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language from the last debate. the news is next. we'll see you next time. ? ? ? ? ? right now now at 11:00. an identity theft ring busted, up next, how the group operated, the ongoing search for one of could be more victims out there. new information into the ptc and their fight against services like lyft and uber. the move the chairman is making because of emails we obtained. why buying gas at circle k tonight will help area schools raise money. we have details on fuel up night coming your way. good friday morning. i'm gene ramirez. >> thank you for joining us. with the weekend almost here.
>> first of all, when you look at max defender 8, scanning the skies with all million of its watts and not finding any rain now. in fact we're barely seeing a cloud. i can use max defender 8 and widen out a little bit and show you. there's the cold front right there. north of atlanta at this point. but notice, there's not a lot of rain even on that cold front at this point. i don't expect to see much rain at all. this is the way it looks right now it's 79 degrees at that location. 77 in lake land and auburndale. 79 inverness. 83 in sarasota. our wind speeds increase slightly through the rest of the day, staying mild. only that 10% rain chance. behind the cold front, the autumn air arrives. cooler, less humid, perfect weather for the fall, right? next week even, staying nice. plenty of sunshine. just a slow warming trend. i'll have that eight-day for
a man suspected of attacking a spa masoose to make his first court appearance. forte attacked a woman then made his way to apoplex where he tracked an employee. investigators tracked him down by fingerprints left at the scene. as the search continued, schools were on lock down, but some local citizens are criticizing the police for not telling the public opposite direction of the high school. i'm notifying a parent at 10:00 at night that a suspect or crime occurred on the island and the suspect fled in the opposite direction of the high school. i'm not sure if that's a decision a parent wants to make to keep their child out of school. an 8 on your side alert this horning, an identity theft warning. the search is on for a woman accused of being part of a credit card scheme in pinellas
credit card numbers racking up thousands of dollars in purchases. ryan hughes has the story. investigators here at the police department tell us there are at least 18 victims and perhaps a whole lot more. police tell us denise headed up the scheme with the help of her daughter jessica. denise stole credit card information from her workplace and used it to pay for utilities and cable tv at her home in pinellas county. they're accused of stealing 18 different cops explain jones is also part of the ring. denise hasn't been caught. but the other two women are behind bars now. we spoke to one victim who warns anyone from trying this. >> i would say don't do this again to anybody because your life is going to be in jeopardy with the jailhouse. >> again, at this hour, denise dallas is still on the run. cops believe she knows that they're looking for her. if you have any information on her whereabouts, contact the
back to you. >> more claims of people in puerto rico planning to vote in the november election. now a sarasota woman says puerto ricans are coming to florida to register to vote which is illegal despite the fact that puerto ricans are u.s. citizens. she filed a complaint with the state naming two organizations, boriqua vota and mi vota. the sarasota woman says a letter from the division of elections shows her complaint was dismissed for lack of evidence. >> when i get everything going through, i expect all the people to be fired. because they're lazy. they're not doing their job. it's a government job that they have. >> mi familia vota denies the accusations of voter fraud
we work with people who are eligible to vote. and we also reached out to boriqua vota but haven't heard back. the director of the hillsborough public transportation commission is calling for an emergency meeting. emails uncovered by 8 on your side show a very close relationship between krist and the cab companies he should be regulating. an investigation. >> if there's collusion, people need to answer for that. but clearly the perception is that's an agency that's very, very close, way too close to the people they're regulating. >> at the state level, the fdle is investigating following a request by state representative dana young. this morning the department of defense released the identity of the american soldier killed in afghanistan. 26-year-old sergeant douglas of fair view illinois was shot and
five americans attempted to inspect an afghan ammunition supply base. an american civilian was also killed and three others were injured. happening today, the bay area getting a visit from one of the oldest pearl harbor survivors. he's 103 years old. he'll be speaking to a military group tonight at 6:00. lieutenant downing spends his golden years traveling the world speaking to schools, businesses, organizations about his experience that fateful day. the story is incredible. and a quick google search of his name pulls up all sorts of interesting articles and videos. it's definitely worth a look. about an hour ago, construction crews broke ground for a new downtown publix. it will eventually open up in channel side. mayor bob buckhorn joined development partners for the big ground breaking as you see here. it will have a rooftop parking. and it's attached to a 21 story
this for years and could not be more excited than downtown tampa finally has its own grocery store. >> there have been pivotal events that have occurred as we've transformed this city. and one of the signature projects that's told the world that we have arrived will be the completion of a grocery store, and a publix in particular, in downtown tampa. construction is expected to be completed in about two years. and consider filling up at that's because from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at participating stores, 10 cents of every gallon of gas sold will be donated to our local schools. this is part of the larger fueling our school campaign. and that campaign, 1 cent of every gallon sold at specially marked pumps at circle ks will be donated. participating schools can get $2,000 per year. >> the high school football season is winding down.
important. the noble knights of robinson high school take on the spirited spartans tonight in a game critical for a spot in the playoffs. we were there with 93.3 wflz to get the students pumped up this morning. the head football coach there knows how important the game is. >> this game and our next game is basically for a playoff spot. it's pretty big. it's a big thing. it's exciting. kids are here at 5:00 in the morning. it's exciting. we have a pep rally this afternoon high school football. >> kickoff tonight at 7:30, it's also homecoming and senior night at robinson high school. >> those kids and the knight have the moved. >> they're going to have a long day today. >> they're going to be tired by the time the game starts. trends among teens come and go. some are harmless. >> but others like the cinnamon challenge can be very dangerous. >> where do you think this will fall on the scale? it's called the fight the air
like. plus donated blood testing positive for the zika virus. we'll show you what one blood is saying about those test results. the heart walk is coming up november 12th at raymond james stadium three weeks from tomorrow. and we're working hard to reach our goal of raising $100,000. go to wfla.com/heartwalk to
welcome back. there's a new teen trend spreading on social media. it's called fight the air challenge. you look like you're going to fight. but then you guessed it. you justifying the air. >> you were doing it right there. that's it. that's the challenge. but kids are getting a good laugh out of it. i don't know why. is it funny? you check it out. you have to sell it.
camera argument only to be followed by this. >> that seems unsafe. >> it looks like you're going to hurt yourself. you're supposed to fight the air not the stairs or the bleachers. >> i do suppose this is safer than a lot of the tens we've seen. -- trends we've seen. remember the one where they wanted the kardashian lips. where they were sucking the cups. >> the te >> if you call that the best, sure, why not. >> we have lots of information about the cold weather. finally we're going to get some cooler air in here. it hasn't gotten here yet. let me show you, it's 79 degrees at the famous tate in brandon. it's not cold yet. we told you the cold front would be here friday. it's really friday evening.
sun and clouds. we have a look at the iness brook. it's not cool yet. it's comfortable. we don't have a lot of humidity around any more. max defender 8 showing there's no rainfall. but obviously the cold front is well back to the north and west. and it's coming in our direction. so the rest of the day, still warming up to 82 84 at 1:00 p.m. by 7:00. that's when the cold front comes in. if you're going to the high school football game. cold front will arrive at kickoff. it may not start out being that cool. only a 10% rain chance. temperatures fall drastically during the game. 74 at halftime. 70 by the final play. i know that doesn't sound cold. but with that big drop in temperatures, it's going to feel that way. i would probably bring along a
cold weather. 80 in tampa. all ready seeing that breeze increase. we're up to about 5 to 15 miles per hour now. and we expect that to be a consensus of 15 miles per hour later today as the front gets closer and closer. i'm not expecting much rain. it's been so dry. only a 10% chance. just that stronger wind, after midnight, that's really when this colder air comes in. so you wake up on saturday morning in the 50s and near 60 degrees. and all day on saturday, fall. 78 degrees on saturday is only a few degrees cooler in the afternoon. but that breeze is going to make it feel colder. then you go into saturday night into sunday morning. that's going to be the coldest time frame there. down into the mid to upper 50s. and even next week. 83 is average. it's a nice time of year to have average. low 80s, that continues into next week. like i said, if someone's from out of town, and they're
they're going to be laughing at us a little bit. but it's going to be such a drastic change that it will be a shock. >> don't forget we have the hillsborough county fair. >> good fair food. good fair weather. thanks. happening today usf making lots of news. forensic anthropologists at usf are teaming up with artists from across the country to help solve cold cases. forensic artists will create clay reconstruction of victim's faces. the goal is and generate new leads in each case. also at usf, good news for students, a new guaranteed admission program. it will guarantee admission to community college students. few students will receive academic advice from both institutions. and they will be invited to u.s.f campus activities and will get help filing aid forms.
the hillsborough county health department is offering the shots at the university's college of public health. you must be 18 years of age or older. medical and nursing students will be administering the shots under supervision. it's happening now. it goes on until 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. if you want more information, call the number on the screen, (813)974-3623. st. petersburg lab testing blood donations for the zika virus has found a test. one blood tests every donation for zika as mandated by the cdc. neither one blood nor the florida department of health is saying where the zika positive donor lives now. early this morning, 20 tampa electric employees handed to grand bahama island. they're helping restore service that's still down following hurricane matthew. the storm hit as a cat 4
the crews are prepared to stay for two weeks. >> clean up continues in north carolina. still recovering as you see here from hurricane matthew. the state was the worst effected here in the united states. at this sporting goods store in kinston. water hoses are being used to flush flood water out. the water was nearly 3 feet high. the company explayed 75% of the store's merchandise was removed before the storm hit. but the water still caused lots of damage there. the store does plan to reopen the most damage in haiti. now aid is finally arriving for the storm victims there in the remote town of jeremy. thousands stood in line to the hot sun waiting to receive assistance. among the supplies delivered, boxes of food, including containers of rice and cooking oil. countless homes were destroyed in haiti. >> but some are still standing
chris explains. >> reporter: manufactured in northern iowa, and distributed around the globe, the safety home is made to withstand the elements. >> it has 20 gauge galvinized corrugated steel side walls, a walk through door. one of the key features of the home is how we anchor it to the ground. that's done by these ballas boxes which are filled with sand, rocks, from buildings that failed. >> created by seoul cup manufacturing, the home is based on the grain bin design. >> it's 254 square feet. they have two functional windows. each unit has a loft that covers half of the floor space. the loft in conjunction with
square feet of living space. >> he works with various human tane groups. like go serve global to send the safety homes to places in need, like africa, south america, and haiti. >> the impact of the poverty is so overwhelming. you see people bathing. getting their drinking water. washing their vehicles all in the same river. >> hurricane matthew destroyed many traditional homes in haiti. but all 200 safety ho remain standing. with minimal damage thanks to its features. >> they're round, so they're not going to catch wind very much. they have a double roof. so they stay cool in the heat of the day. >> they have 24 more safety homes ready to be shipped if needed and their success in haiti gives me hope that perhaps we can help others. we can't help everybody. but we can always do more. >> here's what's neat.
>> or four hours for a group of six. meaning they can be built on short notice. the nlcs heading back to chicago for the final two games. >> it's getting very interesting. the bolts got their first loss of the season last night, ouch. but that doesn't negate the fact that they're one of the best teams in all of sports, period. that's not just our opinion either. more on this, coming up. storm team 8 weather sponsored by trollbeasds.
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lots to talk about in sports this morning. while the cleveland indians rest up for the world series, it's a fight in the nlcs. the chicago cubs seeking their first world series championship since 1908. that's a long time. and they're just one game away. can you believe it? they took a 3-2 series win in los angeles last night.
in the top of the 8th the cubs run away with it. scoring three runs. final score, 8-4. the series heads back to chicago, game six happening tomorrow night. exciting times. >> we miss joe madden, don't we? the bolts are the best of the best. the tampa bay lightning have the number one spot in espn's annual ultimate team rankings. and that's based on criteria most important to fans. >> we do have great fans. that's for sure, news channel 8's paul ryan tells the story of prominence. >> the rankings are based upon 25 categories ranging from venues to ownership to customer service. all 122 teams across the four major sports leagues are graded upon what matters most to fans. >> it's a very, very big honor i think for everybody involved in the community. management, ownership, i feel very fortunate to play in a franchise like that. it's not just the players or the organization, it's the
everybody that makes this team so great to play for. i think it's a big honor for us the players, the organization, the fans, and the whole city, something everybody should be proud of. >> this honor is the result of a trickle down effect. starting at the top of the association. not only through philanthropic efforts. but through hirings of excellent hockey and business minds. >> what's the most important is how you treat your fans and how the organization is run on and for our organization to be number one, gosh. that's a heck of an accomplishment. >> what a party there. >> there could be more accolades heading the like's way soon. >> the bolts have been nominated for sports, business journal sports team of the year. as a fan, i can tell you it's exciting to watch these guys play. when they hit the ice, all the excitement in the arena. you feel the thunder. >> it's not only a game. it's the show.
on the ice. >> if you haven't been, you have to get out there and check those out. >> you'll get some good hockey at the same time. hillary clinton and donald trump came face-to-face again last night. >> this time it was at a charity dinner and things got a little awkward. the crowd booed donald trump multiple times and some nervous laughter filled the room. we're taking you there, coming up next on news channel 8 today
right now on news channel 8o now laughing matter, donald trump and hillary clinton come together for a charity event, however, their remarks about each other were at times less than charitiable. plus another takata air bag related death. where it happened and what popular make and model car is involved in this one. >> an important recall this morning. target recalling halloween -- you mike lonergan might have
let's check in with lee span. she's got some great news for us. >> i really do. if you've been one of those many people waiting on a cold front to come through, you don't have to wait much longer. max defender 8 is giving you the all clear. a million watts of power with this thing. it's all ready a bit warm. 80 in tampa. 83 sarasota. 81 in brooksville. i'm going to go into a forecast mode with temperatures. this cold front is knocking our door. this is around lunch time. low mid 80s. by 3:00 or 4:00. most of us will be in the mid 80s. notice that cold front just entering the area by 3:00. by around 8:00, that's when the cold front is draped through the area. remember the cold air lags a bit behind the front. even after sunset. temperatures will fall, it'll be breezy. but we'll be in the low to mid 70s. after that, we see the temperatures tumble. the cold front goes to the
that point. but then wake up, many of us in the 50s. beautiful shot by becky in bradenton of the moon. i'll let you know about the clear skies and how long they'll last, coming up. >> and on the campaign trail -- >> now on the campaign trail. >> donald trump, hillary clinton, back in battle ground states today. but they shared awkward jabs last night. >> the charity dinner typically lightens up the political this year was different. >> in a moment hidden from most in the room, donald trump finally shook hands with hillary clinton at the alfred east smith foundation dinner in new york. the republican candidate started off his speech being political. >> hillary believes it's vital to deceive the people by having one public policy.
in private. >> trump finally got the message, this night was about fun and charity. >> this is the first time ever that hillary is sitting down and speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid for it. >> it's amazing, i'm up here after donald. i department think he'd be okay with a peaceful -- didn't think he'd be okay with a peaceful transition of power. getting through these three debates with donald has to count as a miracle. >> on the campaign trail, clinton had president obama in florida and his wife in phoenix trying to rally support for election day. >> he says that he will accept the results if he wins. that is not a joking matter. >> trump held a rally in ohio before the charity dinner. >> if i win. >> leaving the door open to challenging the results if they
edward lawrence, nbc news, washington. today donald trump has events in north carolina and pennsylvania. meanwhile hillary clinton will be at a rally in cleveland ohio. let's take a look at wednesday's third and final presidential debate. nbc news partners did some fact checking. they checked the accuracy of claims made by hillary clinton and found more than half were true. and 33% were half true. now of seven statements made by donald trump, d politifact 70% were false. and 14% true. three men targeting somali immigrants in kansas are in court. attorneys will have to convince the judge they are not a danger to the community. prosecutors say the three men
apartment complex. another death blamed on those dangerous takata air bags. this makes 11 deaths. since they announced the recall. a california woman died while driving her 2001 honda civic, which is one of the recalled vehicles. the faulty air bags can inflate with excessive force causing the metal interior to rupture and spew shrapnel. clean up under way in pond explosion reduced a historic building to rubble. this is in downtown. of the three firefighters sent to the hospital, only lieutenant peter saint john remains. he had surgery onuses two broken legs and is in good spirits. saint john and his crew were first on scene. the lieutenant was pulling fire alarms to evacuate nearby buildings when the explosion sent him flying across the street and right smack into the middle of a chain linked fence.
i feel like i did what anyone else would have done at that time. our job is to go in and protect the citizens. that's what we're doing. >> a subcontractor working on the building hit a gas pipeline during excavation. but it's not known what sparked the explosion. crews are analyzing every bit of debris to figure out what happened there. vice president joe biden will accept an award today named for his late son. the vice president will receive recognition of his efforts with the cancer moon shot task force. the program is hosting the event. in the vice president's hometown of scranton pennsylvania. bo biden died last year after battling brain cancer. jim beam workers on strike are set to vote on a new contract offer today. united food and commercial workers union presented the proposal to members yesterday.
about money. it's about time. the union wants more full time workers hired rather than temporary employees. some workers put in 60, sometimes 80 hours a week. the cincinnati zoo rejoined twitter after a two month hiatus. it signed off after outrage over the may shooting death of the zoo's gorilla. the hackers targeted the zoo and the zoo director following the gorilla was killed by employees after a young boy fell into his enclosure. police rescued a deer that was literally caught in the headlights. the deer ran in the road and stopped when he saw the headlights of the cars in his way. he didn't move. he froze. officers grabbed a broom and helped usher the scared guy
the department says being there when needed applies to all situations. >> even with deer in the road. if your son or daughter say they want to be an entrepreneur when they grow up, that might sound broad. but it's the highest earning business grow out there. we'll show you why tampa is the global headquarters for student enre fake iphones.
elise: we couldn't believe it. that poor girl was raped by two football players and their friends. we were sure they would go to jail. so, when i heard state attorney mark ober decided to go easy on them, i was scared -- scared for my daughter. none of those young men served a day behind bars. ober said losing a baseball scholarship was punishment enough. if mark ober can't protect our families,
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he was born in july. and since then he's brought nothing but happiness to the bay area. you go to the guiness book of world records website, you'll see a feature of snooty. >> we felt it was important to apply on his behalf. we want people to understand manatees can live for a long time. and taken proper care, paying attention to those things help with their longevity. >> snooty is manatee county's mascot. the 2017 edition of the guiness book of world records is on store shelves now. and i posted that article online. i have been looking at it all day. snooty does not get any cuter. >> he's 68. how long do they live? >> in the article, it says most
in captivity, i think the next one is in his 40s. he's significantly older. >> he doesn't look a day over 67. i'm kidding. he looks very playful and youthful. >> i'll tell you the whole article. they say he doesn't necessarily play around with other manatees. because he's been in captivity for so long. but he plays with the humans. he loves the humans. >> well good. happy birthday. congratulations, world's olde that title for. it's beautiful outside now. max defender 8 is doing its best. scanning through the gulf of mexico and over toward the atlantic ocean. i can see a couple showers because of the strength of max defender 8 in the gulf of mexico. i think we'll be hard pressed to actually get a shower to develop in the tampa bay area. even though we have this cold front coming through. you can see it here. rain to the foreign side of the
it's still warm here. this is our veteran's ford camera in tampa. over the veterans expressway. we've been talking about this cold front for quite sometime. that it would be coming through on friday. it's friday evening. you have a couple more hours to wait. 82 at 1:00. warming up to 84 at 4:00 p.m. a 10% rain chance. the winds will increase slightly through the evening. brandon, you're at 82. ruskin 85. you can see a difference this cold front iki minneapolis. 49 in st. louis. no it's not going to be that cold when it comes here, but that's the same air mass that's going to make its way down here. we did have a little patchy fog this morning. we're watching this cold front. look at the amount of moisture. the red color is extremely dry air. this is why i'm not expecting to see any rain as this cold front comes through. but again it comes through late in the day. tomorrow and sunday. just clear, cool, breezy, high
is sort of a longer range forecast. monday will be slightly warmer by 1 or 2 degrees. not as breezy on monday. and still sunny. it's not until tuesday and wednesday when the same high pressure moves out into the atlantic ocean and our winds come more from the southeast. that's going to start that warming trend. but for today, 84 degrees as we ever so patiently wait on this cold front to get here. breezy at times. temperatures fall quickly. a few clouds around. check out the 50s saturday night. break out the sweaters. and comfortable into next week guys. looking good. new this morning, a happy arrival at the international space station. the crew of expedition 50 getting hugs and greetings from expedition 49. lots of pictures being taken. a good time. two russian cosmo naughts joined members on board.
up there until february. the next mission is set to blast off on november 16th. the iss crew looks ahead to sunday when the latest supply delivery will arrive. they made their first launch in two years. a cargo ship filled with provisions and tools will reach the orbiting platform sometime sunday. in 2015 an entrepreneur ship degree was the highest paying business degree out labor and statistics. meredith is here with more on the trend toward self employment. >> most colleges and universities in florida offer entrepreneur ship degrees. and as of this year, tampa is the global headquarters of the national collegiate
working together on research and development, advertising marketing and production. >> 60 to 70 hour weeks. >> a lot of the collaboration happens at the john p loathe entrepreneur center in tampa. >> there are long days. we start at 8:00 a.m. we start by collaborating. talking about what we need to get done. what we have gotten done. >> the friends represent the future of america's work of the national collegic entrepreneur ship organization now housed at ut. >> the old adage of working for a company from cradle to grave and having a nice pension and retiring at that company is outdated and not around any more. >> today's students learn finance and marketing targeted to self employment. they're writing business plans. learning how to pitch. and securing financial backing. >> when you actually sit down
that it's very different. >> young entrepreneurs are committed to controlling their destiny rather than have it in someone else's hands. >> when you work for yourself, you're more passionate about what you do. and you put even more hours. and that's basically the main reason why i work for myself. >> the collegic entrepreneurs organization's national conference is in tampa later this month. it will feature keynotes entrepreneurs like jeff vinick and the founders of chuck e cheese and red box. and now we have an important 8 on your side consumer alert. target is recalling halloween gel clings that you may have at your house. it involves led gel clings. they come in six designs. with two nonreplacable
the batteries. that's the problem. remove the clings from areas with children and return them to any target store for a refund. check your phone charger, apple filed a lawsuit revealing most of the iphone chargers sold on amazon are fake. the company took it upon itself to buy and test more than 100 lightning chargers listed on amazon as original items. but apple found 90% were counterfeit. amazon explains it got the products from a third party. apple says because fake tested. those could over heat, catch fire, or even shock users. nintendo is hoping you'll make a switch to its newest game console called the switch. it's not just a home console, it's a gaming tablet. and it can switch back and forth between the two functions with just a few simple moves. that allows you to hit the road and never lose your place in a game. kids are going to love that. parents not so much. a new controller breaks down
you will not be able to put this device under the christmas tree because it won't be available until march. >> you have to buy it ahead for next christmas. those self tieing shoes inspired by back to the future part two raised nearly $7 million to help find a cure for parkinsons disease. nike made 89 pairs of those shoes. offered 88 of them in a raffle that just ended a few days ago. one it will be auctioned to the highest bidder next month. >> what a great way to raise money for parkinsons disease. and you also get a really cool pair of shoes. >> bragging rights for that. >> remember ken bone, the undecided voter who became an internet sensation after the second presidential debate, he's now in washington. >> it seems his 15 minutes of fame is getting a little bit of an extended life. izod, the maker of this red
out the vote commercial. he's seen around our nation's landmarks and memorials. he meets and greets people. even poses with a wedding party and plays soccer with some kids. eventually he ends up being chased by his fans. but the way that this guy turned the spotlight from hillary clinton and donald trump who have dominated the news cycle to him, ken bone from midwest. how did he do that? he's having a >> he might be the most likeable guy in america and should probably think about politics. >> he's milking it right now. i think people needed a break from all the nastiness and mud slinging. you have ken bone. you can't help but smile. halloween is getting closer. a little more than a week away now, do you have your costume yet? we have shown you how to make one on a budget. but if you think that's pretty lame, wait until you see how
welcome back. this year americans will spend about $8.5 billion on halloween fun. >> that's crazy. a portion of that, probably a good portion of that is spent on pets. >> guilty. >> listen to this. the national retail federation says 86% of people are going to dress up their pets in some sort of halloween costume. so if you know somebody with a pet, chances are they all ready have a costume for it. they are >> and the pumpkin costume is the number one outfit right now. that's what i got my first dog spencer for his first halloween. you have to go traditional. there's darth vader. there's bumble bees. you can even stripe your dog to look like a zebra. a very patriotic dog. the pope, a religious dog. make sure your pet is comfortable.
use pet-friendly paint on a black dog to make it a zebra. rather than the dog feeling restricted in a full body costume. >> that's one obedient dog that he'll be painted. >> chocolate. keep that away from the pups. that's not good for them. but sugar-free candy and gum can be toxic to pets. >> i can see emails. make sure it's dog-safe paint. talk to can give now. >> this maybe uncomfortable for your dog. be careful out there. >> thanks for joining us on this friday. have a great weekend. you made it through the winter weather advisory. happy friday. i'll see you at first at 4:00
. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee live from studio 1 a in rockefeller plaza. >> hey, what's better on a friday, october 21, than two things, jenna bush who's filling in and move by st. motel. they're rehearsing. they are going to be playing for us. they are going to make your friday fine. >> doesn't that seem like a party? i love it.