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wall street soars to its highest point in five months. has the economy finally turned the corner? or will main street still be left behind? toxic tsunami. entire towns run for cover, as a deadly brew of sludge nearly six feet high covers everything in its path. a 21st-century environmental nightmare. good will overcome evil. a father's response to the victim of the home invasion case. one of the killers could face the death penalty. and good samaritan. the search for an 8-year-old girl saves a little girl. we'll hear from the hero this morning. good morning, everyone. i love that shot of victor perez. humble but proud. >> not only quick thinking. but so brave. he saw the surveillance video. jumped in his car and chased the
guy down. just incredible.r and chased the >> took action like that. also, this morning, a major case at the supreme court. sure to be emotional and controversial. it's about the balance of freedom of speech and the rights of a family to mourn the death of their son in peace. i hope you remember. this is a family who lost their son. he died fighting in iraq. and were forced to face off with a vocal church protesting his funeral. they were protesting over homosexuality and other things. >> and the lawyer is -- and president obama is doing mtv town, to rally youth. this could be the first election since 1978, that the number of women in congress actually goes down after the election. but another powerful woman is creating a lot of buzz. actually, buzz is being created about her. >> that's true. >> bob woodward, reporting last night, that president obama may shake things up as he goes for re-election in 2012.
he says hillary clinton would potentially switch jobs with joe biden. i have to say, i'm not sure that he's right. but jake tapper has been reporting on it this morning. first, the dow jones industrial average jumped 193 points on tuesday. flirting with 11,000 for the first time since may. and that comes after the strongest september on wall street for decades. is the rally for real? will it bring recovery along with it? john berman at the new york stock exchange has the latest for us. >> reporter: stocks are at a five-month high. the overseas markets have been strong today. dow futures are up here already. the question for the rest of the economy concerned is, is this all contagious? with the bright autumn colors, there's been a bright autumn stock boom. the dow was up more than 900 points since the beginning of september. and the s&p hasn't been in this territory since spring. investors are seeing strength in
the service sector. last week's jobs numbers were better. and the latest abc news poll, 31% of consumers say the economy is improving. that's far from the majority. but it's the most since the financial crisis began two years ago. and it means that the number of people who are feeling good about the economy is finally catching up to those who are feeling bad. have we finally turned that corner? economists seem to say kind of, sort of, maybe. with great difficulty. >> the economy's moving in fits and starts. sometimes we'll feel good. sometimes not quite as good. but we're moving in the right direction. >> reporter: third-quarter earnings out tomorrow, are expected to be much weaker than last quarter. with the prediction that twice as many companies will fail to meet expectations. predictions for the next jobs report are also uninspiring. and there's new concern that the fed may have to jump in and try again to jump-start the economy. >> confidence is key. if people don't feel good, the
economy just isn't going to gain any traction. so, it's very, very important that we start to feel a little bit better about things. until we do, the economy's going to struggle. >> reporter: economists do tell us that rising stock prices do help with that confidence. people see their 401(k)s improving, their mood improves also. if the jobs numbers don't get better, corporate profits don't go up, that tends to dampen the mood plenty. we have chief investment strategist for sharls schwab, liz ann sonders. to what extent does the rally reflect a real recovery? and how much can it spark a broader recovery? >> to the extent the stock market is doing the job it typically does, which is to lead the economy and give a heads-up, i think what the market is doing, is reflecting the opposite of what was happening in august. when the market got crushed because of grave concerns about a double-dip recession. i don't know if we've fully taken that off the table. but i think it's lessened quite
a bit. and the stock market, not just the last couple of days, but throughout september, as well, probably reflects a less likelihood of a double-dip. >> and could make people more confident, getting them spending again. we still see, even though there's been encouraging signs in the last month or so, businesses not investing that cash. and consumers not spending. >> i think, we talked about the relationship between the stock market and consumer confidence. it plays well into the business side, as well. talking about their own stock prices. when you look at corporate profits, there is a big spread between the profitability of u.s. corporations and hiring. it is a little chicken and egg. there's not a bell that will ring all of a sudden. but i think when you start to lessen some of the uncertainties that have been plaguing businesses, taxes being one of them, we've started to build the building blocks for an improving jobs environment. i think it's coming. but it's not going to happen all at once.
>> the market and the federal reserve and the federal reserve chairman will keep money cheap. >> yeah. what i also think the market is potentially betting on is that they will actually step back in with this thing called quantitative easing, where they buy treasuries in order to bring interest rates down. i'm not sure that's necessary at this point. i'm not so sure it will help. the economy, let's hope anyway, is going to do well enough to tell the fed that we're starting to recover on our own. >> we're just about out of time. to what extent is the market anticipating republican gains in the midterm. >> the best start of the stock market is when you have a democratic president or a congress. that's something that's been anticipated. >> the market likes gridlock. >> yes. >> liz ann sonders, thank you very much. today, the supreme court will hear one of the most controversial cases in years. on one side, you have a family of a marine killed in iraq, who sued a fundamentalist church
after they protested at his funeral, carrying signs saying thank god for dead soldiers. but the church says the first amendment protects their rights to speak out. david kerley has covered this from the beginning. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the protests have been held across the country. most americans would call them disgusting, despicable. really disrespectful. but the question for the supreme court this morning is do our free speech, first amendment rights, allow the protesters to disrupt the solemn remembrances of families of fallen soldiers? the protest at the center of this case happened the day before we saw the protesters in action. they protest funerals of soldiers. they say, because those men and women fought for a country that supports abortion and homosexuality. they are mostly family members of westboro baptist, a small kansas church. these families feel like this is
their private time and that you're invading their time. >> that's too bad, isn't it? >> reporter: we first spoke to phelps in 2006. if a widow came to you and said please stay away from my husband's funeral, would you take that into consideration? >> no. you are part of the blame for him being dead, woman. >> reporter: the day before that interview, phelps disrupted matthew snyder's family in maryland. al snird wyder was disgusting, telling george stephanopoulos, he was going to sue. >> so many people have fought throughout our history. and to have a group of 80 people destroy it and mock it the way they are, it's a crime. >> reporter: but in court, snyder lost. and amazingly was ordered to pay the protesters, outraging many, including fox news host, bill o'reilly, who called into "good
morning america," offering to pay the costs. >> there is no doubt that these people went out of their way to hurt fellow americans. >> reporter: now, snyder and phelps will face off again, in the supreme court. phelps' daughter, a lawyer, will argue her father's case. but some constitutional experts say the court could rule for the grieving families. >> if the supreme court ruled that the first amendment played out differently at funerals, that would be unprecedented. >> reporter: there is a possibility, according to the experts, that they could rule for the protesters, a strong statement in favor of the first amendment. what are the options if they rule for the grieving families? potentially that you can't protest at funerals or against private citizens. a very big case, george, to be heard this morning. >> key first amendment case. also in washington last night, many of america's top business minds came together to talk to each other and hear from president obama. what set this group apart was
they were all women. the "fortune" magazine's most powerful women summit. but this could be the first summit to watch the number of powerful women go down. i want to get to the summit and president obama. but first, this news created by bob woodward overnight that the idea that hillary clinton could replace joe biden on the 2012 ticket is, quote, according to him, on the table. i've been working the phones this morning. i know you have, as well. and can find zero evidence that he's right. >> reporter: that's right. not only does it appear to be on the table, nobody knows what table bob woodward is talking about. possibly, he is trying to create buzz for himself. but the bookmakers the opposite case between the relationship between secretary of state clinton and president obama. and there's nobody in the building behind me i can find that has heard anything about this. >> president obama has never discussed this. and told vice president biden that biden will be his running
mate next time around. let's get to this election. and the idea that the number of women could go down, even as president obama is courting the woman's vote heavily. >> reporter: that's right, george. and president obama is having trouble with the women's vote in this election cycle. women are about ten points more likely to vote for a democrat than a republican. but in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, that margin is very narrow. only 47% to 44%. president obama and the democrats pulling out all of the stops to rewoo women voters, who were such a key part of the coalition two years ago. speaking to women business leaders, the president last night tried to establish his feminism's bona fide. >> i'm thrilled to be here tonight, with some of the most brilliant, established, influential women in this country. michelle obama's husband. i feel very close at home. >> reporter: during the speech, the presidential seal fell off. mr. obama joked.
>> that's all right. all of you know who i am. >> reporter: but the white house worries some female voters may have forgotten. and the president needs those women in order to hold the house and senate. >> hello, wisconsin. >> reporter: it's one of the reasons why you hear the president talk so much about education on the stump. and what he says republicans will do to it. >> they want to cut financial aid for 8 million college students. >> reporter: they'll also get some help selling that message. next week, the first lady will start a six-state fund-raising swing, including an evening on broadway with two female icons. sarah jessica parker and patti labelle. >> moms kind of know when something's wrong. >> reporter: however polarizing sarah palin might be, she may be on to something. >> you don't want to mess with the momma grizzlies. >> if she is referring to culturally conservative, working-class white women, they have moved away from the democrats pretty sharply under obama. >> reporter: some of the
candidates getting the most buzz this election cycle are women running as republicans. bill maher on hbo, created an obama alter ego. barry white house. >> appointing two women to the supreme court. don't tell me that didn't seal relations. >> reporter: and, george, because women members of congress are disproportionately democratic, experts say the number of women in congress will almost certainly decline after the midterm elections. >> thanks. that bill maher clip was funny. beginning tonight, i will host the first of three pivotal senate debates to determine who will hold the power in washington. we'll kick off things in florida. the debates will air throughout the state. and i will be broadcasting from orlando tomorrow. >> have to leave a little early today. all right, george. in the meantime, a jury in connecticut has now returned a guilty verdict.
in a vicious home invasion that ended in the murder of a mother and two daughters. and now, the father, dr. william petit, who lost his family, is speaking out. ashleigh banfield has followed the trial since day one. it's been emotional, to say the least. >> reporter: very difficult case. guilty across the board, but for 1 of the 17 counts against steven hayes. and basically, that propels this to a death penalty phase, which means a jury is going to have to decide if he lives or dies for what he did to william petit's family. >> we did our best to keep our faith in god that justice would be served. >> reporter: exhausted, relieved and surrounded by family. dr. william petit broke his silence tuesday. >> there is some relief. my family is still gone. it doesn't bring them back.
its doesn't bring back the home we had. >> reporter: for three weeks, petit endured testimony for the trial of steven haze. how hayes and an accomplice robbed, and murdered william petit and his wife and two daughters. >> if there ever was a case that deserved the death penalty, this certainly is one. >> reporter: the evidence was disturbing. photos of his daughter's beds, where they were tied and doused with gas. the surveillance tape of his wife's last moments alive, forced to withdraw money from a bank. >> we have a lady who is in our bank right now. she is petrified. >> reporter: william petit barely escaped the burning house that morning. dragging himself bound in ropes out of his basement. many wondered how he could return to court each day to relive it. >> i am a little nausea every time i get off the exit ramp. a little nausea every time i
walk across the street. but i do it for my family. i think all of you would do the same thing for your families. what matters to me most is my memories of my family. for the last couple of weeks, i just kept trying to tell myself that good will overcome evil. and we'll keep trying to do good things and refocus myself on the positive. and stay away from the negative. >> reporter: death penalty phase gets underway on october 18th. and then, there's a matter of the next trial for the next defendant. that will take the better part of next year. robin, what's unbelievable is he lived in cheshire. >> and it's the debate whether to live or die. >> it's swung on this case. go to juju chang with the other news. >> good morning, robin and george and good morning,
everyone. we begin in afghanistan where there's word that potential peace talks are under way between key elements of the afghan government, the taliban and high-level officials from pakistan. this is seen as a preliminary but crucial step toward a possible settlement in the end of the war. any settlement, of course, would require the taliban to renounce al qaeda. despite the talks, for the sixth time in the last week, militants have set fire to a nato convoy in pakistan. eight troops were destroyed. one driver was killed. on the arabian peninsula, in yemen, a rocket attack targeted a motorcade. the government of hungary says it could take one year to clean up sludge, following a dam break at a chemical plant. it swamped 7 villages over 16 miles. our alexander marquardt is in hungary. >> reporter: it's being called a toxic tsunami.
a wave of noxious red flood from a metal processing plant. sending residents running for their lives. at least four people were killed, six are missing. when i heard the rumble of the flood, said one resident, i only had time to jump out the window and run to higher ground. another said his relative was burned to the bones. >> there was no warning at all. some people speak of other people just running down the street. some of them saying, get out of the way. it's coming. and then turning to look. and already the sludge, a meter or two meters high, was already flowing towards them. >> reporter: more than 1 million cubic yards of flood is the waste product of aluminum production. hungary's environmental minister says crews are working desperately to try to prevent the toxic flood from contaminating the danube river. workers are dumping in chemicals to try to neutralize them before
they reach the danube. meantime, hundreds of people have who lost everything, are wondering when they can return home and rebuild their lives. alex marquardt, abc news, budapest. seaworld san diego gave us an exclusive first look at its new baby penguin. it hatched seven weeks ago. and it weighs just over a pound. >> exclusively. >> exclusively. i dare you not to smile when you see that video. >> that's true, juju. can't smile without seeing sam champion, too. >> aw, robin. good morning, everyone. let's deal with the -- we call it a cutoff low in the northeast. it's separated from anything to move it out of the way. there will be break of sunshine in southern sections. from pittsburgh to washington, to philadelphia, to new york. you may see a little break in the cloud. the heavier rain will be concentrated further north.
check out the cool temperatures. look at chicago at 48. look at atlanta at 45. and look at minneapolis at 60 degrees. big difference in the cool start to the day. those numbers, the southern numbers will finish in the 70s, though. we'll talk west in the next half hour. we'll also talk developing tropical system.
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now mayor land most powerful dop rare lei radar and forecast certified most accurate by weather rate. good morning it's 7:26. it's almost like we hit rewind and row play last three mornings all locked in. it's 50 around baltimore. we have got the towson glen burnie cooler 49 in owens mills and 51 down towards annapolis. not much of a spread this mornings. mostly cloudy skies. peeks of sun. as the rain came through lifting up to the north but there's more back to the west. and showers likely to refire up as we head into the afternoon. keep the umbrella or light rain jacket handy. 61 is the 2 degree guarantee 10 degeese below normal. here kim with traffic. >> reporter: heavy volume around outer loop on west side between 795 and i-70.
traffic appears to be moving at a fairly good pace. it's going to see speeds down around the area. we also have accidents to let you if he know about. one in windsor mill westbound security boulevard a crash is blobbing the left lane. here's megan pringle with the morning news update. >> thanks. good morning to you. steven was 23 years old trying to become a doctor. but in late july, two people stabbed him to death after he he left penn station and today the school of medicine turner auditorium will fill up and he will be remembered. a slide show presentation will begin at 3:45 and then a service at 4. the memorial scholarship fun has been established at school of medicine in honor of him. r and b star mary j. blige will be in town at nordstrom at towson town senter from 5 until 7 launching her melodies eye wear by the mjb collection. the price is 165 to $225 and if you buy a pair of glasses, you get to meet the star in person.
lake, she says, when the pirates killed him. she talked about that yesterday on "gma." and we're going to get into that again this morning. >> yeah. and also, her husband's parents were there, too. and the mother has such a heartfelt plea to authorities to help find his body. now, police say they have doubts about tiffany's story. we'll get her response to that. we say good morning, america, on this wednesday morning. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. also we'll get into this outrageous story. imagine your house goes up in flames. the fire's growing more intense. and the firefighters just stand by and watch. they say they had to stand by because the family did not pay its fee for fire rescue. we're going to get into that, as well. >> $75 fee, at that. so, yeah. it's caused outrage across the country. we begin, george, with a heroic rescue of an 8-year-old girl who was kidnapped outside of her home on monday night.
the fbi was called in. an am bert alert was put out. and then, a breakthrough. but it wasn't law enforcement who found her, though they did a great job in getting the information out. it was a good samaritan. we're going to hear his story in a moment. first, yunji de nies joins us from fresno. this is a beautiful story. >> reporter: it is, robin. they say the brave actions of one man may have saved a little girl's life. police wrapped lisa in a blanket, giving warmth and comfort to a little girl who has endured so much. it was early evening monday, when the 8-year-old was playing outside her home with friends. police say this man, gregorio gonzalez tried to lure the children inside his truck, promising to buy them toys and coloring books. the children ran. but gonzalez allegedly snatched little alisa. her mother chased him in a car. other family members followed on
foot. but the truck vanished. >> please, whoever has her daughter to bring her back. all she wants is her daughter back home. >> reporter: police put out an amber alert, asking people to be on the lookout for a little girl in a winnie the pooh sweatshirt, as well as gonzalez's truck captured on this surveillance video. victor perez spotted that truck and acted boldly. perez jumped into his car and began following the truck, yelling at the driver to pull over. when he refused, he cut him off, forcing him to stop. >> second time i stopped, the little girl stuck her head out. >> reporter: police say gonzalez shoved alisa out of the car and sped away. >> i'm glad he helped me out. >> reporter: police found gonzalez and arrested him. he will be charged with kidnapping and sexual assault. her mother is grateful that her daughter is finally safe.
it seemed like an eternity, she said, just waiting for my daughter to be found. gregorio gonzalez is a known gang member. he was on felony probation for ghetsic violence and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. police say this little girl is very lucky to be alive. >> she certainly is, yunji, thank you. joining us now, is victor perez. the quick-thinking good samaritan, who may have shaved this young girl's life, along with police chief, jerry dire. victor, let me start with you. you saw the amber alert monday night. you saw it again tuesday morning. and then, you stepped outside. what happened next? >> i spotted the truck. i said, that could be the truck. and i had like the split-second decision to call 911 or go after it. and i decided to go after it. took a chance to go after. i questioned whether that was
the man they were looking for or not. started chasing him. >> you tried to cut him off again and again. tell us exactly what you were doing. >> the first time, i saw him speeding away. i said, i need to catch up to him. when i finally caught up to him, i asked him -- i told him to pull over real quick. i needed to ask him a question. and he answered me very politely. he didn't have time to pull over. his truck was breaking down. and i also gave him a quick answer. i got tools and cables, in case you do break down. i'll give you a jump. and he took off on me. so, i decided, you know, to go after him. the second time i caught up to him, he got very upset. and the little girl had like a second to show her face. and that's when i knew this was the guy they were looking for. >> when you saw her face, you knew that was the little girl that was missing? >> oh, yes, i did. the eyes matched the picture i saw on tv. and to begin with, i didn't see
her at the beginning because he was hiding her. when she popped her face, i said, well. i think this is the truck they're looking for. and the little girl they're looking for. and he proceeded to take off again. and i kept chasing him until he eventually blocked him off and he let the little girl out. >> was she hurt when he threw her out of the truck? >> no. she was frightened. she was very shaky. she just kept saying she was scared. and she was going to be all right. i just waited for the police personnel to arrive and ambulance. it went from there. >> were you concerned that he had a weapon? >> the second time i reached him, the way he acted, yes, i was. for a split-second, i was nervous. until i saw the little girl. and all fear went out the window. i wasn't thinking for me. i was thinking we need to get the little girl to safety.
that's what kept me going. and i wasn't going to give up. i couldn't give up. so, that's what happened. >> chief dire, what was it like for your personally to return the child? >> well, it was very emotional. i would have the privilege of being in the hospital room when the mother was reunited with alisa. and i have to tell you, that was a highlight of my career of being able to see the joy that was in both of their eyes. it was a combination of fear and joy at the same time. but just to be able to have a part of that and to know that we were able to save a life with the help of victor, is something that, you know, you can't put a price on. it's very rewarding for us in law enforcement. >> i'm sure it is. and it seemed like everybody involved, chief dyer, did the right thing. children were playing in the yard. they were supervised by adults. when they saw the truck, they told the children to run. they knew on their own to get away. and unfortunately, the suspect
was able to nab one of the children. but they were doing everything they could. >> yeah. we had two other good samaritans were attempting to yell at the children to run from this suspect. and to move away from the vehicle. and unfortunately, the suspect grabbed alisa and forced her into the vehicle. and then, sped away. and if not for, obviously, victor and being as brave as he is, we may never have recovered her. we're very fortunate. it's a tragic incident. but it could have been much more tragic. we want to make sure we did everything we could at the police department to locate her and put all of the resources we could into it. we can't do it alone. and it takes good citizens like victor to help us out. >> it was a coordinated effort all the way around. gentlemen, thank you very much. and thank you for being with us. >> thank you. thank you, robin. >> thank goodness for good citizens like victor. now, we're going to turn to
the family of the american man who was allegedly murdered by pirates on a jet ski. on tuesday, his wife told us, her husband was murdered right before her eyes. but police in mexico say they have no evidence an attack even took place. and they're asking if his wife was involved in the death. ryan owens has the latest. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. this is a bit of an international catch-22. the mexican authorities say, as you point out, they found no evidence of a crime. american authorities say, you haven't searched. caught in the middle, a wife forced to defend herself. hundreds of mourners gathered in this south texas church tuesday night to remember david hartley. noticeably absent, his body. >> it shouldn't be that hard to get him home. >> it feels like another -- >> just like right over there. you see the other shore. he's just right there. >> reporter: but right there is
a couple of miles on the other side of the u.s. border in mexican waters. david's wife, tiffany, has spent hours at the mexican consulate, trying to convince them to search. >> are you sure your husband got shot? >> yes. in his head. >> reporter: it's been nearly a week since she made that atlantic call to 911, saying mexican pirates shot and killed her husband, but left her unharmed. after the couple rode their jet skis across the border to see this church. one of the reasons the mexican authorities aren't helping you is some of them don't believe your story. they said we didn't find a body. they don't even think it happened. how do you respond? >> tired of hear it. i understand from this point of view. i have to put myself in their view. i can understand why they would think that. but it's not -- it is true. and he is over there. and i know the pirates or
whatever did this, have him. >> reporter: tiffany knows there are skeptics on this side of the border, too. >> i would never even think about hurting my husband. for what reason? what reason would i do anything? i loved him. >> reporter: tiffany's strongest support may come from her husband's family. >> for her to have to go through this and people doubt her, that hurts all of us. >> reporter: tiffany says that finding her husband's body, she believes, will back up her story. a story that even she acknowledges right now is a tough one to believe. george? >> okay. ryan owens, thank you very much. local police say there are eyewitnesses to the shooting, as well. it's time, now, for the weather and sam champion. >> good morning, george. we're going to start with pictures out of phoenix. thunderstorms at drive-home time
yesterday. it put down two inches of rain. baseball and golf ball-sized hail. it had been stormy. look at that bouncing around. that made it a very difficult drive home to get through all of that. these kinds of storms will kick up again. rain from santa maria to l.a., and from san diego, from early in the morning showers. those things will continue for a while. the strong storms more inland. we need to look at tropical depression 17. and the circle of suspicion here. the idea is, even if it becomes auto, it moves away from any land. but we're in the "os." it's been an active season. not a lot has been focused on any land. from minneapolis to dallas, it's gorgeous today.
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imagine if your home was engulfed in flames. you call 911, only to find out firefighters will not help to put out the fire. well, that's what happened to a tennessee homeowner because he failed to pay the town's $75 annual fee. as barbara pinto tells us, this may not be an isolated incident. >> reporter: gene cranick called 911 when his house caught fire. but this is all that's left. >> lost everything in the house. >> reporter: the cranicks say they forgot to pay the $75 a neighboring city charges for fire protection outside its city limits. when the blaze started to
spread, worried neighbors who had paid called 911. but the firefighters who responded stood and watched the cranicks' house burn to the ground. >> i wasn't on their list. so, i didn't get no water. >> reporter: without that payment, firefighters are required, by law, not to help. >> have to follow the rules. have to follow the ordnances. that's what we do. >> reporter: the rules enflamed cranick's son. he is charged with assault for punching the fire chief in the face. paying for emergency services could become increasingly common, as more and more towns run out of money and have to make tough decisions about where to spend. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> we have someone tie dyeing. >> reporter: when 9-year-old trace eddie's brother had a sister. he called 911. >> can you please hurry up? >> reporter: but the only dispatcher at the short-staffed missouri call center didn't have time to instruct him in cpr. his grandmother revived the
little girl on her own. >> we only have one dispatcher on call at all times. >> reporter: 16 other counties in missouri can't afford to have 911 centers at all. in loma linda, california, 911 callers who don't pay $48 in subscription fees are charged $300 for help from paramedics. and in los angeles? rick fritz runs this 911 dispatch center, serving more than a dozen communities from a single room. >> a lot of fire money comes from property taxes. and with that shrinking pool of money, they have to go to public safety as a whole. >> reporter: and more families like the cranicks could be forced to pay, one way or another. barbara pinto, abc news, chicago. as always, we welcome your thoughts and invite you to weigh in on our shoutout board. coming up, prince charles opens up his candid thoughts on diana, their kids, and whether he'll ever become king.
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returning by the weekend. >> reporter: a very serious crash in wood lawn has the westbound lanes of security boulevard closed northbound rolling road closed this morning. so you should avoid the a area. i do believe it's affecting traffic on the outer loop. we had an earlier accident at wilkins avenue that has been cleared off to the right. traffic is at a crawl as you make your way past liberty road. look at the maps, we have an accident up and overly white marsh eastbound at bel air road. back again on the west side crash still lingering at old court road in luxingburg and pikesville and windor mill. stay with us. we are tend sending you back to good morning, america.
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ah, the quest to be forever young. a growing number of celebrities, including actresses dana delany and lisa renna. can the new face of hollywood be a more natural look? also, a very revealing interview with prince charles. he talks about his marriage. he talks about what it feels like to wait to be king. this is an interview coming up in "vanity fair" magazine. we talk to the writer this morning. then, nine left standing on the dance floor. the latest celebrity to be voted off "dancing with the stars," well, margaret cho. so, she and her partner, louis van amstel will join us coming up. first, let's go to juju chang with the morning's news. >> good morning, george and robin. good morning, everyone. we begin on wall street with expectations today that the dow could close above 11,000 for the first time since april. that's because investors are
growing more confident the federal reserve will take new steps to stimulate the economy. a report tuesday also shows surprising strength in the service industry. but companies are still too worried that they have yet to begin hiring again. overseas, there's word that preliminary talks aimed at ending the afghan war are now under way. high-level official frts the afghanistan and pakistani government, are at the table, as well as representatives of the taliban. any deal would require the taliban to cut ties with al qaeda. ? eastern europe, crews are working to keep a toxic sludge from reaching the danube river in hungary. the sludge follows 16-square miles. it burns through clothes and shoes. four people have died. and at least six are missing. encouraging news, this morning, about the 33 miners trapped underground in chile since early august. rescue teams thought it could take another month to free them.
now, we're hearing those men could see the light of day as early as this weekend. our jeffrey kofman is there. >> reporter: that bell marks an anniversary no one can quite believe. it's been two months since the nine collapse that's trapped 33 men underground. down below, they have also marked anniversaries. miner alex vega celebrated his 32nd birthday, connected to his family by video phone. we know that rescue is immminen. but it is impossible to say when it will happen. that's because progress here is erratic. plan "b," sometimes advances 150 feet in 1 day. yesterday, it advanced just six feet. the rescue hole could be complete this weekend. but it will have to be lined with metal pipe, rescue may have to wait another week. this is the cramped capsule that will lift the men to freedom. it is just 21 inches across.
maria's brother, dario, is one of the trapped miners. do you think the end is near? >> very near, she says. the end is very near. whether it takes another week or another month, the family will be waiting. for "good morning america," jeffrey kofman, abc news, at the san jose mine, chile. >> with bated breath. now, let's check in with what "world news" has in store for tonight. here's diane sawyer. diane? >> good morning, juju and all my pals at "gma." coming up on "world news," as we know, the unemployment lines snaking around the country. we've found a state with a unique approach. and thousands of people are working right now because of it. is this an answer? be sure to watch tonight on "world news." we'll see you then. >> we'll see you then, too. that's the news at 8:03. time for weather with sam "the man" champion. good morning, sam. >> good morning, juju. everybody, go ahead. you get a chance. i love the sam sign.
25 years. what does that mean? >> we've been married 25 years. >> can you pick the guy you've been married to out of this crowd? >> yes. >> tell me your names. >> caroline and doug jones. >> let's get to the boards. one or two things we want to talk about. as you hit the door, we're going to show you a live shot from our friends at wabc. they know new york better than anybody else. and it's a gorgeous shot. look at that. a little clearing going on today. you guys are in luck if you're walking around today. there may be another sprinkle or two today. we're trying to get rid of this. and the warmer air is coming in, just in time for the weekend. right in the middle of the country, it is gorgeous today. from minneapolis to des moines and kansas city, even further south, into texas. there's south texas showers that will be picking up today. but right in dallas, it's st
i'm only guessing that we're going back to robin. can you say the name robin for me? >> robin? >> beautiful. >> excellent. all right, sam. thank you. this morning, we're talking about the growing list of stars who are going public with the problems they've had in the quest to say young. "desperate housewives" actress, dana delany, revealed this week, that a botox procedure she had left her with a dead nerve and a drooping eye. but is hollywood open to a more natural look?
andrea canning went in search of the answers. good morning, andrea. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it seems less is more these days in hollywood. and it's not just leading ladies, having buyers' remorse. but also women trying to look like their favorite celebrity and then regretting it. i spoke with someone at a practice devoted to reversing procedures. 20 years ago, lisa renna had silicone injected into her lips, to achieve this signature look. today, she's back to au naturel, after having lip reduction surgery this summer. >> i cannot pick up lacy up today. i have surgery. >> reporter: after dana delany seen here in her new abc series, "body of proof," is also coming clean. telling "prevention" magazine that a bad botox experience has made her swear off plastic
surgery forever. buyers' remorse is on the mind of this kardashian sister. >> we'll start with botox. and we'll see where this takes us. >> reporter: on a recent episode of "keeping up with the kardashians" kim gave botox a try. >> does it hurt? >> yes. i'll never do this again ever. >> promise? >> promise. >> promise? >> promise. >> plastic surgery has become something of an addiction in hollywood. and women are going overboard with breast implants and lip implants. they don't look like themselves. they don't look normal. they don't look natural. >> reporter: last year, i met up with linda evans, famous for her role in "dynasty. "but she didn't look like the same chris cal kherington. i made some choices where i went whoops. >> reporter: are you willing to say what your mistakes were? >> i think anyone who looks at me will tell. i don't even have to go into details. but people know what you should look like. and why you don't.
>> reporter: then, there's heidi montag, the poster girl for going too far. >> ddd isn't enough? >> it doesn't look very big. >> reporter: at just 23, she radically altered her appearance as she told our juju chang. >> i'm not addicted. if i were addicted, i would have ten plastic surgeries. >> you did have ten plastic surgeries. >> i mean ten times. >> reporter: today, montag says she regrets that decision. and she says, i'm desperate to go back to normal. i'm downgrading and going smaller to a "d" or dd. 39-year-old julie levine knows that too well. she decided to have lip enhancement surgery 15 years ago, after noticing luscious lips were the trend with stars like angelina jolie. >> everyone was doing silica back then. and that's what i did. it looked really, really good for a year. >> reporter: but the look came at a price. >> lumpy. turning hard.
the silicone has moved. scar tissue was developing around the area that i got injected. >> reporter: so, she came to dr. richard ellenbogan. a beverly hills plastic surgeon, who specializes in reversing procedures. >> i have a whole practice of people coming in and doing that. some things are not totally reversible. but we're able to fix things that even ten years ago were unfixable. >> reporter: juli needed two surgeries. but knees, she's back to her original lips. check out before and after surgery. she's never been happier. >> my lips are soft again. they feel different. i'm very happy with the results. >> reporter: even in hollywood, where the pressure to be physically perfect never lets up, actresses are starting to realize that looking the part may mean looking like themselves. >> i think that women want to be taken seriously. i think they want to look young and gorgeous. but they don't want to look like a caricature. >> reporter: and the surgeon
told us a lot of big stars have come to his practice for reverse plastic surgery. but he can't go too extreme with the reversal because they're so famous. he doesn't want to alter their looks in the other direction or people will notice right away. now, to the one celebrity i know, who never ages. miss robin roberts. >> it's early. joining us to talk more about plastic surgery, is lesscy jane seymour. she's the editor in chief of "more" magazine. and she wrote an editor's letter this month. >> isn't this a poster child for aging how you want to age? >> exactly. >> it's incredible. >> what inspired you to write the let center. >> no matter what we do, great hair, great lighting, great makeup, can make you look amazing. the problem is, there's so much discussion about retouching and over retouching. even when we don't, my readers are writing in saying, why did you do that? i'm like, wait a minute. i didn't. it's lighting, hair, makeup. and we fight with photographers
to put the wrinkles back in. and they've been so trained to take a 50-year-old woman or a 40-year-old woman and make her look 20 in hollywood, by the p.r. people, that we fight with them. i said, i could make a whole magazine just based on the wrinkles i've put back in. >> and you said, it's not about looking younger. >> you want to look great for your age. that's what you're seeing in hollywood. there's a backlash to wanting to look like you've had work done. wanting to look younger. i don't think any woman out there would say today, i want to look 20 years younger. she says, i want to look great for my age. >> absolutely. >> that's a good thing. >> is the pendulum swinging in hollywood? >> it's swinging everywhere. and remember, you don't have to have a radical, you know, lift. you can do injections. you can do small, little things. tweaks. you don't have to have that big, wind-blown -- poor linda evans said, you go too far. and you don't have to do that.
skin care has developed so far. a lot can be maintained by taking care of yourself. >> i couldn't help but you watching andrea canning's piece. >> it's scary. >> why were you nodding along? you were moved by it. >> well, it's so sad. i find it so sad that women emulate these stars so much they think they want to look like them and become them. you know, when you know a lot about hollywood and you spend a lot of time with them, you know. they look great on the outside. but they've got the same problems we do. it's really emulating them and trying to have their lips isn't going to change your life. the change has to happen in here. and it's how you feel and how you feel about yourself. you know. you look great. and how you project yourself to the world. a lot of it -- i know it sounds cheesy. a lot of it is inner. >> it's not cheesy. it is. and someone will say to me, you look good. did you have work done? no. i just got a good night's rest. >> exactly.
that's what women are after. they're after looking like they've had their best day. or it is their best day. >> why are we just talking about women here? >> men, too. i know. they're in there. >> see? they're doing things, as well. >> they're in there. >> we don't talk about it as much. >> remember, it's okay for a man to age. there's that commercial about -- i forget what it is. some hair tonic thing. just a touch of gray. and that's okay. if you look too gray, it's not good. but some gray. try that on a woman. there's not one thing that would say a touch of gray is going to make you experienced and actuep. it different standard, as we know. it's a very different world for women. unfortunately. do yk we talking to abou this issue bec wanted them -- i wanted to throw open the door and talk about w i too much? what is the right amount to do? and are you angry? a lot of women are angry they
feel pushed to do too much in terms of beauty surgery and changing themselves and altering their age. they want to look their age. they want to look great. your age.to look great. absolutely. tll u wha think about all this. cosmeticsurg what we're doing.- abcnews.com/gma to weig in on or shoutout board, as you suggested. also, there's a link to "more" magazine's coverage on this topic. we'll have more "gma." keeping you full and focused with more than double the fiber and whole grain... in every tasty bite -- frrrrrrosted mini-wheeeeats! didn't know i had it in me.
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to many americans, prince charles is a curiosity. the most enigmatic member of the british monarchy, overshadowed by his wife, princess diana, and his mother, the queen, who seems so reluctant to pass him the throne. in the new edition of "vanity fair," he talks about. the writer joins us now. he really did open up a bit to you. and i love your first line in the piece. you say, perhaps, no public figure has done more good and received less credit for it prince charles.
>> it's true. he runs 20 charities himself, directly. he's involved in all kind of works, like organic farming, sustainable architecture. on and on. has set up more than 50,000 young people from underprivileged areas with their own businesses over a time of like 30 years. he employed 1,500 people in his charities. he gives half his private income, which is $26 million, to these charities. but he raises $150 million a year for them. he does something like over 600 public appearances for them. >> basically, he said, i may never be king. but i'm going to go to work. and the sense i got from reading your article is that he is simultaneously impatient and at peace with the idea that he may never be king. >> i think, you know, he doesn't really like to talk about the idea of when he'll be king because it involves his mother
passing away. you know? and that's not something i think he really -- >> she could pass it over. >> it's very rare that monarchs abdicate. the whole idea of monarchy is you're there for life. will the pope resign? i don't think so. he's carved out a role for the prince of wales that never existed. he's operating on a very high level. his rain forest foundation, for example, put together a deal between the norwegian government and the government of guiana, in south america. the norwegians are paying the guianaese, not to build a road and to use that money for other opportunities for them to grow. there th has never done by the prince of wales. the prince of wales did wait around and go to parties. that's not what he's doing. >> you said he is going to be a defender of nature, full-stop. and you said some of his ideas may be considered radical. we read in the press, the whole idea that prince charles, even more of his quirky side.
that he converses with his plants. that he eavesdrops on the tourists. does that square with the guy you met? >> you have to understand that high grove, where i interviewed him, his house is set in the middle of this beautiful garden, open to the public, also as a way to raise funds. eavesdropping, he's hanging out of his window and hearing what they say about his garden. he's passionate about nature. he has a book out called "harmony," and he believes that agriculture is destroying the earth. you know, the whole issue of overfishing in the oceans. ripping up the rain forests. all of this, he feels, if we don't stop doing these things right away, there's not going to be much of an earth to leave to our children. >> and he puts his ideas into practice. you saw something when you were out there. a hose coming out of his bathroom window? >> this was at his london
residence. there was a hose coming from his bathroom window into plants on the terrace. he recycles his bath water to water his plants. he's really into it. and he's -- i say he's radical because his message is very urgent. and he says -- he said to me, i know i'm going to be criticized with this book. i'm putting my head above the parapit once again. going to have a shot out. let my critics come because then the issues will be discussed. >> and he stays grounded, in part, to his marriage to camilla. you say she's normal. >> totally normal. i sat next to her one night at dinner. you discuss the weather to politics. she has a great laugh. lots of his friends noticed the difference since they've been married. he's really finally, i think comfortable in his own skin, prince charles. and i asked him about camilla and if that was true. he said, you know, it makes all
the difference in the world to have someone at your side who supports you and understands you. he is also said she was his eyes and ears. she was out there watching out for him. i think they have a real strong teamwork kind of marriage. >> thanks very much. the article's in "vanity fair" right now. and we'll be right back. all day and night. [ man ] symbicort improves my lung function, starting within 15 minutes. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. it is a combination of two medicines and should not be taken more often than prescribed. symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems, and children and adolescents may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems. symbicort is not for people whose asthma is well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine like inhaled corticosteroids. once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop symbicort without loss of control, and prescribe a long-term asthma control medicine. be sure to see your doctor
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tuesday. margaret cho and her partner, louis van amstel became the latest couple voted off "dancing with the stars." they're going to join us live this morning. it was so much fun. i think i heard them eating bagels earlier this morning. they're up. they're early. and it's going to be great to talk with them. >> yeah. very emotional. we say good morning, america. >> good morning. >> are we missing something? where is george? >> where did george go? >> he's off to florida. he's going to hosting tonight's big senate debate. tight race there. three candidates. the debate will stream live on abcnews.com and on george's page on facebook. and george will be there live tomorrow morning with reaction to the debate. >> george is going digital tonight. we have another story coming up. it's the kind of story that every mother puts themselves in this mother's shoes. what would you do if your child has a disease that was so rare,
there's no treatment for it? you'll meet this mother this morning, that is pushing scientists for answers. it might help others, as well. >> hope it will. and alton brown, the man who knows good eats. he's going to serve up one of his delicious creations. are you ready for what he's making over there? avocado ice cream. ooh. alton, good reaction. okay. yeah. you can have my sample. i didn't mean -- no. i'm going to eat it. you have a very special guest, don't you there, sam? >> i have lots of new friends. and jennie garth is here, too. who can ask for more than that. jennie has a good idea. our first lady has said it's an anti-obesity movement on our children and getting them moving. she said that exercise about 60 minutes a day is a good thing. jennie said it's as easy as walking the kids to school. is that something everybody can do? >> yes. yesterday, these kids and i walked to school, celebrating national walk to school month.
>> you guys just made the stroll. and everybody got up this morning, too. >> yeah. >> how do you feel about that? who was the slowest on waking up? who was the slowest? >> parents can sign up -- >> my little sister lost her partner. >> in the walk? >> yes. we help them. >> is there safety concerns parents need to know about? >> if you're concerned, there's great safety tips on the website. and parents can sign up via the greenworks facebook page. that's facebook, not twitter. facebook page. they can join in the challenge and actually win $5,000 grants for their schools. >> if you sign up enough kids you can qualify for a grant for your school. jennie, we love that you came by. thanks for doing this. >> thanks for having us. >> we are happy you got up early to walk and to come in. to find out how your school can be a part of it, logon to
abcnews.com/gma. we'll walk you through it. let's get to the boards quickly. a fly-by on the day today. on the east coast, a few gusty winds. but breaking up the clouds that have been in new england and the middle atlantic for a couple of days now. it's a very good thing. gusty wind to do that. as we wake to say, we're walking. and we're walking. robin? >> you're surrounded by friends, sam. i wanted to be surrounded by friends. come around me right now. the northern jersey chapter of gilda's club. thank you. thank you.
oh. back at you. it's fitting because of the story this week on "dancing with the stars." you have a great story. walk right in front of the camera right there. right in front. it's the end of the road for comedienne margaret cho on "dancing with the stars." she and her wonderful partner, louis van amstel. did you watch them? they gave it their heart and soul. give it up for louis and margaret cho. it's great to see you. it really was an emotional exit. many people were sorry to see you go. and, margaret, it was a busy, busy week for you. you have your standup act. you were traveling. you were so active. did you have enough time to prepare, as normal? >> what happened was louis came on tour with me. and i've been traveling all over the world. and he was dancing with me everywhere. we were living on a tour bus. and dancing on the tour bus.
dancing in laundry rooms, wherever we could go. and i thought we had an advantage actually because we're together so much. and he was in my standup shows, too. that was great, as well. >> we were rehearsing in laundry rooms, on stage, in the parking lot. anywhere. >> louis, you are really a good sport. how much fun was it for you? >> thank you, robin. it was -- i think i've been a fan of margaret's standup for years now. and to see it every night was a treat. we got to reverse on stage. and what a treat it was. >> it was awesome. >> you put your heart into it. it was story week. and you decided to tell the story of young gay students who have decided, unfortunately, to take their lives. suicide. like the young man at rutgers university. why did you decide to do that? >> we wanted to tell a story that was really about pride. for my story, when i was a young person, i felt so overweight
that i wanted to die. so, our dance was about the moment that i felt good enough to want to live. and we wanted to impart that message of pride to all kids out there. >> oh, well, it was very apparent how much it meant to you. and also, the rainbow outfit, and the rainbow belt for louis. >> it was fabulous. rainbow socks, too. >> the whole thing was the package in such a short amount of time to tell a story. but we wanted to show with that rainbow flag that we're all living on this planet together and let's appreciate each other's differences. and celebrate the fact that we're not the same. otherwise, this planet would be quite boring. >> yes. it's all about pride. i'm so proud of our dance. and so proud of what we got to do. >> you have a lot to be proud of. i was proud of you all the first week. you came out. you were true to yourself
because you're funny. and i got the gold cake. the three judges didn't get it. it's apparent that you do know how to dance. do you think the judges just didn't get you, margaret? >> well, i think it's a very difficult thing to dance. and to present yourself in this way. and what i'm so happy is that we got to have a moment to tell our story. we got to have a moment to be ourselves. and i'm so proud of that. >> we had a very long journey already in three weeks. it was amazing how fast we glued together as a couple, as friends. and her body, i'm so -- >> really changed. >> so proud of her body. >> i can tell you. i'm watching the gold cape again. i crack up every time. >> they're very hard to do. very hard to move around like that. it's intensely difficult thing. i should have gotten -- >> give you extra credit for that. the remaining dancers, there's nine left. what do you think is going to
happen, you two? >> well, we are rooting for everyone. everybody is great. and i'm so proud to have been a member of this amazing club. and i can't wait to see the dances. i just think it's a phenomenal, phenomenal, phenomenal cast. and the dancers are amazing. i'm going to be here rooting for everyone. >> it's really tough to find -- you know, everybody's so great. everybody's -- it's such a camaraderie this season, it's hard to pick a favorite. >> everybody's exceptional. >> but, robin? >> yeah, louis. >> robin, when are you going to do the show? >> he asked me when i'm going to do the show. you know, i'm about to turn 50. and i said i wanted a challenge for myself. so, maybe -- maybe before my 50th. >> this is great. >> yeah. [ applause ] >> i said maybe. are you offering, louis? >> you're such a great personality. i'd love to have you as my partner. i think you're the greatest
penalty for "dancing with the stars." >> well, thank you. more applause for louis van amstel. more applause. thank you, louis and margaret. you guys were so much fun. sorry to see you go. thank you for lighting up our lives. that was cool. >> thank you. >> all the best going forward. i'm going to miss louis. oh, no, i'm not. who will be next to leave "dancing with the stars"? the competition continues on monday.
and no today's edition of "america's health," we have the inspiring story of one mother dealing with the unimaginable. her child faces a disease that's so rare, not only is there no cure, there's no treatment. but this mother is determined to find help for her little boy, and is tirelessly reaching out to the medical community for help. dr. richard besser has more on her crusade. >> little jonah wood has a disease so rare, that researchers and drug companies are barely working on it. there's too few patients for it to make financial sense. it was for that reason that it was enacted into law to provide the funds needed for research even the rarest conditions. >> he laughs nonstop. he is a really happy kid. yes, you are. you're so strong. >> reporter: climbing, with the
single-minded determination. 2-year-old jonah reaches for the top of the jungle gym. his mother, jill wood," is also facing an uphill battle. a race against time to save jonah's life. >> reporter: five months ago, jonah was diagnosed with a disease so rare, his chance of having it is 1 in a million. jonah is missing an enzyme necessary for survival. without it, material will build up in his brain. jonah will slowly die before he's 20. >> their airway closes up. they have a hard time swallowing and eating. eventually, their muscles start to go. they stumble and fall and they're in a wheelchair. >> reporter: many people might hear this information and become paralyzed. but you, you've hit the ground running. >> i had to. i had to. there really isn't any treatment
for us. and just knowing that i have a chance. i have this big of an opening, to make it. you know? jonah has a chance. and that's what keeps me going. >> reporter: jill is now on a crusade, working 24/7, to find a cure for her son. before the disease renders him unable to move, communicate, and breathe on his own. she started a nonprofit, jonah's just begun, to help raise awareness and fund research. impossible, she says, without the help of her family and friends. she's also been working day and night to find other children with sanfilippo syndrome type c. >> it's the first time that anybody sat down and really examined our children's diseases and how it affects each child. >> reporter: once the study is done, they hope to lure a pharmaceutical company into researching a special treatment. without special help, creating a drug for a disease as rare as
jonah's is next to impossible. there's no monetary incentive for big companies to take on researching rare diseases because there aren't enough people to buy the treatments. and that's where the fda's drug act comes in. >> millions of people have been helped by this program since it started. >> reporter: the orphan drug act provides incentives for small drug companies to research treatments for rare diseases. since 1983, there's been 361 orphan drugs, as they're called, approved. >> i am very hopeful for jonah. >> reporter: jill hopes her hard work will find a treatment to slow down the progression of the disease. in the meantime, jonah is in therapy to help his speech and strengthen his muscles. >> who is that? >> reporter: and his mom works against the clock. where do you get your strength? >> in him. you know, he wakes up smiling. and he -- he just makes my day. >> they are both so strong. what's happening now in the case?
>> jill is absolutely incredible. she's found six children with his condition. she needs to find four more to do the study. right now, jonah's doing very well. and he's in no imminent danger. >> so dynamic. and as you say, a race against the clock. he's looking so healthy right now. >> gorgeous boy. coming up next, the food network's alton brown. he knows good eats when he sees
time, now, for "america's recipes." alton brown brings us the culinary competition "iron chef america," and his own show, "good eats." and his new book, "good eats the middle years." >> i'm not in my middle years. the show's in my middle years. i'm well before my middle years. >> just a baby. give us a backstage pass to the
food and recipes at the show. thanks for coming back. you're so much fun. >> thanks. do you eat avocados? >> guacamole. i'm not a fan -- >> here's the thing. this is the reason i'm doing avocados. take the lid off. you're going to have to work. what i like to do is take ingredients that everybody thinks just has one application. i tried for years to make an avocado show. we're going to make guacamole and we're going to -- make guacamole. we're going to take apart an avocado and figure out what it is. it has a lot of great nutrition in it. i'm going to use three of them. it has great nutrition and a fair amount of fat. it's mono unsaturated fat. i'm going to treat it like any old fat. what does that mean i'm going to do? what do you do with fat? come on. you make ice cream out of it. >> juju, sam, help!
>> i'm fascinated -- >> you've always been fascinated with the science of food. >> i used to be bad at science. i flunked it in high school. i flunked it in college. then, i discovered cooking and decided it's okay. so -- >> let's make ice cream. ice cream. >> here's the thing. i lost 50 pounds last year doing this. >> what? >> yeah. it's okay to have dessert. but load them up with as much nutrition. we're going to use avocado. i'm going to add half a cup of sugar. a cup of cream. yes, it's a cup of cream. but it's dessert. put the lid on. we're going to buzz that up for a second. i'm going the stand back. you hold that lid. you know what? that's boring. everybody, look over there. >> oh, boy. wow. amazing. >> you know? you would think this network could get a good blender.
this is pretty much crap. luckily, i knew that going in. here, we have the avocado pure. it has a little more fat and lemon juice. lemon juice prevents browning. because of the enzymematic problem, it browns. this is fantastic. >> once you have that there. >> i'm going to take this out. we have our avocado goo. you could let this chill and put it in an ice cream machine. hey? what's all the rumbling over there? i'm working here. but i find that a little on the slow side. so, i like to make ice cream in a stand mixer. it's pretty simple. we just turn it on. and then, break out the liquid nitrogen. i realize that not everyone has this at home. it's very useful. >> oh.
>> we're going to take some -- we can burn worts off with it. >> it hurts? >> no. >> it's okay. >> wow. >> it's like halloween early. >> it is halloween early. this is the way that we do this at home. it's a little liquid nitrogen. at things that boil at 300 degrees below zero, tend to be cold. yes. for the soft serve consistency. don't be afraid. >> and you don't like science? >> i like science when it's dangerous and potentially deadly. and now, we have ice cream. there it is. so, what i do is i'm going to eat it off of this. so, this is the way to have your dessert and the healthy avocado at the same time. >> and eat it, too. >> give it a try. go ahead. lick it off of there. lick it. >> i love it. i really do. >> oh. >> you're going to eat it.
state's pivotal senate debate. he missed a treat with you, my friend. >> he'll have more fun. >> have a great day, everybody. see ya. now mayor land most powerful doppler radar and forecast certified most accurate by weather rate. 8:56 we are turning the corn on the morning where we still have a mostly cloudy skies. temperatures bumping up to 53 in annapolis and influence of maybe more sunshine 57 degrees and locked in at 49 towards bel air and westminster and a large circulation here heavy rain in eastern new england and rain and even snow mixed in overnight through west virginia and we
get the cool winds and there will be more showers that do build up during the afternoon. we stay below normal. 61 about 10 below normal but we will try to break the threat of showers and drop back down into the 40s a big improvement for tomorrow with more sun and high of near 70. final check on traffic with kim. >> reporter: thanks. well volume is heavy on both sides of the outer loop and those delays are easing a bit. we have accidents that have several roads closed in the area. we do have an accident out in baltimore city bar clay between 28th street closed at this time and wood lawn westbound security boulevard remains closed and northbound rolling road closed at this intersection a crash reported in glen oak at liberty road and essex and on ann arundel rundel a northbound 97 at dorsey road. and out in westminster route 27 closed because of a very
serious crash. stay with us because we have good morning maryland coming back at 9 a.m. two governors, two different approaches. even in good times bob ehrlich didn't make education a priority. he increased college tuition by 40%, cut school construction by $200 million, and ehrlich voted to eliminate the department of education while serving in congress. but in the toughest of times, martin o'malley has made record investments in public schools, new school construction, and o'malley froze college tuition four years in a row. with martin o'malley, our children always come first.