning, ann and matt. in the news today, diplomatic talks aimed at curbing iran's nuclear ambitions have ended with no major breakthrough. nbc's ali rubie joins us from
baghdad where the talks have wrapped up. >> good morning, savannah. after two days of intense, high-stakes talks there was no breakthrough, and it would have been unrealistic to expect one, with both sides deeply entrenched in their positions. the eu foreign policy chief who was leading the talks said that there was some common ground, but significant differences remain between the two sides. at the heart of the dispute is iran's insistence that it be allowed to enrich uranium at high levels, which can be used both for civilian purposes and a nuclear bomb. the two sides agreed on little other than to meet in moscow next month for another round of talks, keeping the channels of dialogue open. savannah? >> all right, thank you. a historic moment in space is just hours away this morning. for the first time ever, a privately funded, unmanned capsule is set to dock with the international space station later this morning. bringing a half ton of supplies to the iss crew. president obama is urging more
commercial ventures to follow suit so that nasa can set its sights on loftier goals like heading to mars. some passionate politics, you might say, on the floor of the ukrainian parliament thursday night. this fight broke out as lawmakers debated the use of russian as the official language in certain parts of ukraine. one opposition member had to be treated at a hospital for an apparent head wound. the general services administration executive who held a lavish $823,000 conference in las vegas is no longer with the agency. that scandal led to high-level firings and resignations in the agency, and several congressional committees vowed to clean it up. the gsa did not say whether the executive had resigned or had been fired. now let's get to wall street. cnbc's courtney reagan is at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning to you, savannah. there is some optimism, this time surrounding europe going into the long weekend. italian prime minister says he thinks greece should stay in the
eurozone, and believes germany would be persuaded to support the idea of a euro fund. just a week after going public, facebook remains on investors' minds. wall street's four main market makers could stand to lose up to $100 million in wake of the company's botched ipo. savannah? >> all right, courtney reagan, thank you. finally, after "the new york times" this week told the back story of a picture of president obama, that photograph has gone viral online. the picture, of the president and a boy named jacob, was snapped three years ago. according to the article, the boy asked president obama if he had hair just like his own. the president said yes, then bent over and invited the then-5-year-old boy to see for himself saying, quote, touch it, dude. it's now 7:17. back to matt, ann and al. but don't you all ever try that next time you meet the president. >> if i did that the kid could see himself. you, too.
>> oh, you two. >> thanks, savannah. >> whoa! >> turn off the lights. what's going on? >> besides all the wet weather we've got to talk about in the southeast we've got a lot of heat in the midsection of the country. from chicago, st. louis, kansas city, indianapolis, saturday, sunday, into memorial day, we're seeing temperatures climbing up into the 90s. this could be the hottest indianapolis 500 on record. so we are looking at some real hot weather. slight risk of strong storms in the midsection of the country today. wet weather in the pacific northwest. we're looking for some showers and interior sections of western new york, wednesday pennsylvania may see some strong storms, as >> good morning. this is the camera from ocean city. right on the board. it is getting a little active. this will be busy beach this weekend.
>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thanks very much. now to everything you need to know if you're hitting the roads this memorial day weekend. aaa says more people than ever are expected to be joining you. nbc's tom costello is at a gas station in rockville, maryland, where apparently there's some good news. tom, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning. who would have thought it. we've been talking about cheaper gas prices on memorial day? usually this is a time of year when gas prices peak, or maybe even later into the summer. but, cheaper gas prices, and improving economy, it means 400,000 more of us are going to be hitting the road. >> to go through on the 210 -- >> reporter: it's the start of the great memorial day weekend getaway. and from the west coast, to the
east, expect plenty of company on the nation's roads this year. of the nearly 35 million americans expected to travel 50 miles or more this weekend, nearly 9 out of 10 will go by car, almost 31 million of us. and there's really good news for those folks. prices at the pump are actually coming down. the national average for regular unleaded gas is now $3.67 a gallon. down 17 cents from a month ago, and even cheaper than a year ago when it was $3.22 a gallon. >> relieved to see that. because, like -- who can keep paying this much money for gas all the time? you know. >> not nearly as many of us are flying. >> frontier airlines flight 625 with nonstop service to detroit. >> reporter: only about 2.5 million americans will take to the skies. but in denver, frontier airlines says it's flying more than 97% full this weekend. >> welcome aboard. >> reporter: the questions facing passengers include,
whether to pay more for the ticket in order to check a bag, and sit next to family members. >> it's a wash. to either pay a little extra for the ticket, or you end up paying a little extra for the luggage. >> reporter: by the way, if you haven't bought your summer airline ticket yet, expect to pay $25 to $40 more this year than last. >> your average ticket price is around $320. a little bit less for tickets that are closer to home. and a little bit more for tickets that are across country. >> as temperatures rise and summer officially begins around the country, americans resolve to travel continues to rise, as well. >> reporter: but most of us do stick closer to home over memorial day weekend. >> my family and i are going to go barbecue and go to the park. >> reporter: grilling, camping or heading to the beach. but most importantly, remembering those who've given their lives for all of us. i have very strong memories as a teenager. my dad talk me to fort logan
national cemetery to remember the sacrifice others have made. it's important to remember on this memorial day weekend. >> i think too often it's just thought of as a three-day weekend, tom. glad you brought that point up. thank you very much. just ahead we've heard from the woman being sued by her ex-fiance after she called off their wedding. this morning, his side of the story in an exclusive live interview. but first, this is "today" on nbc. when it comes to gardening, we're, well, inexperienced.
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coming up a new development in the search for a florida mother who vanished on the day she appeared on "the people's court" with her ex-fiance. we're going to talk to her mother and sister coming up. >> and a live concert on the plaza from pitbull after your local news. i used to only wear sun protection on a beach day.
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busy holiday weekend. sarah caldwell, traffic pulse 11, standing by. i would imagine the exodus out of town has started. >> we see a lot of folks trying to get to school this morning. 15 miles per hour due to an accident. outer loop a dulaney valley, all lanes have been open. the laser in place from belair road to the accident scene. -- delays are in place from belair road to the accident scene. accident at. street and monroe street. another one at painters mill road and lakeside boulevard. if you travel in belair to 543, watch for an accident. downed tree at claremont mill road and ridge road. following a lot better now, but behind this, a lot of traffic. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11.
>> radar is showing nothing around our area. but it does not show very well is that there are a couple of patches of drizzle and a few sprinkles this morning. this is not enough to stop activity. 70 is the temperature at the airport. humidity is way up. high temperatures are expected to be in the 80's.
♪ 7:30 now on a friday morning. the 25th of may, 2012. we've got an overflow crowd on rockefeller plaza. on memorial day weekend. >> i know. >> we've got pitbull on our plaza, and we've got a bunch of sailors, too. >> fleet week continues here in new york city. we have an extra big crowd out there. and the weather seems to be cooperating at the moment. which is nice. >> might be light rain. hopefully it doesn't rain. but if it does rain we're going to be dancing you and i both of us outside we'll just get sopping wet. >> also ahead, on thursday we told you about the man, he's
suing his exf-fiancee after she called off the wedding and he says stuck him with the bills. we asked if you thought he actually had a case. a lot of you logged on to our websites. we're going to share the results and talk to that jilted groom when he joins us for an exclusive live interview coming up. >> and also think it's too late to plan a memorial getaway weekend? think again. because we're going to tell you where you can find some last-minute deals, and show you how to turn your backyard barbecue into a memorable affair. >> all right. so let's begin this half hour with that man who is suing his ex-fiancee. savannah has the latest on this story. >> of course everyone has been through a bad breakup. but most people don't end up in a lawsuit making national news. steven silverstein claims his ex-fiancee owes him tens of thousands of dollars for the canceled wedding to rent he paid for their shared apartment.
it was supposed to be a dream wedding at this luxurious long island resort. instead, it's a lawsuit, grabbing the headlines. >> i loved this girl with all my heart. i thought she was going to be the mother of my children. >> i just wanted to break up with him and go our separate ways and live our lives and that's all. >> reporter: not so fast, says steven silverstein, who is suing his former fiancee kendra platt-lee for more than $61,000. >> i don't think i owe him any money at all. >> reporter: he claims that she does, including over $16,000 in lost wedding deposits and cancellation fees. more than $25,000 for her share of the rent. and over $19,000 from their joint bank account, after he says she withdrew more than her share from that joint account. >> she just ripped my heart out of my chest, as well as ripped away my bank account. >> reporter: ten days after leaving for a trip to california, platt-lee broke up with her fiance over the phone.
>> i can understand why he's emotional about it. you know, we started planning a wedding, and it was really over the top. it was nothing that i wanted, nothing that i could ever afford for myself. >> reporter: silverstein says he was blindsided. he claims that just days earlier she had visited a bridal salon. >> she goes to her second wedding dress fitting, which, mind you, was a $6,000 dress, along with jimmy choo shoes, i might add, for a girl to say i don't want a big wedding but yet buying a $6,000 wedding dress, it's a little ridiculous. >> reporter: after the split, things turned ugly. it took lawyers to broker an exchange of their property. silverstein says he's returned all of platt-lee's personal items from their apartment. in exchange, she has given him the $32,000 engagement ring back. >> we had a good relationship. it was all very sudden. and i just don't -- i don't understand what happened.
>> well, the exchange of those personal items and the engagement ring did not come easily. at one point silverstein put some of platt-lee's items on ebay. a move he says was just to get her intention. he says he never intended to allow any of her property to actually be sold. matt? >> all right, savannah, thank you very much. steven silverstein is with us exclusively along with his attorney elliot martin. good morning to both of you. want to start with some good news? >> sure. >> we asked people on our website to go on overnight, logon and asked the question, does the jilted groom have a case against his ex-fiance. 66% say yes. he has a case. 34% say no. how do you feel about those numbers? >> i think it just shows the public understand that, you know, she did something wrong, she did something immoral, and you know, she shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. >> i would bet though, steven, if you asked those 66% of people another question, should this guy, though, just move on, take a deep breath, and let bygones
be bygones, some of those people might say yeah, this isn't worth it, the time or the money. >> yeah, you know, i mean i tried to be a nice guy for almost two weeks of, you know, after she broke up with me. i wanted to get this done without any legal -- legal service, anything like that. i didn't want to have to go with a lawsuit. and i tried to do that with her and i was forced another direction. >> does this make you a little queasy to have to talk about these things so publicly? i mean you're the guy being labeled as the jilted one. the guy whose heart got broken. does it embarrass you? >> no. i wouldn't say embarrassed. it's just very hurtful. i never wanted any of this to go public. i never meant for any of this to happen. like i said, i didn't want to file a lawsuit. i was just forced into that. >> it seems it keeps coming back to this one issue, and that is she keeps saying she didn't want this elaborate wedding and you say she was an active participant in planning this elaborate wedding. >> sure. >> how are we ever going to know anything other than he said, she
said in this? >> i think the proof is in the pudding, really. with the allegria hotel, which was supposed to be our venue, she loved it. she said it was of a san diegan feel, part of the beach, near the airport. she signed the contract there, which stated 150 guest wedding. she signed a check out of her own checking account for $8,000 for that venue. so if you can say you don't want a big wedding why would you sign that contract? >> she withdrew money from your joint checking account. although you say she took $20,000 more than she was entitled to take. you're also suing her for $25,000 for half of the rent you paid while you two were living together. why did you decide to take that extra step? that, to me, sounds a little bit like revenge. >> this has nothing to do with revenge. it's something that, you know, i informed my attorneys that she was on the lease, both times that she lived to the. and that she was very adamant about being on the lease because in her words, it was our place. and you know, i said that's not a problem because i love you, and we're going to get married and eventually it's going to be
our money anyway. >> what's the precedent for something like that? >> well, it's all based on statute. there's a statute, civil rights law, been on the books in new york state for about 50 years. it says that when a transfer of money, chattel, which would be a ring, or some other things, securities, real estate, is made, the expectation that there will be a marriage, that it would not be left with that expectation that transfer of money fits very well within the language of the statute. >> the report says this is not the first time this engagement was broken off. that you two had been engaged prior. that was broken off. was it broken off by kendra? >> no. i would say that was more of a mutual break-off. at the time i really don't think either of us were really ready. you know, we were getting married in san diego at that time. because i was trying to be a good fiance and that didn't work. i think she was a little immature, i was immature, we weren't ready at the time. >> stranger things have happened here but you do say she is the love of your life, or was, and
that she broke your heart. >> mm-hmm. >> could you ever imagine that if you could agree on some terms here that you two could get back together after all this? >> no. no. >> you want to think about it for a second? >> no, no, no. there's absolutely no way. what i will say is that ee moexally, i do still have -- i still care for her. i did think she was going to be the mother of my children. i was going to go on a honeymoon, all that stuff. you know, i don't want to see anything bad happen to her after this is all settled. i hope it's settled quickly. i hope we can both move on and hopefully find better people, or whatever it is. but i don't wish anything bad upon her. i just think that i can't let her walk away with all of these debts. >> steven silverstein, elliot martin. thanks to both of you. we'll follow the story. see what happens. get a check of the weather now from al. >> thank you so much, matt. it is a gray day but it looks like the rain is going to hold off for pitbull. who is arriving here in about an hour. in the meantime as you get ready
for memorial day, today is getaway day. let's see where the trouble spots are for you. again we are looking at some low visibility here in the northeast. that could cause you problems as far as your airfare. showers and thunderstorms, buffalo, as well. oklahoma, kansas city, thunderstorms. salt lake city, windy. some in vegas. if you're hitting the road, buffalo, again, new york, you've got fog, rain, kansas city, omaha, along i-35, showers and thunderstorms. i-25, i-15, looking at some rain. and even down in to i-10, look for some windy conditions. >> good morning. there are some clouds and some fog this morning. if you isolated storms could crop up later this afternoon.
>> and that's your latest weather. and of course, for mr. worldwide this may be your audience, but these are my people! my people! my people! and -- >> i'll take it, al. thank you very much. we've got that concert coming up in our 8:30 half hour. but coming up next on a much more serious note the missing florida mom who vanished the day she and her ex-fiance appeared on "the people's court." we'll talk to her mother and sister about new developments in that case. [ male announcer ] ever wonder what's behind two little fleas? the next generation and then countless more. how do you kill them? frontline plus. it uses two ingredients. one to kill adult fleas and ticks. plus another to eliminate flea eggs and larvae, annihilating the next generation of fleas.
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is in sanford with more on this story. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. michelle parker disappeared six months and eight days ago, and police say they're baffled. but after a new review of the evidence, trying to connect the dots, they say it all still points back to where they first looked. michelle parker's ex-fiance dale smith. despite more than 700 tips to police, investigators still don't know what happened to michelle parker. and absent any answers -- >> tell us where she is so we can go and get her. >> reporter: -- her family's anguish remains raw. >> if there's any mother or father on the planet that has no idea what i'm going through, god bless you. >> reporter: michelle parker vanished the day she and her ex-fiance, dale smith -- >> this is the defendant, michelle parker. >> reporter: -- appeared in a taped episode of "the people's court." >> he gets pretty malicious and
vindictive. >> reporter: as they argued over an enzbajment ring. >> he said he wanted his ring. i took it off and i threw it at him. >> reporter: thursday, a new police panel made up of investigators from all over the state gathered to look at clues. >> this is a very, very active case. >> reporter: they say the evidence continues to lead them back to their initial suspicion. >> this case we do have a very, very serious person of interest. we all know that. >> reporter: that person, they say, is dale smith. >> because we've had a person of interest from day one. and all we need to do is get that missing piece of the puzzle. >> reporter: dale smith has denied any involvement. his lawyer tells nbc news smith remains concerned for parker. the mother of his children. >> and i don't know who did it for sure. i don't know where they put her. how disrespectful that is. man up. you know. do the right thing.
>> reporter: among the significant evidence found so far, parker's cell phone tossed in an orange county lake, and the last known image of parker, at a drive-thru just hours before she vanished. >> even a tragic answer, you want an answer. >> i want my baby back. yes. yes. i want my baby back. and if somebody never goes to jail, i don't really care. i just want my girl. >> reporter: michelle parker's 4-year-old twins are with their father, dale smith. now police say they believe somebody may know something to help solve this mystery but has not come forward. perhaps out of fear. ann? >> all right, kerry sanders this morning. kerry, thank you. michelle parker's mother and sister ivan stewart and lauren erickson are now joining us. good morning to both of you. >> hey, good morning. thanks for having us again. >> it's nice to have you. let's talk about this multiagency task force that has
been convened by police. cheerly they're trying to put together this case, and you view the answers that you're looking for. are they in your view, yvonne, doing everything possible to help find your girl? >> i think, i think they're doing everything they possibly can. and i'm so grateful. that that smart panel convened yesterday. they had 45 experts from all over the country. they know how to crack cases. and we're going to find that missing dot. >> that missing dot, as you call it, you know the police chief made a point to mention that there is only one suspect in the case, as we just heard, and that person is michelle's ex-fiance dale smith. what do you think, lauren, do you have an opinion about whether you believe he could be responsible for her disappearance? >> i really hope as the father of those children that that's not the case. since day one i have said that
if there's any other leads we'll follow them. unfortunately there's only one out there right now. but it would be very unfortunate to have those children grow up and be told one day that their mother disappeared because of their father. >> yvonne, i'm wondering how much contact you have with dale and with your grandchildren. have you been able to talk to dale about this? >> i'm not really at liberty to talk to dale about anything. i have to go through his attorney. which is fine. it's really difficult for me to -- to have the underlying fear that he is responsible for michelle being missing, and knows where she is, and won't tell me. and then i have to cowboy up and pretend that i'm okay when i see those babies. and i always am. because i've been raising those babies since they were 13 days old. and i've only seen them three times this year. and it's not enough. and there's no grandparent right law in the state of florida. we need to seriously consider
people in situations like ours, that we should have court mandated visitation. i'm not asking for custody. but i'm asking to be part of their life. that's what michelle would want. >> and when you look at them, and having only seen them three times as you describe this year how are you able to assess how well they're doing in the wake of their mother's disappearance? >> they are not the same children that they were six months ago. i will tell you that. they have like a flat look on their face. they always ask about their mom. they aren't real happy sometimes to go home. it's just heart-wrenching. they had a birthday two days ago, they turned 4, and we didn't get to see them. it's -- it's so hard. >> everything about this is heart-wrenching. and we hope you find your answers soon. yvonne stewart and lauren erickson, thank you so much for again joining us this morning.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is sarah caldwell. >> trying to recover from an earlier accident. outer loop of dulaney valley, we have an accident, just a fender bender of to the right shoulder. down to 15 miles per hour. . street, monroe street, we have an accident clearing. another one at fayette street and gay street, and in pylesville, claremont mill road is closed. take 24 as your alternate. delays forming in the area of 32
on 295 southbound. beyond that, not too bad. this is what the north side looks like. here is what it looks like got 83 and padonia. no delays towards the beltway. >> a lot of clouds, a patch or two of drizzle. a significant rain has moved offshore. temperature-wise, we're starting the morning rather mild. southeast winds at 5. also like yesterday, an isolated storm could crop up. 82 to 87 the high. rain chances on saturday,
we're back now, 8:00 on a friday morning. it's the 25th day of may, 2012. friday, springtime. that means concert time here on the "today" show. and this morning, we've got a great one, as miami native pitbull takes to our stage. like to call him mr. 305. >> now mr. worldwide. >> he's going to be on our stage in a little while. he's throwing a big crowd this morning. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry. and al roker. we've got a lot of music coming up in the next seven days. >> the whole week. we want to remind you about these great concerts, they include bobby brown stopping by
on monday for a special memorial day concert. on thursday we've got american idol 16-year-old powerhouse singer jessica sanchez taking to our stage. and then on friday we've got the band parity joining us. but of course, the big event, i mean we're going to start with today because i've got to tell you, pitbull is so much fun. i expect you to be throwing down. i expect you to be dancing in the rain. right, people? >> and i think it will stay there. >> exactly. we've got a lot to get to. let 's go inside. >> natalie morales is, of course, not here so we've got savannah guthrie. >> yes. >> savannah? >> good morning, guys. in the news today the man under arrest for the 1979 disappearance and murder of etan patz is expected to make his first court appearance today. new york city police say pedro hernandez has confessed to luring the 6-year-old boy into a store basement and then strangling him. that crime happened 33 years ago today.
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attorneys in the trayvon martin case asked a judge thursday to keep some evidence from being publicly released until trial. the list includes statements that the defendant, george zimmerman, made to detectives. names and addresses of witnesses, and cell phone records, e-mail and text messages. zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the death of martin, an unarmed 17-year-old. now for a look at what's trending today, our quick roundup of what has you talking online. this video of the indiana mom who lost her legs while shielding her kids from a tornado is going viral. stephanie decker appeared on "ellen" thursday and took her first steps, ten months earlier than her doctors had predicted. and then in true ellen show tradition, she stood up again to dance a little bit. >> britney spears tweeted that she was just taking a break and was actually having the best time thursday when she reportedly walked off the set of "the x factor" during audition. britney was reported to be upset after a contestant butchered her
hit "hold it against me." and "snl" star andy sandberg's harvard class has phoons searching for clips online where he imitated mark zuckerberg who attended harvard. >> since i left things have gone so good, you guys. like a 6-year-old fantasy of the future good. in fact, i recently completed the harvard trifecta, start your own company, have a movie made about you, and marry an asian doctor. trifecta. >> sandberg also kissed one of the students who greeted him onstage and he joked that it was because he got so emotional over the song that was playing. adele's "someone like you." it is now 8:04. back to al with a check of the weather. i think we all get a little verklempt at that song. >> of course, matt and i have done the same thing after listening to that. we've got our friends from the marines, the navy, it's fleet week, and you guys -- -- the war
of 1812. let's check out what you've got as far as your weather is concerned today. slight risk of strong storms, midsection of the country. wet weather out west. mountain snows in yellowstone. and then for saturday, record highs in the ohio river valley. more rain and snow out alg the blaines. sunday, sunday, we're looking at rain, again some heavy rain in the southeast because of that system that may develop. slight risk of strong storms upper mississippi river valley into the mid-plains and memorial day a strong risk again in the mid-mississippi river valley. record highs from the ohio river valley back down into the gulf coast, and more showers in the pacific northwest. >> good morning. this is the camera from ocean city. right on the board. it is getting a little active. this will be busy beach this weekend.
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♪ for safe and secure ways to stay connected, visit usps.com/mail back now at 8:10 with "today's" friday whip, the memorial day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. this morning we're helping you celebrate in style. >> that's right, ann. let's get started with last-minute weekend getaways, features director at travel and leisure is here. good morning. >> good morning. >> are you telling me it's not too late to book an inexpensive weekend getaway for memorial day even though it's already friday? >> that's exactly what i'm telling you. there are values abounding out there. >> is that because any hotel or resort that has empty rooms is trying to get butts in the bed? so to speak? >> it is. that is a good point. but a lot of hotels have the same deals all summer long. >> let's start in arizona, in phoenix. you like the biltmore, $80 a
night? >> $80 a night. that is an incredible value no matter how you look at it. it's been around since 1929. it's the grand dame of the phoenix area. this was built by a frank lloyd wright disciple. eight pools. they have lots of lawn sports like croquet, bocce, a life-size chess board you can play, which is great. i think the value alone is stellar and the hotel is gorgeous. >> also the omni in orlando. good for the whole family. >> and great for a dad who loves to play golf. 18 40e8s designed by greg norman. they have lots and lots of activities for kids so you're never going to feel like your kids are overwhelming you. they have s'mores and chocolate martinis for parents. >> moving up the east coast of maine you've got the beach house looks over the atlantic. >> this is in kennebunkport. right now the weather is 80 degrees and sunny. this is a great weekend to get there. i love the hotel. you're going to go to kennebunkport, stay there and go
to the clam shack to have one of the best lobster rolls in maine. >> thank you very much. good advice. let's go over to ann. >> all right, matt, thanks. must have summer style necessities we've got jen bach here to tell us all about it. >> good morning. >> you say everybody needs to get at least one t-shirt. >> perfect t-shirt. everlane.com, $15 a pop. pretty amazing. >> the shorts of the season. >> cutoff denim shorts. >> you can go with color. splurge, great shades and floral prints or old navy like 20 bucks. fun colors. a good summer staple. >> this year you can buy swimsuits for really inexpensive. >> take the stress out of swimsuit shopping. &m has launched their swimsuit line. $4.95 apiece. >> glitter is everywhere. >> sparkle. yacht out disco dive have glitter. toms has glitter shoes. sparkly headbands that are sweatproof.
>> these look like they're for little kids. >> my daughter has those. >> and italy is bringing something back called the peoples shoe. >> this is from piperlime.com the people's shoe of italy. now mary kate and ashley olsen have taken over as creative directors. they're back in a big way for summer. great styles, i love these. i think they're perfect for a fashion sneaker. >> and you've got a nice, shiny one here. also did you see this guy, it's kind of see-through. >> cool elements. i like classic white. >> and a lot of us when we jump in the pool forget that we're not wearing waterproof makeup and it's a disaster. what's your advice? >> humid, sweaty, so makeup forever have come out with aqua shadows. and another fun pencil, chubby stick. fun colors, fun summer shades. >> thank you so much. and now savannah. >> all right, ann, thank you. of course we can't celebrate summer without throwing a party.
entertaining expert kimberly sh lagle whitman is the author of the party planner. we want the backyard to look good. the pitcher is really good. but does it drip? >> they all drip. doesn't matter if you get the best one or the cheaper once, they all drip. why not fill a little bassett with moss to catch everything. >> now if you're in the kitchen you're recommending some dishes you can take from kitchen to table easily. >> always. this is from is yosur la table. it will catch all the drippings. you can take it right to the table. >> i love that you call it sur la table. i thought it was sur la table. how about mood lighting. >> lanterns are a great way, and inexpensive way to just add little touch of style. and they really capture. they've made the pattern mixing easy because they come in the set of three which is great. you get to stay on trend. >> flowers are always really festive. for a lot of people they
probably think it's so expensive to have fresh flowers. >> and it can be difficult to arrange, too. this is a no-fail arrangement. you probably have these things at home. these are old soda bottles, and you put one stem in each, and voila, so easy. >> okay. we have a corn buffet. >> thank you. this is so much fun to do. for guests, for adults and kids alike. you fill brown paper lunch bags with popcorn, put out lots of condiments. i labeled mine because there's so many allergies. also you don't want to be running around telling everyone what everything is. we've got parmesan, m&ms, salts, all sorts of things they can mix it in with the popcorn, and have a treat. >> and last but not least, if you want a color you can put out some paper for the kids. >> you've got a great center piece. >> thank you so much. now let's head to the kitchen. >> savannah, thanks so much. what should you serve your guests? editor in chief of bon appetit magazine is here with tips that will wow your crowd.
flank steak. >> good for grills. six minutes a side. you've got to marinate it though. zip lock bag. throw it in there, marinate overnight, takes up no room, easy as pie. >> cut it against the grain? >> of course. you know this. >> now ann's been grooving on this. >> salmon, coriander, cardamom, ginger, olive oil, lemon juice, grill it up, slather it on there. >> a lot of people have trouble keeping the salmon fish on the grill. >> you've got to have your grill basket. and it flips it for you. >> oh, man. >> could not be easier. >> you want to kick up the chicken wings. >> you've got to. we're not doing buffalo sauce, we're doing lime juice, butter, gone. >> the darkened -- >> ginger beer and dark rum. and lime juice. that's it. refreshing, sweet, tasty. >> oh, that's pretty darn good. what do we have here? >> i drink my beer on ice in the summertime. beer, ton of lime juice, little salsa, hot sauce if you like it. it's like a beer margarita.
>> hmm. >> oh, that's refreshing. >> i am not driving home today. >> finally! adam, how about -- >> al. >> how about a salty dog. all of a sudden we're doing the fourth hour. >> salty dog, greyhound, fresh grapefruit juice. buy grapefruit, squeeze it in there. i like to top mine with vodka. but also club soda, as well. >> that is fantastic. i don't know what we're doing now. throwing to tamron hall and the pitbull crowd. >> al, we're moments away -- before we get the party started a little pitbull trivia for you. his new song back in time features well known music from a a very popular film. take a listen. ♪
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strange for this record, and put it together, it would be amazing. >> should we re-enact the scene from "dirty dancing"? >> you want to jump like that? i'll do the whole patrick swayze. you don't put baby in a corner. >> i'll let pitbull get changed. you've got to get the party started. >> thank you so much. >> matt, back to you. >> tamron, thank you so much. now to a hot fashion trend that i guess has a lot of people setting their sights on. >> whether you need them or not glasses have become a must-have accessory. >> who knew i was ahead of the trend. >> there is no denying that specks have gone from geek to chic. spring's hottest accessory for eyes, is four eyes. ♪ that'll be the day >> those thick rims and large lenses no longer just the fashion statement of the super nerdy.
>> jan, i think you may need glasses. >> glasses? oh, mom, no, not glasses. >> reporter: yes, glasses. look, they're everywhere. ♪ and on every celebrity who wants to see, and be seen. these "snl" say it's the key to success. >> is having this type of glass frames really important for the comedy business? looking at you both, it's kind of a ticket to stardom. if you're walking around with wire rims you're not going to make it. >> no. >> aviators? for get it. >> reporter: some studies even suggest people who wear glasses are perceived as more trustworthy and intelligent. suggesting smart may be the new sexy. >> smart is cool. glasses sort of epitomize intelligence. >> reporter: neil blumenthal and dave gilboa are the visionaries behind warby parker an online company that designs and sells
vintage glasses for $95 or less. you can try the different styles from the comfort of your computer. >> different styles of glasses go in and out of fashion. but it seems like everywhere you look right now, those big, thick glasses are what's in. in fact, two pair are staring at me right now. >> we think eyewear is really having a moment right now. particularly that eyewear inspired by '40s and '50s, going back to "mad men." >> can you get me some coffee? >> we certainly read a lot that it actually increases your likelihood of getting a job if you wear a pair of glasses to an interview. >> we get a lot of people that don't need prescription glasses that buy our frames with nonprescription lenses right before they go in for job interviews because they think it's going to help their chances. >> are rimless glasses just like illegal? >> they get compensated when you head to our office. >> even the camera is wearing glasses, okay? >> wow. >> and it's not just glasses.
the monocle apparently is making a small come back. >> come on! you've got to be kidding. >> can i show you? >> how do you do that? >> warby parker sold 252 monocles last year alone. >> for costume parties. >> no! >> how do you do that? >> you have to have the right structure. i can't do it. >> but you know what's really intelligent? when matt does this? >> i know. i know. >> very, very smart looking. >> he actually seems smart -- >> when you do this, i can't see. >> hey! >> you could do it! >> you really rock that. >> no question.
>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. check onget a final the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> it lot of folks getting out of town or just to work or school. good news to report on the north side. heavy delays are finally dissipating. the pretty heights, crash coming in. bear street and carroll street, south side of the city. disabled vehicle coming in on westbound 50 at the bay bridge.
watch for a lane closure. harford road, a lot lighter than last check. 50 in maryland, delays towards the bridge. perhaps they got the disabled vehicle out of the there. john has a check of your memorial day weekend forecast. >> clouds, sunshine over ocean city. in a little bit of frizzle this morning, and that is about at. upper 60s, 71 at the airport. 93% is the humidity. southeast winds at 5 miles per hour. storm could crop up this afternoon, that would be the exception rather than the rule. ocean city will be in the 70's over to weekend. most significant rainier chance will be an isolated storm this afternoon. seven-day forecast -- look at
this morning. >> people back here are not going to be able to see what's happening up onstage. it's really socked in today. >> do something about that. >> okay, i will. >> also speaking of music, it continues on monday, memorial day. a concert from r&b sensation bobby brown. and coming up this morning we'll have more of our exclusive interview with bobby. that's happening in just a little while. >> all right. and then we've got barbara corcoran who is going to take us on a tour of homes across the country, show you what you can get for $250,000 or less. >> all right. $250,000 a good price. you know what's a better price? free. who doesn't like free stuff? we're going to tell you how you can get everything from books to activities for the kids, keep them entertained all summer long for the low, low, low, low price of free. >> it's great. >> like an infomercial. >> but wait, there's more. >> exactly. let's get a check of the weather. mr. roker. >> all right. thanks so much. as we show you what we've got
heading into the weekend, first of all, we've got tropical trouble to deal with. in the southeast, this system could become tropical storm beryl. we're going to watch it over the weekend as it makes its way into the southeast. we're talking between now and sunday, anywhere from 3 to 5, as much as 7 inches of rain from miami up to raleigh, north carolina. some of that rain further north so we are really watching this system as we move on. >> good morning. there are some clouds and some fog this morning. if you isolated storms could crop up later this afternoon. >> that's your latest weather. now let's head on down to
florida and say hi to uncle willie. >> it's good to be down in florida, orange juice, beautiful people, and i got to go home. how about that. anyway, happy birthday. take a look. the roughly ruth walker. now that's my kind of girl, wells, minnesota, she's 107. an avid bird watcher. i mean i'm getting to be that way. i don't know what happened. i love to watch. exci exciting. and she loves to read. anyway. esther welling and she is from westchester, new york. very nice part of new york state. and she is 100 years old. also, she loves being around people all the time. and catching up with her friends on the telephone. hey, otha smith sr., he's from hampton, virginia. 100 years old. i hope you listen to me.
attributes his longevity to the good lord and his children. and george quilici, and he is from watsonville, california. there you go. 107 years old. a passionate, world traveler. and enjoys a little shot of brandy. yes, don't mind if i do every once in awhile. brandy, gave me heartburn i'll tell you that. marjorie edenfield from newton, massachusetts. oh, yeah. 100 years old today. and she always has a positive attitude towards life, and says that that will make you live longer. so there. and oh, i love this name christine, what a pretty name, christine hill. she is from fredrick, maryland. know that country real well. beautiful farm country. 107. and was a schoolteacher in washington, d.c. enjoys singing in the church choir. that's it. now back up to little old new
york. >> all right, willard, thank you very much. back here on the plaza, concert coming up. just to give you an idea of the size of the crowd, we've got the whole plaza filled and beyond the stage, as we look back here. we've spilled out over 48th street. our friends over at dwayne reed hosting some people there, as well. got some people in the back row here. what time did you get here? >> minnesota! >> what time did you get here? minnesota? can you even see the stage from back here? >> no! >> all right. that's cool. you say your friends are back in the hotel sleeping? >> at the marriott sleeping. i'm here! >> and could you tell me what's coming up? >> we got pitbull here, for a live concert. this is "today" on nbc. >> good job!
literally because you're on a world tour right now. you've been down in south america. you've been in canada. where you off to next? >> moscow, at the end of the month. then all through europe and come back through the united states, and do japan, australia. >> it's all about the shows. it's all about the music when you're on the road. but is there one location that you're particularly looking forward to checking out, a city or a country? >> brazil. brazil's got the country, culture, and the women are definitely beyond beautiful. >> you like life on the road? >> i love life on the road. there's no occasion like traveling the world and being able to see that really we're just not that different. >> i was reading about you last night. and there was a time earlier in your career where huge acts would have you come onstage or on their recordings to provide a different feel and sound. and a funny thing happened. all of a sudden you became the guy that people wanted to come see, and you became the huge act. when did you reamize that was happening?
>> folks like marc anthony and jennifer lopez, gave such amazing opportunities. >> and now you're trying to give them-- >> i've analyzed from them. >> you said something in an interview with gq recently that caught my attention. you said the music industry is 90% about business and 10% about talent. >> i mean it's called the music business. so it's all about -- i love to create. i love to watch the people enjoy themselves. i love to watch them escape to the music. but you've got to set up that platform for the future. >> where did you get your business savvy >> from all the old school '80s guys. >> they teach you well? >> interesting, i would take care of it. >> what are you going to sing for us now? >> we're going to go back in time, back in time to men in black, the franchise, you know,
and be able to, you know, hit music in the movies. the movies. we're following. >> you ready to go? >> yes, sir. >> ladies and gentlemen, pitbull. ♪ ♪ black suit white shirt ♪ black pants with a matching tie ♪ ♪ with the whole world ♪ understand mover shaker record breaker ♪ note give credit where credit is due don't you know that number two ♪ ♪ understand the future we have to go back in time ♪ ♪ oh, baby oh, baby ♪
you're in the middle of a great concert on rockefeller plaza. now getting ready to sing give me something, ladies and gentlemen, once again, pitbull. ♪ me not working hard yeah right better yet go to times square take a picture of me with kodak ♪ ♪ took lie mief from negative to positive pitbull ♪ ♪ give me everything tonight ♪ do it tonight ♪ put your hands in the air
>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. city police are investigating a triple shooting in east baltimore. it happened at east preston street just before 8:00 thursday evening. the victims were two men and one woman. one of the man died, and the other is in critical