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this morning, remembering a legend. walter cronkite, the most trusted man in america was the voice of turbulent and try up fabt times. we look back at his life and his enduring legacy. investigators are scrambling for leads after two u.s. hotels are bombed in indonesia killing in at least nine. the latest from jakarta. president obama lays down the gauntlet and calls out congress saying health care reform must be passed or else. but how much will it cost? and two families, one challenge. how much money can you make by selling off your junk? we'll show you how to turn your unwanted items into much-needed we'll show you how to turn your unwanted items into much-needed cash. captions paid for by abc, inc.
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good morning, america. >> good morning. it is saturday, july 18th. born before a certain year, you remember america's anchorman, larger than life, but always uncle walter for generations of america, part of the family bringing the world into our living room every single night from jfk's assassination, landing on the moon, the vietnam war, we remember vividly. >> in the '70s cronkite was a name synonymous with all of television news and with a time of the night. you would call someone after cronkite and even the president had this statement saying he was there through wars and riot, marches and milestones calming telling us what we needed to know. charlie gibson consirs him the gold standard and will explain why. the parents in pensacola, florida, raising 16 children were laid to rest yesterday on the same day police released new
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details as to what their assailants may have been after. a little later we will talk to an ex-marine who battled off a crazed mountain lion with a chain saw. an amazing survival story just ahead. but we begin with the passing of walter cronkite, the dean of america newsmen died yesterday at 92 with his family by his side. the cause cerebral vascular desease oratomicplionsic from f mentia. he was a towering figure in this business and holds an iconic place in the collective memory of generations of americans. >> the cbs evening news with walter cronkite. >> reporter: he was known to a generation as the most trusted man in america. >> good evening. president reagan today -- >> reporter: walter cronkite brought a level of experience and credible to the anchor desk that few have matched. he got a start working for newspapers and radio stations across texas and the midwest. then headed overseas to cover world war ii for the united
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press. cronkite signed on with cbs in 1950 and it wasn't all gravitas. for awhile he co-hosted "the morning show" with a pupt named charlemagne but quickly made his name with his political coverage. >> certainly in our recent history have there been such perilous times in which to conduct a campaign. >> reporter: in 1962 he was promoted to anchor of "the cbs evening news" and a year later -- >> here is a bulletin from cbs news. >> from dallas, texas, the flash apparently official. president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. >> reporter: he struggled to keep his composure while bringing the country tragic news. >> vice president lyndon johnson has left the hospital in dallas, but we do not know to where he has proceeded. >> reporter: at other times he shared the country's joy. >> neil armstrong, 38-year-old american, standing on the surface of the moon. >> reporter: it was ring the
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vietnam war that cronkite's true stature with the american public became clear. in 1968 he returned from ray trip to vietnam disillusioned and in a stunning break from journalistic objectivity he ended his report by announcing he did not think the war was winnable. >> for it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of vietnam is to end in a stalemate. >> reporter: it was a turning point. president johnson later said he knew if he'd lost cronkite, he'd lost middle america. cronkite continued to anchor the top rated evening newscast till 1981. >> this is my last broadcast as the anchorman of "the cbs evening news." >> cbs forced him to retire when he turned 65 and brought in dan rather to replace him. but years after he signed off for the last time, millions of americans still remember how reassuring it was to hear walter cronkite have the last word. >> and that's the way it is,
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friday, march 6th, 1981. >> and we are joined now by our own abc anchor of "world news" with charlie gibson. good morning, charlie, from cape cod. >> good to see you. >> the term anchor was basically coined for walter cronkite. talk about what you think he did for television news. >> well, it was coined for him. it was coined in the coverage of the first conventions on television. that was 1952 when the republicans nominated dwight eisenhower and democrats adlai stevenson. they called him anchorman and that stuck ever since. we were extraordinarily fortunate that he was the first. he was the paradigm, he was the example th has come down through the years for all of us. because he had such solid training. he was trained in the wire service way of reporting, the
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basic, you know who, what, why, where, when. he came along when there was not the flash and dash there is in television now. it was basically walter sitting behind a desk. and he just did it right. his compass was absolutely on point and he understood that it was about the news. it wasn't about him, although people cale to trust him. it was about the news and that is something i think that all of us keep in the back of our minds all the i'm. >> well, he was known as so objective but there was that moment that we just showed a moment ago, in 1968 when he came out and basically said he was against the vietnam war. was that a turning point at all? >> well, it was something of a big deal when he added commentary to the show. it's interesting, you know, bill in that piece had the and that's the way it is, the way walter ended the show each night but when he would do commentary, he didn't say and that's the way it
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is. he ended the show differently. he understood that that was an injection of something that wasn't necessarily the way it was. it was the way he thought it was. >> i imagine when you became anchor of "world news" and trying to figure out how to sign off at night you probably thought of "and that's the way it was." >> well, one of the things that was interesting, kate, i had a conversation with cronkite, oh, probably 10, 15 years ago, and he was -- you could tell even though he was long since retired he was still programming evening news shows in his mind. and he said to me, i don't understand why the anchors and i was working at "good morning america" at the time. he said, i don't understand why peter and tom and dan have those promotions the day before the show to tell you one of the stories they're going to do the next day. you don't foe what's going to happen tomorrow and it's about the news and we can't be promoting things that are going to be on the show. we've only got 22 minutes. let's stick to the news.
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well, of course, because of the desire for ratings, et cetera, we do promote pieces the day before, but often now when we have the 3:30 meeting or whatever it is in my office when we're putting the time touches on the evening newscast, we will kill -- we will take out of the show the promoted piece because there is too much news, we're trying to fit 20 pounds of potatoes into a 10-pound bag. you know what it's like and so sometimes we'll kill the promoted piece and i always think in the back of my mind, walter, that's exactly the way you said it ought to be. >> the way he did it. he didn't like the trappings of it, did he? he didn't like the celebrity element. >> never understood it and i had a conversation with him about that, about why it is that people react to the individual who is there as opposed to what you're t talking about, and, of course, there were many people who thought as the trusted -- most trusted man in america that walter ought to run for office. and he just thought that was
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heretical. i mean that was just beyond anything he could imagine because that was not what he was about. he was a reporter. wanted to be a reporter ever since he was a kid and he was a damn good one. >> and we'll leave it at that. charlie, thank you so much for your reflections this morng. be well. >> yeah, it is a tremendous loss, to the business and to some respects i think, kate, to the country. >> i agree. bill? >> okay. thank you, kate, charlie. let's turn overseas to indonesia where investigators are sifting through damage after two bombs exploded in american hotels killing nine people. abc's clarissa ward is in jakarta this morning with the latest. clarissa? >> reporter: good morning, bill. well, police today are combing through the wreckage of yesterday's devastating attacks. they're looking for dna evidence and they're trying to put together a picture of what exactly happened yesterday and who may be responsible. these are the final moments before the bombings, a man pulling his suitcase before a blinding blast sends guests
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running for cover. minutes later a second blast ripped through the restaurant of the ritz-carlton. jeffrey head was on the 23rd floor. >> dark, smoky. looks across to the coffee house, which was completely devastated, completely wrecked. >> reporter: when the dust settled nine people including two suicide bombers were dead. the injured were rushed to hospitals. among them at least eight americans. according to police, the two bombers checked into the jw marriott as paying guests wednesday and assembled the many bos in their room using homemade explosives. yesterday morning they split up to carry out the attacks. indonesia is the world's most populous muslim nation and is no stranger to terrorist attacks. in 2002 more than 200 people most of them foreigners were killed by bombings on the resort island of bali and in 2003 a massive car bomb in the front entrance of the very same jw marriott killed 12.
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no group has claimed responsibility yet for yesterday's attacks but suspicions lie with al qaeda affiliated group jemaah islamiyah who have carried out many previous tacks. indonesia has been relatively calm for the last few years as the government here has really cracked down on those islamic terrorist cells but yesterday's bombing certainly a brutal reminder that security forces here really still have their work cut out for them. kate and bill? >> okay, clarissa ward from jakarta. >> let's turn to the rest of the morning's headlines. ron claiborne is here as usual. >> good morning, kate and bill. good morning, everyone. hundreds of mourners turned out for a private funeral for bud and melanie billings murdered in their own home known for adopting 13 special needs children. jeffrey kofman has more. >> reporter: it was a somber farewell. eight days after their cold-blooded murders bud a melanie billings were buried. after days of sensational revelations, family and friends
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struggled to keep the focus on the couple that cared for nine disabled children they had adopt sdmd today is not the day to focus on the vicious crimes that have been inflicted on our family and upon this community. today is the day to celebrate bud and melanie's lives. >> reporter: it was a swift investigation. thanks in part to the surveillan papers. seven suspects are in custody, each facing two counts of murder. but there are so many lingering questions abouthe carefully planned home invasion that even on the day of the funeral, the family felt compelled to defend its name. this safe was stolen in the robbery and recovered by police. >> the safe that was removed from the billings' home contained only children's prescription medication, important family documents and some jewelry of sentimental value. >> reporter: a few hours later the sheriff confirmed that nothing significant was found in the safe. >> i can tell you as a law enforcement officer, i don't care if that safe contained
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beanie babies and bubble gum, because it was the object itself that was the issue here. >> reporter: the sheriff has acknowledged while robbery appears to have been the motive there is a much bigger story in the crime that has not yet been revailed. until that happens it will be impossible to contain the rumors and speculation that surround this case. for "good morning america," i'm jeffrey kofman, abc news, pensacola. an american f-15 fighter jet afs crashed tr cen n e inthcrg o twewo members on board. military officials say it was not due to hostile fire. secretary of state hillary clinton is in india where she attended a ceremony commemorating the november terrorist attacks in mumbai that killed 166 people. she expressed sympathy for the victim and called on ibdz ya to fight terrorism. finally hillary clinton to the oscar meier wiener mobile. it got into a bit of a pickle yesterday. kate is laughing over there. the iconic vehicle crashed into a house in wisconsin. when the driver tried to turn it
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around in a driveway no one was injured. you'll be happy to know but the home and wiener mobile suffered moderate damage. >> oh, no. >> we'll keep you posted on that. >> why does it have to be wisconsin? >> oddly enough. >> wiener wisconsin. brats. >> you live by the brat. you die by the brat. >> i used to know that whole song with the -- ♪ i'd love to be an oscar mayer wiener ♪ >> i'm glad i don't know that song. i mean i know it but not verbatim. >> i do. >> good morning, everyone. turning to the weather. we show you raleigh, north carolina, storms ripped through there 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts toppling down tree, 2 to 3 inches of rain. they actually needed the rain. i don't kn that they necessarily needed the storm. it wasn't part due to a shift in temperature. 97 for the high. went down into the low 80s. the great lakes, you can see morning high temperatures, 52 in fargo, 54 madison. 57 in travers city. only expected to go up into the
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mid-60s. by contrast the >> thanks so much. more on your saturday outlook later on in the show. >> okay, marysol. president obama is using his weekly address this morning to once again call on congress to pass health care reform. it caps 24 hours in which the president has been very vocal about a goal that he may fear is slipping away. john hendren has the latest this morning from washington. good morning, john.
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>> reporter: good morning, kate. with his deadline for passing health care reform by august in question, late yesterday, president obama did not hesitate to use the bully pulpit. he summoned the cameras for an unannounced statement. it was nothing short of a presidential pep talk. >> now we've got to get over the finish line. >> reporter: for congress where two key house committees passed their portions of a health care overhaul he offered encouragement. >> pow is certainly not the time to lose heart. make no miste, if we step back from this challenge at this moment, we are consigning our children to a future of skyrocketing premiums and crushing deficits. >> reporter: for republican critics a warning. >> that's why those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken. >> reporter: mr. obama urged quick passage after six senator, democrats and republicans alike wrote senate leaders saying "additional time to achieve a bipartisan result is critical" and yesterday for the first time, house speaker nancy pelosi
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appeared to weaver on the deadline if we'll have to see what the senate is going to do. >> reporter: republicans are pressing on the brakes. >> the president and some democrats insist we must rush this plan through. why? because the more americans know about it, the more they oppose it. >> reporter: to keep reform on track, the white house is pulling out all the stops. today in his weekly address, the president is again talking health care. >> this is what the debate in congress is all about. whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more americans lose their coverage, or whether we'll seize this opportunity. >> reporter: the president will continue to press the issue next week. on monday he appears on pbs and on wednesday he holds a prime time news conference. both days topic number one is expected to be health care reform. bill and kate? >> okay, john hendren at the white house, thanks so much. >> coming up next, this is an amazing story. man versus mountain lion. a chain saw between them.
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now we turn to the man who used a chain saw to fight off an attacking lion. dustin was camping. he cutting firewood when he saw the beast staring at him through the brush. even then it charged. justin joins us from they rememberopolis, wyoming, to tell us when's next. how big are we talking, 100 pounds. >> of course, it seemed really big to thee me. bui guess i was told it weighed 100 pound. >> you're cutting wood. the noise of the saw obviously didn't scare it off? what happened next? >> oh, i just within seconds i see this lion over 20 feet from me just standing there looking at me. i could see about -- just its head in the grass. of course, scared the pants off me. i ran backwards and doubled the
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distance between me and it and was in a clearing and couldn't believe it wasn't afraid of me or the saw and i just kept revving the chain saw and watching it. for three seconds it watched me then it slowly came out of the brush into the open then it just charged right at me and lunged at me i guess you'd say, leapt up -- came up to eye level and right as it did i had that saw running and just beared down on it. my goal was to fend it off. that was the only weapon i had so, you know, there wasn't a whole lot of choice there. it was me or that lion. >> so the thing is, literally in the air it's going for you. what happens next? did it knock you off balance? >> it pushed me back a few steps. you know, i was kind of in a stance where i was ready for an impact of some sort. you know, real just kind of muscle memory thing from my training in the marines it seemed like. later thought that's exactly what my body did and, yeah, as it came up, i brought the saw up and so it batted my arms and the
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saw three or four times and then i hit it as hard as i could with that saw at full throttle trying to hit it in the neck, of course, and it just down it went and it left. it didn't leave in a big hurry but it left and then i was pretty scared. so -- >> did you get bit? do you have a wound at all? >> oh, it's almost healed now. i have a tiny puncture on pie forearm is all i got. >> amazing thingowsh for something like that very to ask. your two toddlers were a hundred feet away. what was going through your mind? >> of course, i -- yeah, of course, i wanted to get to them, you know, they were -- they were my number one priority once i knew i was safe was to get back safe and make sure they weren't in danger so i immediately went back to the campsite and got them inside the camper and got the dog inf de othe carve and we just -- we just fried to stay inside that camper as much as possible the rest of the evening. >> happy ending to it. amazing story. congratulations. enjoy the rest of your vacation, dustin, thanks for getting up
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northwest. firefighters helped several people get out of the building and several others were injured. now a check of the forecast with adam casky. >> great conditions shaping up for this weekend. right now, a few scattered clouds in the sky. you can see that over the congressional country club. 67 in bethesda. low to mid 80's today and tomorrow. lot of sun shine, low humidity, that's the key. a chance of storms next week as we get into more of an unsettled weather pattern. >> s
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from dallas, the thrash apparently official, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. 2:00 eastern standard time. some 38 minutes ago. >> that is newsman walter cronkite in one of his more memorable moments delivering the news of the death of president kennedy, of course. he anchored during some of the most seminal moments of the 20th century, first man on the moon, the vietnam war, presidential elections, you name it, walter cronkite died yesterday at the age of 92 and coming up we'll speak to his friend, his colleague, morley safer. >> right. that era before the 24-hour news cycle, it was seismic to see that sort of realtime reaction that he had there. it's hard to overstate his influence. good morning, america. along with kate snow, i'm bill weir.
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saturday, july 18th. if you'll try to clear up some of the clutter in your house we have tips for you how to make a little money while you're at eight it. we'll show you seeks to setting up a profitable yard sale that can double your earnings. >> as if all the fame and money and championships weren't enough, there are also the espy awards. they get their own awards show, athletes and we have a special sneak peek. it airs tomorrow. behind the scenes today. >> first ron claiborne with our headlines. good morning, ron. >> good morning again, bill and kate. good morning, everyone. in the news, indonesian investigators say two suicide bombers who struck american hotels in jakarta, indonesia, may be affiliated with the group jemaah islamiyah which has been linked to al qaeda. nine people including the bombers were killed in yesterday's attacks. at least eight americans injured. new government figures show 15 states and the. [ of columbia had an unemployment rate above 10% last month while unemployment in michigan top rated, tops 15%, the highest state unemployment rate there since 1984. and two astronauts from the space shuttle "endeavour" will
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perform a space walk, the first of five planned for this mission. "endeavour" docked at the international space station yesterday. i'mly when play sumes at the british open golf tournament, a familiar face will be missing. tiger woods missed the cut posting a 5 over par. one shot worse than what was needed to tay in the tournament. you can follow the rest of the golfers later on abc. quick look at the headlines. now over to marysol with the weather. >> good morning, everyone. severe weather in the west from denver to lubbock. golf ball-size hail. a heavy wind gust and, of course, some flash flooding. elsewhere in the nation, northeast, that low moves out of the way. the humidity diminishes just a little bit. showers could be possible around the eastern great lakes. elsewhere in the nation, rain in the southeast, the deep southeast this portions of orlando. it's dry, cooler around the >> a very dfertable start to our weekend. maply in the 60's, winchester at
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59, fairfax 68, lower humidity today and tomorrow, a lot of sunshine, a few scattered clouds. comf >> thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by beneful. bill? >> the legacy of walter cronkite. while millions considered him the voice of record, a lucky few had the unique honor of working alongside him and just moments ago i spoke with one of those lucky ones, sbc and "60 minutes" correspond depth morley safer. thank you for joining us. our condolences over the loss of your friend. >> well, he was a wonderful man who had a wonderful run. what else can we say? >> i will ask your fondest memory of him professionally and personally. >> well, the fondest memory
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professionally was the -- the kind of support that you had when you were in the field and i'm talking about vietnam, long before we had satellites and that kind of thing. and you really felt you were at the furthest end of the earth in terms of being connected. and walter was the correspond depth's friend, of course, he was the guy -- he was really your boss and a boss that you really, really wanted to please, and he was wonderfully loyal to the people who worked for him. as a friend, when he was off the air he was about the funniest man i've ever known. he could be -- he was great, great company. great company going at a pub crawl. >> and how did he regard his influence, his popularity?
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>> he wore it -- he wore it with grace is really all i could say. he loved people. walter was a remarkable guy and the kind of adulation he would receive walter cronkite walking down the street, he was never rude. he was never brusque with people. he always wanted to hear their stories and that was -- that wasn't an act, believe me. he really was just about the most curious man i ever knew and he would want to know everything, people's background, education, what they did for a living. and it was real interesting. it was genuine engagement, and people talk about his love for space, he certainly did love -- i mean, he was nasa's best friend, believe me. not for any other reason than his own passion for exploration, for finding out new things.
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and if there was a new gizmo of any kind on the market, walter had to have it whether it was some -- the earliest days of gps or computers, he was not a guy stuck back in the '30s, even though he was very much a man of the '30s. he loved new stuff. just uncontrollable curiosity. >> yeah. >> really a remarkable man. >> well, we've been marveling in his amazing work all morning and we really appreciate you sharing your memories with us. thank you, morley. >> thank you. >> so nice of him to reflect with us this morning. i remember as a kid dating myself but watching him every single night. >> yeah. >> required viewing. >> and the influence he had, you know, he would sign off during the iran hostage crisis every night it's been x amount of days since they were taken to remind people that have ongoing story. you would see some people today
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still using that. he's in the dna of this business. >> exactly, exactly. we learned from him. we will miss him. we'll be right back. coming up on "good morning america" -- we'll show you how to make your yard sale the biggest and most profitable on the block. and the oscars of sport. behind the scenes at the awards show where athletes and celebrities mix. fios guy! where ya headed?
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♪ we're having a yard sale here in the studio. kind of a new take on this old summer tradition. marysol has been looking into how we're doing it wrong. >> apparently. yard sale, garage sale, tag sale, estate sale. if you're not careful -- >> it's all nk really. >> more families tighting their belt many are look for ways to turn their odds and ends into groceries and gas but there is a secret to turning your castoffs into cash. the challenge, who will host the perfect yard sale. the thrill of the hunt. >> i go just about every saturday. >> the great debate. >> the bartering is fun. i like bartering coming out going, ooh.
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>> reporter: it turns neighborhoods into battlegrounds. >> a hundred dollars. >> really. >> yes. >> there's no chance. >> in the spirit of neighborhood competition we decided to pick two nearby families against each other to see whose stuff rake in the most coin. in this corner, the buetow family, pros with a dozen under their belt. the that pyre row family, newbies. we brought in trish from "clean house." she helps families clean up their out-of-control clutter. >> i cannot wait to take your yard sale from sad and drab to fierce and. >> reporter: she helps them rummage through decades of untouched belongings. >> i haven't worn these in 19 years. >> reporter: trish's tips always keep like items together. >> sets always sell betterment remember that. >> reporter: and let go of what you originally spent. >> set up racks that say $10, $5, $2 so you then at that point
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can let it go. >> but over at the other house, the family is not as willing to part with their prized possessions. >> i'm not going to sell this. >> no, we're not going to sell it. >> i'm not going to sell this. sorry, girls. >> reporter: their strategy bank big on collectibles. >> these are from my grandfather. he worked for texaco for 49 years. >> i had a great aunt who was into collecting things. >> reporter: and stay true to their pricing guns. >> stick to the prices that i put on some of the items ahead of time. >> reporter: both yard sales are going down two days later from 9 to 1 in neighboring california suburbs. white the beautos are duct taping, the other family post online. you can reach more people online the competition is less fierce. >> my sign had been totally ripped down. >> reporter: these two will compete in three areas, foot traffic, stuff sold and money
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maid. the beautows ended up giving items aw. >> price check on aisle 5. >> 2 bucks, okay, good job. >> reporter: while trish gives away her selling secrets. use buzzwords. >> they don't think it's any old so sofa. >> slash prices early on so it feels like a steal. that's my bottom. it was 80. for you, $35. you can have it. >> reporter: make the items sentimental so it feels like it's worth a lot. >> let me give you a little story about these dolls. >> i was raised with it then it went to my older daughter. >> reporter: and seal the deal with a freebie. >> i paid 17. but she threw in a photo album. >> reporter: across town, the beautows weren't as free spirited. >> i would say make me an offer and either yes or no. their collectibles. ldn't turn >> i'll do 75 on this one. >> reporter: -- into cash. >> thanks. >> reporter: at 1:00 the money is counted. >> very good day. >> wow.
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>> reporter: and the families' showdown. ♪ >> the winner of our yard sale challenge is the shapiro family. >> reporter: with double the traffic, half the trash and four times the profit, these rookies rocked their rivals but with that kind of cash with a couple hours' work both made their secondhand goods into first place finishers. >> wow, not bad. >> the single best thing to sell sporting equipment. this one i beg to differ. stereo equipment not good to sell because it's outdated but i would buy that turntable in a hot -- >> you would? >> do up on the reel of stay. hey. >> don't they say -- is that a good bat? don't they say -- you said stereo equipment is kind of
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passe. >> it is passe. >> there's somebody who loves a good turntable. you know what i'm saying. >> records are coming lps -- >> maybe i can sell -- remember the old anchor desk over here. best offer. we'll go $50. 00 cent >> i'll give you 10 crept. >> we moved -- >> it's yours. >> we move to the new table. he doesn't need it anymore. >> i'll buy it. i have a whole new set in my living room. i like to pretend. that's how i relax. you unwind your way. >> pretend teleprompter. >> it's real lucite. >> it's acrylic. real story. my cousin once bought a diamond ring at a garage sale for 25 cents. it was worth hundreds, hundreds, hundreds and hundreds of dollar, yes. so go figure. >> all right. buyer beware. >> the espy awards backstage with the fabulous and rich and famous. >> the beautiful. i never thought it could happen to me...
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dizziness, and headache. in patients with depression, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide may occur. if you experience any of these behaors or reactions... contact youroctor immediately. wake up ready for your day-- ask your healthcare provider for 2-layer ambien cr. >> it is the oscars of sports. to watch a world record holder set another mark. taryn winter brill was there and now she's here. >> good morning to both of you. thanks a lot. five espys went to a man who many called the human dolphin. this is one of the most unique nights of the year because you have the best in sports hanging out with the best from stage and screen but perhaps what's most unique about this awards ceremony, the fans decide who wins. ♪
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>> i think there's this sort of mutual interest between celebrities and athletes. >> i admire their skill and admire their ability and amazingly enough they kind of like what i do. >> i ran into condoleezza rice on the vail iter. >> yes, i love the espys. i love sports. >> okay, me d you. any time. >> all right. >> don't mess up your hair now. >> it's a night for the fans. it's the 2009 espys. >> reporter: inside host samuel l. jackson joked about the fans' favorite moments and favorite athletes. >> you must be glad to be back in the pool, huh? nobody gives you a hard time when you smoke the competition. >> reporter: the swimming sensation walked away with five espys including best male athlete. >> michael phelps. >> will you sit them next to your 14 gold medals. >> they'll be close. cool to see swimming change and have the fan sport. >> reporter: nastia liukin took
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the best award for female athlete. >> whoa. that's like ten pounds. >> reporter: and backstage the celebs were in athletic awe. >> as an actor i'm really a frustrated athlete. >> reporter: do you think all of them are. >> you are correct. >> for me it's a chance to be a kid again and see some of my heroes. >>irst being a mew significant and we want to be athletes. >> the los angeles lakers. >> reporter: the best team went to the hometown favorite. >> we won best team. this is what we do all day when we're not playing. >> reporter: you took the words out of my mouth. is this what it's like in the locker room. >> "good morning america" version. >> reporter: all in all it's a party you won't want tmiss. >> oh, yeah, what a blast out there in los angeles. and without a doubt, the man of the evening, michael phelps, athle athlete, arcs, no matter who i asked everyone was there to see him. such a nice guy. his mom was there.
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a pleasure. >> was his mom his date. >> yes, she was. she was. yeah, it was great. he actually taught me how to put on my goggles correctly because in the past i've had goggle malfunctions when i swim. >> what's the secret? >> you got to press down harder than you think. press down and then even harder. thu e yogo. >> then you ought to be able to swim faster. >> inoon kw 'tyoabout that. >> we should mention the espys will tiromorrow on our sister network, espn. 9:as eternir time. taryn, thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> we'll be back. it can be tough living with copd...
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i'll be playing in the british open final tomorrow so -- >> we'll see you there. that's right. abc is carrying the british open so if you're a golf fan, stay tuned. >> tom watson is doing sort of an -- ma a>>zing. >> very cool. we'll see you next weekend, everybody. >> have grt easa aturd.ay >> good morning, it is 7 cloofer 56. taking a look at the stories, major delays are eected through most of the weekend. on the red line, the tacoma station will be closed today until 7:00 p.m. as ntsb crews continue the investigation into the deadly june train crash.
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but also track maintenance on the red, orange blue and yellow lines all weekend. and the northern virginia investment grow now owns the tyson corners development. they brought the group for a price estimated to be at at least $500 million. the sale means west group is pulling out of a major redevelopment project that's underway in the northern virginia air, including plans to build railroad stations. now a look at weather. >> the clouds from earlier this morning are beginning to clear on out of the region. 70 degrees at reagan national. a good time lapse of the mid level clouds pushing on out. now we're up to sunshine. a very pleasant weekend in store. we're talking lower humidities, cooler than normal temperatures and a lot of sunshine. dew point at only 59. generally temperatures are 60 decision. scattered clouds this afternoon, lower humidity levels.
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comfortable, day-to-day, even on into to tomorrow. topping at about 84, 85 degrees. as we go into tomorrow, similar nditions will start the day a little bit cooler down in the upper 50's, to near 60's. tomorrow afternoon, lower 80's for afternoon highs. lot of sunshine tomorrow but an unsettled weather pattern next week will give them a chance of isolated and scattered thunderstorms. >> thank you adam, thank you for watching. >> thank you adam, thank you for watching. hope you enjoy this weekend. the art of getting dirty. the art of getting clean. new powerfully formulated wisk®... is better on tough mud stains than tide total care. wisk®. powerfully clean. perfectly priced.
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