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call 1-800-royal22 today. good morning, america. on this tuesday, september 22nd, breaking news. floods in the south force evacuations. a toddler is swept from his dad's arms. even an amusement park completely under water. and sam champion is there live, as the water tears through. presidential politics. bill clinton weighing in on president obama's first monthses in office. telling robin how he'd handle some of the big issues of the day.
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gridiron tragedy, the coach acquitted in the death of a 15-year-old football player, breaks his silence. a "gma" exclusive on the big story this morning. and hammer time. that's what they called congressman tom delay, as he and the rest of "dancing with the stars" now take to the ballroom the rest of "dancing with the stars" now take to the ballroom floor. captions paid for by abc, inc. and good morning, to all of you. diane sawyer with robin roberts. we've been seeing the pictures come in from the south. 20 inches of rain in 24 hours. the skies opened up. meteorologists say it happens only once in 100 years. trailer homes were simply torn apart at 2:00 in the morning. >> and the roads so bad, officials telling commuters to stay home from work today. all the schools in and around atlanta, closed. hundreds of people have been evacuated. at least six people killed. more missing. >> and sam champion is in georgia this morning, standing, i believe, in a road, that is filled with water?
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>> yeah. good morning, diane. good morning, robin. the chat hoo chi river, is now well into the parking lot and up toward paces ferry road. this is surprisingly cold floodwater. and it's a problem for pulling people out of it because they're suffering from hypothermia. but the problem is, or the stories involved with the flooting, you have at least four people that are dead because their cars were washed off the road, by rapidly-rising floodwaters. and then, the story of a grandmother, who helplessly watched her home and her family swept into the river. at least five southeastern states are swimming in unimaginable, torrential rains. >> you need help? >> yes. can't get out. >> all right. i'm going to call 911. >> reporter: from tennessee, to georgia, to north carolina, a straight week of downpours, dumping as much as 21 inches of rain in some locations. resulting in near-record
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flooding an extremely dangerous conditions. >> this is absolutely ridiculous. i've never seen anything like this in atlanta before. >> reporter: so far, at least six people have lost their lives in the flooding. six others are reported missing. 27-year-old delina weathers was in her car, talking to a friend, when the water washed over. >> the last thing i heard is she was going to float. she was floating away. >> reporter: and a 2-year-old in caroll, county, was washed out oaf his father's arms. rivers and dams are overflowing into backyards. when a levee breached, residents were evacuated. this family in powder springs, along with 50 of their neighbors, when rising waters trapped them in their homes. what caused all this rain? a slow-moving storm, bringing moisture-laden, southerly winds from the gulf of mexico. add to that, a phenomenon known as training, where the thunderstorms move repeatedly over the same area. this historic downpour comes
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just months after the region was in a two-year, severe drought. we were here in 2007. this lake should be about 16 feet higher than it is. and it's losing about a foot every week. more than 130 roads are closed, due to flooding. and six flags over georgia, looks more like a water park. many schools throughout northern georgia were evacuated. others are closed. >> the school should have been closed in the first place. the schools should not have been open. this is horrible for these children. >> reporter: but despite all of the devastation, people here remain strong. >> the treasures are my husband and my children. and they're safe. and this other stuff is nice. but it's stuff. this car is nice. but it's stuff. and it can all be replaced. >> this very cold and smells like fuel floodwater, is actually the runoff from a wet lake lanier. we showed you the drive river bed pictures from about two years ago. the other thing is here -- i guess it's a little bit of good
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news. that is the fact that the rain will let up over the next couple of days. there's flood watches out for seven southeastern states. flood watches and warnings. this isn't over for a lot of people. in some cases, the water will not go down for many. >> we'll get back to you in a bit. now, to president obama's marathon week of diplomacy ahead of him. it begins here in new york this morning, at the united nations. senior washington correspondent, jake tapper, is outside the u.n., with more. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, robin. well, the world of international politics is full of intrigue and risk. as president obama begins his day here at the u.n., with meetings on climate change, china, and middle east peace, he, like any world leader, has to be prepared for anything. amidst a controversy over sending more troops to afghanistan, tomorrow, president obama will host a special event for leaders of countries, contributing the most troops and
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police to the u.n. effort there. even while he makes up his mind about strategy there, as he told david letterman. >> we're not going to make a decision about any further troop deployments until we know what exactly is our strategy. what are the tactics? how will troops be used? can we justify taking those steps? >> reporter: challenges await the president today, as he meets with chinese presidents, hu jintao, attempts diplomacy, with israeli prime minister, netanyahu, and prison president, abbas. on wednesday, he speaks to the full u.n. and on thursday, he chairs a u.n. security council meeting on nuclear nonproliferation. >> the challenges for the president are almost off the charts. >> reporter: also of interest, world leaders whom aides will try to keep away from the president, such as iran's mahmoud ahmadinejad. >> i don't think there's much likelihood there will be an interaction. >> reporter: venezuela's hugo chavez, dramatically gifted the president of a book critical of the role of the united states in
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latin america. in july, moammar ghadafi approached the president at a summit in italy. white house aides do not harp on whether the president bowed before the saudi king, prince, even if president bush got a little more intimate. america's opponents like to embarrass the u.s., while in the u.s. yasser arafat, packing heat. chavez, insulting president bush. >> translator: and the devil came here yesterday. and it smells of sulfur still today. >> this really is the world's broadway stage, number one. it has really made for a theater, worldwide. >> reporter: and from here, diane, as if that all weren't enough. he heads to pittsburgh on thursday, where he will meet with leaders of the g-20 industrialized nations for the second meeting this year. and they'll talk about global financial regulation. diane? >> all right, jake. i know you saw one other moment of th the taping of the late sh with david letter.
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also asking the president over the rancor of the health care debate. and whether some of the debate is raced by racism. here's that. >> i was actually black before the election. so -- >> david letterman said, when were you first black? anyway, they laughed. robin? >> that was yesterday in new york. today, in new york, president obama will also address a meeting of former president bill clinton's organization, the clinton global initiative. had a chance to sit down with president clinton. and began with asking about the decision of president obama about whether or not to send more troops to afghanistan. >> it can always be somewhat difficult. but let me say to disspell one myth before we go in. it's not true that the pentagon always recommends a more robust action. they tend to look at the downsides, too.
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i think what the president will have to do, obviously, is think about what are long-term goals in afghanistan? will this help to achieve them? and is this the right time to make this decision? and that is, i think a reasonable chance that he will want to see this election question fully resolved. and either president karzai confirmed and his legitimacy enhanced. or maybe a coalition government, in which his main opponent becomes part of afghanistan's future because i think the real lesson that the sophisticated military people learn is if you want to run a counterinsurgency, you have to have the support of the local people. you've got -- that's why the surge worked in iraq. and anbar. the local iraqi sunni were bitterly against the al qaeda in iraq then. so, i think what he's going to do is have to evaluate all this.
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i think they'll make a good decision. what you want from your generals is to make an honest recommendation, based on what they believe the mission is. and then, the president has to decide. that's what they pay you the big bucks for. >> back here at home, health care reform. you've been down this road before. what missteps have you seen this time around? >> the principal difference, let's not forget, between now and then, is that there is no necessary filibuster number in the senate. that is, senator dole decided he wanted to kill all forms of health care. and he had 44 votes. he could lose four and still have a filibuster. that's what really killed health care reform. >> you said you believe we're going to pass a bill. you called it perhaps -- you said less than what many will want. what would be victory for you, in your eyes, with this bill? >> getting pretty close to
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universal coverage. and putting in place, things like electronic medal records, better management of the chronic diseases, where 10% of the people account for two-thirds of our spending every year. reducing the extent to which we just pay for procedure, instead of for care. having more preventive and primary care. doing things that will lower the cost of our system over the long run, compared to other countries. >> you have been quite adamant about that. and adding to the whole debate has been the discussion of race. former president jimmy carter said that, quote, overwhelming portion of the animosity toward president obama is racially motivated. do you agree with that? >> here's how i would say it. i think some of the extreme right, who oppose him on health care, also are racially prejudiced. and if you listen to some of the -- look at some of the signs
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or listen to some of the rhetoric, there's no question that that's true. but i believe, if he were not an african-american, all of the people who were against him on health care would still be against him. they were against me, too. he believes that. i sympathize with where president carter's coming. if you're a southerner and you fought the battles a long time, you're super sensitive, of any manifestation or discrimination based on race. but what's driving the opposition to president obama on health care is not race. some of his opponents have racial discrimination in their heart. but that's not what's driving them. what's driving them, is they don't want health care. they don't want the government to take care of people who are left out or left behind. they're philosophically or emotionally or whatever opposed to it. >> you spent time with president obama. you had lunch here. he's speaking here at your global initiative, later today. >> uh-huh.
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>> how has the global economic downturn affected your work with the initiative? >> well, first, i would say not as much as i thought. for example, and i think -- you know, what i've been trying to do for these five years, is to convince everybody who participates, and everybody who follows this, that being a good citizen today, involves more than voting and paying taxes. you have to take some action on your own, no matter how modest it might be, as a private citizen, to try to solve the problems that the private economy doesn't solve and the government can't reach. >> a final question. you are extremely optimistic when it comes to conquering diseases, illnesses, like cancer. you believe we're going to wipe it out in our lifetime. what's the reason for your optimism? >> my optimism on cancer is rooted in what i see happening in the human genome project. we've already identified the genetic variances that put women at high risk of breast cancer. now, people who have those
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variances should be tested when -- as soon as possible after their born. young girls, for example, for breast cancer. and if we know that, we can begin to test them when they're 30 or 35, and not wait until later. we're close on parkinson's. we're close on alzheimer's. we're close on other of these conditions. nano technology is going to change diagnostics. i believe in 20 years, when you and i are going to get our annual checkup, part of it will involve not going into one of those enclosed mri machines. we'll start of stand in a cone. and our bodies will be scanned. and now, sub microscopic tumors will be picked up. >> encouraging, to say the least. i know this is an important day for you. >> big day. >> thank you very much for your time, mr. president. and this is the fifth annual convention of the clinton global initiative. 60 current and former heads of state, will be in attencans, including president obama.
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coming up, chris cuomo has other major news. and good news concerning h1n1. >> good morning, everyone. the first clinical trial shows the swine vaccine is as safe and effective for children as the seasonal vaccine. officials say one dose will protect children 10 years and older, just like adults. kids 9 and under, will need two doses. mass transit systems across the country are under scrutiny, as the ch is for more suspects and explosives linked to a terror plot in new york. investigators say the alleged terror cell was planning to set off backpack bombs. zazi, his father, and a police informant, are accused of lying to the fbi. more serious charges could follow. another bank bailout may be in the works. but this time, it could be the banks bailing out the government. or more specifically, the fdic, which insures deposits. regulators are considering a
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plan that calls for the healthiest banks to lend billions to the agency, which is short on cash, because of so many bank failures nationwide. and finally, a little census data for you here. more americans are leaving for work earlier. one out of eight workers now leaves home before 6:00 a.m. and the average commute time, now 25 minutes or more. one reason, the tough economy is forcing people to car pool. and picking up co-workers takes more time. that's the news at 7:15. also, the marriage rate is dropping because of the recession. money's tight. have to wait. >> people are waiting. and also home ownership is down to 66% now, which is a low for america. thank you, chris. heading back to sam champion, right now, for more on the weather. of course, he's in georgia. sam? >> good morning, diane, robin. good morning, chris. the chat hoochie river, near record levels. we have homes that are flooded on both sides of the road where we are, as we're being told this morning. let's get to the boards.
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we're going to show you exactly what's going on. it's this persistent low pressure pattern. now, it fwoox the west. and it's losing its direct heavy feed over the atlanta area. the good news here, for georgia and the carolinas, the rain will be more widely scattered. the rain shifts toward ooen texas and louisiana. a look at the warm temperatures going on in the west. 105, easily toward palm springs, to the 95 degrees out towards l.a. we'll have more weather in the next half hour.
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the alarms you hear are the buildings behind us going off now as the watt every goes in into them. we'll have more from atlanta in the next half hour. >> thanks, sam. now, the latest in the john travolta extortion case. two people are accused of trying to extort $25 million from travolta, after his 16-year-old son died.
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our andrea canning has the story. >> reporter: it's been eight months since john travolta's son, jett, died of a seizure in the bahamas. now, the actor will speak for the first time, to a bahamian jury, in the alleged extortion plot surrounding the tragedy. >> will mr. tra voel be here? >> he has to be here. he has to give evidence. the prosecution can't get off the ground. >> reporter: a paramedic and a former senator have pled not guilty they tried to extort $25 million from travolta. but the actor's representative says, if he didn't pay up, they threatened to sell confidential information about the death of his son. >> it would blame -- the travoltas are maintaining this is incredibly absurd. and that they were just the victims of an incredible
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extortion plot. >> reporter: since the tragedy, travolta has been traveling the world. but did appear at the disney event. the family has found laughter again, by appearing together in the new movie, "old dogs." but the grieving is still strong. just last month, preston canceled an appearance at a california governor's event, saying she was still deeply in the process of healing. and it's just too soon. for "good morning america," andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> we continue to keep that entire family in our thoughts and prarps. >> sure do. and coming up, you're going to meet the high school football coach acquitted in the heat-related death of one of his players. he's going to join us live. players. he's going to join us live. it's a "gma" exclusive.
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7:24. winding down a few hours left of summer. check out winters mill in westminster. we lose the view of westminster itself, thick fog in carroll county, 65 degrees. a moist southeasterly wind keeping it sticky this morning. no fog but low fog dominating sparrows point and most of the metro area. winds south-to-southeast. we're watching this rain that has been coming through north carolina and on in through southern virginia. this rain tries to ride north we have a unstable environment and all the flooding continues across the deep south. we're watching our chance of showers, some could be heavy this afternoon with our two-degree guarantee back up to 77 degrees. let's check the roads with kim. >> we do have there -- delays on 95 southbound approaching the whitemarsh boulevard area. a pretty decent backup, slow as you make your way towards the beltway and harbor tunnel thruway. and delays on southbound 795 from owings mills between westminster pike and 695. traveling to the capitol beltway and heading to dc, a heads up, 495, outer loop near
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silver spring, a bad crash has the three left lanes blocked. that is causing significant delays as you make your way to dc. our area, we have a crash off to the shoulder southbound of the harrisburg expressway at belfast road that is causing slowing starting from the mount carmel road area and northbound on the jfx after cold spring lane, that crash on the shoulder. jfx at northern parkway, traffic appears to be moving nicely so far. we'll be right back with a morning news update.
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we've been on this story since it broke. it involves the murder of a college student hundreds of miles away in massachusetts. the suspect, alexander skowran, has been found dead in stevens city, virginia. abc2 news linda so is live with more. >> reporter: we've just learned skowran was found dead in a fredrick county, virginia, hotel. his car spotted in a comfort inn monday night. when police tried to call him they heard a gunshot. found dead from a apparent
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self-inflicted wound. this is the picture of him. police found the body of his ex-girlfriend, giselle rodriguez, late yesterday morning in her apartment in boston. the two apparently had a rocky relationship. rodriguez had a restraining order against skowran after he broke into her apartment. neighbors say she last saw skowran about a week ago. >> probation officer came looking for him and they left their card. and it fell on the ground so i taped it to his door. so he would know. you know? and he just took it, looked at it and walked away. >> reporter: again, police say skowran was found dead at a virginia motel. died from an apparent self-inflecked gunshot wound. in the studio, linda so, abc2 news. also pasadena where the man is from. we'll have the story tonight at 5:00. here's what's coming up on "good morning maryland" at 9:00 -- leukemia can be one of the most difficult cancers to fight off but how a clinical study helped one local woman fight off the disease.
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and dealing with pain can certainly make anyone's life more difficult so what small things can you do right now to make a big difference? plus, we're going to debunk the myths behind hospice care and fix your bad posture. we have a lot to do this morning at 9:00. see you then. right now back to "good morning america" at 7:30.
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my goodness. >> new pictures, just coming in. take a look at this. this is a rollercoaster. this is at six flags, which is west of atlanta. 20 inches of rain, as you know. officials are telling everyone to stay home. whatever you do, don't try to go across the waters, that are sweeping through the streets. and again, we're getting pictures every month. new pictures of new scenes of rushing waters. of what everybody is waking up to this morning in atlanta and the region around it.
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as we welcome you back. diane sawyer with robin roberts. >> and our sam champion, of course, is there in that area. and we'll have another report from him coming up. also this morning, a consumer alert about your children and tanning salons. are salons ignoring the rules applied to teens and allowing them to use the beds too often? we have the results of an undercover investigation. first, we turn to a "gma" exclusive, that has made headlines around the country. a 15-year-old boy died after football practice on a hot kentucky day. for the first time ever, a coach was brought up on charges in connection with the boy's death. no one argued that he violated state rules on heat and practice. and the verdict came back after 90 minutes, not guilty. we'll talk with that coach, jason stinson, in just a moment. but first, what happened on that sad day. pleasant park high school,
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louisville, kentucky. 94 degrees. >> come on, luke. >> reporter: coach jason stinson ordered the team to run extra sprints. and 15-year-old max gilpin collapsed. his body temperature got to 109 degrees. an assistant coach called 191. >> he's just overheated. we've got water on him. he's responsive. and he's got a big, rapid pulse. >> are you with him right now? >> yes. i'm trying to control his breathing. >> reporter: max died with organ failure. many in the town rallied to the coach's defense. in court, max's mother said this is what the coach said when she confronted him. >> he said, i ran them hard. >> reporter: no one argued that the coach had violated heat regulations. but prosecutors had witnesses saying other players were suffering, too. >> was this a boot kump? was this the nfl? what lessons was he teaching these kids? >> reporter: but other teammates testified, they were allowed to
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rest between sprints and given water before running. and at n a key moment, it was pointed out that max was on adhd medication, adderall, and the body-building supplement, creatine, both make you intolerable to heat. and max's stepmother said he was sick the night before. >> he was cranky. and i kissed his head. he told me he had a headache. he was sick. and he was hot. >> reporter: a statement the defense used to bolster the case. >> we're the first place in this country to indict a coach for a homicide, or a felony, involving a practice that nobody says it was stopped. >> reporter: the jury came back with a verdict in just 90 minutes. >> we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: for the coach, a win. and tears. max gilpin's family, by the way, has filed a civil suit, which is still pending. joining us now, in a "gma"
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exclusive, is jason stinson. with his attorney, brian butler. thank you for coming in. on thursday, you're going to walk back into pleasure ridge park high school. you're going to start your class again. your class in web design. >> yes, ma'am. >> what are you going to be thinking as you walk in the door? >> how blessed i am to have a community like pleasure ridge park, that's rallied behind me and stood beside me. along with my church community. i'm excited to see the kids. but the thing that people need to understand is, there is no winner in this case. this is a terrible, terrible tragedy. a young man lost his life. and that's one thing that people seem to forget in this. it never was a jason stinson versus max gilpin. on the indictment sheet, it says the commonwealth of kentucky versus jason stinson. >> will you be thinking about max when you walk through that door? >> i did. i had max as a student, as well. i had max in my third period web
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design class. he was third row, first seat. the one thing i know about max that i know, is that max is in heaven with jesus. and that's an awesome thought for me. his parents are sad and terribly tragedy. but i'd be blessed to be back with the kids. >> you know his mother has said on television, that after the acquittal, she wishes you would apologize to her. here's what she said. >> during the funeral and all that, of course, he, as everyone did, offer his condolences and those kinds of things. but as far as an apology, no. >> do you want one? >> yes, i would like one. i want him to take responsibility for what's happened. that's the bottom line. and i feel like with the acquittal, that responsibility hasn't -- he hasn't stepped up to the plate at this time. >> what do you want to say to her this morning? >> i understand her loss. she's lost her son. and it's a terrible tragedy i can't begin to comprehend
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because i still have my children at home. but there's a fair -- a 12-person jury that sat down and decided, in 35 minutes, that i was not guilty. there's an independent board investigation, that said i violated no policies or procedures. there's a letter from the superintendent, that says i'm allowed to go back to coaching and teaching with no stipulations. and i cannot sit here today and take responsibility for something that i'm not responsible for. >> even people who were mystified by the bringing of charges in this case have wondered, though, what do you say to other coaches around the country? is there something, looking back, you would have done differently? is there a lesson to be learned about pushing kids, who want to please you. they'll do anything to please you. pushing them so hard? >> i think in answering that, the lesson we all need to learn from this is that we need to know more about -- kentucky's got tough rules. we need to know more about what
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medications kids are on. what supplements kids are taking. what diets they're on, so we get athletic trainers in the schools. >> and there is a new regulation now about medications. all medications have to be cleared. and parents are supposed to be involved in coming to the school. and understanding that some of these medications can put you ed a increased risk to dehydration. >> absolutely. those are things that weren't available to coaches. and this is one positive change to come out of this. >> how about you, coach stinson? how do you want to weigh in on what might be done differently around the country? >> i think jefferson county public schools have done an excellent job of stepping up to the plate. we already had some strict standards in place. with the new forms and the new opportunities to say, these are the medications. these are the supplements. these are the illnesses that may be facing our children. as koemps, we need to know those things. we need to make sure those things are prevalent.
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we are trying to make sure this doesn't happen to another family. >> just about medications, if you had a whole stadium full of high school coaches, what would you say to them about going out in heat in practice? >> i'd tell them to love their kids. i would tell them to follow the regulations and the rules that are set forth by their school districts and their states. and to be aware of what's going on with those children at all times. so, it's a tough situation. so, we just ask that people be aware of the things that are outside of a coach's control. they need to make sure that they understand those things. and how those are factors into the coach's plans of practice. the coach's participating of practice and things of that nature. >> you're going to be teaching on thursday. >> yes, ma'am. >> you're going to be coaching again? >> i would love to. that's a conversation i'm going to have with our principal. the stupt of our school district has allowed me to coach with no stipulations.
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i'll leave that up to my principal. and here's what people need to understand. it's about our kids. i don't want to be a disruption. this tragedy has been a disruption to the prp community for 13 months. we want to make sure that our kids are first. our kids are taken care of and they can start to have some healing. and hopefully, with the not guilty verdict, that will allow myself, the gilpins, and our community to start to heal and come together. >> i know you are facing a civil suit ahead, as well, which restricts some of what you can talk about this morning. but i'm grateful you came in. >> yes, ma'am. >> and thank you, too, mr. butler. time, for the weather again. and sam in georgia. >> good morning, again, diane. this is the scene that's awaiting folks, not only in georgia. but in seven southeastern states. it's water over cars. certainly through the doors and inside the cars. it's water, like the
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chattahoochee river we're walk through right now, where it shouldn't be. and back there, in those buildings, four to eight feet of water. there's businesses here and homes on both sides of this road flooded. here's the rain you can expect in and throughout the southeast. the storm system backs up a bit toward the west. that will take the focus line of heavy rain away from georgia and the carolinas. and back it in towards new orleans. and memphis will get more. and even more toward the west of that. heavy rain in those areas where the rain does occur. we're talking about very cold air coming out of the rockies. we have about half a foot of mountain snow. and look at the numbers in denver, a day where you don't break the 50s. toward the very far west, all the way to the west coast, you have at least three days of searing heat. very hot conditions. this is the last day. after tomorrow, you won't have this kind of heat. it stays for three days in the southeast. very dry, and windy conditions,
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fda recommends. consumer correspondent, elisabeth leamy, is in washington, with more on that. good morning, elisabeth. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the study found that not only did many of the facilities allow frequent tanning visits, many of them actually encouraged it, by selling packages for unlimited tanning at a discount. nobody should use a tanning bed more than three times in the first week, according to an fda recommendation. so, researchers put that premise to the test. they posed as fair-skinned 15-year-old girls. and called thousands of tanning salons across the country, asking how many times they could tan. the researchers say 89% of salons told them they could use their tanning beds six to seven days a week, twice the recommended limit. >> all types of ultraviolet radiation are known courarcinog.
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>> reporter: the study focused on 15-year-olds because research has shown that people under 30, who use tanning booths, increase the risk of skin cancer by 75%. these women all blame teen tanning bed habits for their cancer. >> i almost killed myself over a stupid tan. >> i didn't think it could happen to somebody like me. i'm 18. i'm a young girl. >> i wake up every, single morning and think, this could be the day that the cancer could come back. >> go get a tan. your body will thank you. >> reporter: the indoor tanning association declined to do an on-camera interview. but issued a statement saying, the study's claims about tanning session frequency, failed to take into account, the duration of each tanning session. by only talking about frequency and ignores duration, this study misleading alleges irresponsible conduct by tanning salon owners. the tanning industry works with parents to ensure that minors are using sun beds moderately and responsibly. but even in wisconsin, where
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children under the age of 16 are not allowed to use indoor tanning facilities, 30% of salons were willing to let the underaged testers in. 29 other states currently have looser laws in place about minors and indoor tanning. mostly requires parental consent. the real way to minimize skin cancer, is to ban the indoor tan for minors completely. there's an estimated 2.3 million teenagers who go to tanning booths. experts say it is far safer to get that golden brown tone from a bottle. there's all sorts of self-tanning products available. we found these at one drugstore really quickly. as for those indoor tanning spray booths, there can be an issue with those, too. the spray is only approved for the outside of your body. if it gets in your nose, your eyes, it is not intended for that. and could have health affects, robin.
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7:56. we've been watching the fog that developed in some spots. here's carroll county, westminster, losing the view of downtown and now looks like some of the fog is lifting. a lot of clouds left over at 66 degrees. while looking at downtown baltimore, just cloudy skies, a seemingly muggy 70 on this last morning of summer. it's mostly mid-60s across the board. then fog extends on the east side of the chesapeake bay,
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rock hall 68 degrees. we're watching the moist flow from the south-to-southeast continue. we're watching rainfall from northwesterly. -- north carolina. rains continue along atlanta and the southeast. plan for wet weather, 77 as our two-degree guarantee with a chance of showers and some could be heavy at times. let's check the roads with kim. >> thank you. you can expect heavy volume at all the usual trouble spots. we really don't have too many incidents. you can see traffic is moving pretty well at liberty road on the outer loop of the beltway towards route 70. southbound on the harrisburg expressway, a little bit of a different story. that earlier crash at belfast road has been cleared to the shoulder. however, you will see long on and off delays stretching from the pennsylvania state line. you might want york road as an alternate. another crash in howard county, washington boulevard at duckets lane. on the eastern shore, caroline county, route 404 at noble road
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closed due to an accident. queen anne's county, route 301 and 304 closed in both corrections because - directions because of a crash. still foggy on the eastern shore. jfx, traffic heavy on the beltway to st. paul street. give yourself plenty of extra time this morning. we'll be right back with "good morning america."
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"good morning america" continues with the latest on the flooding down south. at least six people killed. more missing, as entire neighborhoods are evacuated. sam is live with the latest. plus, a reversal of organs. this man was born with his heart in the wrong place. so, what happens when he needs a new one? we'll take you inside his incredible transplant surgery. and old flames, re-igniting on facebook. it worked for this couple.
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could your first love be your future love? we're at half time. halfway home this morning. good morning, america. alongside diane sawyer, i'm robin roberts, on this tuesday, september 22nd. and as you heard, our good friend cameron mathison, is going to report on this new trend. some calling retrosexual. to go see if an old love is still there? networking sites, like facebook, make it so much easier. he has a report. also this morning, another good friend of the program. bruce willis is here. live. he rarely does a live interview. he has a new movie. and talking about his amazing, blended family. and "dancing with the stars" was back last night. a lot of group dancing. got a chance to watch the first
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round. >> it was a little different. the men were dancing last night. donny osmond, coming in strong. his sister, marie, was on a previous "dancing with the stars." but the women will take to the dance floor tonight, live. >> and then, there will be a third night. >> tomorrow night. double-elimination. a lot more coming up on "dancing with the stars." heading over to the newsdesk, right now, and chris cuomo. >> good morning, again, diane, robin. good morning, everyone. the rain is still coming down. and deadly floodwaters are rising in seven southern states this morning. some areas have seen nearly 2 feet of rain in 24 hours. you're looking at six flags this morning. even the rollercoaster is submerged. sam champion is in the hard-hit area of vine, georgia. he's watching everything for us going on. sam? >> it's seven southeastern states seeing flooding like that. and the numbers are staggering. 130 roads that we know of
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closed. and the georgia d.o.t. says, even as the floodwaters go down, they can't open even the interstates. it has to be reinspected to what the floodwaters have done underneath them, for support. the most tragic things, the human stories. four of the people who died were in their cars and swept off the roads by rapidly-rising floodwat floodwaters. and the story of the 2-year-old boy, that was washed out of his father's arms. the floodwaters and the rough currents, they had to escape from their home as it was being swallowed by the river. and the child's body was found later downstream. these are the tough stories about this, chris. the good news is the flooding will slowly start to drop down. but it may be the end of the week before the water is out of these areas, back in the chattahoochee river. >> the sirens behind you. the water disrupting everything. president obama begins a hectic round of global diplomacy
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this morning. today, he'll tackle the middle east peace process. bringing together israeli and palestinian leaders. s in new signs that the obama administration is rethinking its strategy? afghanistan. the pentagon says general stanley mcchrystal will not submit a report, until the white house has a review of the war effort. mcchrystal said, without more troops, the war could be lost within a year. in oregon, the family of a college student murdered more than five years ago finally has some answers. the man who rape abducted, raped and killed, brooke wilberger, told authority where's to find her body. courtney was about to go on trial. but agreed to a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. we have video for you out of texas this morning. this was not where a bus full of students was supposed to end.
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stuck in three feet of water, after sliding off a road near dallas. everyone is okay. by the way, all the kids were swimmers, returning from practice. so, they were uniquely prepared for this. finally, a special honor for a living legend at abc news. barbara walters just received the lifetime achievement award news emmy. barbara was the first woman to co-anchor the network evening news. she helped make "20/20" one of the best-known brands in news. and created "the view." but she's best known as an interviewer, of course. she has sat with a who's who in entertainment and politics, plus every president since the nixons. that's the news at 8:05. time for the weather. back to sam. sam? >> good morning, chris. yeah. we think she's great. we're going to talk about the water that's here. this is floodwater out of lake
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lanier, and the chattahoochee river. that's why it's so cold. a lot of rescues in this water, people treated for hypothermia. this is a nasty floodwater situation. when we got here overnight, the water was up to the line in health, on that sign, where it says vinings hamlyfelt care center. it's dropped from health to center. that's encouraging. let's get to the boards and show you one or two things this morn fpg overriding pat northwestern the southeast, is backing up a little bit and relaxing all of the heavy rain in the eastern areas. that's the good news for eastern portions of the southeast. but for more western areas, from louisiana all the way to east texas, you're in for more heavy rain now. in the east and the west, three days in the southwest. the northwest backs off a little bit.
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and we'll have more from atlanta this morning on the flooding in the southeast. robin? >> sam, thank you. now, to a cultural phenomenon we first read about in "time" magazine. fueled by nostalgia and technology, it seems more and more people are using social networking sites, like facebook, to look up and hook up with love interests from their past. as you can imagine, the romantic reconnections have varying degrees of success. so, we asked our special correspondent, cameron mathison, to investigate. >> yes, robin. reviving old love affairs,
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tracking down long-lost crushes on sites like facebook, really is a growing tend. so, we decided to find out what's behind it, by tracking down folks who did. a successful chicago-based advertising executive, in her mid 30s, alias gasher had been unlucky in love. never quite meeting mr. right. >> i kind of wandered from relationships. several boyfriends. but none of them, obviously, were the right ones. >> reporter: until one day in may 2008, still single and on a dare from a friend, she sent a note on facebook, to the first boy she ever kissed, harlan robbins. >> i typed in harlan's name. and his profile came up. i was stunned. >> reporter: they met in the summer of 1987, on a five-week camping trip out west. >> we pretty much spent the five weeks making out in the back of the van. >> first kiss, summer fling, i
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guess. i never thought of it turning into anything way more serious. >> reporter: 21 years later, alias and harlan were reunited. first, online. and then, face-to-face. and romance unexpectedly bloomed again. the internet had reconnected them, making them part of a new wave of singles connecting with their past. their called retrosexuals, a recently coined team, that is a person who reaches into their own past to reconnect with lost loves. and possibly start a romantic relationship again. >> the lost love is somebody you always wondered what happened to them. what could have been and what should have been. these are relationships that were interrupted. >> reporter: as z/dxñfacebook continues to soar in popularity, with adults over 25, quickly outpacing younger members, it seems everyone online has searched for a lost love at least once. have you used facebook, to seek out a past romance? >> specifically, a past romance. actually, yes.
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uh-huh. i searched somebody out. >> people are naturally curious about what their exs are doing. facebook's a great place to facebook stalk, people in your past. >> you know about them. >> reporter: why did you go looking in the first place? >> i needed one of those -- >> reporter: okay. nancy kayla, a psychologist who studies lost love, says teenage hormones are stored as sensory and emotional mem prescription. >> it doesn't mean we have to be with that person. but in the adolescent years, there are hormones. sexual and growth hormones and everything else. and you encode the person, in a sense, for life. >> reporter: the memories are so strong, they can be detrimental to people who are already married and rediscover a former romance. >> on facebook, is that you? you write back innocently. and before you know it, they're reminiscing. and all those feelings are
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coming back. >> reporter: but for folks like alice and harlan, it they were married weeks ago. >> this has been kind of strange. >> reporter: alice and harlan, happily married, like i said. living in seattle. there are good stories from this. experts say the main reason people are doing the retro-sexing is because it's safe. and it has the added benefit of making you feel young again. so, there's that. >> a lot of upside. but there have to be drawbacks. >> there are drawbacks. and the doctor talked about it in the piece. but old loves can be imprinted on your brain in a similar way as addictions. so, when you reconnect, the strong feelings can come up and can kind of be overpowering. can be destructive. there are serious drawbacks. and less-dramatic ones, like on
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facebook, the shared friends group. when you reconnect, everybody will know about it. could stir up things with mutual friends. the person who coined the phrase retro-sexual, coined regret-sexual. >> thank you, cameron. thanks so much. we'd love to hear what you have to say about this. wig in on our shoutout board. let's hear from you. next, a heart transplant for a man born with his heart in the wrong place. we'll explain. this is a typical snack bar. but kellogg saw an opportunity to plus things up. we took out their peanuts... because adding almonds would be a plus. we'd be better off with less sugar. we traded milk chocolate... for the delicious taste of dark chocolate. also a plus. then we added 35% of your daily fiber... plus antioxidants, vitamin e, and zinc. ♪ fiberplus bars from kellogg. fiberplus so much more.
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now, we're going to take you inside a medical mystery. a condition so rare, it affects througher than 1 in 10,000 people. and those who have it, are born with their organs flipped, rearranged inside their bodies. it doesn't prevent them from leading normal lives. but it can complicate matters. for instance, one man we met in milwaukee. juju chang has the story. >> reporter: we all know our heart is here. usually, the appendix is on the right. liver on the left. for jack, the opposite. there were no problems until he developed an unrelated heart
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condition, which created what his doctors called, a complicated plumbing situation. jack igell, an active, vivacious, 53-year-old, couldn't be much kind hearted. although, for much of his life, people would kid him about having his heart in the wrong place. it wasn't a figure of speech. >> when i was little, i would say the pledge of allegiance, the wrong way. a few teachers got mad at me. >> reporter: he was born, with a inside, a mirror image of someone with normal anatomy. every organ in his chest and abdomen, are flipped. his heart, lungs, intestines, on the opposite side of his anatomy. >> it's something i don't think about. >> reporter: it's a condition, he could have lived with his entire life, with no problems. but three years ago, jack's heart started to fail.
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jack's only hope of survival, a heart transplant. but given his unique anatomy, surgeons in milwaukee weren't sure if it could be done. >> my first reaction was, is this anatomy going to be prohibitive to doing a heart transplant? and has it been done before? >> reporter: there are only a handful of other heart transplants like this mentioned in medical literature. the problem for surgeons, the space in jack's chest is a different shape than a normal heart. and any new heart will have arteries and veins that don't line up with jack's flip-flopped anatomy. >> we're going to have to change quite a bit, the way we implant this heart. it's going to be sitting differently in the chest. we may need to use pieces of artificial graft material to help make some of the connections. >> reporter: but doctors have faith they can do it, if they found a heart in time. as the summer went on, jack got sicker. and still, no heart.
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>> it's like as long as the medicine keeps working, great. but, you know, it's not a medicine that works forever. >> reporter: to increase his odds, he was put on the waiting list at a second hospital, the university of wisconsin hospital in madison, where a whole, new team had to read up about his condition. >> it's pretty unusual. >> reporter: finally, in august, after waiting for nine, long months, madison had a heart for him. >> it's going to be a neat puzzle, trying to put this back together in the right way. >> reporter: even as he was being prepped for surgery, jack couldn't quite believe it was happening. >> until i wake up and it's over with, i still can't know what will happen. >> it's literally, you're taking 200 images and make them match. it's a little of a three-dimensional rubik's cube, to figure out how to put the pieces together.
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>> reporter: the operation lasted for six hours, as a surgical team worked to fit this new heart into jack's backward anatomy. >> it's certainly one of the more unusual transplants i've done. in the end of all the rewiring, it's going to look like the inside of a 1970 cadillac. i mean, there were pipes and tubes running in different directions. >> reporter: even before he was fully conscious, jack could feel the difference. >> when i actually woke up, after the surgery, the surgeon was in the room. i noticed that i felt perfectly fine. i thought, oh. it was a false alarm. i thought it hadn't happened. >> you look wonderful. >> you had surgery five weeks ago? >> reporter: now, five weeks later, jack is doing better than he could ever have imagined. >> just being able to walk around. i'm not hooked up to anything. i don't tire. i can go for a 40-minute walk.
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you know, things that i just wondered if i'd ever be able to do again. >> reporter: and he's come back to the hospital, not for federal reasons on this day. but a ceremony honoring organ donors. tying ribbons around tree branches. tiny images of gratitude, at a second chance of life. >> i'm so grateful, it's given me my life back. >> reporter: and the good news, jack is now walking 40 minutes at a time. something he could only dream of a few short weeks ago. he is profoundly grateful to his donor. roughly 200 heart transplants are performed every year. but there's closer to 700 people on the heart wait list. >> so, organ donation is key. >> absolutely. >> what a story. >> absolutely. >> what a story. check out more at h. in the dark, no peanuts or nothin'. and then if your bag wants to bring... one of its little bag friends for company,
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good mor good morning. >> how are you? good morning, everyone. >> i think we were. >> first day of fall. we're back here with you on this tuesday morning. and coming up, we have, none other -- we were hanging out backstage. >> telling jokes upstairs. bruce willis is here. a new movie. newlywed. we have a lot to talk about, when we sit down in a minute. >> wait, there's more.
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is there not, chris cuomo? >> not to play on words. christian slater's here, with his series, "the forgotten. really interesting take on how victims of crimes can be realized and identified through this special group. and christian heads it all up. another topic for this half hour, how to save money on your appliances. things you didn't know. small things you can do, ways to clean them, that can really increase their longevity in your kitchen. and remember she was here in march. miss virginia. she looks a little different. tara wheeler. beautiful. beautiful. >> beautiful. >> it is childhood cancer awareness month. you decided last night, you were going to shave your head. why? >> i did. i've been fund-raising since i came on the show in april, as miss virginia.
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i'm not miss virginia, but i'm a sports reporter for comcast sports sunset. i'm still in the public view to make a difference. kept on fund-raising. to 1:it.ett >> we were seeing you in the chair and doing that. >> i got a little emotional. >> you have a nice shaped head. >> and good melon. >> i got lucky. i wouldn't sure. >> i know this is very important to you. this is something you have been talking about. and even though you were not able to raise the amount of money you wanted to, originally, you still wanted to do this. >> i did. it means something. it's in solidarity with the kids battling cancer. i may not have raised $500,000 by the day i shaved. but we're going to continue to fund raise and spread awareness right now. >> let me just hug you. this is wonderful. i know going through it. people sometimes don't want to fight cancer because they're
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afraid of losing their hair. bless you for doing that. >> i have to tell you -- >> the eyes are popping, too. >> i met a girl named jesse, when she was diagnosed with cancer. she's 4 years old. i know she's watching. she lost her hair. and her family said she was feeling down about it. i said, you tell her that tara will be bold, too. and all the cool kids are bold. >> thank you, tara. >> thanks for helping raise the awareness. let's get to sam. he's in vinings, georgia. he's got the weather for us. sam? >> good morning, chris. good morning, robin. we're standing on the edge of the flooded chattahoochee river, here in atlanta. now, we've had time to talk to some of the business owners around us, including the doctor that owns the family medicine clinic there. they've lost almost everything. there was nearly an extra two feet of water. and colleen that owns the pet store here. the water came up quickly.
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they didn't have time to get anything out of the buildings. but they did go back for pets in row boats from neighboring areas. >> i've been here since 1991, almost 20 years. it's flooded -- we've had some flooding in the front parking lot. but nothing ever like this. this is incredible. i can't believe it. >> they got all the pets out of the building. that's very good news. let's get to the boards. we'll show you a big, nationalfully-by. to know what's going on in the nation. the warmth out west. the continued nice weather in the northeast. more flooding in the southeast. the good news for georgia all that weather was brought to
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you by purina. and we have been live this morning in the flooding in atlanta. diane? >> thanks, sam. from "die hard," "pulp fiction," "sixth sense," how we have loved him. bruce willis in 50 movies. that have grossed $2 million worldwide. the director of the prove i have "surrogates" says he's one of the great actors of his generation. he can do anything. he is back. he is here this morning. >> good morning. >> very nice to see you. >> so nice to see you. >> little change in your life, since i saw you. >> great deal of change. great deal of change. you might have heard about it. but i got married this spring. >> you did get married. and i just want to remind you. yes. >> they actually cut to her. >> look at her. i want to remind you, 2007, you were sitting in this chair and talking about facing a life of
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loneliness? >> despair. >> i've come to the conclusion that i have to wait for love to come and find me. i need one of them girls that knocks me over the head and says, i got it. let me handle this. >> i came on the show for a couple reasons. that was a minor one. but yes. it's seemed to have work. you brought me great fortune. >> did we do that? >> i really do. >> did it happen that way? gobsmacked, as the british say? >> yes. i was bowled over. i was flabbergasted. astonished. astounded. but i am a little sad today, though. >> yeah? >> this is the last time that you will ever interview me. >> not necessarily. >> but i want you to rethink this whole thing because you're
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going to work for abc at nights time? >> you're going to miss getting up in the morning, too, aren't you? >> i work for abc at nighttime. and i've got to tell you, might not be the best choice. we don't want to see you go. >> you're very -- >> don't go. >> but "good morning america" is still and always your home. and this morning, you have a new movie coming out. "surrogates" it is. and am i right? it's the treachery of technology to be able to reinvent you. so, maybe, you can stay at home and send your technical version out. your perfected version out, even to be interviewed. >> science fiction has always been a little elusive for me. i did a movie called "12 monkeys" a few years ago. i still don't understand it.
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>> i'm told you have 300 e-mails you haven't bothered to answer. >> i highlight them all and go -- and i say, do you e-mail me? i can't type that much. >> yeah. i want to play a clip from the film. you're with the fbi. and you're trying to figure out what's going on here. something strange is happening. >> robotic surrogates, combine with durability with machines, with the grace and beauty of the human form. to make your life safer and better. >> how a surrogate's head would explode from the inside. >> what did the operator say? >> not much. they're dead. >> if you're trying to implay a link between vsi products and an operator's accidental death -- >> i'm not implying anything. i want to know how an operator can be killed from signals by a surrogate. >> and the plot really thickens. you also have a 21-year-old
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daughter, with a film of her own. >> yes. >> did you help her with the nerves of going through this film? >> no. i wish i could say i helped her with any of it. she actually asked for no help. she did it all on her own. she's gotten four or five films now, on her own. and it's such a joy to see. they just sent her on a worldwide tour, which i've done. and it damn near killed me. and she's all happy. fabulous about it. so sweet. it turned out to be so nice. >> and more kids in your life, you think? >> i wouldn't be a bit surprised. i have a daughter that went to college. started college this year. scout's in college. and telula, is in los angeles, as a sophomore. >> impossible, isn't it? >> i'm going to start crying. i'm in touch with my feminine
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side now. and i'm going to miss you. i'm going to miss you. can i share something? >> sure. >> with all due respect to my -- i always had a crush on you. a little crush. >> well, you didn't call me before you got married. >> there were -- you were on that long list. >> you didn't even e-mail me in your 300 e-mails before you deleted them. anyway, congratulations to you. it's a wonderful thing. and it's great to see you so happy. >> thank you so much. >> and "surrogates" opens in theaters this friday, september 25th. coming up next, how to make your household gadgets last longer.
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and now, how to save money on your household items by keeping them clean. a little maintenance can make the gadgets you depend on last that much longer, so you don't have to replace them that often. lisa lee freeman, of "shopsmart," is here with us, to show us how to keep things running smoothly. >> good morning. >> little items like a baking pan. >> absolutely. these things, never air-dry them. they're going to rust. and nobody wants rust in their brownies. make sure you hand wash and dry them. you want to make sure that no rest goes rust goes on them. you want to rub them with a little vegetable oil. just a little coating.
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that will keep the rust off of them. >> that's it? >> that's right. >> it's the rust -- we end up tossing them out. >> also, it's important to have things took evenly in baking. if you have rust or crud on there, it's not going to work. >> that's true. i've heard, knives and nonstick pans, keep them out of the dish washers. >> it's very tempting to put them in the dishwasher. don't do it. it wrecks the nonstick coating. >> right. >> and that coating will end up flaking off in your food. not very good. also, with the knaveives, they' going to get pitted. the handles will crack. you want to hand wash, hand dry. and with knives in particular, you want to keep them in a block, or individual sleeves. it's a safety thing, too. the sharper the knife, the less likely they are to slip and cut you. you don't want to reach into a drawer full of knives. they'll cut you. >> people are spending a lot of money on these kind of tvs. how do you clean them?
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>> the first thing people do is spray windex on these things or a glass cleaner. >> not supposed to do that. >> no. that can ruin the screen. you want to take a dry, microfiber cloth, or if it's dusty, just dampen it a little bit. >> people over there going uh-oh. >> gas stoves, you want to keep them clean. if there's dirt in there, they will get scratched up. >> with the gunk in there. >> with these guys, you want to inspect the ports regularly. that's where the flames come out. get in there with a pin. get the crud out. you'll be cooking more evenly that way, which is important. and also, if you get crud buildup in there, you can put your stove on fire. you want to avoid that. >> be sure the stove is nice and cool before -- >> yes. you don't want to stick a need until there, when it's flaming. >> i didn't want to get a nasty
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e-mail that i didn't warn people. and this is a pain. cleaning the refrigerator. >> the most important thing to clean, is the seals. if there's a lot of crud that builds up on these, gaps form. and cold air comes out. and your refrigerator has to work harder to keep the cold in there. give the seals little cleaning with a little detergent and water. once every -- once a week or every couple of weeks. >> what's with the vacuum? what's that about? >> you want to get֍j into the coils and suck out the dust. that boggs down the motor. get down in there. pull off this thing. and get the vacuum down there. get the crevasse tool. get on your hands and knees. >> get down, lisa. >> there you go. >> little, simple things like that, saves in the long run. >> that's right. your refrigerator will last
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longer. and it will smell better. >> thank you, lisa. you can find the tips on our website, coming up next, christian slater. phone service. just $79.99 a month with a one-year agreement. an amazing price, guaranteed for 2 years. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800.974.6006 tty/v ask about additional packages with over 120 hd channels. that's way more than cable. get amazing tv picture quality and unlimited nationwide calling
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all right, ladies and gentlemen. you can hear him breathing. soon, you'll see him. mr. christian slater, star of stage and screen. he used to play "the rebels," you couldn't help but love. now, he's back on a new television show called "the forgotten." he's a former police detective, determined to solve crimes that are virtually unsolvable. nice to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> everything going good? >> it's an exciting day. good to be in the city. exciting that september is national childhood cancer awareness month. >> very nice. [ applause ] >> very brave. >> very nice. >> it's a good crowd.
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[ laughter ] >> you've got a good crowd. you've got a good show. a different kind of show. >> yeah. >> talking before. a lot of these crime shows are out there, about the forensics. about how something happened. this is about shedding light on the dignity of the victims, about who they were. things we talk about in the media. that's what the show is premised on. >> it's about a group of volunteers. people helping other people, to identify the innocent to capture the guilty. there's 40,000 john does and jane does, across the country. they had lives. they have a mother and a father. those people go to sleep every night worrying, wondering what happened to their son, their daughter, their brother, their sister. and this group of volunteers does what they can to give a voice back to the people that can no longer use their own. >> y your character is uniquely motivated. >> yeah. i play this guy, alex donovan, who is a former chicago police
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detective. and his daughter was kid natched when she was 8. so, it's been two years. his partner that he used to work with at the chicago p.d., gave him the cases. to give opportunity to give closure to other people, the closure he can't get himself. >> and it's not an official body. it's volunteer. it's a rag-tag group. let's look at a clip of "the forgotten" of christian slater's character meeting the team. >> highway jane. blunt force head trauma, three weeks ago, west 88. behind there, there's an access rain. no dna on the body. no dna match in the database. hello, everyone. >> hey. >> hello. >> you made it. all right. she was found here. we are here. so, we have unt here.
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that's five days from now. >> what happens then? >> they bury her. unrked grave in potters field. >> very cool. he's reaching out that these people. making them something more collectively. >> that's right. it is a group of volunteers. one guy's a telephone repairman by day. another guy out there for community service. a schoolteacher. an office worker. i'm a former chicago p.d. officer. >> is it fair to say, that you're bringing more to roles now? now that you have your own kids. when you play someone like this, you're an character and get into character. but knowing what it would be like the scenarios in your own family. >> there's any kids there. it's unimaginable. something you don't want to think about. but if it can be channeled, as it is in this case, with ts character, into doing something positive and noble, i think it's okay. and i think, as we develop the
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story, this guy -- i mean, obviously, he's never going to give up finding his daughter. >> yes. of course not. how could you? important to note, the picture with your kids, you're wearing a dodgers jersey. and turned 40, you threw out the first pitch at a dodgers game. talk about pressure. >> pressure, yeah. >> he's looking good. and nice rotation of the shoulder. >> arms really back. >> good forearm definition. >> the way they tipped the photos, it looks like i know what i'm doing. >> how did we do with location of the pitch? >> it made it. made it across the plate. that was the big deal for me. >> we wish you the best of luck. christian slater. good arm. my hand. ses but not on your face.
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all right. been a great show today. >> it has. >> everybody's feeling good? you feeling good? >> everybody's feeling good? you feeling good? >> it's going to be great.
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good morning. 8:56. low clouds dominate the sky over our skyline. inner harbor looking very gloomy and on this last day of summer will feel more summerlike over the next couple of days. 70 degrees this morning. still in the 60s monkton, trying to burn off fog at 64. 67 bel air and perry hall, 69 down towards arnold. we're watching moisture across the deep south. heavy flooding will continue across the southern states and unfortunately towards atlanta, georgia, as well the remnants of what was once a very powerful hurricane in the east atlantic throws moisture into the carolinas. that is riding north and that is probably going to be our best chance in addition to the very moist wind of getting showers and maybe some of them heavy this afternoon. our two-degree guarantee at 77. here's kim with a final check of the roads. >> thank you. traffic has thinned out considerably on southbound 95 as you approach the whitemarsh boulevard area. just minor delays down towards
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the 695/895 split. if you're traveling to dc 95 southbound is pretty much stop-and-go from about 216 in laurel through to about the capitol beltway. we have a crash southbound on the jfx at fayette street. that is not causing too much of a delay at this time. in deal, a crash at route 256 at route 258. caroline county, still dealing with the crash that has eastbound route 404 at noble road closed. the westbound lanes reopened. in queen anne's county, southbound route 301 at 304 closed, northbound lanes have reopened. jfx still pretty much a moderate-to-heavy traffic as you make your way downtown with only running at about a few minutes' delay. we'll be right back with "good morning maryland." at 9:00.
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