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the heat is on. brutal good morning. the heat is on. brutal temperatures across the nation as a dangerous heat wave intensifies. jaw-dropping temps on the map in dozens of states. 230 million people from the southwest to the northeast in the hot zone and relief is nowhere in sight. breaking overnight, chaos on capitol hill. >>n the chair. >> after a raucous debate a rare move by the house voting to condemn president trump over his attack on four democratic ic women. ahead. supreme court maverick.
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tributes pour in a der theth f retired justice john powell stevens. his remarkable journey to the nation's highest >court. >>bc news exclusive. the newly uncovered video that shows donald trump partying with jeffrey epstein at mar-a-lago in the early '90s. shore surprise. dramic video of a pilot's emergency landing, splashing down near a crowded beach. emmy stubs and shockers. from "game of throne's" record-baking haul to the a-listers left out, the nominations that are the talk of hollywood today, wednesday, july 17th, 2019. a >>nnouncer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller pza. >> hi, everybody. morning. nice to have you with us onwe a esday morning. we know it is july. we know it is hot. this is not your average heat wave. >> it is not.
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this is t top story on this wednesday morning, the dangerous heat wave that is going to bake t two-thirds of this country through the weekend. >> we're talking about the hottest temperatures othe year in chicago, kansas city, new york and washington, all under the gun. dylan will have the details, icluding how long this going to last. that's a big part of the sry in a moment. first, let's get to blayne alexander. shs in a sweltering st. louis. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. we can already feel that humidity here in the air.er the people h in st. louis will be right in the middle of that heat wave. consider this, on a normal july day, the temperature usually peaks around 89 degrees. this week, it is expected to get around 10re deges ihoer ttis going, to feel even wamrme than that. this morning, orom parthe midwest. breathe. ou can >> reporter: to fire stations in th southeast. hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. >> reporter: and everywhere in between, millions of people are bracing for searing summer heat.
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>> it's going to come. now, it is smacking us in the face a little bit. >> reporter: dozens of cities, includinch detroit, ago, and washington, d.c., all expected to reach their hottest temperatures of the year sometime this week. in fact, by saturday, nearly 22i llion people across 40 states will feel the summer swelter, with heat indexes hotter than 100 degrees. enou to go from discomfort to down right dangerous. how extreme are these temperatures for this time of the summer? >> not just the one day, but it h the cumulative effect we see. if it were one day, that's one thing. the day after day after day, that's when we see the danger in folks, the cumulative effect. >> reporter: that's why volunteers with cool down st. louis are on a life-saving mission. >> ms. may. >> reporter: installing nearly 1,000 a/c units across missouri er. illinois this su how hot does it get in here? >> you , it feels like it is
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already 10 grees. >> reporter: with heat like this,he best tip is to stay out of it. experts say if you do have to be outside, limit your physical activity, and drink plenty of water. don't just wait until you're thirsty. by then, you could already be dehydrated. guys, right now, missouri is one of at least 11 states that are under an excessive heat warning today through saturday. that number is only expected to grow. craig and savannah? starting us xande off in st. louis. >> good tips there. let's focus on how hot it is going to get and how long the heat is going to last. dylan is in for al this morning. what's the word? >> good morning. it is going to be very ho aand last forong time. look at the heat advisories, watches, warnings, through the middle of the country and along the i-95 corridor, fm new rsey right down into south carolina. looking at the numbers today, again, we have to factor in the humidity, but the actual air temperature on the thermometer,
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it'll read 101 today in wichita, but it'll feel like kansas city, 99, feelse lik 106. st. louis will feel like 104 today. on thursday,t continues t push to the east. temperatures will be well up into the 90s. it'll feel like the triple digits.id going into , too, we are looking for the heat to continue to expand. washington, d.c. will feel like 104 on frid6. n raleigh. 108 in cincinnati. evl detroit will fee like 109 degrees. as we go into saturday, there is the chance that the actual air temperature could get upo 100 degrees, which in new york city, that's the first time that's happenedwhince 2012. you factor in the humidity, it could feel like 110 on saturday. 105 on sunday. same story forel philadia. washington, d.c. down to richmond, even up into boston. it could feel like 106 degrees onturday. we are looking at potential high temperatures in all these areas, all through new jersey, all up across new england and down through parts of ohio and into virginia, as well.
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it is going to be record-breaking heat andut brly uncomfortable. savannah? >> a big story for the next few days. dylan, thank you. another big story we're following ov president formally condemned bye congress ornight for his tweets targeting four democratic congresswomen o color. the vote in the house came at the end of a chaotic and unprecedented session on capitol hill. nbc'ssphite house cordent peter alexander has the latest on all of it. ter, good morning. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning. this was an extraordinary moment. every democrat and a handful oft republicans vg to condemn the president, casting his words as racist. a vote pitting the democratic caucus against republican lawmakers, most of them white men. thealresident who first cd this vote a democratic con game overnight praised his party for standing behind him. house democrats denouncing president trump. >> without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. >> reporter: passing a resolution, joined by four republicans andn independent,
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condemning the president's tweets, attacking those democratic congresswomen of color with at racis trope. arguing they should go back to the crime-infested places from which theyca me. democrat john lewis inving his experience in the struggle for civil rights. >> i know racism when i see . i know racist whenism when i fe. and at the highest level of government, there's no room for racism. >> reporter: president trump insisting his tweets were not racist. writing, don't have a racist bone in my body. one of the lawmakers he targeted, alexander ocasio-cortez, firing back. you're right, mr. president. you don't have a racist bon in yourbody. you have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest. the president for a thirdht straay amplifying his attack on those progressive congresswomen, known as the squad, questioning their patrioti
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patriotism. >> go wherever they want or they can stay, but they should love our country. shouldy.t hate our co look at what they've had. i have clips right here. the most viral, horrible statements about our country, about israel, about others. >> reporter: the president's top aide, kellyanne conway, also making headlines for this exchange with reporter andrew feinberg outside the white house. if the president was not telling these congresswomen to return to theirup ssed countries of origin, to which rountries was he referring? >> what's you ethnicity? >> why is thatle revant? >> because i'm asking you a question. my ancestors are from ireland and italy. >> my ethnicity is not relevant. >> it is. he said originally. he said originally from. >> reporter: conway tweeting later in the day, this was meant with no. disrespect we're all from somewhere else originally. i asked the question to answer the question and volunteer my own ethnicity. it comes the same day conway's
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husband, george conway, released a scathing op-ed in the "washington post" titled "trump is a racist p esident." torepublican mitch mcconnell fended off his own questions about the president's comments and his spouse, transportation secretary elaine chao. >> if someone wer to say she should go back to her own country because of her dnlicy, woul that be a racist attack? >> well, the secretary of transpgetation came here at a 8 legally, not speaking a word of english, and realized the american dream. >> reporter: peter, the thing that's interesting about this, doesn't seem like anybody is looking to get this story out of the headlines, in particular the president. he is tweeting and talking about it, as well. >> reporter: you're exactly right. what is striking here is that for years republicans have tried to cast nancy pelosi as the villain. ahead of the 2020 campaign, kfore the presidentws who he will face next year, he's now trying to dene the democratic party by these four progressive congsswomen,ffectively
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trying to tie pelosi to them. it is an us versus them strategy that as allies say will help energize his thbase. is their belief. he faces another narrow path to victory. tonight, the pnt heads to north carolina for another campaign rally. don't be surprised if you see the topic come up again. >> peter alexander at the white house for us, thanks, peter. overnighe learned of the death of supreme court maverick john paul stevens. the 99-year-old was the second oldest justice ever, and he helped shape the high court for more tha three decades. pete williams has a look back at his storied career for us this morning. od morning to you. >> good morning. john paul stevens was the third longest serving supreme court justice in history. friends and cayrt officials s he suffered a stroke monday and died tuesday at a ft. lauderdale, florida, hospital, with his b daughters his side. he was appointed by a republican president, but by the time he retired, he was leading the court's liberal wing.
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>> reporter: president gerald ford's only supreme court nominee, john paul stevens, arrived as a moderate conservative. re i thank the pdent for his expression of confince in me. >> reporter: heuickly headed in his own direction, becoming an independent-minded justice and the court's most prolific desetter. he sai his legal views never changed and said the court shifted around him. >> i really don't think i have changed, and i still consider myself quite conservative. >> reporter: at first spectacle of affirmative action in government contracting, he eventually supported it in college missions. he voted to give prisoners greater rights, have a high wall between church and atste, and choose if you want an abortion. navy rated world war ii code breaker, he struck down laws that would allow flag burning. ahe led unanimous court where a president could be in a case while in. offi
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he underwent heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer but had a vorous life off the bench. he had four children and nine a grandchildren divided his time betweenashington and a home in florida. he was loyal to his native chicago, thr ing out the first pitch at a cubs game as an 85-year-old right-hander. at age 90, stevens reted in june of 2010 after 34 1/2 years on the court. >> chief justice roberts said his former colleague brought kindness, humility, wisdom, and in pendence to the bench a left us a better nation. the arrangements for the stevens funeralre not yet final. >> what a life. pete williams, thanks. now, we move to the political turmoil in puerto r o rico. protests calling for the governor's resignation has caused violence, and it led to a major cruise line cancelling one of its ship's scheduled tops in
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the island's capital city. gabe gutierrez joins us with more details on this. good morning. >> reporte good morning. e escalating political crisis in puerto rico is now hurting the island's critical tourism industry. anotheal one of roy caribbean's cruise ships, with more than 1,800 passengers on board, decided to reroute at the last minute due to safety concerns. this morning, there are growing calls for puerto rico's governor to after protests in miami, d.c., and new york. a demonstration in san juan monday drew thousands. it ended with police in riot gear firing tear gas to break up the crowd. royal caribbean now cancelling one of the empress of the se s stops in puerto rico and rerouting to the british virgin island, in light of the current unrest in san juan. e spoke with one disappointed pass >> it was right there.
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we were coming so close. i was just taking pictures saying, hey, we're about to dock. then we get further away. >> reporter: the governor has been under fire since nearly 900 pages of a private group chat were leaked and t publisheds weekend by the center for investigative journalism in puerto rico. nbc news has not independently verified the chat. the messages between the governor and several aides include vulgar jokes female politicians, journalists, andbo aut blind cabinet secreta. they also include an anti-gay slur, directed at pop star ricky martin. he and other celebrities of puerto rican decent, like bad bunny and lin-manuel miranda, are urging him to step down. >> i'm not proud of what i did. >> reporter: he insists he won't resign. >> i need to mov forward and continue on the work we're doing for puerto rico. >> reporr: rossello has facedft criticism the hurricane in
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2017, which killed an estimated 3,000 people. political pressure has intensified after authorities orested several local lsgoiavernor's top aides, accus them of corruption involving illions of dollars in federal contracts. royal caribbean's express of the seas is expected to return to south florida on sunday. meanwhile, another protest is scheduled in puerto rico later today. craig and savannah? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. a man who lost his entire family in one of the fatal crashes involving the now grounded 737 max planes plans tell congress today the entire fleet should be scrapped. helso plans to say boeing executives should face criminal charges for failing to ground the plane sooner. nbc's tom costello remains on this story for us. tom,g. good mornin >> reporter: craig, good morning. so the max has remained grounded through this busy record-setting summer travel season and, now, due to safety concerns, this
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could continue all the way through thanksgiving and even christmas. four months into the worldwide grounding of the boeing 737 max, is morning, it is looking increasingly possible that the plane w't fly again this year. already, american and united airlines have taken it out of service until november at the earlie earliest. southwest airlines expected to follow suit. two 737 max crashes overseas blamed on faulty anti-stall software left 346 people dead. s boeis it expects to have its software fixes for the plane ready ibe septem the faa, under intense scrutiny, is not expected to fast track approval. now, a canadian man who lost him entire fily when the second plane crashed in ethiopia, will tell congress today, the max should never fly again. ax for the sake of human life, safety, the m should be
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scrapped. shay shou don't believe boeing would do that. >> reporter: paul lost his wife, carol, three children, ryan, kelly, and ruby,nd his mother-in-law, ann. >> they werebeautiful. >> reporter: every day, he says, is a struggle. >> they took my life away. without my family, i don't have a life. my family died because of the greed, the arrogance, the management dysfunction, the lack of internalit oversight wn boeing and the faa. >> reporter: this morning, boeing tells nbc news, we truly regret the loss of lives in both of these accidents, and we are deeply sorry for the impact to the families and loved ones of those on board. meanwhile, american airline's own flight attendants also have concerns aut the max. >> for us to be able to step back on that aircraft, we need
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to know, without a shadow of a b do that it is safe to fly. we're taking our own lives and our passengers' lives in ourwn hands. >> reporter: congress will hold another hearing today. meanwhile, we have multiple investigations still looking into the causes of those crashes, exactly what the faa's role was in certifying the plane, should that change, and how should pilots be retrained before the maxag flies n? guys, back to you. >> tom costello for us at reagan nation, thank you. we move now to this stifling heat, the rest of the forecast. i can't believe some of the numbers on that map. >> i know. we haven't felt them for a long time, so it'll be that muchh moe of a shock to the system. we also have the chance of severe storms tosy, a well. combine the heat, the humidity, with the frontal system, across see storms fire up later today. in the northeast we could see some strong storms with large hail, damaging winds and, of course, trential downpours, too. these will occur late this afternoon and into this evening. elsewhere it's all about the extreme heat across the country.
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that's a look at the weather across the country. we'll get to your local forecast in the nex sunny and hazy day outside. plenty warm and humid as well. temperatures in the upper 70s across the region for the onmost part this morning. plan on temperatures getting into the mid-90s this afternoon. so a weather advisory for you today. heat advisory and air quality alert. poor air quality so limit your time outside. heat indexes today over 100
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degrees. actual air temperature 96. watch out for potentially strong storms this afternoonnd again tomorrow. >> your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you so much. just ahead the newly surfaced video of jeffrey epstein partying with donald trump decades ago as one of epstein's accusers makes anmotional new plea. surprises,snobs, and a record haul for "game of thrones." we'll break down the emmy t nominations buirst thi
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plan on a very hot and ocomfortable day t spend any realtime outdoors. temperatures are in the upper 70s to near 80 already. a heatisorys in place, poor air quality a well. not a pleasant day to spend a lot of time outside. 96 the high today. heat index is over 100. an opportunity for a strong thunderstorm as well later on in the d today. more of the same tomorrow. then super hot over the weekend
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before we turn cooler next >>we. all right, chuck. thank you. we will have another local news update for you in about 25 minutes.ow >> for n back to the "today show" a.
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we're back, 7:30 on a wednesday morning, july 17th, 2019. 82 degrees, not bad,ecause it is 7:30 in the morning. a little early, and that temperature is only going up. a lot of the country ealing with a sweltering heat wave. ben you look at the heat index numbers, you can'telieve what you're seeing. we'll get the latest forecast from dylan ahead. >> dangerous temps. first, a check of the headlines on this wednesday morning. house democrats passed a resolution tuesday night condemning president trump for what they called racist comment aimed at four democratic congresswomen of color. four republicans joined democrats in the vote. that was largely along party lines. sunday, the president tweeted that the four congresswomen should, quote, go back and help
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qu fix the totally broken and crime-infested countries from which they came. president trump said he doesn't a police't officers won have charges for the choking death of eric guaarner, who was heard saying, "i can't believe." william barr made the final o decision not t charge the officer, choosing to follow the recommendations of new york inosecutors, but going aga the doj's civil rights division. the decision was announced one thy before the five-year anniversary of deadly encounter, just as the statute ofimitations was set to expire. now, frightening moments for unsuspecting beach goers in maryland. a small plane forced to make an emergency l take a look here.e. you can see the plane skiddin across the shallow water and
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coming to a stop. it was in ocean city, maryland. the 23-year-old pilot said he had enginetrouble. fortunately, and perhaps miraculously, no one was hurt in the accident. also this morning, video dating back more than 25 years is giving us a look at the relationship that once against between president trump and accud sexrafficker jeffrey epstein. it is coming to light as epstein's lawyers are offering an explanation for a item found by police in his manhattan home that raised a lot of eyebrows. stephanie gosk joins us with more. good morning. >> good prmorning. ident trump said he knew jeffrey epstein, he was part of the west palm beach set, in one interview calling him a terrific guy. more ,recently trump said they had a falling out. this is video from 1992, both of them together at a party. >> reporter: an invitation into donald trump's world. footage from nd1992 fou in the nbc archives shows the future president welcoming jeffrey epstein to his mar-a-lago
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estate. the get together more than a decade before epstein pled guilty t prosecution charged in florida. oth men are seen enjoying themselves. trump pointing dut womencing in front of them. apparently, a friendly encounter with the man the president is looking to distance himself from. >> i knew him lik everybody in palm beach knew him. i've had a falling out wit him. haven't spoke to him in 15 years, i wn't a fan. >> reporter: epstein is fighting to be released from jail as he waits for his trial. his lawyers now offering an explanation for the most mysterious item uncovered in a search of epstein's manhattan mansion. an expired foreign passport cveed by prosecutor sz s as th tried tovince a judge he was a flight risk. the passport appearing to know epstein's photo but under a different name. his residence listeds saudi
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arabia. his attorneys describing him as an affluent member of the jewish faith, saying he acquired the document from austria in the 1980s for personal protection while traveling in the middle east., addingt was only to be presented to potential kidnappers, hijackers, or terrorists, should violent episodes occur. it comes as another accuser is calling others to tell their story. >> if you've made the courageous forward, thank e you. if you have not, the time is now. >> reporter: courtneyild told authorities epstein abused her more than a decade ago, and she was kept in the dark with the deal he made withrs prosecuto in 2007. >> my voice was muted by the same government that was supposed to protect orme. >> repr: law enforcement officials across the country now working together, as more women speak up, saying they, too, were yvictimized b epstein. >> the white house and epstein have not commented on the video. the next big court date for
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epstein is tomorrow morning. it'll be the bail hearing. >> i guess the question is, if he is granted bail, his finances come very much into the judge will look at that, in determining how much the bail tould be. >>re is mystery surrounding his finances. federal prosecutors say he is worth more than $500 million that they know of. just yesterday, his defense team put in a filing that said they couldn't meet their deadline to give the judge a full accounting of his snances. it i so complex, that they needed more time. what they have said is at epstein's brother is willing to back a $100 million bond. >> a lot of questions about how epstein made his money. >> yeah, certainly are. >> a lot of questions. all right. thank you, steph. >> thank you, stephanie. let us tus turn to the weat now. 7:35 on this wednesday morning. dylan is in for al. how is the forecast? > well, we are going o see some rain. it's actually the remnants of barry. you can see some of those heavier pockets ofou rain thr southeastern indiana, ohio, new york and pennsylvania. we do have flash flood watches
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in effec for the tri-state area. as a cold front moves eastward we will see a chance of severe storms, scattered across midwest and centered around stranton, hartford, new yorks ll, philadelphia. we could see torrential downpours, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, hail and possible wind gusts as well. because the rain is initiating from the remnants of barry, there's a lot of moist e in these downpours. we could see rainfall rates of 1 to 2" p hour. locally 2 to 4" of rain. that's why we have a threat of flooding as storms move in late. to also a chance of severe storms through the upper midwest. it's dry for the most part and showers in the pacific northwest. that a look at theeather across the country, now here is a peek out your window. >> good morning, i'm storm team4 bemeteorologist chuck . temperatures in the 70s for now. that won't be the case for long. plan on temperatures to climb into theay mid-90s tod with heat indexes over 100. take your shade break, drink extra water, check on yourne
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carson. nee >> emmy winner. >> emmy winner and now new, once again, nominee. we'll get to that in a moment. >> some surprises, some snubs for the shows. ttors left offt list. nbc's gadi schwartz joins us with the highlights this morning. good to see you, buddy. >> hey, guys. good morning. a lot of competition this year, especially among the male acting categories, where it is really anybody's game. when it comesle to tesion's leading actresses in some of the most epic caharacters on tv, yo probably don't want to bet against the mothe ofragons or the first female president of the united states. >> reporter: this morning, the battlefield has been set for the 71st prime time emmys with a looming question, will "game of thrones" reign supreme with a record-breaking 32 nominations? the highest for a single show ever in one year. >> not easy to see something that's never been before. >> reporter: up for best drama d outstanding leads for kit
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harington's jon snow and emilia clarke's denaris. >> i know wt he's goingo do. >> reporter: any victory addin to the 47 trophies already on the iron throne. the showacing heat from fans over the final season and competition from shows like "this isus," "better call saul," and "succession." >> we're not listening, as usual. >> reporter: in comedy, hitman turned wanna be actor, up against the "marvelous mrs. maisel." >> you are yoenomenal. u are amazing. >> reporter: along with "thela good pce," "fleabag," and "russian doll," hoping to win more vot f than theal season of "veep." >> enough! >> reporter: a win for julia louis-dreyfus as lead actress in a comedy series would make her the most awarded performer heev. >> t's nothing anyone can do to stop me. >> reporter: hbo's radiating
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nominations in 19 categories. the limited series competing against "escape at dannemora," "sharp objects," and "when thee se us." adding to thedrama, some heavy hitting snubs in the acting categories. inuding silver screen legends jim carrey and julia roberts, who posted this with nods to fellow shutouts writing george clooney and emma stone, writing, i'mn exceptional company at least. >> you know i'm a "game of thrones" fan, but the emmy category i'm most excited for, the moment we've all been waiting to see, when the camera pans over to our man, carson daly, and hopefully brings home some more gold fo "cathe "voice" >> thanks, buddy. >> your cabinet is getting crowded with four ems. >> embarrassment of riches.
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>> where do you keep them? >> my man cave. >> nice. >> as you ahould. >> ye it's a lot of fun. we're very, very happy about that. i think the take away, bede the "voice," is the amount of equality of content that is on television. >> golden age of . >> it is like march madness. every time in march i discover a new college i never knew existed. now it's a program. what is that? oh, i have to get on that. >> i feel the emmys are bigger than the oscars. sorry, did i say that out loud? >> i agree. >> that's what everybody has seen, the shows people know about. >> what everybody is watching. >> it's different than the eventized nature of hollywood, as far as feature films, action, heros. >> trenoble l >> iike to relax about a sto about nuclear radiation. it's great. >> "game of thrones" will likely win 90% of nominations.
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today" newsbreak. > 7:56 is your time now on this wednesday july 17th, 2019. good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. let's get right to a o check your commute with melissa mollet and first4traffic. hi, melissa. >> good morning, eun. e 14th street bridge a crash in the middle of the road. that is out of the way. weave delays but the lanes are open. southbound parkway 19 lanes blocked, northbound slow as well. 270 crash on the shoulder causing a slowdown. eun. we thank you. 'll take a break and check your f.
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good morning, everybody. we didn't stay below 80 degrees for very along,eady back above it, 81 washington, 81 dulles airport,82 gaithersburg. heat advisory and air quality advisory as well. t really needo limit your time outside toda the advisories go from 11:00 in
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the morning until 8:00 in the evening. today's high a sizzling 96. a chance for strong thunderstorms this afternoon and again tomorrow afternoon. tomorrow wil not be quite as hot. high only 93 degrees, but the heat really comes back and very intense for friday, saturday, and sunday. afternoon highs near 100. storm chances today andbuomorrow no chance for a cooling raindrop friday, saturday, or sunday. cooler weather does return, though, for next that is some good news. >> indeed, chuck. thank you. another local news update for you in 25 minutes. fo now back to the "today show" .
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is 8:00 on "today." coming up i the heat on. nearly 230 million people across the country bracing for a brutal summer heat wave. >> we figure hot weather is going to come. it is smacking us in the face a little bit. >> temperatures expected to be the hottest of th year. how hot will it get? how long will it last? dylan is tracking it ang. dieti dilemma. what a surprising new study reveals about teenagers trying to lose weight. coming up, why a doctors concerned, and what teens andee parents nd to know. plus, coming of age. we'll take a look at the growing old photo craze gone viral. the celebrities taking part, and we joi in on the fun. today, wednesday, july 17th, 19
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over the hot weather cing up. this is the news at 8:00. the country facing a heat wave, extending temperatures into the danger zone. dylan i here with just how hot it is going to be. good morning. >> good morning, savannah. it is going to be dangerous because it is going tast for a long time. we have this dome of high pressure that is just sitting over the eastern hf of the country. it is just going to continue to pump in the warm temperatures. i mean, exceptionally warm. take a look at the numbers we'll see today, especially through the plain states, where it'll be 101 in wichita. it'll feel like 108. valentine, nebraska, feeling like 92. 106 in kansas city. memphis will feel like 107.e' tomorrow, going to see that heat continue to push to the east. chicago will feel lik 102. st. louis, close to 110 degrees. charlotte will feel like 100. baltimoreike 101. on friday, more of the same. the heat, humidity, makes it feel like it is well above 100 degrees. detroit, of aes plac will feel like it is close to 110. it is going to last through the weekend. the last time it was 100 dinrees ew york city was back in
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2012. we are forecasting a feels like temperature of 111 degrees in new york. it'll feel like 110 in philadelphia. sunday cools off a bit but not by much. it'll still feel like it is well up into the triple digits. stay in the a/c when you can, and you need to stay hydrated. this is dangerous heat. craig? >> we'll come back to you in a little bit. president trump declaring victory despite a house vote tuesday night toondemn his attacks on a group of democratic congresswomen. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us this morning with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the president praised his party for standing behind him, but this was an extraordinary moment. every democrat and a handful of republicans voting to condemn thepresident, casting his words about those progressive congresswomen as eracist. hous democrats denouncing president trump. >> without objection, the motion to reconsider isaid on the table. >> reporter: passing a resolution joined by four
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republicans and an independent, condemning president's tweets, attacking those democratic congresswomen of color with a racist trope. arguing they shokd go bac to the crime-infested places from which they came. democrat john lewis evoking his exence in the struggle for civil rights. >> i know racism when i see it. i know racism when i feel it. at the highest level of government, there's no room for racism. >> reporter: president trump insisting his tweets were not racist, writing, i don't have a racist bone in my body. one of the lawmakers he targeted, alexandria ocasio-cortez, firing back, you're right,es mr. prent, you don't have a racist bone in you body. you have a racist mind in your head, and a racist heart in your chest. the president for ard thi straight day amplifying his attack on those progressive congresswomen kwn as the squad. questioning their patriotism. >> wherever they want or they can stay, but they shouldrove
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oucountry. they shouldn't hate our country. you look at what they've said. i have clips right here.t the mosviral, horrible statements about our country, about israel, aboutrs ot >> reporter: the president's top aide, kellyanne conway, also making headlines for this exchange with reporter andrew feinberg outside the white house. >> if the president was not telling thesegr four cswomen to return to their supposed countr,s of origino which countries was he referring? >> what's your ethnicity? >> why is that relevant? >> no, no, because i'm asking you a question. my aestors are from ireland and italy. >> my ethnicity is notre vant. >> it is. because you're asking about -- he said originally. he said original from. >> reporter: conway tweeting later in the day, this was meant with no disrespect. we'rero all f somewhere else originally. i asked the question to answer
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the question and volunteer my own idhnicity. prest trump is diving head first into this fight ahead of the 2020 campaign before he knows who he will face next. year the president is trying to define the democratic party by those four liberal minority freshmen congresswomen, a strategy that his allies, craig, believe will help energize his base. tonight, the president will head to north carolina for a campaign rally. it is lik this topic comes up again. >> thank you. singer r. kelly was denied bail after pleading not guilty to federal sex crime charges in chic 52-year-old singer was arrested last week on sweeping indictments in chicago and new york. he's yet to face the new york judge. prosecutors say kelly sexually exploited young women and girls, going back to the late '90s. ng is also accused of u bribery and intimidation to silence victims and witnesses. he is fighting sexual charges already in illinois. thef president planned parenthood was abruptly removed after eight months in the job.
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from years past. >> reporter: the study looked at teenagers from 16 to 19 and found nearly 38% of them tried to lose weig, including a stunning 45% of girls that age. while the amount of white and black teenagersre who said they' looking to lose weight is roughly the same, the numbers were particularly high among hispanic teens, with 55% of hispanic adolescent girls trying to lose weight, and nearly 47% of hispanic boys. the numbers are a dramatic jump from ten years o, when just about a quarter of teenagers were trying to lose weight. >> with us now to dive into the numbers, monical correspnt dr. john torres. when i saw teens looking to lose weight in higher numbers, i can't say i was terriblri surpd given our culture and the emphasis on physical appearance. what did you make of the number? >> that's exactly what's going on. 25% five years ago and now 40%, and some groups it's higher than that. you're seeing a huge social media influence. you see the pictures, some air
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brushed, some are perfect anglet and perfe lighting. people want to look like that, pecially teenagers. a couple concerns. one is the way they're going about doing it. some istraditional. trying to exercise more, eat less. some are not traditional. they're trying to drink a lot more water, which can cause health implications itself. two, the focus on weight instead of wellness. that's what's gting experts concerned. >> if a teenager in your house is trying to lose weight, and you're a parent, what would you ll him or her to do? what is the best way to go about doing that? >> first and foremost, you can use this as a launc platform and say, i heard about this study, are you trying to lose weight? if they are, why? are you trying to be healthy, which is great, but if it is to look like everyone else on social media, that's a concern.l adcents are the biggest group for eating disorders. rougut life, it can cause a lot of issues. parents, sit down as become role models. if you're eating bad food and huge amounts of food and not xercising, telling your teenager not to do that, they'll do what you do. >> or if you're a crazy fad diet
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all the time, same thing. >> exactly. learn together. get expert help if you need to lose weight as a family. >> what'd you mean? i'm so you rd in e wudyboeens driiny,rr water ton lheose weight, ithought, it that -- drinking water is good for diet, isn't it? >> it is to a certain extent. if you have too much water, you can have problems with electrolytes and chemicals in your body. some said, iot drink a of water to lose weight. if they drink too much, it can causle health probms. a little water, stayhy ated. shouldn't be the primary focus. overall health should be the primary focus. >> on the screen there, some of the most reported ways to lose weight, what we were just talking about. dr. torres, always good to have you. >> thank you. we should all be drinking water today because it is so hot out there. >> you need to. you have to stay husrated beca it is brutally hot. >> you need to. you have to stay hi grated, it is hot. heat combined with cold front
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leads to a chance of strong storms especially northeast later this afternoon into thisg eveninnd also across the midwest with hail, damaging winds. we could also see torrential ainfall at roducing rates of 1 to 2" per hour. elsewhere, all about the heat. temperatures will feel like it's well above gh105 degrees throu the weekend. that's a look at the weather across the country, now a peek out your owwi >> good morning, i'm storm team4 meteorologist chuck bell. storm team weather alert for dangerously high heat, humidity, poor air quality, a riskf strong thunderstorms today and tomorrow. the real heat builds in for the weekend with almost no chance for rain friday, saturday, or sunday. right now we have temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s. a heat advisory, all of metro iwashington is included that advisory. look at those numbers soaring into the hund. >> that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. jenna is here. sheinelle is here. the ga is all here.
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ly one thing to do now. >> pop start. >> let do it, everybody. everybody seems to be talking about this. there is a g new appe viral. stars are getting in on the action. we're getting in on the action. 80 million people are on this app right now. it is p.faceap the app has a feature -- it can do a bunch of things. one of the things people seem to have fun with is it akes you look older, like a lot older, should you go down that path. here's celebrities having fun with the app. you see thes jonas brother there. >> they're handsome. >> carrie underwood and her husband, mike fisher, they looked amazing. how about lbj? >> he'll age well. >> chipnd joanna gaines got inra on the cze. amazing, too. we thought we'd give it a go ourselves. >> of course. >> let's go around the table. jenna, we'll start with you. ready for your faceapp? >> oh,gosh. >> amazing. >> i thought it was a current picture, you looked so good. >> there's something about the nose that really just -- >> it is the same nose you have.
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>> it is? >> yes. you look great. >> your hair looks fantastic. >> savannah. >> i don't think so, but thanks. >> wait, did they make your teeth yellow? >> it looks like bad botox. >> how aboutr. melvin? >> they aged your teeth. >> craig? >> oh. >> handsome as ever. >> you still have hair. >> i love how youomb the hair back now. >> i lost it. it's gone. >> you look like your dad? >> a little bit. a chia pet. >> you look good, too. >> i wish they'd tell you how old you are in the pictures. at would be nice. >> oh, oh. >> plus 30. >> what about dylly? >> i kind of look like my grandfather. >> dylan, we look like we could live in a community together. >> oh, gosh. >> i have a question. >> i like that one. >> you look cute. >> what happened to me? >> you better endy the hea of
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hair you have now. >> that's for the winner? what's >> who here has tried the app before we just did it? >> i don't have the app. >> my brother sent it to me yesterday. he did my face. >> everybody is doing it. >> carson and i went for babies. that was so much more fun. >> i know. >> he looked like jack, and i look like mila. >> let's do it younger. >> yeah. >> take a look at the younger ones. savannah, here's you at a younger age. >> yeah. >> you look like ateenager. >> we can do that again. >> another of savannah? >> no. >> savannah at younger age. vale. tle >> that's cute. >> those are good. >> i like that one, savannah. >> i do, too.ou >> yere a teen. >> oh, wow. >> that's so cute. >> that looks a lot like isu. >> that you. >> exactly lik you. >>awe. >> that's adorable.
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>> we'll nev be this young again. >> fresh face. >> look at this, carson. >> might be the same. >> >>wow. trl days. >> we all know that face. >>hose are our better selves. >> it is fun. a thepp is crazy. you can do gender swap, smiles, haircut. >> i did the gender swap, and i look exactly likhe my br >> really? >> it is creepy. >> i feel this app has been around, the aging one. this one,n particular, the a.i. they use is incredibs. >> how doe it go viral in one day, it's everywhere. >> it looks so realistic. >> i guess so. other news, a lot of talk t about live action remake of if the c he little mermaid." it was announced halle bailey lwill be thetle mermaid.s harry styles i in talks to play eric.e in the original animated feature, prince eric doesn't arng at all. maybe if hry is cast, maybe he'll sing andbe there will new
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music added to the film. we're not sure. we have to wait to find out.od pruction isn't set to begin until next year. finally, craig melvin. >> oh. >> you are featured in the august/september issue of "garden and gun." >> nice. >> you talk a lot about growing up in the south and how it shapon you as a pers one of my favorite -- >> have you ever fished? >> oh, yeah. >> part of the article, craig, where you explain about how you'd spend hours at church on sundays, but your dad wasn't there. why? >> well, he didn't -- me and my brother and mom wou go on sundays, and dad would stay home. at a certain age, i asked, why for't dad ever come, except weddings maybe. i remember him saying something along the lines of, i spende fiv hours at a church on sunday, i expect to see jesus. we nev actually sawesus on a sunday. i was like, okay. >>ho is the fool now? >> there you go. >> iatis a gre read. congratulations. picture. e t >> central park. >> that's cool. >> i love it. do we have a click or no click? t>> i have for -- >> wait, you know what, i have
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one. >> i do, too. >> you go first. >> okay.th is a dylly cliy click. >> this is a video i cantop watching take a look. there's s video? >> awe. >> i can't. i can't. >> who is that? is that a baby? >> it's a baby. it's my baby. >> maybe just one. >> mybabies. >> yay! >> one baby. >> that was your son, elvin, in h video, in case people don't know. >> calvin wants five babies, five of everything. it is one baby. >> dyly. >> we're all crying. >> i'm sorry. we are soor happy f you, dylan. >> thank you. >> this is -- it's awesome.
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>> it's been an emotional journey. you know, i opene up about my infertility and my secondary infertility, just surgeries i've had to have. the day i was going to start my ivf, i had all of my medicines. i brought it down to the kentucky derby with me. the doctor calls and said, don't take anything. you're pregnant. >> wow. >> iust want to thank everybody for the prayers because i swear the prayers and just putting my story out there got me to where i am. >> what does calvin think? >> calvin is so excited,yeah. last night at dinner, he's like, can i kiss the baby? it is theinweetest th i don't think he really understands exactly what baby is and how much it will change his life. >> oh, >>yeah. congratulations. you and brian, god bless you both. >> when will we meet this -- >> in januy. >> oh, a new year's baby. >> hold on. we have a picture of dylan eight months pregnant. let's put that up. >> incredible. >> that app is . incredible >> do we know the gender yet? >> we do. we have special guests who will re al that in the thirdhour.
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>> we'll find out today. >> we're going to find out today. >> yes, i don't think we can wait. >> no. just wait another 37 minutes. >> w can do that. >> yeah. >> it is so wonderful, dylan. h i mean, ye the most adorable family. >> thank>>you. i know how much you guys have been wanting and hoping for this baby. this baby is going to be right on time, and we can't wait to meet him or her. >> i'm just so happy now. i've been keeping it secret for so long. you know when you're in the first three months, trying to keep the secret and not tell anyone, though you threw the 40th birthday party and i was drinking water with olives in it. >> i remember thinking, my god, dylan is drinking a lot. man. >> no, that was you drinking a lot. >> always other women know when a woman is pregnant. they can tell. >> they can tell i >> something going on, must be pregnant. >> it's been the worst kept secret on twitter. thank you for asking if i was pregnant. yes, it turns out, i am. >> my mom texted me. she was like, is dylan pregnant? i'm like, mom! those of us on it, the dshow, a
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developments of our families and personal lives is remarkable. you getting married. after that announcement, announcing vale and the char-char binxs. hoda with the adoption. >> you work on the showong enough, babies come. >>he tre's all different paths to happiness and family. >> the blessing is there are so many women dealing with infertilit infertility, secondary infertility,'vnd ie been with you on the journey, in the dressing room you've been crying or trying to figure out what is going . you give so many people hope. >> god has a plan, and this was in the cards for me. i'm so excited. >> we can't wait to meet the baby. >> i know. >> we're going o to find at the top of the next hour. we're going to find out if it is a boy or girl. >> gende reveal. >> special guests. >> i think people will find the journey inspiring. th i latestssue of "people" maga tne. pick up issue when it hits
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news stan newsstands. >> sheinelle, what do you think it is in. >> i know. >> girl. >> i'll say girl. >> i'm going to say girl. >> i'll say boy. >> okay. >> announcer: this is a "news4 today" newsbreak. good morning, everybody. 8:26 now on this wednesday july 17th, i'm aaron gi shrist. let'start with a look at the roads with melissa mollet and first4traffic. >> good rning. uthbound bw parkway left lane blocked because of an accident there. taking a look at 270, still seeing delays southbound especially after 370 this morning. inner loop, outer loop, typicals prettyw in normal spots. inner loop going up to the bridge as well. southbound 395, ramp to seminary blocked by an accident there. >> all right, melissa, thank you. we'll hav a check of the forecast when we come back. stay w good morning, evatybo.
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temperes are warming quickly now. already in the low 80s across most of the d.c.et m area. there's a heat advisory for this afternoon into the early parts of this evening as well. today's highxpected to reach 96 degrees. keeping a close eye out later today for a chance of strong thunrstorms as well. our rain chance 50%. again, not everyone is going to get that ability to be cooled down. for the next couple days, dangerously high levels of heat and humidity. anr storm chance tomorrow. rain chances drop and temperatures go up just in time for the weekend.
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>> all right, chuck, thank you. get the lates news and weather forecast on the nbc washington app. another update in 25 minutes. forow back to new york and
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we're bk now. it is 8:30 on wednesday morning. july 17th, 2019. the heat, the dangerous heat headed our way, not stopping these fine folks from joining us here on the plaza. it's a nice crowd. you guys feeling good? [ cheers and applause ] i have the crowd moment, and'me. s right here. you just hear dylan's big news. >> i went through that about 25 years ago. it's a hard road to do. >> it is. >> it really is. >> it is. >> i prayed for you every single day. >> oh, thank you. >> i. guessed >> thank >> i guess, she is. and beth is a good name for a
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girl. >> i'll keep that in mind. >> where are you ?om, be >> liis. years ago, i did the same thing. i have a picture of him with savannah. >> that's so cool. >> beth, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thanks for coming by. >> thank you. >> inspirational. >> doesn't it feel good? >> i've been sucking it in for a long time, not well. >> we're happy for yofi awkwana is here. she's incredible, an actress, rapper,mi and she's taking a turn in h career. >> shoutout to my man behind me, holding a sign saying, carson, go raider >> oakland raiders fan. >> long sufferer. >> appreciate it. also, if you love books and food, we'll give you the best freads and eats your trip to the beach this summer. >> i like that. on the third hour of "today," eisenberg is going to fill us in on this
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dark, newcoe' comedy h in. are your kids glued to their smartphones and tablets? weml get tips fro coach you can hire to cn back othe screen time. >> i like that. let's get a check of the weather. >> very, very sticky whitson. >> it is going to get worse. the heat is on. we are going to see of this morning later today. especially late afternoon and evening through the upper midwest, also northeast. the heat wave extends from the middle of the country all the way to the east. it's going to feel like it is well above 100 degrees. more of the same tomorrow. we'll start off today in the s and ast with some sto then we'll see increasing sunshine. a little unsettled in the southeast. the heat will continue through the start of the weekend. that the weatheracross the country, now here is a peek out your window. >> outside of our window is hot, humid, and hmoy this ing. temperatures now 82 in montgomery county, 82 repocan't come, manassas. a heat advisory through the
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ndening. heat i -- excuse me -- heat index values will be up over 100 degrees this afternoon. that's nothing toe sneez at at all. temperatures today and tomorrow, mid-90s with afternoon storm chances. rain chances dry up and temperatures get near 100 for the weekend. >> that's your latest forecast. >> thank you, my friend. coming up, my visit to chicago, where young people are working to make sense of the city's gun violence and save lives in the process. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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>> this past weekend alone, 37 killed, 7 others wounded in shooting there. it is violence that can leave people in the community feeling hopeless. now some young people are taking initiative, not waiting to be
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saved but learning. saved, but o save each other. >> these city streets are some of the toughest in the nation. >> reporter: a couple was ntting in their car whe both were shot and wounded. >> not far from behind me. >> the bloodshed hard to escape ineighborhoods like englewood, where the murals are pleas for peace. what happens here in the moments after someone is shot? >> how long do you think it takes for you to bleed out? >> reporter: a new program is working to turn kids into first responders. calm inody has to sta s situation, while everybody going >>scombobulated. eporter: he is old enough to have seen gun violence. >> i love friends and family, and my grandmother has been the victim ofun violence, a block from here. >> reporter: your grandmother? >> two separateoc casions. >> reporter: he founded the group good kids, mad city, in
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the wake of a deadly school shooting in parkland, florida. >> whenever these type of things happen in the white communities, we get the raw end of the al. we have more police officers on the streets harassi us. we get more police inside our schools. we get stricter gun laws. we don't get any of the things we think would help us succeed and address the issue of violence in our communities. >> reporter: those issues, economic and social, are important to pitman. >> now, what do you do? >> reporter: giving kids the tools to save lives is more di immeate. >> nephew just got hit. >> reporter: he gathers group of young people, some as young as 12, in a spare room in his llture turchurch, for first ai gunshot wounds. they try toave a professional teach the class. when they can't, pitman takes over, teaching what he learned. >> takes an ambulance 30 minutes and takes you 7 minutes to bleed
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out. i'm not a mathematician, but the math doesn't add up. >> reporter: walr has been to the classes before. her son, del monte, was part of the program. >> del monte was in the 86 block of south euclid when a tan vehicle drove by and police say someone fired shots. >> reporter: he was gunned down last september. tell me about your son. >> he was a good kid, respectful kid, liked to help in the neigororhood. >> rr: what happened to him? >> they shot my baby in the chest. >> reporter: del monte would have been 20 last month. his mom still ces to the classes because s m hase sons. 17 and just 14. >> what's your name? >> reporter: these boys who buried their brother last fall now rol play what it is like to be shot, what it is like to try to save someone. >> if it were to happen, you feel might be able to be of some help. >> reporter: you know what people outside chicago say about the violence here, espec
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lly as it pertains to black and brown boys. the gangs, gg violence. >> yeah. >> reporter: nothing we can do about all the gang violence. >> yeah, that's the first thing they try to put a spotlight on, the bystanders. it's the innocent bystanders that get odlled. everyb is not a gang member. >> sad tosay, it is a lile sk and it can be life or death. >> reporter: it shouldn't be a life skill. >> not at all. >>ndeporter: not for 14 15-year-olds. >> not at all. it shouldn't be a life skill, but it's the climate of the communities that we live in. >> reporter: a skill that, on these streets, could save the life of a stranger, a friend, your own brother. >> he told me he never realized how bad the violence was until he saw his young son was decentized to it. that was the momen he realized he needed to do something, not just for his community, the south end o chicago, but his own kids. >> that story is important. i'm so glad you are telling it. number e, it is important to see if someone who is just
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trying to help his community, but also it is extremely eye-opening, to say that this is the solution. >> >> it is not about gun violence. it is so you can help treat gunshots better. that is a really, you know, eye-opening fact of life. >> thank you. it is ,also you know -- what is happening in chicago and what has happened in chicago for the past number of years, you know, pertaining to gun violence, it is not acceptable. we've become completely decentized to dozens of people being shot and killed in a metropolitan city. >> dozens of kids. f yes. >> by the way, a deeper look at good kids, mad city, we encourage youo go to today.com. >> thank you, craig. >> thank you. >> really. when we come back, we're going to shift gears and catch up with onehottest youngol stars inwood,
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welcome back. awkwafina went from rapper to actor when she took on comedic roles in blockbuster films like "oceans 8" and "crazy rich asians." for her next role, she's taking a dramatic turn in "if fa" fare" it is about a grandmother who has weeks to live,nd the decision not to tell grandma herself. >> i don't understand. she doesn't have a lot of time left. she should know, right? >> there c nothing they do. everyone decided it is better not to tell her. why is that better? >> when people get cancer, they die. it is not the cancer that kills them, it's the fear. >> awkwafina, good morning. >> good morning. >> in a lot of ways, this is a itvy topic, although the way is treated, it certainly has a lot of humor and a lot of heart. >> yeah. >> i was not aware of this tradition in chinese culture,
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that sometimes if an elderly member of the i family facing a diagnosis like cancer, nobody tells? >> nobody tells. that's per the doctor's instructions a lot of the time. i didn't know about it either. >> nyeah. >> w read the script, i was like, what? you know, i think it really took going overo there understand where that reasoning comes from. i can say that after filming the movie, i'm not in the dark about it. i understand it. >> i guess the notion is a lot f people feel like the minute you hear thatword, you hear the news, that's when you really start to feel sick. >> yeah. it's the saying, what you don't know wonil k you. >> well, this role seems to be made for you in so many ways. there is the young girl who is -- has chinese culture. obviously, that's h background. also is raised american. it is kind of navigating these two worlds. >> yeah. centers around a beloved grandma.
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of course, you're very close to your grana. >> yes, i'm very, very close to my grandma. i think thatin everyone kd of is familiarit w that love. we knew this was a very scific story. it centers around a very k specificd of a family and culture. everyone knows what it is like to experience loss. everyone knows what it is like to have a grandma and love their grandma. >> you had to brush up on your mandarin, as i understand it. >> yes. >> you weren't starting completely fm scratch, but you had a lot to learn. >> i had lot to learn. i pretty much heard yelled around me as a kid. i never spoke it. yeah, i learned it. i'm not the most secure about it but, you know -- >> what does your grandma say? >> she was like, eh. >> high phraraise. >> yeah. >> your father wrote the cutest text message you posted about this movie. hi, the mauovie is still on my
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mind. you did a great job. imagine seeing a movie with people laughing and crying, and it's my daughter up there. that must have mnt so much to you. >> it did. it did. i was like, dad, you text? that was n. >> your dad has been on the whole journey of awkwafina. >> yes. >> i'm not going to say what it is, but the rap video that brought you to stardom, your dad was not sure this washe proper role for his little girl. >> he was not sure. it wasn't until it went viral caat he be my tour manager. i'm like, dad, i don't need you, you know. you're sending me -- i'm ting three flights from new york to philadelphia. forget it. he is very supportive now, yeah. >> did you have any trepidation about taking on a dramatic role? it isn't a comedy role. >> yeah. >> you had to kind ofake off all that funny, kra i crazy, awa persona we all know and love. >> take off the wig. >> yeah. >> i knew i connected with the material. that's the one thing that i
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knew. i knew i connected with the journey that bill lie makes fro america to china. i connectednd to the gra aspect of it, and i felt her pain. i could feel that. i didn't know if i could really -- i didn't know, you know, actor wise, if that would come across. it took going to china, unrstanding the weight of the material, and knowing that that's how real it is. >> you pull it off. you're such a superstar. >> i remember we met when you were doing -- >> i was so nervous to meet you. >> i was nervous. i was sitting there, and i was so impressed with you. we were with all of the stars of "oceans 8." sandra bullock, rihanna. they're all there. awkwafina, you held your own. that was your firstbr eakout role, and there you were, like you were owning the place. i was impressed by you. >> that's awesome. thank you. >> now, are you used to it? you're like, i'm ind of a big deal? >> new york cio, i'm not. right now, i'm a huge savannah guthrie fan.
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i'm happy to be here. >> i fl the same for you. i'm happy for you. >> thank you. >> when people see how you stretch, they think they know what you can do, but you're just getting started. >> thank you. >> the movie is called "the farewell." it is in select theaters now and will go wide in a few weeks. >> thank you. we're geteang r to share. we have book and food pairings that are perfect for the beach this summer. we'll be right back with all the ioeat selectns. first, this is "today" on nbc. w
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are all love to read around here and, of course, we love the read with jenna book club. never miss it. what is a book club without food and drink? >> here with the three favorite book club picks and menus to match with the books this summer, we have isaac fitzgerald and chefnd entertainment
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expert alejandro romos. we have the book, nourishes the soul. >> and twhat is the first pick? >> this is a wonderful profile writer.n- noction. "pleishman is in trouble." it is a debut novel. he is in trouble because ex-wife rachel dropped off the kids and disappeared. he is juggling new dating apps, being single, having a wonderful life, and now he has to figure outo what happened t rachel. >> one of my favorite writers. i can't wait. i love the menu. >> i really feltk like new yor city was just as important a character in the book. it is a jewish family, a lot of the characters are. i wanted to do a classic new york jewish deli breakfast. >> yum. >> we have our bagel spread.
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we have some herring. all the different smears, little salty, a little sweet. we have applesauce and sour cream. broiled grapefruit. toby in the book is constantly t on a everyone else will order a big breakfast or lunch, and he o orders half a grapefruit. >> that's a nod. >> nod toat th we have hala french who doesn't love that if you wa something sweet? and, my favorite, the amazingie cook platter. >> i love the black and white. >> rainbow cookies and the endless pot of coffee. >> let's move it to my dressing room. >> absolutely. what's the next book? >> "the nickel boys." s last book "the underground railroad" was so good. "the nickelboys" raises the bar. writing is eloquent, terse, and tells an incredible story of this boy, elwood, who isnrowing
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up i jim crow era florida. hene makes o mistake, a mistake that's ot hisfault. all of a sudden, hefinds himsel at nickel academy, which is on the outside, a not bad looking place, but on the inside, a very horrible place that really tests his phil ophies on life. he makes a friendship with a boy, turner, and they basically navigate iit together. s a heart-wrenching book. it is a difficult book. as so many of colton whitehead's books are, it is based in reality, based in the history and atrocities of america, and it is just as pertinent to today as it was in e 1960s. >> important read. how do you pair food with that era of florida? >>or this was a tricky o me. it is a painful, difficult story. even like in real life, in the most painful f moments,d can be the moment of joy. there are little bits of that here and there in the book. they'ree working in ot sun, and the woman brings them cold lemode. it takes place in the south, in the '60s. i went for a little bit of a southern summer kind of. picn this is a little potato salad.
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we have a chicken salad sandwich. wrapped them up with parchment, like ifrought them out in the picnic basket. fresh berries. these are peaches and cream shortcuts. the recipe is on the site. fresh cream. some beautiful fruit. r lemonade, of course. wildflowers. it gives us the fun summery feel. >> so pretty. >> here's fun thing i wanted to add. >> great touch. >> in the book, elwood starts working in kind of a penny candy store, kind of a store, where they have penny candy. the kids are sneaking in to steal it. it is ay plot pla the book. i wanted to add the element. >> relive that moment. >> bit-o-honey. >> carson is stealing my candy. fill up jhes with retro candy. i love bringing the moments to life. >> eing in puerto rico. >> "with the fire on high" which
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is an incredible title. this is a story about a teenager who is a mother. you know, itns really t the concept on its head. this is a joyful book. it is about a woman who is growing up, and she dream a of being chef. she's juggling having a 3-year-old daughter, juggling school, juggling being there for her iandmother. its a wonderful story. you think it might be heavy, but it is actually light. it is joyful. >> so gorgeous. >> fd runs throughout it. i know this was dear to your heart. >> this book is close to my heart. it is a puerto rican teen who dreams of working with food, which was me 15, 20 years ago. it was incredible r story.hat again, the fact it had a lot of joy. i brout up some of myavorite puerto rican dishes. i see craig. come on. this here is -- >> everybody is getting in on the food. >> puerto rican pork, what we have at every celebraten. we havt at christmas, celebration, any time there is a party. amazing, easy marinade. marinade it overnight, roast ii for e hours. super fresh avocado salad.
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simple, avocados, onions, lime on top. let the ingredients do the work. this year, i'm so excited about it. the book opens with a wrecipe. thd means to shake. it is a vegan coconut pudding made with coconut milk. delicious. i love for people to be ableto tastt and try it. >> the recipe i is @today.com/f id. thank you,ac and alejandro. >> who wants >> announcer: this is a "news4 today" newsbreak. 8:56 is your time now on thisednesday july 17th, 2019. good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. let's start with a look at the roads with melissa mollet and first4traffic. how is it going, melissa. >> college park inner loop, ash on the left side of the road. northbound bw parkway, a downed
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tree. 270 southbound after middlebrook, an accident there. taking a look at virginia, eastbound 66 at 50 left lane blocked by a crash. >> all right, millions, thank you. we'll take a breaknd check the forecast when we come .
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good morning. i'm storm team4 meteorologist chuck bell. coming up on 9:00 in the morning, coming up onfo mid-80s temperatures across the region, it's going to be a sizzler today. heat advisory is issued for the entire d.c. metro area. also code orange air quality. today's high ain ste 96. a chance for some strong thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening. keep a weather eye out for thato mores tomorrow before we turn hot and rain-free
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live from sdio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the third hour of "today." >> wow. >> good morning. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to the third hour of "today." i'm sheinelle, and we have the whole gang here this morning. >> is this everyone? this is so fun. >> congratulations. >> all for you. >> thank you. >> it is liketh ksgiving. >> i kno you want to leave the second 9:00 gets here, so thanks for staying. >> no. >> looking for a good reason to stay. this is the best reason. >> u.ll, thank yo >> here's the deal, every once and a while, of course, it is okay, take a break frothe news celebrate something that's really great, when something happens with our "today" show family. this morning is a celebration. >> big celebration. >> if you missed it earlier this morning, dylan, you made a big

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