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also part of another high-profile arrest that ended in tragedy. out of bounds? blazing. >> dallas cowboys defensive end greg hardy back on the field for the first time this season following the four-game suspension stemming from a domestic violence charge. but it is those comments about guns and also tom brady's wife, gisele bunn chin that, have some ndering whether he's learned his lesson. company. >> you dirty bird. >> it is a reunion you will only see on "today." the cast of the psychological thriller "misery" back together again, celeb ting the film's 25th anniversary. today, sunday, october 11th, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," live from udio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning.
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i'm craig melvin along side sheinelle jones. dylan dreier is alsoahe,e. a lot of folks are talking about that dodgers/mets game last night. this is late in the game, critical play. chase utley sliding intosecond. or was he sliding into second at all? he took out miguel tejada. >> ouch, to sayathe least. >> broke his leg. mets fans furious. the playedtself is under review. rueben tejada, excuse me. not miguel. the dodgers went on to win that game. >> i understand trying to interfere with the play so the double play doesn't happen. you can't knock out a catcher anymore. you can't just take out the baseman. >> you should be trying to go for the bag. we'll look at that later as well. lert's get to our top story. those new reports justifying the actions of the ohio police officer who shot and killed a 12-y rr-old ohio boy who was canrying a pellet gun. sheinelle is here with new
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details. good morning. those reports -- or the report was released saturday by the prosecutor's office. what they say is an effort to be transparent as a grand jury decides whether or not to bring charges against the officer who shot and killed the boy. 12-year-old tamir rice's final moments caught on tape. thoue boy waving an air gun in a cleveland park. a caller to 911 alerted police. cleveland police officer tim loman and another officer arrived on the scene but were not told it was probably a fake. he then shot and killed boit when he reached near his waste band. tamir's death along with other officer shootings sparked protests nationwide. in reports released by prosecutors last night, investigators found the officer acted reasonably. an investigator writing, there is no doubt that rice's death was tragic and indeed when
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considering his age, heartbreaking. adding the officer's belief that rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable. but the officer could still face criminal charges. prosecutors saying they are not drawing any conclusions about the findings in this report. and that it will be up to a grand jury to decide. an attorney for the rice family blasted the reports, writing that these supposed experts all pro-police, do e the simple fact that the officers rushed tamir and shot him immediately, without assessing the situation in the least. reasonable jurors could find the conduct unreasonable, but they'll never get the chance because the prosecutor is working diligently to ensure there is no indictment and no accountability. in an interview on "today" last december, tamir rice's mother grieved for her son. >> i'm looking for justice for my son and a change for the nation, for nobody else's child to have to go through this.
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>> local prosecutors have commissioned additional reports as they investigate this case. the findings are still to come. they're blasting the local police union, saying they've refused to help in the probe. >> thank you. in texas, police are under fire after they tasers a city councilman outside of his home. that incident all caught on camera. one of the officers on the scene was also involved in a controversial arrest that made national headlines, a separate arrest. >> reporter: this dramatic cell phone video captures the moment when the councilman was tasers. it started as police questioned four men, guests of miller's, as part of a routine patrol in an area described as having frequent drug activity. they said the councilman, telling police he was trying to see what was going on with his friends, interfered with their investigation. >> i live here.
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>> this is her scene. back off. you're interfering. >> reporter: moments later, the situation escalates. >> turn around. >> i'm not saying nothing. get your hands off me. >> turn around. >> i'm not saying nothing. >> cell phone video shows miller on his knees when a male officer tasered him. bland died in jail in july after being pulled over for a traffic violation. then arrested for assaulting a public servant. medical examiners ruled her death a suicide, but litigation is pending. >> get out of the car. >> it was a state trooper who pulled bland over, but police confirm a female officer involved in that arrest was also involved in councilman miller's case. >> we have six police officers. the probability of having the same officer involved in multiple type of incidents is probable. i haven't seen anything that they gave me any cause for concern, as far as this officer's conduct at this point.
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>> reporter: the m ween police initially questioned were not detained, and the tasering incident is under police review. this morning, councilman miller is out of jail but faces charges of interfering and resisting arrest. for "today," sarah dallof, nbc news. politics now and the battle for the heart and soul of the republican party, with the house of republicans in disarray. non-establishment candidates on the trail. many in the party are wondering about the leadership and the future of the gop. nbc's kristen welker joins us from t hite house with a break down. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. with all eyes on the search for a new house speaker this weekend, the divisions within the gop are coming into sharper focus. many republicans are expressing concerns. the unrest could hurt their chances for taking back the white house. with an insurgent uprising in the house of representatives and non-establishment candidates thriving on the campaign trail, there's a battle for the republican party and a lack of
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leadership. >> at this point, it's a free for all. that's what has the establishment so concerned. >> reporter: but for some grassroots republicans, the unrest is a sign they're shaking up the old guard and winning. house speaker john boehner, who lost the confidence of his more conservative colleagues, resign. kevin mccarthy stunned washington by pulling out of the race this past week. now, all eyes are on congressman paul ryan. it's not clear he wants the job of uniting an increasingly divided party. >> right now, i'm going to catch my flight to make it home for dinner. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, carly fiorina, ben carson and donald trump are surging. campaigning in atlanta on saturday, trump showed no signs of slowing down. >> i love it. we're leading. i'm going. i'm all the way, just so you understand. all the way. 100%. >> reporter: the activist branch trying to change a party known for elevating the next in line, leaving candidates like jeb bush and chris christie struggling.
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make republicans stronger, there is also concern it will threaten the party's shot of taking back the white house. >> the chaos we're seeing in the house right now is bad news for the eventual nominee. if you show the american people that you have difficulty running your own business, they're less likely to hand over the reins of the entire government to you. >> reporter: congress is on recess for a little more than a week. congressman ryan is expected to use that time to discuss a decision with family, friends and colleagues. there is broad agreement within the house that they need to name a new speaker as soon as possible, to try to restore order. >> thank you. chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning. >> a lot to talk about while everyone is on vacation for the next week or so. what we're seeing now with the race for speaker is really pulling back the curtain on a lot of the turmoil within the party. give us a sense, as this is giving rise to the political outsiders like trump, carson and fiorina, how much today is it impacting that race for the white house? >> well, i would say the race
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what we're seeing in the house. because what you have is you had a bunch of the tea party, call themselves the freedom caucus now, members of congress who has been rousing for a while, talking about the establishment but hadn't gotten anywhere. then donald trump, carly fiorina, ben carson electrified the republican primary. they say, ah-ha, we've been right all along. the grassroots are with us. we can be more emboldened. in ways, i think the presidential race has made the conservatives who want to challenge the leadership, it's emboldened them. it's had that effect. this is why, i think, it may be impossible for republicans to find a speaker candidate that is somehow a consensus candidate. it is in the best interest of the presidentials to keep pounding away at washington establishment leadership. >> that's what the freedom caucus wants to do.
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on the democratic side, i know bernie sanders is your guest this morning. >> right. >> he's shaking things up a little bit. you can make the case in a different way. the first democratic debate comes on tuesday. first time we'll have all three on the same stage. the republican debates, with so many candidates, criticized for a lack of policy and one-liners. will we get a more substantive conversation on tuesday? >> well, yes, but i think you'll see some heat. i mean, it's not going to be the personal name calling that has made the -- some of the republican debates seem more like -- much more like interesting reality show theater. bernie sanders in the interview with me, he's ready to make a contrast with hillary clinton. he had no trouble saying, hey, what's the difference between being on one side of an issue for 25 years versus being on one side of an issue for about 25 hours? he's ready to make that credibility argument in a polite
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way. here's where i think this debate could have some fireworks. you've said the other candidates. sanders and clinton are the stars. we'll have three other 1% on the stage. o'malley, webb and chafee. i think they'll attack sanders as much, if not more as they go after clunn to. -- clinton. it's sanders in their way of becoming the alternative to clinton. >> now, i need you to get out your crystal ball or the magic 8 ba airll. who do we get an answer from first for future plans, joe biden or paul ryan? >> i love that question. i think if the republican party desperately needs an answer from ryan by monday or tuesday, i think the longer it drags out, the more likely they don't get ryan and then they're searching for somebody. i have to say, i think biden also should be making an announcement by monday or tuesday if he wants the nomination. my gut is we'll hear from ryan
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>> maybe ryan would like to give you the answer on your show. he could call in. >> i'm ready. phone is right here, as you know. >> now he has to change the number. >> let us know what you get for calls. we will have more of chuck's conversation with senator bernie sanders. that's coming your way in a little bit on "meet the press." who knows who else will call in. we'll be watching. >> now that i have the number -- >> let's take a turn here. sheinelle is back. as the death toll in turkey continues to climb. >> residents in turkey mourn, and there's growing anger and anxiety in the aftermath of the nation's worst terror attack. bombings killed 100 people. nbc's keir simmons joins us from ankara, turkey. >> reporter: good morning. the number of 95 dead could yet climb. 48 people are described as in a serious condition. out of the 245 who were injured,
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isis considered the prime suspect for the attack, which is reminiscence of the boston bombing. like boston, there were two explosions. bombs in a crowded area. like boston, it was caught on camera. here, people were protesting for peace. linking arms when the explosion went off. one witness describing the aftermath as like a sea of blood. now, turkey is in three days of mourning. meanwhile, the pope has held a minute of silence, describing this as a massacre. presidents obama and putin both offering their condolences to turkey. but there are fresh demonstrations here in turkey, again, with clashes with police, as turkey, which borders syria, descends into recrimination and anger. sheinelle? >> keir, thank you. israel launched attacks against gaza. the latest bombing left a crater, killing a pregnant woman and her young daughter. israeli officials say the targets were hamas weapons facilities. with tensions increasing, secretary of state john kerry
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leaders on both sides, offering support to restore calm. there is new pictures of a french train hero, spencer stone, recovering in the hospital. he was stabbed in a fight outside a bar in sacramento. the picture was taken by one of the other heros visiting and said stone was in good spirits. rain and flooding plagued residents along the east and west coasts of south carolina, additional evacuations as more rain fell on the street. torrential rain in tacoma, washington, sent streams of water through the streets and into a football stadium. look at the waterfall that's spilling on to the field. completely covering it there. action on another playing field is getting plenty of buzz. we talked about it. take a look at this collision in the second game of the division series between the mets and the dodgers. dodgers utley slid into second base, smashing into tejada. tejada was carted out with a broken leg.
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utley was ruled safe. when officials reviewed the tape. the dodgers won, 5-2, to tie the series at 1-1. finally, comments by obama to kanye west, after the celebrity said he might want to run for the oval office. >> do you think this country is going to elect a black dad from the south side of chicago with a funny name to be president of the united states? that is crazy. >> what are you implying there? the president also suggested that west might have to deal with some strange characters if he makes it to the white house. >> that's funny. >> west/swift, 2020. >> where's my t-shirt? >> major league baseball is investigating the slide now. there could be disciplinary effects. >> doesn't change the outcome of the game. >> you're right. what's the word in the weather department?
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we have high wind warnings in parts of the northern plains. you can't see much on the satellite, but there is a cold front draped in through here. this cold front is going to drag in cooler temperatures. we're sandwiches between an area of low pressure in canada and high pressure on the west coast. the winds are very, very strong in between the two systems. because of that, we have high wind warnings in effect, with wind guests near 60 to 70 miles per hour. on the highways out there, the high profile vehicles, the large trucks, it could impact those folks. this cold front is going to drop temperatures through the midwest. in minneapolis, 82 degrees. look at the turn around for tomorrow. 59 for a high. omaha goes from 88 to 73. north platte, nebraska, 92 to 74. the winds will drag down the cold. it won't cause showers and thunderstorms. maybe a couple toward north dakota. most of the country will enjoy a lot of sun today. that's a look at the weather across the country. now here's a peek out your window. >> in our area, beautiful weather today. the skies are clearing to the
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plenty of sunshine for everyone. warm conditions. we're going to reach a high of 70 degrees today. it gets even warmer as we head into tomorrow. temperatures are going to climb all the way to 74 degrees as we head into monday. tuesday we'll see some shower activity. wednesday and thursday, temperatures begin to drop. cool as we end the workweek. that's a look at your weather picture. >> that's your latest forecast. >> thank you. up next, clever commentary, or joke gone too far? "saturday night live" controversial fake guns ad. right after this. saturday night live's fake gun add right after this. the bright side of car buying. carmax makes car buying stress-free, with fair, no haggle-prices for everyone, every... now wait a minute, can we, can we just hold on for a second? you know, we don't need any of this stuff. look, we're not splashy. we're not gimmicky. we're just a bunch of people like jeff... good people who sell good
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one. this changes everything. "saturday night live" has taken pride in being funny and controversial, all at the same time. >> they don't like to shy away from things other shows don't touch. last night was the hot-button issue of guns in america. as you can imagine, the reaction online, fairly large. dylan is in the orange room with more. >> "saturday night live" is famous for the fake commercials, like mom jeans. last night, america's love of guns was front and center. >> you like it? >> i love it. >> you do? >> guns are there. in the little moments. and big ones. when things fall apart, or it
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good morning.e it is 9:26. 55 degrees this sunday morning. it's octob 11th. i'm gus rosendale. up in the bronx, police are searching for a group of men who violently attacked a 60-year-old woman. lori bordonaro joins us with sueillance video that is disturbing to say the least. >> reporter: the woman was walking here near wheschester and prospect avenues when she was attacked. now police are earching for three men who you'll see right hererun this surveillance video. take a look here. you can see the muggers grab the 60-year-old around her neck on saturday morning. they put her in a chokehold and tried to steal her purse. but she was no match for the mustggerur th vd.tim was able to break away and run down the street. you can see there one of the men chased her and kicked her in the leg. she fell and broke her wrist. the muggers took off empty handed. police are now hoping that someone will recognize them from this video surveillance. aiyou can see all of them wearing hoonoded sweatshirts. as for the victim, she was
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eated for a broken wrist. she is expected to be okay. ain, police are looking for these guys. they need your help. they're asking anyone with any information to call crime stoppers at 1-800-577-tips. here's some better news for commuters. the city and state have struck a deal over the mta's capital spending program. the bill guarantees $26.1 billion in projects that maintain infrastructure. that includes replacing ageing trains and funding the next phase of the second avenue subway line. the state will contribute more than $8 billion. the rest is mfoe up of pre-existing funds. let's do the weather numbers here. a beautiful sunny day ahead cotoday. a high of around 70 degrees. tonight it will be clear and pleasant. a low in the 50s. another nice day tomorrow. looking good. a chance on rain on tuesday. i'm gus rosendale. pat and i see you at 10:00.
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her a lot about. we're back now on this sunday morning. we have an awesome crowd out here with us on the plaza. thank you for being here. thanks for being here. lots of anniversaries. >> yeah. >> lots of wedding anniversaries. >> no school tomorrow for a lot of kids. enjoying their holiday weekend. let's catch you up on what's making headlines on this sunday. two independent reports conclude an ohio police officer was justified when he shot and killed a 12-year-old tamir rice, who was carrying a pellet gun that looked like a real weapon. there's no crying in baseball but this might change your mind. ruben tejada now recovering from a broken leg after that. chase utley slid hard into second, trying to break up a double play. our first look at spencer stone after he was stabbed outside of a bar in sacramento earlier this week. these pictures show stone in his hospital bed with a friend who also helped to thwart the terror
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past summer. we start with dallas cowboys defensive end greg hardy. what some consider his offensive comments. hardy returns to the field today after a four-game suspension stemming from a domestic violence charge. he's already forced to tackle questions about whether he's learned his lesson. joe fryer reports. >> reporter: dallas cowboys star greg hardy returns to the field today after a four-game suspension. critics are ruling his pre-game comments out of bounds. hardy was accused last year of beating up his girlfriend and throwing her on a pile of guns. he now faces major backlash for his choice of words on the return to the nfl. >> i hope i come out guns blazing. >> he talked about gisele, wife of tom brady, telling reporters, have you seen his wife? i hope she comes to the game. i hope her sister comes to the game. >> it appears from mr. hardy's comments that he has not learned from his past conduct, and he
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has no remorse whatsoever. >> reporter: cowboys head coach scolded hardy, but owner jerry jones seemed to defend the defensive end. >> unless he looks like he's contrite, unless he looks like that he is just absolutely whipped, he's going to get criticized. >> reporter: hardy was convicted last year of assault. he denied the allegations and appealed. the charges were dismissed when his accuser chose not to testify against him. critics question why he was welcomed back to the league with an $11 million contract, while ray rice, who apologized for his elevator assault, is shunned. >> that gives an alarming signal to all of us watching, and saying, did the nfl put a band aid on their problem last year? >> reporter: now, hardy returns with a spotlight shining harshly on and off the field. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news. let's turn to the weather here. out in california, dealing with heat. >> it has been very hot.
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record-breaking temperatures are likely again today. we have this area of high pressure, just offshore wind keeping things in the 90s across parts of california. over into yuma, arizona. 99 degrees today. well above average for this time of year. then it'll slowly push east ward, and then it's over. by next weekend, the 60s and 70s will be gone in the northeast. in the meantime, not a lot going on today. spotty showers across north dakota. we will still see clouds through the carolinas. the rain is pretty much over. tomorrow, we are looking for pretty decent columbus day. spotty showers in the northeast. those will be more interior northeast. out west, we are looking for the heat to stick around. temperatures will once again top out in the 80s and 90s. that's a look at the weather across the country. now here's a peek out your window. weather today. skies are clearing to the north. plenty of sunshine for everyone. warm conditions. we're going to reach a high of 70 degrees today. it gets even warmer as we head
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into tomorrow. temperatures are going to climb all the way to 74 degrees as we head into monday. tuesday we'll see some shower activity. wednesday and thursday, temperatures begin to drop. cool as we end the workweek. that's a look at your weather picture. >> that's your latest forecast. >> thank you. you can go to school to study almost anything these days. one college in norway let students live like vikings for nearly a year. >> nbc went to get a lesson. >> reporter: it used to strike fear in the hearts of villagers, the sound of a viking ship closing in. no blood-thirsty pillagers here. they're college students. the class, how to be a viking 101. today's lesson, rowing. >> use your back. >> it's a workout. >> it is, yeah. viking workout. >> reporter: from "game of
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thrones" to the hit tv series "the vikings," ancient culture is having a moment. this school in norway seized it. turning its crafts course into a full-on, nine-month viking immersion experience. hollywood may make it look easy, but i'll tell you what, being a modern day viking is not always smooth sailing. there's lots of sewing and chopping and making flat bread. >> does it look round to you? >> reporter: the professor dresses the part, and the students are expected to do the same. >> i am thor. >> reporter: thor can name his viking ancestors going back 40 generations. >> why did you take the course? >> to experience the life of a viking. you know, what my ancestors went through and what it was like. if i learn something i can use
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>> reporter: today's teens don't need to know how to forge a knife, build a fire, or cook food to last for weeks, but there's a bigger lesson to be learned. >> i think in nine months from now, these students are going to be able to take care of themselves, without electricity, for instance. that's a good skill. >> reporter: skills to help them navigate their own modern viking way. nbc news, norway. >> we didn't have anything to say besides just that we're wearing hats. >> except your braids look awesome. >> i asked how a viking would speak. no one can answer the question. >> i wonder why. >> you wanted to do a pirate. >> that's not appropriate. >> plus, we already celebrated international talk like a pirate
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>> well, i like your hat. >> folks on the plaza are looking at us like we are from another planet. you've never seen someone wear a viking hat? >> we're from viking hat. new amusement park opening this fall. up next, our sunday stories. a man who spent a decade behind bars fighting for justice in his case is now part of the legal system. he plans to fight for others. james caan and kathy bates together again 25 years after they made the hit movie "misery." harry smith with the story of two french street artists creating a masterpiece out of what looks like moving day. first, these messages. y. and off you go, and off you go, and off you go, for every step, every stride, every start, begin strong with the lasting energy of 100% whole grain quaker oats... and off you go.
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right now, law students are waiting to find out how they did on their bar exams. we meet one student who learned his lessons the hard way. as a defendant trying to maintain his innocence from behind bars. our chief legal correspondent has this story. good morning to you. >> good morning. i just spent time in chicago with the new law school graduate on an unusual path. jared adams says he didn't commit the crime for which he was convicted, and he was determined to prove it using his own experience in the justice system as the ultimate classroom. >> we can get started. >> reporter: for jared adams, leading a clinic on criminal justice goes beyond the professional, it's personal. when he was 17 years old, he visited a college campus with two friends, where they were accused of sexual assault. >> i maintained my innocence from the beginning because i was innocent.
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count-appointed lawyer didn't offer a defense at trial. he was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison. >> it's as if i'm looking at myself in a courtroom, you know, while the train is coming down the tracks. getting ready to hit me head on. >> reporter: living behind bars, a cell mate told him to stop playing basketball and fight for his freedom and justice instead. adams taught himself case law and wrote to the wisconsin innocence project. >> we got the letter from jared in time to allow us to do a federal appeal. we had powerful new evidence that had not been presented to the jury. >> reporter: after nine years in prison, adams' case finally reached the top federal court in the midwest. in a unanimous vote, the justices threw out his conviction, ruling he didn't receive an adequate defense. >> the day they overturned my conviction, i was taken to a
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they said, jared, you won. hearing that brought tears to my eyes. >> this is a human system. it's fallible. it's bound to make mistakes. but it also tells us that when we make mistakes, they are catastrophic. >> reporter: with adams forcefully maintaining his innocence and refusing a plea deal, prosecutors decided not to retry him. he was free, but he was a 26-year-old man with a life paused at 17. >> when i went to prison, there was no google. there was no e-mail. there was none of this stuff. i had to figure out a way in which i could catch up with the world, to be able to have a shot at life. >> reporter: he set a lofty goal. law school in public service. >> jared adams. [ applause ] >> reporter: he earned the law degree this past spring. >> jared has his passion for using his legal education and his talents to right wrongs in society. >> reporter: his mission didn't
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stop there. adams won a fellowship to the court that overturned his conviction. we asked former federal prosecutor mike monaco if he's ever seen that happen. >> never have. i mean, jared is remarkable. >> for someone to argue before that court is a really big deal. for someone to clerk for that court is a bigger deal. i'm as proud as if i was his mother. >> reporter: adams says his story is just getting started. >> i said to myself, the story of jared adams won't be remembered as, you know, a person wrongfully convicted and got out. no. story of jared adams is going to be a person wrongfully convicted, got out and worked each and every day until he gasped his last breath to change the criminal justice system for the better. >> adams just took the bar exam. he gets his results next month. he says he wants to represent
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those who can't afford an attorney and lobby congress on reforming re-entry programs. >> great story. thank you for sharing that with us. let's send it over to sheinelle in the orange room. she has today's plaza fan of the day. >> we have our fans of the day. i want you to meet my new favorite couple. ron and maria from massachusetts. they celebrate 52 years of marriage tomorrow. can you give them a round of applause? i asked them, what's the secret? she said a lot of kids. they have two sets of twins? >> and one kid in the middle. >> congratulations. thank you guys for coming. quickly, she did the happy dance earlier. she's so excited. i love it. still ahead on "today," you dirty bird. james caan and kathy bates together again 25 years after making their iconic thriller "misery." first, these messages. we'll go back to the happy dance. sometimes those seats cost a ridiculous number of miles... or there's a fee to use them. i know. it's so frustrating. they'd be a lot happier with the
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you dirty bird. >> there it is. back now on a sunday morning with a look you dirty bird. >> there it is. back now on a sunday morning with a look at a film that gained a lot of number one fans. james caan and kathy bates took fans along on a psychological ride. >> kathy bates played crazy so well. >> she did. >> they reunited, hopefully without the sledgehammer. joe fryer has the story. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine how such a joyful friendship could grow. >> you dirty bird. >> reporter: out of so much
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>> you murdered my misery! >> reporter: yet, 25 years after making their iconic thriller, james caan and kathy bates are picking up. >> come on. come on. >> come on, you dirty bird. >> you dirty bird. >> reporter: right where they left off. >> certain people, they don't get out of your life. you know what i mean? it's almost like she's omnipresent. >> reporter: the movie, based on steven king's novel, centers around an author injured in a car crash. he's rescued by his number one fan, an obsessive nurse with questionable bedside manner. >> look. see what you made me do? >> he was confined to this bed for, what, two months?
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>> almost three. >> went crazy. they had to let him -- >> it was a short trip. >> reporter: caan got little sympathy from the director. >> i know rob did this on purpose. he said, i'm going to get the most neurotic guy in hollywood and put him in bed for 15 weeks. i'd come in in the morning and he'd say something to kathy, look at me and go, jimmy, today, today you get in bed. >> we were so excited when we got to go to the dining room. >> yeah. it was a big outing for us. >> i get to sit up. >> reporter: no scene is more memorable than the one with the sledgehammer. >> please don't do it. >> reporter: which we can't show in its entirety on morning tv. >> the sledgehammer scene, when you first read that, what went through your mind? >> i was disappointed because i had read the book. in the book, she chops his feet
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off. >> reporter: clearly, the sledgehammer had an impact on everyone. it's features in this reunion photo shoot with entertainment weekly. you did to the sledgehammer what jason did to the hockey mask. >> yes. >> reporter: equally disturbing, the fight scene toward the end. no stunt doubles here. >> the minute we got to real violent things, she got so upset. >> i was crying. >> anxious? >> and a little nauseous. >> it was upset to have that much violence coming at you. >> what was the fight scene like? it was you two going at it, right? >> yeah, it was good. she was tough. she had me pinned twice, but i got out. >> reporter: in the end, the creepy role launched batta' career. she won the oscar for best lead actress. >> she can be pretty scary, but she's really a mashed potato, sweetheart. >> my mother said. i don't know why there's fussing about that.
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it's just you up there. >> is this what you're looking for? >> reporter: for all the hormor, what remains today is laughter. >> kathy and i are going to work together in a few weeks. e'll will the right hand corner and i'll be the left of the hollywood e squares. look forward to that. >> reporter: all kidding aside, it's clear after 25 years, misery still loves company. >> it's been f to see you again. >> my girl. >> reporter: for "today," joe fryer, nbc news. >> seem like they genuinely enjoy each other. >> fun piece. still to come, harry smith introduces us to french street artists with a certain je ne sais quoi.
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this morning on sundays yewith harry, there are days when new york feels like the smallest town in america. you never know who you might run into. >> this is true. harry smith had an encounter this week, and he reported it all on his iphone. >> we like to walk. new yorkers like to walk. mostly, we're trying to get to our destinations. sometimes, you reach an unexpected detour. a diversion that makes you smile. >> repor r: was it a mistake, was it a gag, or was there thod behind the madness of the furniture that mysteriously appeared along broadway on manhattan's upper west side? what do you do? >> this is our photographer. we are a french artist duo, and we're breaking the city rhythm to create interaction and also to say hello, hello, new york. we love you guys. >> reporter: what happens when tables and chairs ddenly appear where there were none before?
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pegaople sit down and they talk. >> sometames you need to pasabs th dorough,ktwice, third. and after that, your curiosity is too huge that you need an explanation. >> what kind of conversations do you have? >> i have to say, like, really deep. >> sometimes. >> not sometimes, like often. >> when you take a seat, often the people go really deeply into intimacy. just crazy for us. >> intimacy? >> yeah. i don't know why. >> reporter: think, perhaps, of the furniture as a canvas, those who interact with it as the paint. it's performance art with a constantly changing cast. they've done this before. all over europe. >> germany, venice, italy, switzerland, paris, nancy, brussels. that's it. >> reporter: in new york theirs is a 30-day, 11-mile journey down broadway, from harlem to battery park. they move about five or six
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blocks a day. they're on the street 24/7. >> you're drinking a coffee with us, and we're talking. that's the point of what we do here, is just to make everybody on the flat level. like there is no up or down. you know, there is only human on the sidewalk. >> reporter: new york is a less sponta ous place than in years gone by. the frenchmen have surprised us, dare us to stop and see what happens. >> we love new york for that, becae it's a very warmly, welcoming city. it's one of the most welcoming city we ever visit. so for us, it's just a lot of love and a great experience. >> reporter: if you come at night, you'll hear new yorker dan, who stops by to sing, autifully. >> all right. >> wow. >> he comes every night and sings. >> you were walking down your street and found that? wow. >> so they have, thanks to brooklyn street art, which helped them put it together, martha cooper, the great photographer, helped them a bit,
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and they build their furniture everywhere they go. crest hardware in williams burg, that's where they pounded it together. they're still out there. >> go find them. tune into "meet the press" and see bernie sanders, joining chuck todd. >> that does it for us. thanks for watching.
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