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good morning. flat lining? a republican senator says he can't support the new health care bill, putting its passage in serious jeopardy. the white house trying to rally the public. >> the president and i are counting on your support. we need your energy. >> will president trump and senate leadership be able to twist enough arms to get it passed? we're live at the white house. breaking overnight. massive landslide. more than 120 people are feared buried after a partial mountain collapse. this morning, rescuers desperately trying to reach survivors trapped underneath the rubble. professor under fire. outrage after a college instructor writes on facebook that otto warmbier, the student who died after returning home from north korea in a coma, "got exactly what he deserved."
this morning, people all across the country calling for her dismissal. those stories, plus a new look for barbie's beau. craig, dylan, and i take over governor's island. and ouch, that's rough. we take you to the ugliest dog competition. today, saturday, june 24th, 2017. >> from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. >> glad to have you with us. i'm craig melvin. dylan dreyer here, as well. we'll go to california later for faces that only a mother could love. it's the annual ugliest dog competition. >> i said earlier, a lot of pups think they're ugly. they're cute. >> they are. >> no, some of them are just ugly. >> we'll let you judge coming up in a bit. let's get right to our top
story -- the senate health care bill in trouble with another republican defection. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live at the white house this morning with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president is looking for his first big legislative win, and that means that he really needs the obamacare repeal to work. right now there are so few republicans that they can afford to lose -- just a hand flt ful because they have a narrow edge over democrats. they're reaching out to conservative members. this weekend republican leaders and the white house have some work to do. lawmakers home for a weekend grilling. >> i will be voting no. >> reporter: never senator dean heller, up for re-election next year, became the fifth republican senator to break with his party over the new health care bill. >> i cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of americans and hundreds of thousands of vets. >> reporter: in colorado springs, vice president vice president a-- vice president
pence asked for grassroots help to pass the bill. >> the president and i are counting on your support. we need your energy. >> reporter: while the trump administration is looking for public support on health care, when it comes to russia, they're struggling. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows 45% of americans are more likely to believe former fbi director james comey. only 22% for the president. a sharp divide along party lines. 76% of democrats side with comey. 50% of republicans say they believe president trump. the president made a new claim after admitting he had not taped comey. he says the mere tweeted threat of tapes improved comey's credibility. >> when he found out that i -- that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental taints or anything else, and -- governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, i think his story may have changed. >> reporter: friday he turned his tweet frustration against the obama white house saying they "knew far in advance of november 8th about election
meddling about russia, did nothing about it. why?" asked about the head of the russian probe, special counsel robert mueller, the president walked a fine line. >> i can say that the people that have been hired are all hillary clinton supporters. some of them worked for hillary clinton. i mean, the whole thing is ridiculous if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint. but robert mueller's an honorable man, and hopefully he'll come up with an honorable solution. >> reporter: the nation's first reality tv president had little fun on friday, bringing back his old "apprentice" tag line and boardroom move, poking fun at his veterans affairs secretary, mouthing the words "you're fired." that one never fails, does it? [ laughter ] >> reporter: the president has teased cabinet members before about firing them. and that was only in jest. of course, the firing of james comey had big consequences. on friday, the white house says that when it comes to robert
mueller, the special counsel, the president says he believes he has the authority to fire him if he thought the circumstances warranted. they say he has no plan to do so. >> thank you. robert costa is an nbc news political analyst. also national political reporter for the "washington post." you wrote about this, co-wrote an article in the "post." good to see you, sir. thanks for being with us. so senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, he can only afford to lose two votes here. how can he go about appeasing these five senators who said no without losing additional support, and how involved do we expect president trump to get personally? >> craig, good morning. great to be with you. it's a significant challenge this weekend for majority leader mcconnell because as he tries to court senator heller from nevada, one of the moderates in the senate gop, everything he does to appease heller, it could alarm some of those on the right of the senate, senator cruz of texas, senator lee of utah, and others. he's going to try to find consensus by bringing the
extremes of both blocks of his conference together. the white house is involved. the president called senator cruz on thursday, encouraging him to come along. the white house, it's noticeable this time around, isa little mo hands off than it was when the bill was going through the house. trump is making a few calls but is letting mcconnell take the lead. >> if the bill is defeated, who suffers more politically then? the republicans on the hill or the president? >> the burden will be on both groups. the republican party ever since 2009 has made a promise to its base that they would repeal and replace the affordable care act. at the same time, they know there's a real political cost for the gop as they move forward. as much as the base wants it -- and i was in georgia covering the special election where republicans won. the base wants to see this pledge fulfilled. they know that a lot of moderates think this program is now a federal program. it's here to stay.
they don't necessarily want to see it go. >> do you get the sense, robert, based on the folks that you've talked to, that this is a bill that's going to get done this time around? or do you get the sense that this is something that's not going to happen? >> i guess the sense, craig, that leader mcconnell wants to have a vote. he thinks he can probably have the votes this coming week. senator toomey of pennsylvania, a republican, told me yesterday that he thinks mcconnell is going to move forward regardless of senator heller's decision to not support the bill. >> the "washington post" friday published an article about the president's early morning routine as it relates to russia. on the phone, :30 every -- 6:30 every morning talking to his outside legal team. what do we know about the president's state of mind as it relates to the russia investigation? >> as the "post" reported, the president remains furious about this special counsel. at least behind the scenes. we saw him in the interview this week call robert mueller, the special counsel, an honorable man. but he is seething, i'm told by
people close to him, about how this process is overshadowing his entire presidency. and he wonders if it's going to stall not only health care but his ambitions on immigration, on building the wall, on passing tax reform. there's little the president can do. he talks every morning with his legal team about how to handle all the different probes. not only the special counsel but what's happening on capitol hill. he just has -- few options at this moment to try to push it all away. >> you talk him being upset. we saw the fact that he tweeted his criticism of president obama, arguing that president obama did nothing about russia meddling in the election. what can you tell us about that? i should say there's also criticism that can be heard from key democrats. >> indeed. the post has a story this morning about how the obama administration handled russian interference in the 2016 election. there are questions being raised by both sides about whether the obama administration did enough
public plly to talk about russi interference. you see the frustration in the trump administration is about president obama and his handling of an issue that has hobbled the trump presidency. >> robert costa, always good to see you, my friend. thank you. >> thank you. actor johnny depp has now apologized after making some controversial comments about president trump at a music festival overseas that sparked outrage here at home. nbc's morgan radford has the latest on that. good morning. guys, that's right. outrage is right. in fact, johnny depp, he's been laying low, stating out of sight this morning, after growing a list of stars coming under fire for seeming to suggest violence against the president. some say this really isn't the first time threats have been made under the guise of humor. even, they claim, coming from the commander in chief himself. actor johnny depp apologizing friday after appearing to joke about killing president trump while speaking at a music festival in england. >> when was the last time at actor assassinated a president?
no, i want to clarify, i'm not an actor. >> reporter: in a statement to nbc news, depp said, "i apologize for the bad joke. i was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone." critics took to the airwaves to slam the actor and his attempt at humor. >> he's been around long enough, he should know better. >> there's a line you cannot cross. >> reporter: depp is just the latest celebrity to come under fire for suggesting violence against the president. madonna stunned a january crowd at the d.c. women's march. >> i have thought an awful lot about blowing up the white house. >> reporter: the singer said later that she doesn't promote violence. a photo of comedian kathy griffin holding a fake severed head of the president went viral before she issued an apology. >> i went too far. ♪ >> reporter: trump critics, however, point to a time during the campaign when the president made what some called a veiled threat against hillary clinton.
>> hillary wants to essentially abolish the second amendment. nothing you can do, folks. although the second amendment people, maybe there is. i don't know. >> reporter: and on friday, a new hampshire state representative named al baldaccari attended a bill signing with the president. this after the secret service investigated him for threatening hillary clinton last summer. >> hillary clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason. >> reporter: in this divided political world, one thing most people can agree on -- talking about violence is no laughing motor. the white house did issue a statement -- no laughing matter. the white house did issue a statement saying that president trump has condemned violence in all its forms, and it's sad that actors like johnny depp has not followed his lead. the secret service is aware of depp's comments. back to you. >> thank you. anger in cincinnati, ohio, is building this morning after a second mistrial was declared in the case of a former cincinnati
university police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed motorist. he is now the third former officer to avoid conviction for a deadly shooting in the united states within the past week. a warning that the video you're about to see is disturbing to watch. here's nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: was it murder? was it justified? for the second time, an ohio jury couldn't decide either. a mistrial in the recorded fatal shooting of unarmed sam dubose at the hands of police officer ray tinsing. >> we've got a problem when the justice system doesn't apply equally to everybody. >> reporter: it's a conclusion that has stirred frustrations. >> we want so badly not to be shakenent our faith -- shaken in our faith in everyday policing that people are willing to ignore the case before them. >> the state of ohio -- >> reporter: though tensing was quickly charged with murder after a confrontation that started as a minor traffic stop, prosecuting him has proved far more challenging. the family said they are
"outraged. demanding justice for all these men murdered by police officers who have escaped guilty verdicts." >> i told him not to reach for it! >> reporter: men like philando castile, shot five times by a minnesota cop after a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter who tried to calm her handcuffed mom in the back seat of a police car. >> no! please don't. i don't want you to get shooted. >> reporter: the jeronima yanez, not guilty. >> ladies and gentlemen of the jury -- >> reporter: on friday, the parents of michael brown, an 18-year-old fatally shot by ferguson, missouri, police officer darren wilson nearly three years ago, received a $1.5 million settlement from the city. wilson, too, was criminally cleared. another controversial case judging a cop's actions on camera. for "today," ron mott. >> a programming note -- tune in
to investigation discovery tonight for a timely episode on the growing nationwide tension between the police and the communities they serve. that's at 8:00, 7:00 center on investigation discovery. more than 120 people are missing and feared dead this morning, buried under a massive landslide in southwestern china. first video from the scene shows frantic rescuers digging with their hands, trying to get to around 60 homes crushed under tons of rubble. police say the mudslide was triggered by recent heavy rains in the area. good news this morning for two of the people critically wounded in the congressional baseball practice attack. lobbyist matt mika is home from the help today. and congressman steve scalise is out of intensive care and reported in fair condition. they were among five injured earlier this month when a gunman targeted republicans who were practicing for the congressional charity baseball game. this morning, there are calls to fire a college professor for comments she made about otto warmbier. university of delaware professor
katherine dettwyler said warmbier got "exactly what he deserved." she wrote on facebook, "these are the same kids who cry about their grades because they didn't think they'd really have to read and study the material get a good grade. maybe in the u.s. where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women. not so much in north korea. and of course, it's otto's parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives." the university of delaware says dettwyler's comments do not reflect the values or position of the university. there's danger of severe flooding as what's left of tropical storm cindy heads out to sea. friday, bystanders teamed up to help a woman to safety from her submerged car in huntsville, alabama. and two airmen are reported in good condition after their plane flipped on landing during heavy weather in dayton, ohio. the air force thunderbirds were practicing for a show there. >> my goodness. how about a check of the weather, raining here, that's
for sure. >> it is. all part of cindy as cindy rides along the frontal system. it's helped reinforce some of the heavier rain and severe weather we've seen, as well. since tuesday, take a look at areas down along the gulf coast. that's where we've seen most of our highest accumulations of rainfall. you see a couple examples up around 8 to 12 inches of rain with most of mississippi, southern mississippi seeing closer to that foot-range of rainfall. now we're seeing what's left of the moisture with cindy moving through new jersey, moving through delaware and into maryland. we've even had some tornado warnings earlier this morning. and this whole frontal system extends all the way back down to texas. you see more heavy rain moving into the ft. worth area. and more rain along the gulf coast. this front is not exiting too quickly. even though it will clear in the mid-atlantic and northeast, we're still going to see more scattered showers and storms and potentially heavy downpours leading to possible flash flooding along the gulf coast. this will last through sunday, too. then it will eventually start to push a little bit further to the south. we couldet a break in g
good morning. i'm krystal klei. after a morning of heavy rain and severe weather, we will see the spotty showers move out in the morning hours and actually see clouds and sun the rest of the day. 89 for somerton, 8 for lansdale. mid-80s over the lehigh valleye. 88 for ocean city location. at the shore it might be a bit cooler. upper 80s through delaware, wilmington at 89. >> that's your latest forecast. sorry, i forgot -- >> you always get that little piece in. i wanted to -- >> i forgot to say it. thank you for giving me my moment. >> thank you. ahead, amanda knox revealed. the american accused and acquitted in the death of her roommate in italy now making her private life very public. also, how these two elephants managed to save one of their own from drowning. we'll have that and some of the other most extraordinary moments
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(dad) she's all yours. (vo) but you get to keep the memories. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. time for "the download," a look at the week that was. >> while politics dominated a lot of the conversation, there were stories that caught our attention from wild weather to the ouster of a high-flying tech ceo to a road rage incident that looked like something out of the movies. just some of the stories you may have missed. >> that is the worst -- >> tropical storm cindy made landfall packing a punch with heavy rain, wind, and life-threatening floods. >> make sure you have your insurance and your papers ready. just be prepared to run. >> sadly, a 10-year-old boy was killed in the storm when he was hit by debris. >> when the wave actually hit
the timber, it rolled the timber up on top of the child. >> he said, "i did it." >> terror in europe and here at home. first, a welsh man tried to mow down a group of muslims outside a mosque in london. >> it was a muslim imam who protected him from being beaten. >> we managed to surround him and protect him from any harm. >> a man known to police as an extremist died after driving a car filled with weapons and gas canisters into a police van in paris. [ siren ] >> a soldier shot and killed, a terror suspect after a failed bombing attempt at a train station in brussels. >> it was very terrifying. and in flint, michigan, an airport police officer is recovering after a canadian man stabbed him in the neck. please save my life. >> a tragic turn after an american student held in captivity in north korea was returned home. otto warmbier died days after returning to the united states. >> carried off a plane in a coma after 17 months of imprisonment
in north korea. >> his crime -- allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. >> there's no excuse for the way the north koreans treated our son. [ applause ] republicans across the nation celebrating after winning a series of special elections this week, including the most expensive house race ever in georgia. republican karen handel narrowly coming out on top. >> and a special thanks to the president of the united states of america -- [ cheers ] >> all we do is win, win, win. after a year of scandal and setbacks for one of silicon valley's highest flying startups -- >> they blame everything in life on someone else -- >> uber's ceo, travis kaleneck, stepped down among pressure from investors. incredible moments caught on camera. one driver was hurt after a road-rage incident caused this
chain-reaction crash in california. >> reverse -- >> onlookers shocked to see this brooklyn bus speeding backwards after the driver forgot to put it in park. ten cars were hit. luckily, no serious injuries. and a miraculous rescue at a south korean zoo when a baby elephant lost its balance and fell into a pond. the mother and aunt raced into the water to push the panicked baby to safety. and a bbc anchorman taught us the true meaning of keep calm and carry on. a series of technical glitches left him sitting on camera silent. for nearly five minutes. >> that perplexes me so much. >> he apparently told the radio station that -- i guess after the first two minutes, he realized that something had gone terribly wrong and decided to take the most conservative approach. >> just to say nothing, do nothing. >> has that ever happened to you on the air? any embarrassing moments? >> i think about that.
maybe sometimes it's best to leave the situation. in the moment you feel like you can't. you feel like you have to carry it. >> dead air is terrifying as an anchor. you feel like you need to fill the air. >> i remember -- gosh, it was saturday morning. i used to do the cut-ins at the nbc affiliate in illinois. it was 7:25. we toss to local news. i ran as fast as i could and sat to try to read the headlines. it was -- >> you were so out of breath. >> i could not catch my breath. >> panicking. i've been there. >> yeah. i felt -- i'm sure people at home wanted to come through and help me. say, breathe. >> that guy, that's impressive. >> he was cool. still ahead here on this "today" show this morning here, harry smith taking us to kenya where orphaned baby elephants are being trained to reenter the wild. we'll travel to california to meet some of the most
near ridge avenue. this is just within the last half hour. patco is reporting paur shrtial service due to power outages. >> and the good news is that the tornado warnings have been lifted, but there is a flash flooding through areas where the rain was so heavy, the ground was already saturated from previous storms, so you may run into areas that are a washout. so maybe you get sick of hearing it, turn around don't drown. only takes about 6 of inches of moving water to knock a person off their feet, 12 to 24 to pick up a car. so don't drive through a washed out area. and this yellow is a severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 8:15. and then the strongest storms should be moving offshore.
so there is where the line is right now. you can see it is now the heaviest moving out of mercer county, but mooving into ocean and burlington and atlantic county. a little weaker farther south into cape may county, but still going to see heavy rain move through there. nonetheless, these storms have already caused some damage as they have move tlud our area. so there is more possible damage over the next about hour and a half. >> and if you don't catch her on the air, remember you with always get the latest information on the nbc 10 app. we'll send you an alert 30 minutes before the storm reaches your location. that will do it for us. we'll be back here in just about 25 minutes with another update.
[ cheers ] welcome back to "today" on this saturday morning, june 24th, 2017. not clear outside right now. a little rainy. beautiful crowd. >> going to get better. >> sticking it out on the plaza despite the rain. dylan says it's going to get better. we will head outside to say hello. >> she knows of what she speaks. back in studio 1a, i'm sheinelle jones with craig jones and dylan dreyer. in headlines, the white house trying to rally the public after a fifth republican senator said he can't support the new health care bill, putting its passage in serious jeopardy. the republicans can only afford two defections among their ranks to avoid defeat. the british government says 27 apartment blocks in england have failed fire safety tests. around 650 homes were evacuated
overnight after inspectors found safety issues in four public housing towers following that deadly london residential tower inferno. that fire killed at least 79 people. police are considering manslaughter charges for that incident. and it was an ovation to remember for david ortiz when the boston red sox retired his number, 34, at a ceremony last night in fenway park. ortiz hung up his cleats last year after 14 seasons with the red sox where he was a ten-time all-star and won three world series championships. >> big papi got really emotional, as well. now to a woman who made international headlines. amanda knox, the american college student who was charged, convicted, then acquitted of the murder of her roommate while she was studying in italy. knox spent years behind bars before she was finally exonerated. now she's sharing what life has been like for her in the time since her release. nbc has more live from london on the story. lucy, good morning.
>> reporter: good morning. amanda knox hasn't shied away from the spotlight since the years since her conviction. she's become a newspaper columnist, published a tell-all book, and appeared in a netflix documentary. after two years of social media silence, she's making her private instagram life very public. not afraid of the big, bad wolf or, it would seem, public scrutiny, amanda knox is revealing a fairytale version of life on instagram. one that for the past decade has been anything but. >> that's everyone's nightmare. either i'm a psychopath in sheep's clothing, or i am you. >> reporter: opening up in her own words in a recent netflix documentary, knox was twice convicted and twice acquitted in the 2007 murder of her roommate, british student meredith kercher. a murder case that was watched across the world. trials by judge, jury, and the
tabloids which scoured her social media accounts for any and all details, as knox describes in her bookers "waiting to be heard," writing, "i resented that they took my posts and pictures out of conte context, emphasizing only the negative." that hasn't kept the 29 from tweet, "what's happening? well, i made my instagram public. no more hoarding all my amazing cat videos." [ laughter ] she wasn't kidding. cats galore including one named screams and her novelist boyfriend, christopher rob bin. the very first post just a month after being freed from an italian prison. and despite knox spending four years behind bars, the couple back in europe, outside the pantheon in paris, sharing a kiss, recovering from jet lag in nmmuin munich. there are plenty of selfies, perfect meals, and silly hats. this self-described writer and
exoneree isn't shying away from his past. she's been involved with the innocence project working with wrongfully accused prisoners. what that's this photo behind me -- that's what this photo behind me is referring to. some have asked why she would open herself to criticism and debate again by making her personal life so public. craig? >> thank you. dylan, you have another check of the weather? >> it has been so hot in the southwest. i mean, all-time record high temperatures in parts of the desert southwest. all this area of high pressure just pumping in the heat. it will continue for another couple of days. it's a dry heat. when you look at temperatures 115 to 120, hot is hot. palm springs earlier this week hit 122. that ties the all-time hottest temperature it's ever been in palm springs. las vegas beat the all-time high temperature at 117. phoenix made it up to 119 this week. sacramento, california, made it up to 108. we still have 25 million people at risk from the pacific northwest stretching right down into arizona. the excessive heat will continue for the next couple of days.
sacramento, 95. barstow in california about 112 degrees. las vegas sunday should make it up to 111. that's ten drees above eg 87 vor these county. at the shore, things might be a bit cooler. upper 80s through dwell wear, wi delaware, wilmington at 89. frgs you. ahead, the film that's smashing box office records, as well as the glass ceiling. at 89. frgs screen to n at 89. frgs es. the tablets and phones that keep our kids mesmerized for hours. but is it potentially dangerous?
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good morning and happy saturday. if you're family is anything like mine -- and i think they are -- when your kids are out of school for the summer, all they want to do it spend time on this, the ipad or tablet. a great babysitter. let's admit it. experts say kids are spending too much time on screens and other devices. a study shows how damaging it can be. now there's even a dad in colorado -- have you heard about this -- making headlines because he wants the state to ban the sale of smartphones to all kids under the age of 13. here's the question -- how oblivious are kids when their screen is right here in front of them? right here, this close? this morning, we are teaming one parents, setting up a hidden-camera test. you've got to see this. [ bell ] school's out for summer. >> yes! >> and these kids are zoned out on their ipads. fully entranced by the screen. how entranced? >> in this experiment, we're going to test just how absorbed these kids are with their devices.
>> this video going viral overseas. parents pranking their own kids. >> now this is a classic mom swap. look at this. >> trading out their mom for a complete stranger. >> a new sister's arrived. >> swapping out their siblings. >> the brother leaves, and in comes a massive new brother. >> the kids never noticing a thing. by the way, this same exact thing happens with my dikids. they probably watch the ipads too much. my fault, i know. she watches videos. he plays games. they're oblivious to the world when they are. love you, guys. hello? do you want lunch? do you want lunch? are you hungry? i love you. and nothing. a new study just out by the american academy of pediatrics says increased screen time could delay speech in kids under 2 years old. to find out just how distracted kids can be by the screen, we're working with these two moms who want to test their young daughters. how much can they get away with before their kids notice?
first up, 6-year-old avery and her mom jackie. okay, avery is in place engrossed in her ipad. we are hiding a couple of rooms away on this back terrace. we have a live feed going. cameras all over the apartment so we can watch everything that happens. time for the funny business. i'm going to have you put on these silly glasses. >> thank you. >> little mustache. we'll see if avery notices. there's mom walking right past avery, even mugging for the camera. just look -- mommy's walking back and forth with a muss attacks and avery didn't blink an -- mustache, and avery didn't blink an eye, crazy. now mom is wearing a bright blue wig, but avery doesn't catch on. nothing. mom has blue hair, and avery's not even looking up. she's honed in. when mom comes back, she's shaken. >> it's alarming from the perspective that if there's a fire that she would know to get out of the house because she's so focused on it.
>> but we're about to get even more bold with this next family. that's 6-year-old cami and her mom michelle. she's bringing up the camel -- yeah, that's a giant stuffed camel right in front of cami. there's a camel just feet from her. >> she hasn't looked up once. all she's doing is looking at the screen. >> we try everything. big signs that say, "hey, kids, look here." nope, cami doesn't see it. still locked into her screen. mom even crashing cymbals together. she literally just hit the ball iss together like a band's in the apartment, and she didn't hear a thing. the only thing missing from this circus is a clown. we bring in one of those, too. her teenage brother putting on a show of his own. cami oblivious. what did you think of it? >> out of it. like in a whole different universe. >> i'm out of props. time to bring cami out of her trans. did you see the clown? >> no, who was the down?
>> your brother was the clown. >> he doesn't have rainbow hair. >> yes, he did. he had rainbow hair. a rainbow wig. >> i had polka dots on. >> you didn't see that? >> nope, not at all. >> the american academy of pediatrics recently updated its recommendations about how much time kids should be able to spend on their devices. we have a full list broken down by age. it's incredibly helpful, and it's on our website right now -- today.com. i'm going to check it out. i'm going to watch you on this. >> that is so good. >> my son -- and we unfortunately use it sometimes because if we're trying to deal with sibby and we just need like -- like a pacifier. like a modern pacifier. >> it works. you kidding me, in a restaurant? we have to do better. ah. we're all guilty. dylan, what do we have coming up in the orange room? >> ahead, barbie's boyfriend gets a makeover, call him
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we're back with a story from the fabulous lives of barbie and ken. >> we're talking about the dolls, of course. last year, toymaker mattel introduced a new line of barbies in a variety of shapes, skin tones, and hairstyles. now barbie's beau is catching up. dylan's in the orange room with more. there's so much to go through here. mattel has announced the lease of 15 new ken dolls available in three body types, seven skin tones, and nine hairstyles. the company says they want the dolls to better reflect the actual population. that includes broad-sized ken dolls. some are calling this more the dads-bod ken. he comes alongside original and slim body types. we have ken in cornrows dressed in the classic cool style. a chill-in-check ken, working nerdy chic frames. and houof course, the man bun. all decked out in this distressed denim look. naturally it was man-bun ken that received instant internet
note right. the hash tag #manbunken caught fire on twitter as folks had fun with the new 'do. david writes, "man bun ken brings his own avocados to eating establishments." another says, "does man doll ken come with vintage records?" another, "man bun ken enjoys detroit red winging artis artisnal ales." and some say, "representation is so important. i'm so proud of the progress barbie and ken have made in my lifetime." i feel like the barbie and ken was a huge section to begin with. now it's even bigger. >> did you have barbies growing up? >> of course i did. office barbie. >> we talked about that. we played with old pieces of paper -- old skipper dolls. >> i loved skipper. >> yes. up next, harry smith takes us to kenya where these baby elephants are being trained to
♪ we're back on a saturday morning with an inspiring story out of kenya where the fight against poaching has become a national priority. >> nbc's harry smith has been traveling around the world. >> this morning he takes us to a wildlife refuge where orphaned baby elephants are being rescued, rehabilitated, and then released back into the wild in quite the unique way. >> reporter: when it's feeding time, the baby elephants come running. there are several dozen young elephants here at kenya's david sheldrick wildlife trust. the mothers of these young elephants were killed. what you see here is, in fact, an elephant orphanage. >> 40,000 --
>> reporter: rob branford is the executive director. >> you're viewers will see cute footage of baby elephants squashing around and playing with each other. it's important that those elephants should be in the wild. the only reason they're not in the wild is because at some point, some action by humans in 99% of the cases, has caused them to be separated from their mother. >> reporter: the most common human action is poaching. elephants killed for their tusks, for the ivory. thousands of animals killed every year. while kenya has made its fight against poaching a national priority, that's not true through the rest of the continent. kenya feels to me like it's got a handle on it. are elephants still in trouble? >> yes. a handle is one thing. we're still losing more elephants than are being born. as long as that's the case, you're going to see populations decline. that's africa-wide. >> reporter: as a species, the african elephant is at minimum threatened and nearing a state of being endangered. what makes the sheldrick
orphanage extraordinary is its program to reintroduce the young elephants into the wild. >> these babies will mix with wild elephants. as opposed to the keepers here, the wild elephants will teach them how it is to be an elephant, what food to eat, pass on wisdom. in time, babies the decide it's way more fun with these elephants than with these humans. >> reporter: few species are that smart, that adaptable. saving one orphan can mean a future for many more elephants. >> it's about second chances. we take these babies, we rehabilitate them so that they can go back and live a wild life and, importantly, be real elephants, have babies. it's about hope. there is a real prospect of being able to save the species. >> reporter: saving the species. in the end, that's what we all hope for. for "today," harry smith, nbc news, nairobi. >> i think it's so important to, you know, start the process of
saving them before they reach that -- >> endangered status. >> beautiful story. >> harry smith. he's actually going to continue his travels this weekend. harry's going to visit antarctica to see what penguins may be telling us about climate change. penguins -- in a lot of ways, they're the canary in the coalmine. you can catch that on "sunday night with megyn kelly." that's 7:00, 6:00 on snrl. still to come, president trump facing the possibility of health care defeat. plus, tough, new poll numbers. and they have faces that even a mother might have a tough time loving. the contestants in the world's ugliest dog competition. we will -- we'll meet the winner. >> can't wait for that. first, these messages. y do e earning bonus cash back so complicated? they limit where you can earn bonus cash back to a few places
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because flash flooding. these high waters is in crescentville. and there is damage across the region. and patco is reporting partial service right now due to some power outages. let's take a live look at philadelphia international where the weather is clearing. that is deceiving. we're actually getting blue skies out there. if you're wondering, yes, severe weather moved through. officials are advising you to check with your airline in case there are delays. krystal klei has the details now. >> yeah, the line of heavy rain really fired up over us. still flash flood warning in place for philadelphia, montgomery, buck, camden, burlington into mercer through 11:00 a.m. you take a look at the area this is yellow, this is a severe thunderstorm warning still in place through 8:15 along the engineer ajersey shore. so the good news is this is almost on its way out. by 9:00 a.m., i think almost
everything should be offer shore. but notice still the yellows and oranges part of ocean county and clipping burlington and right near atlantic city, we have a pocket of very heavy rain that is about to hit ocean city. so still looking at pockets of heavy downpours but no issues in this area. again, we'll see more sun as we get late morning and afternoon. and you can track the storms with the nbc 10 app. keep it than handy all summer l. we'll send you an alert 30 minutes before a storm reaches your location. we'll be back here at 8:25 with another update. now back to the "today" show.
good morning. flat lining? a fifth republican senator says he cannot support the new health care bill, putting its passage in serious jeopardy. the white house trying to rally public support. >> the president and i are counting on your support. we need your energy. >> will president trump and senate leadership be able to twist enough arms to get it passed? stranger danger. snapchat rolling out a new location-sharing feature accurate enough to determine where users live, go to school, and hang out. it's now raising safety concerns for experts and parents alike. ♪ and ouch. that's rough. roll out the red carpet for these peculiar pooches. we're traveling to california this morning to meet the world's
ugliest dogs. today, saturday, june 24th, 2017. ♪ [ cheers ] good morning. welcome back to "today" this morning. we've got a hearty crowd despite the rain that is supposed to be letting up pretty seen. we'll get out there in just a bit. thank you very much for stopping by. despite the rain, they're still smiling, still energetic. >> they are. >> good to be here. >> yes. >> coming down hard at times. >> that's true. we'll get out there in a moment. let's get right to our top story for now. the senate health care bill in trouble with another republican defection. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live at the white house with more. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning again, sheinelle. the president is taking a surprisingly low-key approach, trying to convince some republicans to get on board with the health care law. he needs to do this because the bill which is in some trouble at the moment is up for a vote early next week. but this weekend, expected to be the top gop leaders on capitol hill and their senior staffers
who will be working the weekend. lawmakers home for a weekend grilling. >> i will be voting no. >> reporter: nevada senator dean heller, up for re-election next year, became the fifth republican senator to break with his party over the new health care bill. >> i cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of americans and hundreds of thousands of nevadans. >> reporter: in colorado springs, vice president mike pence asked for grassroots help to back the bill. >> the president and i are counting on your support. we need your energy. >> reporter: while the trump administration is looking for public support on health care, when it comes to russia, they're struggling. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll finds 45% of americans are more likely to believe former fbi director james comey. only 22% for the president. a sharp divide among party lines much 76% of democrats side with comey. 50% of republicans say they
believe president trump. while concerned about special counsel mueller's objectivity, the president did not challenge his integrity. >> i can say that the people that have been hired are all hillary clinton supporters. some of them worked for hillary clinton. i mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth from that standpoint. but robert mueller's an honorable man, and hopefully he'll come up with an honorable solution. >> reporter: the nation's first reality tv president had a little fun on friday, bringing back his old "apprentice" tag line and boardroom move. poking fun at his veterans affairs secretary, mouthing the words "you're fired." >> that one never fails, does it, don? >> reporter: while he was teasing a cabinet secretary there, tonight he will be toasting one. the president and first lady staying in washington, d.c., this weekend in part to attend the wedding of treasury secretary steven mnuchin and his fiancee. that's happening tonight in
washington. back to you. >> thank you. more than 120 people are missing and feared dead this morning, buried under a massive landslide in china. frantic rescuers shown digging with their hands trying to get to around 60 homes crushed under tons of rubble there. police say the mudslide was triggered by recent heavy rains in the area. a massive wildfire is growing at an unprecedented rate in utah. 13 homes and eight other buildings have been destroyed so far as firefighters are struggling to contain the so-called brianhead fire. my communities, around 750 people, have been evacuated. it began a week ago when a homeowner used a torch to clear weeds. now it has grown to 33,000 acres. a family is outraged after a mistrial was declared in the case of a white officer shooting a black motorist. former cincinnati university police officer ray tensing was charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting sam dubose. the incident was recorded on
police body cam. it is the second time a jury could not decide this case. prosecutors must now decide if they'll drop the charges altogether or try again. a driver in wisconsin lived through one of those nightmares many of us have while crossing a drawbridge -- look at this. getting stuck between the two sides. firefighters had to pull this minivan and its driver from the jaws of a bridge in green bay this week. the driver is okay, but because he doesn't speak english, he couldn't explain to rescuers how he got into this mess. dylan dreyer has made her way outside. she's braving the elements with this check of the weather. >> trying to maneuver the umbrella -- >> you look like paddington bear. >> i got boots to match, too. it is gross out here. it's hot, too. isn't it? we're all kind of sweating, but we're hiding it with the powering rain. where are your umbrellas? >> we're diehards. >> we don't need it. >> i promise, it will get nicer.
the rain will last another hour or so in the mid-atlantic. in new england, it's going to last a little bit longer. we are going to notice temperatures start to cool a bit, especially through the middle of the country. speaking of nebraska, we're going to see highs today about six degrees below average in most of the area. temperatures mainly in the 70s and 80s. the east coast, though, we should drop down to about 77 by tuesday. 79 in raleigh by tuesday, as well. and even down through atlanta, temperatures will drop back down into the low to mid 80s. we do have this rain. it's still the remnants of cindy combining with this cold front. the front will move off shore in the northeast and mid-atlantic. but down south, we're looking at another possible one to three inches of rain. the rain is going to stick around for most of the d down ay good morning. i'm krystal klei. after a morning ever heavy rain and in some areas severe weather, we will see spotty showers move out in the morning hours and see a nice mix of clouds and sun the rest of the day.
89 degrees for somerton, 88 for lansdale. and mid-80s over parts of the lehigh valley and berks county. 88 for the ocean city location. inland. at the shore it might be a bit cooler. upper 80s through delaware. okay. so who wants craig and sheinelle to come out here? [ cheers ] all right, you guys are up. we'll see you out here soon. >> we'd love to be out there. >> dylan dreyer. ahead this morning, in addition to going outside in a bit, how a new snapchat feature has a lot of parents concerned about their children's safety. plus, j. lo's clapping back plus, j. lo's clapping back at some ♪ this is a story about mail and packages. and it's also a story about people. people who rely on us every day to deliver their dreams they're handing us more than mail
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why change if you're sending me back out? we're back on a saturday morning. it's time to trend. >> all right. do you guys snap? a lot of people, of course, snapchat. i'm slowly understanding the app myself and all of its many features. >> it's only been out for a few years. >> the company rolled out a new one this week. it's calmed "snap map." basically, when a user posts a video clip or photo of their location, it appears on a map in realtime, exactly where you are. that's fine if you're just sharing it with your friends. some parents and privacy experts worry because people you don't know can also see where you are. they can see your movements, even where you live. the function -- this is important -- it can be turned off. you have to know how to do it. what do you think? good idea, bad idea? >> i think instead of the default being that it's an option that's on, you should have to turn it on. >> right. >> you know? >> that's a fair -- >> what if you're not watching now and you don't know that it's even tracking your location? >> true. a lot of people have young daughters, young kids, period.
they want to know where they are. >> i want to know where everybody is. >> to share your world. so you can see where people from around the world -- >> right. if you take a picture of you in new york, okay, we get you're in new york. >> i think we may be oversharing. i think we've been oversharing for some sometitime. >> i think the toothpaste is out of the tube. too late. >> the younger you are, the more you seem to share. i have a cousin -- they don't live in reality. they live for the gram. >> if it doesn't happen on the gram, it doesn't happen. >> you live for the gram, though. >> i do enjoy the gram. >> yes, instagram, by the way. >> there are guests we have on the show. i don't want to take a picture, and i just talk to them instead. >> yes. >> then -- >> what a novel concept. >> i know. you have that moment and memory instead of -- then i'm bummed i don't have a picture to brag about the moment i just had. >> how about the "pop start" this morning? all right. right to "pop start." we're starting with a first look at the new emotional movie "stronger." take a look. >> just want people to see how
amazing my son is. [ cheers ] >> i'm going to walk. i'm going to walk with you again someday. ♪ >> that's jake gyllenhaal starring as the real-life boston marathon bombing survivor, jeff bowman. he was standing at the finish line to support his then-girlfriend during the 2013 race when the bombs went off and he lost both his legs. the film re-enacts that moment as well as bowman's long road to recovery. through it all, he becomes a symbol of bravery for boston and the rest of the country. "stronger" debuts in theaters this fall. should be a good one. now to a movie currently in theaters and smashing box office records, not to mention the glass ceiling. "wonder woman" has officially grossed more than $600 million in ticket sales, becoming the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman. with this win under its belt, "wonder woman" looks set to surpass the animated film "kung
fu panda 2" to earl the title of highest grossing film directed solely by a woman. it's also on track to beat its d.c. comic cohort, the 2013 flick "man of steel" in domestic sales. how is that for girl power? >> i want to see it. have you seen it? >> it's such a good movie, i'm hearing. i haven't seen it yet. >> is it true that she was paid considerably less than her male -- >> we can't confirm it. that's what we confirmed it -- >> yes. >> just confirmed it. that's troubling. >> maybe this will change it. >> i was about to say -- girls keep rocking it. finally, don't be fooled by the abs that she's got. >> what? >> look at you. >> check this out. j. lo bearing her toned midriff in this shameless bathroom self when he she posted to instagram earlier this week. looking good. pretty impressive, right? some fans thought the photo was a little too impressive and claimed that a fuzzy mark on the lower right side of the screen was a photo-shopped fail. j. lo was quick to clap back in the comments section writing, the mark was, "just a smudge on
the mir or, lol, not photo-shopp photo-shopped." #lordblessthehaters. >> and "you should try it." >> wish there was a photoshop -- >> no doubt. we all know j. lo always looks amazing. puts a lot of work into it. she's stunning. >> she works for it. doesn't come for free. >> yeah. >> she is aging quite well. >> yeah. >> that's your "pop start." >> thank you, dylan dreyer. i don't know why i said dylan dreyer. dylan marie. ♪ >> i never knew that. >> learn something every saturday. still ahead, there's the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. you guessed it -- it's the latter title. these fluffballs are competing -- >> i love it. >> we'll introduce you to the winner of the world's ugliest dog competition. first, there is "today" on nbc. it's time that we bring addiction out of the darkness
we are back on this saturday morning with the moment you've all been waiting for. >> yes, indeed. the world's ugliest dog just received its crown. >> so without further ado, here's nbc's kerry sanders in california. >> reporter: dogs on the red carpet. and yes, there's pup-arazzi here for a beauty contest that celebrates those dogs are a little rough around the edges. >> here we have -- ta-da -- the zoomer dog. >> reporter: here's the poop -- >> he had crusty skin, bad teeth. >> reporter: ugly has a way of being beautiful. >> one small eye, her bad breath -- >> reporter: what is it about ugly that makes us smile? >> i think it's more unique, isn't it, more than ugly? >> reporter: for more than 50 years at the sonoma county fair, they've celebrated u-g-l-y. what do you say to people who
say sometimes that their owners look like their dogs? >> you know, luckily i guess for rascal in this case it's not true. he's the better looking of the two of us. >> reporter: good answer. how deep's the love? rascal stars in his own music video. ♪ many of the dogs here are rescues, often hard to adopt like jake. well, he's unusually excitable. we have to blur this out. he's a wiener dog. >> that's right. that's one of his problems. >> reporter: i was among the judges this year. has this dog ever seen a brush? the dog-eat-dog competition fierce, with audience help a winner. and our winner of the world's ugliest dog -- [ cheers ] -- 2017 -- martha! martha, a 125-pound neopolitan mastiff, so overwhelmed she passed out. what will you do with this title? >> party all night.
>> reporter: well, it's a rough life as the winner. martha, beautifully ugly. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news, petaluma, california. >> man. >> i don't think martha's that bad looking. >> i will say compared to some of the previous winners, martha's a beauty queen -- she's a beauty pageant winner. >> yes, miss something teeth. >> yeah. >> i guess they have different -- what do you call them? >> categories? >> yeah, that they have to meet. >> martha's the winner. >> aw. >> i think she's kind of cute. >> she is kind of cute. >> just looks elderly. she'll be a good spokesperson. >> for who? >> well -- for ugly dogs everywhere. >> i agree with the woman who said, you know, they're just unique. >> i like that, right? yes. what makes you beautiful -- >> what makes you special. >> here's the thing -- >> yeah? >> be sure to tune in monday because martha joining us exclusively here in studio, right here on "today." >> she looks thrilled. >> exactly. can't wait for that. good. still ahead this morning, bike rides, slides, sipping
champagne -- >> we did all that. >> yeah. yeah, and we rode one of those bicycles where three people are on the bike, and only one was actually pedaling. >> i just forgot to pedal. i was eating ice cream. >> it was part of a first field trip for "saturday today." >> good. first field trip. sorry. >> also the first weeke ♪ happiness is powerful flea and tick protection from nexgard. nexgard kills fleas and ticks all month long. and it comes in an easy-to-give tasty chew. and that makes dogs and owners happy. no wonder vets love it too. reported side effects include vomiting, itching, diarrhea, lethargy and lack of appetite. see your vet for more information on flea and tick protection you and your dog will love. nexgard. the vet's #1 choice. ask sherwin-williams during the great summer painting party! save 30% on paints and stains june 18th through july 4th.
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parts of south jersey as the system moves away from us. there are reports ever doof dow trees and some pounlwer outages. >> and we said once the line moves out, things look way better. check out this view in philadelphia. sunny as can be, not a cloud to track. gorgeous conditions out there. that is not the case for all of us yet. we still have the line of strong storms just clipping off the shore line here. so if we with zoom into parts of atlantic city, still a period of heavy rain. otherwise though the rain is moving off, clouds will thin out and then we have a very nice rest of the day left over. the thunderstorm warning that was in place over on the shore, that has now been lifted and overall things are looking a lot better. >> thanks for that. and we're also following breaking news this morning. police are looking for the person who beat and stabbed a woman to death in north philadelphia. investigators tell us that a passer by found the woman in a park near 21st and lehigh around
3:00 this morning. this is very close to a high school. investigators also say the victim was stabbed multiple time tsz and th is and the crime was sexual in nature. she lived in the area. a woman is in the hospital after the bike she was riding collided with a car around 2:00 this morning. she's in stable condition. phillies have a new weapon on the mound. he hails from our region. mark lighter jr. from toms river won his first major league start last night. his father used to pitch for the phils. they had four runs in the ninth. we'll see you back here at 9:00 for a full hour of news and weather. ♪
we are back in saturday morning, june 24th, 2017. we have a beautiful crowd. kudos to you guys because it was pouring. >> i told them it would stop raining. >> it did stop. >> if you knew it was going to stop raining, why did you make us wear these ridiculous coats? >> i wanted to see you in that so bad. >> like a crossing guard. >> it was like pulling teeth to get craig into the jacket. >> finally -- >> you had me put this ridiculous thing on. still to come here in this half hour of "today," slides, bike rides, sipping champagne. sh we took a field trip a stone's throw away. then summer's here, and we have some of best ways to enjoy it in comfort of your own back
yard. from a portable grill to a wine table and putt-putt golf. something the family can enjoy. and in the kitchen, anthony scotto has a delicious dish that will complement the activities you mentioned. >> fun. for the next 30 minutes, we'll eat, drink, and get to the park. i'm going to take this off momentarily. before we do that, how about a check of the forecast? >> it's hot out here. >> it is. >> it's not breathable. sweaty in here. let aep's look at the weather as the country this weekend. rain on the east coast, eventually moving out to sea. we're going to continue to see scattered showers and storms down along the gulf coast from texas over to mississippi, alabama, too. we'll see pockets of heavier rain, maybe another one to three inches. it is going to stay hot in the southwest. we're looking at temperatures well above average. tomorrow, we will start to see pretty nice weather across the country as temperatures will finally start to cool down through t he
good morning. i'm critickri krystal klei. after some severe wet, we will see the spotty showers move out in the morning and actually see a nice mix of clouds and sun the rest daft. temperatures are hot, 89 for somerton, mid-80s in the lehigh valley. new jersey, 87 for voorhees township. inland particularly. at the shore, it might be a bit cooler. upper 80s through delaware, wilmington at 89. frgs >> and that's your lat latest forecast. >> thank you. you know we spend a lot of time together -- >> bothering each other. >> inside studio 1a. we thought it might be nice to head outdoors to explore. >> we ventured to governors island, a hidden gem in new york harbor a stone's throw from lower manhattan. >> that's where we spent a recent afternoon together for a little field trip.
♪ >> so i live downtown, and i hear everybody talking about governors island. i've always wanted to go. and i just so happened to run into my friends here. so do you guys want to go to governors island? >> let's go. >> we've got to go -- the ferry is leaving! >> are we the last ones on? >> there's governors island. it's like right across the water. it's a seven-minute ferry ride. [ horn ] >> excuse me. i'm 12. >> this is beautiful! >> castle williams. >> is it a real castle? no, look at this -- it was a prison. >> this building we're in now was built as a fort around 1800. and then by 1850, it was used as a prison. and then in the '90s, it was decommissioned as a military base and then came to the city of new york. so we have a 93-acre public park. we're a car-free environment.
>> maybe that's why this feels like such a wonderful place because it's quiet. >> after they built the lexington avenue subway, they used the debris from that to build on to the island. >> essentially you can think of governors island like an ice cream cone. this is the top of the ice cream cone. everything you described, the new part, is the cone. >> the cone. i like that. now i want ice cream. >> the vanilla waffle cone dipped in chocolate. >> waffle cone? >> you know, make it two. that's from the "today" show. let's get on a bike. >> i've been on a bike with sheinelle on the back of a bike before. it did not go well. i said, no one knows, i'm
pregnant. don't let it fall. >> i'm redeemed. i'm going to be good. there we go. >> are these the -- my gosh! this looks so fun. that's a big slide, craig. the largest one in new york city. >> one, two, three -- oh, boy! oh! oh! >> oh, my gosh! sheinelle's going so fast! oh, this is fun! ta-da. >> a nice field trip. now these stones were the original seawall. >> there's the lady. >> we can high five. there is nice. >> this is -- this is nice. >> there is nice. in memory of our first field trip. >> oh, that's so fun! >> i brought a surprise. >> i think i'm going to cry. >> a tradition we'll have to continue. to "saturday today." >> to "saturday today."
>> then craig proposed to us. >> just missing the rose from "the bachelor." >> it was so much fun. there was so much you didn't see, frankly. so many inside jokes and laughs -- >> i learned a lot about you two. >> yeah, like i don't like people eating my ice cream. >> you're like a germaphobe -- >> yes. she won't share ice cream with her kids. >> no, no. >> you had the best part -- >> dylan knew that which is why -- >> i learned that when it comes to bicycling, if we do that again, i'm going to get 2000 to carry your own weight -- get you two to carry your own weight. >> we were bicycling. i'm like, man, this is easy. >> yeah, craig did all the work out there. by the way, this weekend at governors island, pink-nic. one of the largest rose festivals, rose and music. >> so easy to get to. >> yes. >> the ferry was like $2 or something, so inexpensive. and you get the best views of manhattan. and you're kind of removed from the hustle and bustle. everyone here, if you want to go to governors island, it's a good thing to do. >> it's on dylan. >> bike rides. >> it's worth it.
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over to los angeles now where the king of eclectic movie props is struggling to deep k-- to keep his business afloat. >> thankfully his neighbors are coming together to help with a message that will stay in his heart for years to come. >> joe fryer has the story. >> reporter: so alive is this hollywood corner you can practically feel a pulse. a beat that comes from the shop's heart -- nick metropolis. >> great.
i would love to show you the hollywood science -- >> reporter: for 25 years, metropolis has operated the quirky collectibles store that bears his name. >> he is one of the most defining things in the neighborhood. >> reporter: more specifically, he buys, sells, and rents furniture and other knick knacks, an eclectic collection stuffed into 10,000 square-feet of space. >> this pencil has been in countless music videos. probably a couple of movies. >> reporter: he thinks of his store as a vortex that pulls in all walks of life from starving artists to celebrities. >> looking more than beautiful. >> reporter: friends like 94-year-olds ethel watson are constantly stopping by, along with those who are homeless. >> this is for you. >> reporter: metropolis buys their finds and offers them work. >> he loves people. he has a heart that he's always trying to help somebody. >> reporter: recently, metropolis' movie nearly came to an end when his longtime landlord died. his new one was less forgiving about overdue rent that topped
$100,000. >> i can't imagine the neighborhood without him. >> reporter: now the neighborhood is giving back. this gofundme page is one way they're raising awareness and money to keep his doors open. >> it brought tears to our eyes many times. it's been very heartwarming. beautiful. >> reporter: he's not out of the woods yet, but a judge approved a payment plan that gives metropolis a chance. >> i love doing this. it's so special. >> reporter: ever grateful on the day we stopped by, he spelled out a special message for all to see -- "love thy neighbor." >> love thy neighbor has probably never meant more to you, right? >> so true. so true. >> reporter: thanks to those neighbors, his store's heart beats on. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> that's nice. >> a good one. "love thy neighbor." up next, from jumbo jenga to putt-putt golf, we'll look at great back yard games that will have you outside until sunset this summer. first, this is "today" on nbc. >> it's going to fall!
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the first weekend of summer finally, he and you don't have to go far to start taking advantage service the weather. we have ideas to -- taking advantages of the weather. we have ideas from grilling to entertainment essentials. we'll start with lifestyle expert erica katz. nice to see you. this is cool. life-sized jenga? >> jenga xxl. this tower is three times bigger than your regular jenga. you pull out a block and put it on top, but if pull the wrong block, you get a big-old jenga crash. >> be careful. dylan dreyer's been known to play jenga -- that's going to bring it down. how much is this? >> 299. jenga.com. >> wow. that's a little pricey. there we go. >> here it goes --
>> does that count? >> and there goes the jenga. don't invite dylan over for jenga. >> stop -- >> in golf we know it's all about the short game. >> yes. this is putt-putt. we made these, but you can get these starting at $30 on amazon. you can get all shapes and sizes. this is such a fun back yard game. i love it. the kids love it. >> and our interns apparently love it, as well. pretty good. pretty good. >> fun. >> this you can get on amazon. >> yes. >> now this -- >> this is the coolest. >> this is my favorite this morning. >> there we go. >> what is this called? >> this is bumper soccer. now last weekend, my son had six of his friends over. we got these, and they were playing for hours. it's great workout, isn't it? >> is the object to knock the other person over, as well? >> pretty much. you want to bang into each other and have fun. nobody gets hurt because you're covered in all this plastic and air, and it's fun. >> i think you should knock him over. i think you should knock him over. two of our interns here, as
well. >> and these are 160 off of amazon. >> also at amazon. cool. thank you very much. sheinelle, what do you have? >> this is pretty cool. with me now -- trying to think, dana, excuse me. this is cool. listen, a lot of people have grills already. look at the accessories that you can have. are you grailing guy, craig, meflin? >> i love to -- are you a grilling guy, craig melvin? >> i love to grill. >> let's talk about how to add flavor. these are cedar wood wraps this. is from wild willard grilling. what we're going to do is wrap the vegetables, the meat, to really add in that cedar flavor, any other kind of smoky flavor. >> mm. >> so that same shop, wildwood grilling, also makes grill planks. this is a variety pack. this is $25. it comes in hickory, maple, cedar, all different kind. you can taste which one is your favorite of the woods. this is really great. and you're going to pop it right on top of the grill, the same way to add in that flavor. >> nice. >> yeah. now to add into your charcoal,
you can get smoke and spirits. these are actually bourbon grill chips. >> please, i like to eat it. >> these are bourbon grill chips. and they're actually made from reclaimed bourbon barrels. >> reclaimed bourbon barrels. >> yes. yes. >> this -- >> this is only $10 for this. smoking spirits is the shop name. >> and tools? >> yes, for every grillmaster, you need your toolkit. this is actually personalized just for you. >> oh, see -- >> we've got everyone's name on it. >> that is so nice. >> i have my own grilling tools, sheinelle. >> i can give that to -- >> no. >> very nice. >> this is only $17. this etsy shop is backroa backroad peezy. you can choose the font, initials, full names, whatever. >> nice. this is my speed. >> they're hanging out right now. >> this is cool. >> outer bank hammock chairs. what's great is that you get the comfort of a hammock but in the patio chair.
>> that's cool. >> they're also drinking a nice glass of wine out of these great outdoor wine tables. >> this is a great idea. >> we had them personalized for you at the "today" show. you can personalize it with anything you need. holds the glasses, the bottle, the cheese plate. >> cute. >> clever. >> how much is this? >> this is $33. this is faircref usa. to keep your nitrogen chanted and sparkly, we have lanterns here from bomo lutra shop. you can hang them in your trees so you have a nice little nighted light. >> invite me to your house? >> any time. any time. >> etsy. thank you very much. >> thank you. next, looking for a refreshing dish to welcome the first weekend of summer? don't go anywhere. >> good, we get to eat now, too. from wine to dinner.
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you make together. ♪ ♪ non-alcoholic juice drinks inspired by your favorite cocktails. [ plays chord ] like sangria. the taste will take you away. [ plays melody ] [ plays castanets ] [ melody stops ] got carried away. this morning on "today fo , food," we're in the kitchen with one of our favorites, anthony scotto. i feel like this might be the biggest display we've ever had on "weekend today." >> italian. >> he brought a great summer salad and pasta. shall we dig in? >> yes. let's talk about a watermelon salad. let's talk about a watermelon panzanella salad, italian, and talk about components to start. >> okay. can we do the grits so peek
people can see -- we have the watermelon, check, what else? >> cucumbers, red onion, capers, i ha sicilian cheese, regatta salatta cheese. >> say that again -- >> regatta salatta cheese. arugula. good stuff. we'll toast croutons. salt, olive oil, pepper. we'll put that in the oven. this is what it will eventually look like. dries out and will get crunchy. >> can i give a true confession? i've never done my own croutons -- >> that's it -- >> low slow, we'll have a good time. >> go on. >> cucumbers. tomatoes. >> so fresh. >> love it. >> right? >> oregano? sicilian oregano, unbelievable. >> what's the difference? >> give me one second. we braise our onions in red wine vinegar, nice. >> you let them sit in red wine vinegar? >> yes. i think it's got a briny taste
because it's from the sea of sicily. regatta salatta. watermelon. toss that together. that's what it's going to look like. >> yummy. how does it taste? >> the saltiness of the capers and sweetness of the watermelon is perfect. >> give me a little bit mere. thank you very much. >> a nice way to do that salad. what's next? >> eggplant. we'll do it with noodles, a wide noodle like this. >> this is what we need. not bad. >> no. we have our eggplants, pacari noodle, garlic, baratta cheese, canned cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and again, the sicilian oregano. we're sautéing -- let me talk about this for a second. you have eggplant that i put salt in. you want to get the bitterness out in case the eggplant is bitter. it's better to salt it and let it rest. you're going to have -- we'll sauté our eggplant then. a little olive oil. brown it. then i'm going to add a little
garlic to it. >> i'm trying to concentrate. but they're making noises -- mm. >> sorry. really good. >> and the oregano. you got that so far? >> got that so far. >> okay. i'm going to add the cherry tomatoes. >> this looks amazing. >> yes. all simple -- by the way, summertime, easy, fresh, clean, and simple. >> it doesn't make your apartment a thousand degrees. >> basically this would have been good enough to use all day. you can use it for everything we did so far. i'm bringing that here now. that's just cooked down. >> this is the same thing? >> same thing. just cooked down. >> how long? >> 20 minutes. >> okay. here is your pasta. we talked about the pacari pasta. i think we like that bite. when we do the fresca, we like the bite with the eggplant, it's nice. i'll take a little parmesan cheese, please. >> okay. is that a little -- >> a little in italian means half the dish. >> what's a little? that's good. i'll take basil, please.
>> is that also -- >> you can just -- rip it up a little bit. it's all right. no worries. >> dylan's like, take little pieces. >> there is done. the thing we're adding that makes the dish is baratta cheese. give me your plate. taste this. >> yes. >> everybody has a sample already. >> craig, how is it? when you get quiet -- >> that's good -- >> that's how i know craig likes it. he gets quiet. >> yeah. >> if you have -- didn't talk about it, we fried crispy skins of the eggplant -- >> that's what that is? >> for the garnish. >> can i show people at home? see that? look at that. >> very nice. >> i wondered what that was. >> how cool. >> eggplant, eggplant, eggplant. >> you are amazing, my friend. >> thank you. happy saturday! >> let me tell everybody at home. he recently welcomed our ecb team into his home. check out the virtual tour of the family kitchen. while you're there, check out this recipe. that will do it for us.
tomorrow on "sunday jooifrks good morning. i'm rosemary connors. we have been tracking severe weather moving through our region. krystal klei is keeping an eye on the radar. >> and take a look, the line of storms that triggered some tornado warnings has moved offshore. we have better weather on the way. we'll talk about the rest of your weekend and how good it looks coming up. it toppled trees and caused the creeks to swell. we'll show you the impact. and police are searching for a killer this morning after a bystander found a woman beaten and stabbed to death. we have the latest on the investigation. and a lasting reminder of one of the city's darkest days. we'll show you what is happening today to observe the tragedy. those and more coming up next.
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right now on nbc 10 news today after a stormy start to our saturday, live first alert radar shows the rain is moving offshore. we have you covered with the latest track of the wet weather in the first alert neighborhood forecast. heavy morning rain left behind some swollen creeks. we'll show you what the wet weather also left behind. and also this morning, beaten and stabbed, we are gathering breaking details as police are on the 4u7hunt for a killer who left a woman dead near a philadelphia high school. that breaking news of course our weather. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm rosemary connors. its just before 9:00 on this saturday. we're in first alert mode. and that means that we've been keeping you informed about the severe weather that moved through this morning if you're just waking up and you excellent through it, here is a live look
now down the shore at cape may new jersey looking beautiful out there. looking like a great beach day. the shore is one of the last places to see the effect of the rainy weather as the system is moving out to sea. krystal klei has been keeping us posted on this all morning long. krystal, fill us in on the latest. >> the good news is that the first alert lites lifts in the next hour because the line has moved offshore. left behind likely washed out roadways and certainly downed trees that may be blocking driveways. so that is why we're leaving it in effect just to remind you that if you get out early today, take it slow because there may be hazards out there that you don't typically expect to see. but otherwise our first alert radar shows a much better picture now, just scattered clouds in place and now we're seeing the sunshine break through across the area. take a look at some of the damage reports that are coming in. currently still coming in as we speak across the area. really looking over parts of gloucester,