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working there. as you know, the span is shut down for tuesday. we appreciate you being with us this morning. back at 7:26 with our first local news update. >> have a great morning. good morning. breaking news overnight. escalating tension over possible u.s. military action in syria. now russia is moving warships to the region as top members of congress meet with white house officials today to hear proof that attacks would be justified. sleepless in america. a new study reveals millions of americans are relying on prescription sleeping pills. why one expert calls it an epidemic. and "today" exclusive -- mike tyson gets honest with matt about his latest battles with addiction, thoughts of suicide, and the demons that still haunt him. >> i need help. i need help real bad. i won't survive if i don't get help. >> matt's candid and revealing conversation with the former heavyweight champ today. thursday, august 29th, 2013.
and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist along with tamron and al. matt's been kind enough to yank himself away from the black jack table to join us. >> i was on a losing streak anyway. the press conference mike tyson had last week was exceptional. he was supposed to talk about his career as a boxing promoter. instead he started talking about his demons. he said he was a vicious alcoholic, that he hated himself and was trying to kill him. it was a stunning public moment
even for a guy who's had a number of stunning public moments. i sat down to talk about what appears to be the fight of his life. we'll have that in the next half-hour. back to you. >> we will look forward to that. we'll begin with the breaking news tied to possible military action against syria. we have more from the pentagon. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is clearly a new twist over the tensions between the u.s. and russia over potential u.s. military attacks against syria. the russians announcing that they are sending a guided missile cruiser, the masva, and at least one anti-submarine warship into the eastern med where u.s. warships are floating on standby. at this point u.s. military officials are only calling it interesting and refuse to go so far as to call it provocative. they've point out that the russians normally have but b a dozen warships in the area and that they have their own military naval base there at tartus in syria. they acknowledge that in fact they do have some stake in the
game. but as the u.s. military has said repeatedly, they're prepared to send a message to syria. it appears that president putin is sending a message to the u.s. savannah? >> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon where it will be very busy today. thank you. also today, the president will be making his case for possible air strikes in syria. chuck todd is nbc's chief political correspondent and has more. >> reporter: today the white house is going to brief congressional leaders about syria and the chemical weapons issue there amid growing concern in congress that they should have a role in deciding about whether the u.s. should strike militarily at bashar al assad's regime. meanwhile, the president says he hasn't made a decision yet even as he starts to make the case as to why a shot across the bow at assad is necessary. president obama who ran for office on ending the iraq and afghanistan wars now admits he's on the verge of ordering a u.s. military strike against syria
because of the assad regime's use of chemical weapons. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us that they are held accountable. >> reporter: in that interview with pbs, the president argued that because the assad regime has ties to terrorist organizations, u.s. national security is at stake. >> there is a prospect, a possibility in which chemical weapons that can have devastating effects could be directed at us. >> reporter: as the new cover of "time" out this morning demonstrates, this is a decision the commander in chief of a war-weary nation enters reluctantly. and he's not alone. a growing number of members of congress on both sides of the aisle are calling for a vote to authorize a u.s. attack. republican house speaker john boehner has penned a letter to the president filled with 14 pointed questions including "what result is the administration seeking from its response" and "what is the
intended effect of the potential military strikes." to address those concerns the white house will brief congressional leaders today. with u.s. navy ships ready to strike if ordered, the president is emphasizing that any u.s. intervention would be minimal. >> we are saying in a clear and decisive but limited way we send a shout across the bow saying "stop doing this," that can have a positive impact on our national security long term. >> reporter: one goal of the obama administration is to not go it alone in a potential military strike, but they may have to do that. as we found out now, the british parliament is essentially holding up david cameron's plans to join in with the u.s. to do this, and according to senior administration officials here, savannah, whether the u.k.'s in or not, it does not change the u.s. plans. >> all right. chuck todd, thank you very much. let's turn to nbc news senior political analyst, david
axelrod, former white house senior adviser. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. >> we know that congress will be briefed this morning on how the president justifies this action, the intelligence case for it. do you think he needs to make that case in some public forum to explain to the american people why these actions are justified? especially in light of the faulty intelligence that led this country into iraq? >> well, without a doubt. if he makes a decision to go -- and i don't think they'd be having high-level meetings with congress today if some decision hasn't been reached -- he'll have to speak to the american people. i'm sure that he will speak to the american people. this is, though, different from iraq because there's visual evidence that everyone has seen. there's a brad con -- a broad consensus here. i don't think we're facing the same skepticism where there was for iraq where the weapons of mass destruction were used as a justification for an attack. there clearly, something happened here, something dramatic, and the president feels he has to act. >> david, you know this president extremely well.
you know him to be a man of caution. particularly when it comes to intervening in conflicts in other countries. i have to ask you, though, is this a case where his caution has backfired? a year ago, every expert said it might have tipped the balance if the u.s. had taken action. even hillary clinton and david petraeus urged him to take action in syria, and he rejected that. did he miss the moment to really make a difference here? >> what he would say is he believes now as he did then that military intervention toward regime change by the united states would not have been the right thing to do. here, he's reacting to a specific act, the use of chemical weapons, and presumably what they do will be to try and knock out the capacity to use them and send a strong message to assad that he can't use these weapons. and he feels that there's a national interest, national security interest because of the relationship between syria and hezbollah and because of the violationf international norms. >> you mentioned sending a message, and that does seem to
be the objective is to deter but also to send a message. some have said shouldn't there be a larger strategic goal. is it a mistake to kind of dip your toe into this con >> one expert was quoted saying that's like winning a school yard fight than accomplishing anything of strategic meaning. >> the president said yesterday his view sending a strong message about the use of these weapons is the discreet mission. you point out he is leary about interventions and he ran for president in part on his view that iraq had been a mistake, we had to be more prupt how we? jected military force. he wants to pursue it in that way and not a broader military attack. >> david axelrod, former white house adviser, good to get your perspective. >> there you new developments in the wild fire. >> positive news this morning.
good morning. firefighters are starting to make progress on a massive wildfire burning near yosemite national park. the rim fire is about 30% contained. they still have a long way to go. miguel almaguer has the laters. good morning. >> reporter: as this monster fire closes in on 300 square miles firefighters are making progress as you mentioned, containment is up about 30% now, it should be 100% contained to say firefighters should have fire breaks around the perimeter of the fire within two weeks though this fire is continuing to burn, it will burn until first snow until winter. this fire is raging in forest land now. it's feeding on dry brush and wind. some 4,000 firefighters are battling this blaze. they slowed the flames, not the smoke. seen from 100 miles away. poor air quality forced some sco
schools to shut down. the fire fight tamron, continues. >> thank you very much. u.s. army major nidal hasan has been sentenced to death. a 13-member court-martial panel deliberated about two hours before reaching that unanimous verdict. hasan was convicted for the murders of 13 people after a 2009 shooting rampage at ft. hood, texas. the sentencing will be appealed. caught on camera a massive land slide in southern china brings traffic to a halt. looked like a waterfall as it cascaded on the busy highway below. the landslide took out part of a communications station. cars lined up for nearly two hours as drivers waited to go around. officials say heavy rain is to blame for with what you are seeing. to wall street, let's check in with courtney reagan. good morning.
>> good morning, tamron. investors are weighing speeches, stronger second quarter growth and fewer filings. many believe the strike is eminent. traders are concerned about spill over affecting the supply of oil from neighboring middle eastern countries. tamron. >> all right. thank you. and get ready to meet perhaps the bravest dog on the planet or maybe didn't know better. take a look. this is buford, an alaskan , with no fear. here you can see buford squaring off against an adult polar bear. a news photographer from the affiliate captured this while working on a story about polar bear viewing. those who know the dog believe he was trying to play, never a good idea, or protect territory.
also not a good idea when you are outweighed like that. it all worked out. >> you think he is the bravest dog. i think that's the most calm, measured and zen-like polar bear we've seen. >> you don't have to speak loud when you carry a big stick. that's all the bear, carries a big stick. >> you don't want any. >> run along now. >> a check of the weather. >> we had a somber anniversary today. eight years since hurricane katrina, one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes made landfall in louisiana. a category 3 storm caused over 1800 deaths, more than $81 billion in damage. changing that area of louisiana, mississippi, alabama, the gulf coast, forever. and you juxtapose that with the fact this has been a quiet hurricane season. as a matter of fact, the last time we were hurricane-free in august was 2002.
hurricane gustav on september 11, 2002. why is it quiet? as the systems come off the african coast they hit drier stabler air and die out. we don't see any change coming but out west they have been active. moisture is going to make its way into the southwest so over the weekend look for from 1 to 2 inches of rain from southern california into the southwest. there may be some flash flooding. we're going to get to your local forecast in the next 30 seconds. r who's secretly serving steaks from walmart. it's a steak over! dude, it's so good. it's juicy. it's nice and tender. only one in five steaks is good enough to be called walmart choice premium steak. all these steaks are from walmart. oh my gosh! top ten most tender steaks i've had. i'm going to start buying meat at walmart. walmart's prices are so low you could have steak at every game. it's 100% satisfaction guaranteed. try it.
a live look. low clouds spanning inland. this is san jose. let's take you through your hour by hour changes. currently in the 60s just about everywhere. a nice mild start to the day. as we head through the afternoon, temperatures will jump into the 70s and 80s at lunchtime. we'll round out the day with plenty of 90s. fairfield, that goes for livermore as well. about 81 degrees in san jose and 70 in san francisco. that's your latest weather. >> new research out this morning highlighting the length americans go to to get more rest. according to a government survey, about 12 million americans have used a sleep aid. survey about 12 million americans have used a sleep aid just in the last month. dr. carol ash is director of sleep medicine at meridian health in new jersey. >> good to see you, willie. >> 12 million in a month. a few years ago it was 60 million prescriptions written. that was up 20% from five years
prior. why this big spike? >> it's a real problem. it's an epidemic. 60 million prescriptions for sleeping pills alone are written. and this survey looked at not just filling prescriptions, but who is using the sleeping pills. what we found is 6% to 7% of people greater than age 50. it tends to be more common in women that are older, educated, and that to me speaks volumes. >> you put those together. women, educated and older. why that combination? >> well, think about it for a second. women have more physiologic challenges. they have the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause. also more access, awareness and access to health care providers. we're finding doctors are still filling out prescriptions like candy and not getting at the root cause. >> something that jumped off the page to me as i read this study, sleep aids used by people who get five hours or less of sleep a night. i get that. also by a great number of people who get nine hours or more a
night. what's the deal with that? >> really good insight on your part. less than nine hours sounds intuitive. more than nine speaks to restless sleep. you're not getting good quality sleep. one hour worth of sleep is not enough. you need more and more of it. when you understand how complex sleep is, you have to break down the reasons why someone is not sleeping. there's many, many reasons. if you go to a doctor and just say my sleep is restless, the knee jerk reaction is to write that prescription instead of diving in and finding out why. >> quickly, for all these people who are taking these sleep aids, what do we know about long term effects? >> it can be a problem. they can be addictive. when you try to come off them you can see rebound problems with worsening insomnia. you're at risk for falls, breathing problems and even bizarre behavior. there are simple solutions. there's cognitive behavioral therapy to help you relearn how to sleep. destressing with exercise, mindfulness, medication. and finding a sleep doctor that really can get to the root of the problem in helping you get past it. >> still a lot we don't know
about all these pills that are being taken. dr. carol ash, thanks so much. savannah. >> thank you. we have an update now on the 6-year-old boy who survived being swallowed by a sink hole in indiana earlier this summer. he has now been reunited with his rescuers. nbc's john yank has the story. >> nathan weossner returned to michigan city, indiana, in a big way. a ceremony with people he'd never met. 139 police, firefighters and construction and utility workers who rescued him. last month nathan was swallowed up by mt. balldy, a 126 foot sand dune on the shores of lake michigan, falling nearly 14 feet into a sink hole apparently created by a decayed tree. it took more than three hours of frantic digging to get him out. he arrived at the hospital in critical condition. but he was home in just two weeks. they call it the miracle on mt. baldi. wednesday nation's parents expressed their gratitude.
>> he is alive because of the diligence and the grace of your hands and by the grace of god. >> we will always be so grateful for what you gave. and you will always be our heroes. >> reporter: those who saved him got awards. nathan got a backpack for school and camouflage pants. the new first grader took it all in stride. but for his rescuers, it was emotional. >> it's a great feeling to know that he's still here and he gets to be a normal 6-year-old boy. >> reporter: a heavy equipment operator recalled skipping his birthday dinner to help. >> it was the best birthday i've had all together. it was a beautiful birthday present. >> reporter: and a beautiful present for nathan and his grateful family. for today, john yang, nbc news, chicago. coming up, the author of a controversial new book claiming princess diana was murdered,
coming up, matt is in las vegas this morning. has an exclusive interview with mike tyson. it seems to be searingly honest, matt. >> when you sit down with him, you realize he doesn't have a seven second delay. if he thinks it, he says it. on the subject of addiction he says if he doesn't get help, he might not survive. take a look. >> i'm cool. but that's not the life i want to live. i don't want to live that life. eventually it's going to get ugly. i'm going to be ugly.
i don't want to live that life. >> that's right. it's a candid, revealing and sometimes even confusing interview with mike tyson coming up in our next half hour, guys. >> see you in a minute, matt. >> he was one of the most fearsome, spectacular athletes of his time. hope he pulls it all together. coming up in a few moments and a little bit later on, i get to catch up with pharrell in the studio. >> back after your local news. ♪
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♪ good morning. it's 7:26. i'm marla tellez. the bay bridge seeing traffic of a different kind this morning with the bridge closed to commuters as we give you a live look. construction crews are out working around the clock to get the new eastern span ready. they're hoping to have all their work done by tuesday morning.qrñ because of the shutdown, b.a.r.t. is running trains 24 hours a day. commuters there already reporting trains are packed with people looking for other ways around the bay bridge closures. let's see how the roads look now with mike inouye. good morning. >> good morning. looking for another way around the other way around the closure. jammed traffic. the san mateo bridge westbound away from us, this is traffic on the right side of your screen, it is packed and crawling from the toll plaza across the flat
section. let's catch the view from the foster city approach off the high-rise, not much better. in fact a little worse. the drive across 92 is very slow. the dumbarton bridge also slowing down. that's highway 84 near the bottom of your screen. jamming up toward 101 and probably on 101 at the bottom of the screen as you approach the area. south 880 continues with a heavy volume of traffic from san leandro to hayward because of the folks heading from oakland toward the san mateo bridge. as we approach the bay bridge toll plaza, coming down the eastshore freeway, it jams from university to the berkeley curve. despite the fact that people aren't going to the toll plaza, 880 as well as 580 also slow, you're losing lanes and that's what's causing the disturbance toward the maze. mass transit has no delays. the b.a.r.t. system is on time. christina. that's good news for those riding the rails. >> not too hot for people who
have to wait for b.a.r.t. want to show the live picture of the low clouds spanning inland. this is sunol. let's show you a sight to behold, no cars on the bay bridge this morning. rare to see that. you can see a little choppy on the bay. we have flight delays out of sfo. it's a big travel weekend, labor day weekend just around the corner, now 90 in livermore, 69 in san francisco and here's the holiday weekend forecast looking good. temperatures drop off into the mid to low 80s inland. march larks back to you. >> christina and mike, thanks so much. back at 7:56 with our next local news update. we'll see you then.
spontaneous remission lives as a possibility. do you know what i mean, girlfriend? i mean it. it's there. and i go, okay. you know? >> well, that is valerie harper opening up to meredith about her ongoing battle with incurable cancer. this morning we're so happy to say there is some encouraging news to share. we're going to hear more from valerie harper coming up. 7:30 on a thursday morn ing. it's the 29th of august, 2013. i'm savannah guthrie alongside willie geist, al roker and tamron hall in for natalie this week. matt is out in las vegas. what an interview he had with mike tyson. we're going to hear more from him in a few moments.
also ahead, author of a new book about princess diana opens up about the controversial claims he's now making about her death. are web cam hackers spying on you? the reigning miss teen usa sharing her cautionary tale in an exclusive live interview. >> very scary. we will begin this half hour with matt's exclusive conversation with former heavyweight champ, mike tyson. matt, good morning again. >> mike tyson has never been shy about expressing his feelings and emotions in public. but last week's press conference was candid even by mike's standards. he admitted to falling off the wagon, to having thoughts of suicide and even said he's not sure how much longer he'll be alive. it's clear that whether he's battling an opponent in the ring or demons in his own head, mike tyson pulls no punches. >> when i start drinking and i relapse, i think of dying. i'm in a real dark mood, i think of dying. and i don't know. i don't want to be around no
more. >> reporter: mike tyson is known as a brutal competitor. iron mike in the boxing ring. but it was his brutal honesty last week that has people talking. >> i won't survive if i don't get help. >> reporter: turning a press conference that was supposed to be about his first night as a boxing promoter into a public confessional. >> i'm on the verge of dying because i'm a vicious alcoholic. >> reporter: the former heavyweight champion went off script. and into the deepest recesses of his psyche. >> i'm negative. and i'm dark. and i want to do bad stuff. >> reporter: one of the moments of the press conference that struck me, and i watched it a couple of times, you pointed at your head. and you said, it's dangerous to hang out in this neighborhood. alone. >> alone, yes. >> up here, right? it wants to kill everything. it wants to kill me. all i could think of was what a tough way to go through life on a daily basis, kind of fearing what's going on in your own head. >> i'm so happy you don't have to go through that. yeah. it is kind of strange and scary. >> reporter: how long has that been going on? >> i was born that way.
>> reporter: during the candid press conference, tyson confessed his latest sins. falling off the wagon. and lying to friends and family about it. >> i've been sober 12 days now. it's tough. i'm mean and irritable. >> reporter: at the press conference it had been six days. you said this is heavy stuff here. i looked at your face as you were saying it. it looked like it was a real challenge for you to get through those six days. >> yeah. it's a real challenge, because i don't like -- i don't know if i like this sober guy. it's hard for me to live normal. straight is hard. >> reporter: tyson's wife kiki is trying to keep him on that straight path. >> when's our anniversary? >> june 10th. no. june -- >> you got the right month. >> i'm sorry. 6th? >> june 6th. >> all right! >> reporter: cameras captured moments from their marriage for the new documentary series "being mike tyson." which also takes him back to his old neighborhood in brooklyn. >> in one scene we go to the school that's right down the street from our old
neighborhood. and we go in there, and it reminds me of prison. it's just no -- it's just chaotic. it's no control. people go nuts. the kids are beautiful. you know, and i'm just saying, wow, this is me at one point. i didn't know -- you know, i didn't really think -- >> reporter: you're smiling about it. you didn't seem to mind it too much. >> no. it was fun. i found out a lot about myself. >> reporter: like? >> i'm a very scared young boy. >> reporter: i'm listening to you say that, mike. i'm thinking, this is the guy i watched terrorize opponents in the ring. and he's telling me he's a scared little boy. and it just doesn't make sense. >> i'm very vulnerable, you know. i was very vulnerable. being in brownville, evoking memories. >> reporter: tyson has made amends to many old friends. and even some old foes. >> oh, i'm in the dream day after day. >> reporter: but some things he won't apologize for. i've heard you take responsibility over the years for a lot of bad behavior.
i've never heard you talk and say you want to take responsibility or even apologize for what happened with desiree washington. i'm curious if you're at that stage in your life now. >> well, i don't really think i have to make amends to that. because i've done nothing. i really didn't do anything to her. i didn't rape her. i didn't beat her. i didn't do anything to her. and i'm not going to make amends. i made amends to myself. but to her, no. >> reporter: tyson was convicted on rape charges and spent three years in prison. so does that period in your life haunt you? >> not as much as it used to. >> reporter: explain that to me. >> it just doesn't. it really doesn't. it just doesn't no more. i'm at peace with myself pretty much. >> reporter: and he shows it. in the upcoming hbo special "undisputed truth," a recording of the one man show he has performed on stages around the world. in it he shares the advice hetr >> and you remember, mike, be
careful how you fight your fight. the way you fight your wife is the way you live your life. >> you said one time one of the things you learned is that to succeed greatly you have to be willing to fail greatly. >> oh, 100%. no one failed more than i did. nobody's seen more than i've seen. i'm the king of the barbarians. there's no one that could pass me in the pain i've endured. >> reporter: that brings up obviously tough memories for you, that pain. >> yeah. that's probably so. but i can deal wit. i can handle it. >> you're going to see a lot more of mike tyson in the coming months. the show premieres on fox sports on september 22nd. he's got a memoir and show on hbo coming in november. this interview went on and on. we'll put the entire thing online on today.com. guys, back to you. >> matt, it's so extraordinary to watch. he's a controversial figure.
hated by some. but to see him so raw. how did it strike you? >> he is in complete conflict in his own mind. you heard him contradict himself. he said, i'm at peace with myself. but earlier in the interview he said he can't live with the guy he is and doesn't know how much longer he'll be alive. so there is an awful lot going on inside his mind. and i think sometimes it confuses even him. >> matt, thank you. an extraordinary interview. as you said, we'll put the whole thing online. see you back here in new york tomorrow. >> thanks, matt. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> "today's" weather is brought to you by coffee-mate. we've got a joyous occasion here. more than 50 years, 50 years. you got your family?
in 52 years, did you ever have a fight? >> oh! >> a hard time right now. >> i like an honest man. let's give congratulations to both of you. god bless. >> thank you. >> let's show what we've got going on. our pick city of the day, first of all, our heat wave continuing. look at these temperatures. from dallas, over 100. des moines, 97. little rock, 98. the good news is we are going to see a break. temperatures today through saturday, about 95 to 105. in the plains, down to texas. but by sunday, cold front starts to come. the temperatures start to cool down. and as we get into monday, look at this -- temperatures 10 to 30 degrees cooler behind the front. bringing some relief finally to the plain and the upper midwest. that's w 7:38. good thursday morning to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren. a live look from high atop san
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back now at 7:44 with the author of a controversial book about princess diana that's raising questions about her death. nbc's keir simmons is in london. keir, good morning. >> reporter:hhey there. good morning, everyone. it's 16 years on saturday since princess diana died. hard to believe, isn't it? since then there have been inquiries and in-depth investigations. today a new book revisits extraordinary claims suggesting that shadowy figures here in london had something to do with what happened in paris. it was shocking, devastating, heartbreaking. princess diana, just 36, killed in a paris car crash. the glamorous, world famous mother of two young princesses. harry was just 12 years old. so the idea that she was murdered at the direction of
members of the royal family seems farfetched. yet the claim is made again in the new book. the author says diana was killed by members of the elite british special forces known as the s.a.s. >> the bottom line for me is justice must be done. the truth must come out. people must know that diana was murdered and do something about i it. >> reporter: scotland yard is investigating claims which stem from a former s.a.s. soldier. that commandos credibility is being questioned. one journalist who has followed the case closely says diana's death was an accident. >> i don't think the conspiracy theorists surrounding diana's death are credible. >> reporter: in the new movie, actress naomi watts plays diana. the movie, too, is being described as speculation by the
very man who was the focus of diana's attention. dr. hasnat kahn told a british newspaper it is a complete lie. i have never given any approval for the movie. it is based on got sissip, he s and diana's friends talking about a relationship they didn't know much about. and some of my relatives, they didn't know much about it either. one of the journalists to speak to diana just three weeks before the crash told nbc news via skype that she shared with him some of her hopes for the future. >> her sons were suggesting that she might move to america. >> reporter: but he, too, does not believe she was murdered. he says 16 years after her death, the remaining question is simply this. what would life have held for her if she hadn't died on that august night? and the journalist you heard there, charles ray, says diana said something else extraordinary in that conversation. he said as she turned to leave, she said, you'll be surprised by what i do next. of course, we'll never know what
that was. william and harry next, guys, have said it's time to move on. perhaps all of these folks revisiting all of this should listen to them. >> must be hard for them. >> it's hard to believe it's been 16 years since she died. keir simmons in london this morning, thanks so much. still ahead, valerie harper takes meredith vieira inside her fight against an incurable form of cancer. first these messages. google, what is glossophobia? glossophobia, is the fear of public speaking. ♪ ♪ the only thing we have to fear is... fear itself. ♪
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good morning to you on this thursday. it is 7:56. i'm marla tellez. the bay bridge is shut down for the morning commute. crews are hard at work already trying to get the new eastern span ready. here is a live look. they're hoping to be done by tuesday morning, 5:00 a.m. how is the closure impacting traffic on the bay area bridges? we'll talk with mike about that. first you have a fatality on the peninsula. >> that's right. folks searching for alternates to the bay bridge, i'll tell you we just heard about a person that was hit and killed on caltrain tracks through palo alto. that's causing trains to come into the area, stop, turn around and go back into the opposite direction. that's a problem for caltrains service. that was one of the alternates to the busy freeways. we focus on traffic getting to the peninsula from the east bay. that is the jammed very slow drive. coming off the high-rise, folks are packed in heading toward
foster city, the san mateo bridge. the map will show you the similar situation. much more dramatic with the live pictures. 101 by comparison not quite so bad. a slow drive for 92, the san mateo bridge. a little better, but still slow across the dumbarton bridge as you head over from the newark and fremont side toward east palo alto and menlo park side. jammed up from 101 approaching that area. south 880 out of oakland toward 92. here is westbound 80 tort toward the eastshore freeway very slow. and the golden gate bridge, a lot of people taking that route. >> temperatures are in the 60s, flight delays out of san francisco. temperature is 63 degrees getting into this afternoon. we'll see the fog clear quickly. by about noon today, looking mostly clear for the greater bay area. highs today work like this. 90 in livermore, 69 in san francisco, 81 in san jose with a cooler labor day weekend headed our way. marla, back to you.
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chris brown. the man you're hearing right now. it's a sink -- a morning to get rained on? you said it's not going to rain. can we get a shot of the sky? it's downright ominous. >> do you think it's going to rain? >> my prediction will be we'll see. >> that is such a copout. >> exactly. >> you guys think it's going to rain? >> that certainly settled it. good morning, i'm savannah guthrie alongside these two here. >> noncommittalal meteorologists. valerie harper's fight for survival against an incurable form of cancer. and then kind of a disturbing story. could predators be using your secret webcam to secretly spy on you. a model said this happened to her. the fbi is investigating that case. we will talk to cassidy wolf exclusively. she's here.
>> are you a cat person? >> yeah, i'm a cat -- and a dog person. >> you're going to love this one. the cat with the longest fur in the world. >> wow. >> that almost doesn't look real. >> you can imagine the hair b l balls coming off that? >> that's right. it's the size that rolled down in "indiana jones." huge. >> first, let's get a check of the morning's news stories. cameron hall is there. good morning. good morning. the white house is prepared to brief congress on possible military action against syria. present obama said he's not yet made a final decision, but he warned the syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons and its ties to terrorist groups could pose a risk to u.s. security. >> there is a prospect, a possibility, in which chemical weapons, they can have devastating effects, could be directed at us. and, you know, we want to make
sure that that does not happen. >> u.s. navy ships are in the mediterranean sea ready to strike if ordered. meantime, syrian president bar shar al assad said this morning that syria would defend itself against any aggression. nbc's political director chuck todd joins us to help defive the signals coming from washington. good morning. >> good morning. i think one of the things you're seeing the white house is trying to build international support but now the focus is on trying to get domestic support on their side. they're briefing congress today showing them the evidence of the chemical weapons attack, trying to persuade members of congress that they don't need to be involved in the idea of authorizing this. that this all falls under the war powers act that the president has the ability to do this on his own but they want to have these meaningful confrontations but i can tell you, tamron, the politics of this is getting tricky here and
across the pond. and they may not have the brits on their side as david cameron's got problems in his parliament over this issue. >> thank you very much. there's a tense move among ordinary people on the streets of the capital. i spoke with sam dagger in damascus. >> reporter: we have people out and about, you know, trying to prepare themselves for this possible strike. people at grocery stores at bakeries, trying to stock up on essentials, pharmacies. we see security and military presence on the streets. >> sam also spoke to syrian soldiers who told them they have orders to sleep in their barracks tonight. a montana judge has apologized for comments he made monday while sentencing a teacher for the rape of a student who later committed suicide judge g. todd baugh said
he demeaned all women when she suggested the 14-year-old victim was older than they are chronological age and had as much control of the situation agency the teacher. stacy rambold faces 16 years but suspended for all but 30 days of that term. in an exclusive interview, former heavyweight champion mike tyson talked with matt lauer about his shocking revelations that alcohol abuse has left him on the verge of death. >> no one did more than i did. no one's seen more than i've seen. i'm the king of the barbarians. there's no one that can surpass me. >> tyson said he's still a scared young boy inside. a pair of newlyweds sealed their vows with a kiss on water
skis. they had a traditional kiss before hitting the water on their skis. simply adorable. it's 8:05. let's get a check of the weather from al. >> that's fantastic, tamron, thanks so much. it's your 10th birthday -- oh, your 10th birthday. what's your name? >> norm. >> happy birthday. let's show you what's going on for savannah. let's look at the live radar. you see a look at all of that rain, oh, my gosh. wow. look at the sky. >> no, really. >> look at the sky, look at all that rain falling down. gray clouds, people. rain. >> my gosh, whatever. the rest of the weather for today, we are looking the a risk of some strong storms -- strong storms, slight risk in the upper midwest. showers down to the southwest. pacific northwest looking at rain. new england and the showers
8:06 on this thursday before labor day weekend. good morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. a warm day inland means really comfortable conditions at the beach. santa cruz, for example, 76 degrees, really comfortable out there. 86 for los gatos, getting a little bit warm in places like livermore and fairfield, in the 90s today, meanwhile, talking about 81 degrees right here in san jose. getting into the next couple of days, temperatures are actually going to drop off for that holiday weekend, sunday, 84 degrees inland, down to 83 on labor day. somebody break out the umbrellas! oh, my go sh somebody break out the umbrellas! oh, my gosh, do you have raincoats. >> you don't have tore-to-worry about that either do you? >> do you have hair gel? >> i just went for the easy one. >> okay, al. coming up trending, is it irresponsible, the growing
controversy over these t-shirts. valerie harper takes meredith veilleux inside her disturbing path with cancer. and a warning from miss teen, a disturbing warning for anyone with a webcam and a computer. we'll talk right after this. [ crisp crunches ] whoo-hoo-hoo! guess it was. [ male announcer ] pringles, bursting with more flavor. [ male announcer ] some people lift your spirits... the same way the smooth, creamy taste of coffee-mate... makes coffee and your day better. coffee-mate. coffee's perfect mate. makes coffee and your day better. how'd you d9 out of 10.iz today? 9 out of ten? that's great. ♪ nothing says, "i'm happy to see you too,"
♪ back now at 8:10. what is trending today. trending on "the washington post" this morning, was a presidential putdown? as we know, president obama roused the crowd with his speech on the 50th anniversary but there was one line in particular that everyone wondered about. >> martin luther king did not
live and die to hear his heirs talking about political gridlock. >> some people asking was clinton putting down president obama who has consistently blamed congress for the political gridlock gripping washington. in an interview yesterday, now, i don't know about this, it does seem why you can see why some people thought it was a putdown. on the other hand, presidents all the time complain about congress. >> the washington political poster. but president clinton does like to remind you from time to time. >> can we say, though, president clinton -- well, take a look. he talked about this issue before. >> let's make decisions this institutionalized delay for gridlock is bad for americans. >> he was talking about himself whining about gridlock. >> including himself. >> exactly. >> both sides have complained that the president has talked about gridlock.
>> he does. one of his favorite topics. >> tamron's suspicious. >> i think these days people like to read into every little word. congress has an 11% approval rating. so it's likely he was talking about all of congress. >> president was complaining about congress. and congress complains about the president. trending on twitter. prescriptions of conversation. have you seen these, popular clothing coming under fire for a line of t-shirts kicked in l.a. a designer drug collection. the shirt emblazoned with the name xanax, adderall and vicodin under the tag line of "just what the doctor ordered." the designers say it's all just social commentary. the drug companies reportedly considering legal action. we were talking about this. i'm not sure what they're going for. >> it's absolutely irresponsible. especially when you think about how many kids are dying because of what is in the
prescription -- on the counter, in your bathroom at home. >> crazy. a little too cute about designer drugs. you know what, it's a serious issue. >> it's an important thing. >> and boutiques and people probably should not shop there until they get that out. irresponsible. trending on google -- irresponsible -- leave miley alone. anyway, justin timberlake is speaking up, defending miley after his controversial performance they video music awards. he said, what did you expect? timberlake said in an entinterv, it's not like she did it at the grammys. miley is in hot water for twerking a song call -- wait for it -- twerk, take a listen. ♪ >> i have no idea what that song is saying.
>> he was just twerking >> everyone takes advantage of it. >> it's not attractive at all. anyway, trending on today.com, you know with cute animals, check it out, colonel meow. the 2-year-old cat just entering the guinness book of world records for his long fur measuring nine inches. guinness said the himalayan is being groomed for stardom. >> no extensions? >> no, all natural. >> okay. >> a swifter -- >> i haven't seen a cat with hair that long. is that world class hair? >> according to al. >> and that is what is trending today. straight ahead this morning in the 8:00 block, are webcam hackers spying on you? the reigning miss teen usa is sharing her cautionary tale in a live interview. first on the cover story, new details about valerie
harper's form of incurable cancer. i spoke with valerie, since then, she's given nbc an inside look at her battle. once again, her amazing spirit was on display. >> we're all going to die but because i have a finite time or have been told so by my doctors, i just want to live every moment to the fullest. >> valerie, right here? >> if you're happy -- >> reporter: actress valerie harper gained fame as television's rhoda. >> hello, get out of my involvement. >> reporter: earlier this year, however she made news for a very different reason when she revealed in "people" magazine that her 2009 doubt with lung cancer had metastasized to the membrane around her brain. >> it is incurable, it is very rare. >> reporter: doctors told her she would likely only have three to six months to live.
>> in the beginning i felt terrible, when i first heard the news, i thought, oh, my god, not me. then i thought, why not me? lots of people are stuck with much worse than me. and i am afraid of what's ahead. but so what. there's much to be afraid of in life. >> reporter: in what some might call a brave decision, harper decided to open up her home and her life to nbc's cameras, offering an intimate look at her day-to-day fight for survival. >> my name -- birthday -- valerie harper. august 22nd, 1939. >> that's your chemotherapy. >> okay. >> reporter: harper faced the illness head on undergoing cheaply theory and incorporating eastern techniques like acupuncture and chinese tea. she knows the statistics. the odds are against her, but still she holds out hope. >> spontaneous remission lives
as a possibility, do you know what i mean, girlfriend? i mean it. it's there. and i go okay. you know, why does that make you -- >> i don't know. because i think it's a possibility that's beautiful. in every area, a lot of stuff that looks impossible is not. and every day, there's evidence of it. >> reporter: every six weeks an mri gives doctors a chance to see how the cancer is progressing. in june, the tail end of that three to six-month prognosis, harper with her husband by her side undergoes the nerve-racking test. >> i'm not expecting good news. i mean, i can't set myself up to that. we'll just see what it says. i'm a little nervous, to tell the truth. >> reporter: harper's doctor repeals the results and they are astounding. the scans showed a striking improvement in her condition. so if you were assessing val's condition in layman's terms right now, what would you say? >> i'd say we're getting pretty
close to remission. >> wow. really? >> yeah. do you think she can beat this? >> it defies the odds. >> it's great to hear. >> problem is, anytime this can change. >> yeah, exactly. it's volatile. >> tomorrow morning something could happen? >> you could get resistance to the therapy. it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. >> is it about buying time and hope that something better comes. >> life is about buying time. >> exactly, that's what i always say. >> reporter: for the woman who believes in infinite impossibility, the m richri res the confirmation of nothing is impossible. for her husband tony they're the unexpected gift. >> it's not curable, there's no question. >> she went from going from three months or less to live. we're into our sixth month and now there's even hope beyond
that. i never -- this is overwhelming. >> reporter: for now, valerie harper has her health, but better than that, she has hope. >> wow, our hearts and our hope are with valerie. she is is an inspiration. we should mention you can catch meredith's hour long interview with valerie right here on nbc. and now to the report, could predators secretly be spying on you through your computer's webcam? the newly crowned miss teen usa said it happened to her. we'll speak to her exclusively. but first national correspondent jeff rossen has details. good morning. >> hi, willie. these hackers can hack into your computer, your webcam and even your smartphone remotely. you're in the privacy of your home and watching the most intimate moments. they can even take pictures of you and blackmail you with it.
authorities say that's exactly what happened to miss teen usa. this morning, we're showing you how the crooks do it and how you can protect yourself right now. >> you are the new miss teen usa 2013! >> reporter: it was an amazing moment for cassidy wolf grounded miss teen usa. >> congratulations! >> reporter: but it was in her private moment at home where she said she was violated. a stranger hacked into her computer webcam, and without her even knowing took intimate photos of her. >> you would never think somebody would be watching you in your room and this guy had been, so the thought of that was -- it gave me nightmares. >> how did you find out about this? >> i received an anonymous e-mail from an anonymous person who basically was extorting me and blackmailing and attached newt todays of me. >> saying if you don't do this
we'll do this? >> correct. >> reporter: the fbi is investigating. you're about to see how easy it is for crooks to do it. we ask the this security expert to set up an experiment. from these teen girls to the entire family at the dinner table. little did they know, thousands of miles away, our expert has broken into their laptops and turned on their webcams. >> people who are victims generally have no idea that they are victims. >> reporter: don't worry, we have the dad's permission, but no one else in the family knew. our expert got if by sending them this innocent looking e-card with a virus. >> they clicked a link in the card. in reality, i loaded a trojan in that computer during that time. >> reporter: giving him full access to the webcam even when it's in sleep mode. you'd have no clue. >> have a seat, thanks for doing this. >> reporter: we told carin, the
mom and daughters we came over to do a general story about online security. >> any problems here, anyone hack into your systems at home? >> i don't think so, no. >> reporter: remember, they had no idea days before we'd been spying on them through the webcam. our interview over, we told the girls to go upstairs and wait in their room. then downstairs, we let mom in on the secret. >> we actually recorded your family dinner the other night, no one was in your house except for you guys. >> it's really creepy. i mean, my children are in their computers in the evening in the bedrooms. i'm a little frightened right now for their computer. >> reporter: so we took it up a notch. having our expert hack into the webcam in her daughter's upstairs bedroom where they were waiting with our producer. >> we're watching them live right now inside their bedroom. >> i'm sick over it, actually, i really am. it's very upsetting. >> this time it was our security expert, next time it could be a predator. >> i actually appreciate it.
and hopefully i can learn from this and try to avoid this ever happening. >> reporter: for this family, it was just an experiment but for this teen usa, cassidy wolfe, it is a scary reality. >> this happened to me when i was a normal girl in high school, and it can happen to anybody. >> the fbi believes the same criminal who hacked into cassidy's webcam did to half as do dozen other women, do. keep your weapon cam closed or put a piece of tape over the webcam lens. >> with us here exclusively. cassidy, good to see you. >> good morning. >> take me through that first moment that must have been terrifying when you received an e-mail with pictures of yourself. what was your reaction? >> i was terrified. i was screaming, bawling my eyes out. i was on the phone with my mom. i didn't know what to do. >> did you have any sense based
on an e-mail address or anything based on who it might have been? >> no, he had used an anonymous e-mail address. >> this part of the reason you're speaking out you're thinking other people might be afraid, not tell the police. you have a message for them? >> right. the message is to tell somebody. the longer it goes on, the worse it will get. if you can get the word out, talk to the authorities, it will already help you get the word out and talk to somebody. >> and you have talked to already, other women, who have had these problems. i don't think you'll hear a lot about it in the press. perhaps they'll put a face to it now. >> right, i wasn't the only victim. i'm sure it happened to thousands of people but there have been 12 people linked into the case with me as well. being miss teen usa, i can get the word out. it happened to me when i was a normal girl and it can happen to everybody. >> i know you can't say a lot about it because the case is
ongoing. the fbi is investigating and looks like they're close to find ought who did this. >> i sure hope so. >> were there any red flags in the months before, before you received the e-mail? >> no, it was the night i received the e-mail, my facebook notified me that someone attempted to login. my twitter instagram started to act a little slow. so when i received the e-mail, it all came together and made sense. >> this was before you were miss teen usa, but you were miss teen california, right? >> yes, i was miss california teen. but it seems as though it could have been happening prior to that as well. >> you can look at it in a positive sense now you have the flat form a platform but now you have the experience to turn to others? >> right i felt it meant something, as hard as it was at the time. it's hard to give it a voice but if it helps somebody in the future, it means a lot to me. >> good for you.
congratulations on the big award. let's not forget miss teen usa, cassidy, thanks so much. >> thank you. good thursday morning to you, 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. the big story is the bay bridge closure as crews work to connect the new eastern span to the toll plaza. how is that morning commute going? check in with mike. >> we have our chopper over here, this is an unusual pattern, used to seeing some backup to the san mateo bridge toll plaza. look at this chopper shows you 92 off 880 toward the toll plaza, you are growing very, very slow traffic, all the way over toward the toll plaza and continuing across the bay. you are crawling 10 to 15 miles a hour at times, you head across the flat section there is the jam as folks try to avoid that bay bridge because they have to. you cannot cross on interstate 80. 92 very slow as well. 84, the dumbarton bridge, shows a heavy volume of traffic as
well. the lighter traffic, folks planned other alternate routes or tried knot to go in today, 880 is slow but not as bad as we could see t again this is today and tomorrow and in through the weekend. now, the eastshore freeway, very slow as well from berkeley and the area around the golden gate field area, you are losing a lane as you approach powell and then it is jammed approaching that brickley curve, north 880 and west 580, also slow into the maze as folks reroute around bait bridge and backup on the closure there. watch the richmond and san raffaele bridge as well. >> ugly through that stretch. thank you very much. another local news update in half an hour. we will see you then.
8:30 now on this drizzly thursday morning. it is the 29th of august, 2013. the unofficial end of summer is almost here. but there is still time to celebrate. we're going to kick off your holiday weekend tomorrow with a live concert from chris brown. then a special labor day concert from florida georgia line and nelly. i'm savannah guthrie alongside willie geist, tamron hall and al roker. what is this wet material coming down from the sky?
>> it's a springkle, yes, it is >> can you see me? i see sprinkles on your glasses. >> this is not rain. this is a brief precipitation. >> you will not concede on this. >> look, i said it would be dry. it's not dry. >> it's damp. the good thing is i never rubbed your face in it. >> no, no. you just start with my nose and worked your way out. >> well, this has been the summer of 2013 dominated by a couple songs. we're talking about music a minute ago. "get lucky," "blurred lines." there's one man, the man you're seeing right there who happens to have a hand in both of those. >> he's amazing. pharrell williams. producer, song writer, fashion mogul. i caught up with him. he writes most of his music, wait till you hear this, and more. we'll hear from pharrell in a couple minutes. >> he's in shorts.
jorts? >> that's what i called them. also ahead, martha stewart shows you how to give summer a proper sendoff. but we don't want summer to go. from a stereo system to back to school supplies, jill martin is here with a new batch of the often imitated, but never equalled, steals and deals. shows how to use a bag for an umbrella. >> multitasking bag. first we'll talk to tamron about her new show. investigation discovery. the show is called "deadline crime with tamron hall." very exciting. this show that airs on sunday. its debut. it's very personal for you. tell us about it. >> the show idea came up after a conversation i had. my sister was murdered several years ago. and her crime is unsolved. i started talking with other survivors and their families about the difficult challenge. you have no closure. and this show evolved. my father passed away afew years
aft ago. my mother believes from a broken heart. leroi is married with a child of his own. his son says, when can i meet my grandma. we have to say, she's in heaven. this show came about organically. i've been able to have this blessed opportunity to talk to other families with a similar situation and let their voice be heard. >> i love that you're taking something terrible in your own life and trying to make it something positive for other people. what kind of things will we expect to see in the show? >> i've had an opportunity to travel coast to coast. we were in a blizzard in michigan and the heat of miami. there talking to families. we're going behind those headlines. it's easy to look at crime drama these days. people talk about these types of shows. but i really wanted to sit down and talk with people. i was with a dad whose daughter was killed. and he was breaking down in tears, and i said, i know where you're coming from. we literally hugged each other and wept together. there's a lot of things happening. but i think it will be a show
that brings people in and this is about heart and soul. it's about people who are behind the headlines. it means the world to me to have this opportunity. >> you are a great person to tell those stories. tamron, we're so excited for you, for your new show. "deadline" is produced by our own peacock productions. investigation discovery. >> we look forward to we have got a big holiday weekend just around the corner. good morning, i'm meteorologist christina loren. still tracking those flight delays, expect heavier-than-normal volume in the air. san francisco, 1 hour and 20 minutes in delay. the sunshine coming in early, the city by the bay, 90, livermore, 91 in fairfield. getting into the next couple of guys, temperatures are going to drop off, unseasonably cool, sunday through labor day. that's your latest weather. >> al, thanks a lot. now to the talented teen who
pulled off a major upset at the u.s. open tennis champion. nbc's katy tur caught up with the 17-year-old to talk about her big win and newfound fame. >> she's done it! >> reporter: you don't have to understand tennis to understand this reaction. that was the moment 17-year-old victoria duval unseated 2011 u.s. open champion, samantha stosur. in the first round. virtually unknown before that, you can bet it was a big moment for the teenager. >> i just tried to stay in the moment. i don't know, i'm really excited right now. >> reporter: 298th seeded duval is now the talk of the tournament. with reporters lining up to find out exactly who she is, how she won, and what she was thinking. >> i don't remember too much. people have asked me, do you even remember the match point? i don't even remember what happened match point. i was just really excited.
it was overwhelming. >> reporter: overwhelming, an understatement for a girl who has had her share of hard times. held at knife point as a child in haiti, her family moved to miami. then during the 2010 earthquake, her father back in haiti was buried under rubble for hours. barely surviving. duval said the experiences only made her stronger. >> i am brave for the stuff that's happened. obviously it's given me a better perspective about life. and it's just given me a lot of courage. >> reporter: on the court, duval has proved herself to be a warrior. now all she has to do is keep fighting. >> hopefully i can play like this again, and we'll see how it goes. >> reporter: for "today," katy tur, nbc news, new york. >> what a face and what a player. ranked 296th in the world and didn't beat some pushover. she beat a grand slam champion in that match. >> a u.s. open champion just two years ago. she walks on to that court.
296th seed. had to qualify for the draw. her next match is scheduled for later today. >> can we say we're rooting for her a little bit. >> i say we can. >> absolutely. coming up next, a one on one with the man who left his mark on the songs of the summer. pharrell women yailliams is up. first this is "today" on nbc.
back now at 8:39 with one of the most influential people in the world of music today. >> pharrell williams is is a household name, the creative force behind numerous hits. i recently caught up with the talented, producer, song writer and performance. the man many say has the midas touch. >> reporter: some of the biggest hits over the past two decades. and the biggest songs of this summer. ♪ up all night to get lucky
>> reporter: have one thing in common. the multitalented pharrell williams. feel lucky? >> yeah. sure, pun intended. i'll take that. >> reporter: well, because the fact of the matter is you've been enormously successful in this industry for 20 years. but this is on a different level where everybody knows you now. >> i'm just thankful to be, like, the punctuation in the sentence. i don't have to be the subject or the predicate. just a part of it. >> reporter: that's what strikes me. you don't seem to be somebody that's been seeking after the limelight all this time. >> no. >> reporter: yet the limelight seems to have found you. >> it's odd, but it's awesome. it really is. there's a lot of great songs out right now that we all love and feel great about. i'm just -- i have a couple of them. that's -- >> reporter: at 40 years old, pharrell likes to reminisce about his childhood. growing up in virginia beach. what's your first musical memory? >> probably my most memorable
one. when i was a child, we went to a place called kings dominion. like an amusement park. wandered off. my mom and dad, they didn't know where i was. it was pretty funny, but they found me dancing over where, i guess, kenny rogers was playing. >> reporter: kenny rogers! >> yeah. ♪ you picked a fine time to leave me, lucille ♪ >> i can't believe i just told that story. i should have thought about it before i answered it. >> reporter: starting on the drums, his path toward music was cemented early on. at the young age of 12, he met chad hugo, another huge talent in the business. and the rest is history. you met your producing partner at music camp. >> yes. >> reporter: so something really cool came out of band camp. >> yeah. for sure. >> reporter: you're living proof. >> one year, when i was at band camp. most of us were kind of nerdy. none of us -- nobody sort of walked in like, you know, kurt
cobain. by the way, all those guys have chauffeurs now, right? got the last laugh. >> reporter: in the music world, a producer is like a film director. and no one does it better than pharrell. co-producing and writing grammy award winning hits for musical giants like justin timberlake, ludacris and mariah carey. where do you do your best thinking? or your best creating? >> that's a great question. i can write pretty much anywhere. but in the shower, it's like where it's, like, really great. >> reporter: you're spending 20 hours a day in the shower? >> no. >> reporter: any song we would know that came from the shower? >> "hot in here." ♪ it's getting hot in here >> reporter: "hot in here." that's one we all know. >> maybe like, say, a third of my catalog. >> came from the shower? >> yeah. >> reporter: you must have a really nice shower. home is where pharrell's heart
is. his fiancee and his little boy, rocket. tell me just a little bit about your relationship. >> it's awesome. i can't tell anyone what to do. i can't give anyone relationship advice. but the bestie thing is awesome. >> reporter: she's your best friend. >> yeah. every night's like a sleepover. >> reporter: kids kind of unlock your heart a little bit, don't they? >> i always say that's the best song i've ever co-written, was my son. >> reporter: but pharrell is all business the rest of the time. and lucky for me, he shared the new single he produced. you've had this incredible run. you've worked with every star. you've been nominated for a grammy 19 times. won multiple times. is there anything you're still ambitious for now? something you want to accomplish?
>> honestly, it's -- it's more music. ♪ love, love, love, love, love ♪ love, love, love, love, love >> are you on the single? pharrell featuring savannah guthrie. >> with a cold and my nasal voice. it didn't stop me. i was like, i'm available. >> next summer's hit song. you and pharrell. >> i don't know. "love is the answer" is a pretty good song p >> he's also a fashion mogul which is amazing. i can teach him that new word jort, jeans and shorts? >> explain what that is. >> jeans and shorts. when we come back, martha stewart is here. she's going to show us how to throw a fun festive summer party.
♪ martha on "today" is brought to you by macy's. and we're back with "martha on today" as as it may be to say labor day is almost here. no better way to sign off summer than with a last hoo-rah thing. martha is here with the weddings magazine. martha? >> it's summertime to take out that grill maybe for the last time. >> oh, my gosh, no. >> and the go-to -- i understand it's your go-to -- >> the flank steak. what is it about flank that you love? >> i like the striations. it's a grainy meat but real tender. so a marinade is easy to make. you can use apple juice. just think. you can use a little bit of whiskey.
>> okay. i like that. >> bourbon, cognac, a little bit of vinegar. salt and pepper. not too much because -- oops, a little humid out here. thanks for the umbrella. >> part of the job. >> crushed pepper. don't forget topabascotabasco. that's good. >> and you marinate it here? >> two or three hours. overnight also. and here's a beautiful flank steak right from the butcher counter. >> you get a lot of the flank steak because of the way it's sliced. >> you do. that's the marinating. we can take that other one off. and slicing a flank steak is very important. against the grain. cross-wise to the grain. here's the grain. >> now why do you go against the grain? >> well because -- you'll see. look how pretty it is. >> oh, yeah. >> and slice it on an angle like
that. three, now, how many pieces do you like. i bet that's enough for you? >> i was going to say cut that in half. and you let it sit a little bit, right? >> yeah, let it sit. i'd taken it off the hot part of the grill and let it sit. now a great thing for this weekend, to me, those peppers, onions, everything, cucumbers, you know, there's so much of it in the market now and on the farm staff. so a little bit of orange juice a gazpacho. a cold, raw gazpacho. orange juice, lemon juice, fresh. olive oil. these recipes are so simple. they're on our website and the magazine. >> and the cucumbers, you put it all in the blender? >> in the blender. er. s, a little habanero. and you're going to strain this after you blend it. >> okay. >> okay? so it will go. >> it churns up for you there.
>> yeah. and after it's all done. this is what it looks like. and you pour that into your glass. and you can do it to red tomatoes, orange tomatoes. it's pretty, right? >> it's cool and refreshing. >> and garn their it with tomato. >> and what about dessert? >> shortcake. you have to have shortcake. is this a sugar-encrusted biscuit. make it big like that and cut it into wedges. the whipped cream is infused with basil leaves. basil leaves have been cooking in the cream. then you cool the cream and whip it like this. and your strawberries, mixed already with sugar. these two garnished. nobody thinks of using basil in a dessert, but actually it makes a very, very delicious flavoring for strawberries. >> put it right in. >> you see how i'm doing it on an angle, that's calling chip n
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sterling silver handmade natural gemstones. go to the website to choose. retails $165. the deal is $46.50. that's 70% off. it's one our producers, kate cook's birthday, if you are watching she wants weren't of these. >> and the next? >> the retail is $287. two styles. you see the one in the front, the narrow-zip foldover. and the one in the back is the wider. it goes lukike this. and as the name said, it's a foldover. $287. the deal $59.89. that's 80% off. >> and then the electronics. tell us about these. >> these are not waterproof as you see here. look how amazing these are. the ihome dual charging portable charging system.
retail is $99.99. you can charge your iphone, ipad, the deal $34.99. it's 60% off. great for travel. >> the products are the school supplies. we as have the hair care products. we've got the necklaces, the bags and of course, the ipod speakers. all online right now. your hair looks fabulous. >> thank you. good morning to you you 8:56 now, i'm lara garcia cannon. the bay bridge is closed as crews get set is to open the new eastern span, some delays for the morning commute. mike inouye joins us with an update on theed radios. >> expected unusual traffic flow. look this is a chop chop he have the other dumbarton bridge, as they move west over the toll plaza, as you pass by, things start to jam up, you get past
those iconic towers along that flat section, things are really bogging down. things are starting to lighten up a little bit on the 84 route, 92 moving better, you can see mom. slow the san mateo bridge as well, foster city side, you see traffic is moving but again, cop jested, 92 at 101. thoselternate route the bay bridge packed in but overall, traffic getting lighter. send it back the "today" show.
from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales and willie geist, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> well to "today" on this thursday morning, august 29th, 2013. a little bit drizzly out there. willie geist along with al roker. brooke shields with us all week. we love having you here. >> how is it getting up early for you? >> i'm partially an insomniac. it's easy for me. it's perfect. >> you'd be here anyway. >> i'd be here anyway. >> we had been noticing you were just hanging around. we finally said why don't we just have her come in and co-host the show. >> pressed against the glass behind the show. come on in, brooke. come on in. >> pick me! pick me! >> i've got something i want to give you, al. a couple days ago i gave brooke
a handmade rainbow loom. she wanted me to know that she was working on one for you. lucy geist made this one for al roker. >> i like the color scheme. >> very nice. >> pink thing and royal pink thing. >> syracuse thing. lady vols. >> because we're friends. >> child services on the line for you. >> you had a cool day yesterday, al. you were down at the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. what was it like? >> it was really celebratory. even though it was raining. but it did not dampen the spirits. no pun intended. to be there 50 years later, you know, a black president speaking on the steps of the lincoln memorial, and again you looked at the rainbow of people in the crowd, blacks and whites and hispanics and asians, you know, everybody of all walks of life
in this country. and a lot of people who were there 50 years ago. which is just amazing. and they were there with their children. >> yes. >> and it was -- it was really very special. >> there was some really moving just cutaways of the crowd. as the president spoke you would see people with tears in their eyes. obviously they're reflecting on that journey you talked about as well. >> such a powerful journey and an enduring one. speaking of the vigilance it's still going to take to continue on the journey. you have to acknowledge how far everybody's come and yet really acknowledge how much farther we have to go. >> it really has lifted the entire country from then. it's just made us a better place. >> there was an element of the day i hadn't noticed until four minutes ago when i learned we were going to talk about it. the first lady of the united states had highlights in her hair? is this true? >> big news, yes. >> this is huge. this is the real takeaway. >> i had not noticed. but i was a ways away. >> she also talked about when she had the bangs that time and it was a regret. we all have those regrets. we've all done that where we've just woken up and gone, what
have i done? i love it. i think she looks beautiful. >> what's your position on bangs, generally speaking? >> i really look horrific in bangs. i look like i'm storing for the winter. >> the hair on your forehead makes this puff up? >> i need the balance. >> or do you sometimes -- >> sometimes i just walk around with tobacco. >> what's wrong with brooke shields? >> hungry. she's saving. >> she's got bangs. >> you've got the anti-bangs today. the pullback. >> very sleek. very sophisticated. >> doing this every day you get to sort of play with it. >> mix it up a little bit. >> not me so much. >> no, al's got limited options. >> every day. >> i love your head. >> super polished some days. >> brush, brush here, brush, brush there. jerry has a shammy. he goes in there. sometimes he's got a buffer going. that would be the hammy.
>> all right. did you hear about this story about the uniform ban for cheerleaders? there's some schools in the tampa, florida, area. they want to restrict cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms to class on game days. a tradition at a lot of schools. players wear their jersey to school. cheerleaders wear the uniforms. >> somebody just noticed they're short. >> is this the uniform? this is the controversial one? >> that's not bad. it's not bad at all. we used to wear uniforms on fridays or just to sort of -- i think the difference, too, shows like "bring it on" and mtv, all the music videos are sort of supporting more scantily clad uniforms. a couple of midriffs. i think it's hard for boys or girls to concentrate in high school. maybe they just -- >> sometimes the pets have problems, too. cover everybody. >> i mean, that's about as tame a cheerleading uniform. have you been to an nfl game lately? >> exactly.
>> that's where it starts. >> slippery slope, al. >> must protect the children. >> i think we conclude we're not offended by that one. >> not offended. >> this is a good one. splitting the check at dinner. the check comes. did you have the salad? oh, you had the dressing on the side. oh, it's the worst. now there's an app that actually helps you out. it divides the bill for you. it's called tab. it scans your check and lets you select which items were yours. you don't have to type anything in. calculates your personal total along with your tax and your tip. >> i don't know. >> split it evenly or pay the whole thing. >> split it. >> i'm sure it comes in handy. i'm sure there are some people maybe who have jobs and go out to dinner with those who don't. i still sort of feel like just sort of say, i'll spot you this one. >> or kind of decide before you go to dinner. i've got friends, we do this one upsmanship.
one gets up and slips the credit card to the waiter. i've got to go to the bathroom. i've got a friend. he actually called before we got to dinner and gave him their credit card number. if you're going to do that, fine. let me know ahead of time so i can go big on the bill. and lobster! could you bring me some peanut butter and caviar, too? >> i think this kind of takes the fun out of going out to dinner. you know what, 20 bucks apiece or whatever it is. >> i think it averages out. especially if it's people you go to dinner with a lot. >> unless somebody's being retick lour ridiculo ridiculous. >> then you only go to dinner with them once. >> i've got a throwback thursday item for you, brooke shields, you don't know about. >> oh, good. surprises. >> did you know about throwback thursday? >> i didn't either until i just said it. >> it's a twitter thing, right? >> oh, yeah. yeah, yeah. throwback thursday, as i was saying. when i knew you were going to be joining us this week i was
looking around online. >> okay. >> brooke shields merchandise. >> oh, boy. >> whoa, whoa, you went looking online for brooke shields merchandise? >> and told people about it? >> this is kind of disturbing. >> the brooke shields doll with long, beautiful hair you can style in so many ways. make believe she's a model. you can pose her and pretend she's a teenage star. there's even a ring for you! >> thanks, brooke! ♪ brooke shields, she's a beautiful doll ♪ >> with extra outfits that fit almost any fashion doll, each sold separately. >> brooke shields doll comes with ring, brush and stand. >> wow. >> oh, god. i mean -- >> bring out the brooke shields doll. here it is. >> oh, you got the box! that's a collectors item! look at the sensible turtleneck over leggings. come on! >> this is what willie ordered online. for his daughter. >> actually, your daughter might enjoy it.
my kids think it's creepy. >> for my daughter. >> what i will tell you. i'm not going to do this on tv because it will borderline be pornographic. but this doll, if you notice, she's not as well endowed as barbie was. so normally they just put the famous person's head on barbie's body. or if it's matell. my mother was like, she doesn't have boobs that big. you need to cut that body down. they had to go back to the factory and actually shave her boobs down. that's really easy to live with when you're in high school. >> wow, mom. >> publicized. >> in the medical community women are called having -- >> abuse. >> ma'am, i think we're going to do a brooke shields on you. >> yeah. a double brooke. >> how old were you in this doll, theoretically? 15-ish. >> that's a weirdly nonage. >> what was that like as a teenager to walk in a story like toys r us and see you on a shelf? >> you know, you think -- it's sort of flattering.
what's weird is when they do the shape of the head and it's in a little halliburton. i love halliburton. and it's like they give you the wax figure. the whole face. but they do it life size. and that is really creepy. but i came in my dorm room once and my -- my roommate had put a little noose. >> wow! >> it's easy being me. >> i like the eyebrows on it. >> oh, the eyebrows. because those are also infamous. yeah. no. i mean, i'm surprised, again, that i'm not a complete train wreck in life. >> you have really pulled yourself together well. you really have. >> it's amazing. >> she's just going to watch you, though. >> that doesn't look right. don't do that. >> is that creepy? >> oh! let's get another coffee here! >> were you friendly with the roommate who hung her? >> yeah. it was humorous. >> good. >> what a laugh. >> i had a few more questions about that. one other thing to note, your
sun highlighted hair can be shampooed and styled for any occasion. >> much like the first lady. >> i was fwoing going to say, t her inspiration. i'm sorry, everybody. >> this is coming home with me. for my daughter. >> yes. >> you know, there's so much wrong about that statement. there really is. >> let's do the weather. how about that? >> a little too late for that. we'll do it anyway. let's see what we've got for you. we are looking at a few sprinkles that actually backed into the northeast after i made fun of savannah on the air. looking at wet weather in the pacific northwest. showers coming out of the southwest due to a remnant tropical storm. we're going to be looking at possible some flash flooding there. again, more wet weather in the pacific northwest. a slight risk of strong storms in the upper mississippi river 9:10. i'm meteorologist christina loren. good beach conditions today. maybe you have the day off, taking an early start to that labor day holiday. 67 deg grates noon in santa
cruz. 2 p.m., 70 degrees, you will be at 76 degrees in the heat of the day, about 23 days away from the official kickoff of fall. so enjoy our final summer weeks while they last, 89, friday, 86, saturday, then a cooler sunday into labor day. by the way, my son nicky made this with an injection mold. he made this for you. >> my john gotti pinky ring. >> it's the brooke ring. >> with a little "b" on it. >> the "b" sort of looks like the barbie "b." >> i'm sure there's a lawsuit. there's also a fashion head which is really creepy. >> oh, wow. >> can we tell the mom story about christmas or no? >> what was it? it was a charity we used to decorate trees. it was decorate a tree. then they'd auction them off for christmas. everybody would sort of decorate them differently. my mother decorated the tree entirely with brooke dolls. >> her own mother. >> it's why i'm in therapy. >> it's amazing you were even able to come in this morning.
>> i know. well, i mean, it's so bizarre. i think that we also laughed at it all. it's ridiculous. there's hair dryers. i've got hair dryers. curling irons. >> you still getting checks off that stuff? >> minimal. if they're at an auction or something in the box. with a box it's more -- >> the hair dryers malfunctioned. >> oh, my gosh. all right. up next, what do these celebrities all have in common? believe it or not, they're introverts. the signs that you could be one, too. right after this. what if we took all this produce from walmart and secretly served it up at this produce stand in the heart of grape country? it's a fresh-over! come taste some grapes - tell us what you think. these guys have an amazing sweetness. yeah they do. probably the best grapes i've ever had. a thousand thumbs up. walmart works directly with growers to get you the best quality produce they've ever had. all this produce is from walmart. you are lying. nooo! i thought these were like straight from the farm. from, from the farm. i think we should stop at walmart on the way home. find fresh and juicy grapes and all your quality produce backed by our 100% money back guarantee. walmart.
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>> do you consider yourself shy or even introverted? how can you break out of your shell? huffington post associate lifestyle editor wrote about the 23 signs you're secretly an introvert. psychiatrist charles sophie is the medical director for the los angeles county department of children and family services. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> what is the difference between being shy and an introvert. >> they're completely different things, actually. one of the biggest misconceptions about introverts is that they're shy. being shy is sort of being uncomfortable in social situations. being introverted is just needing time alone to rest and recharge your batteries. >> shy is also a biochemical brain reaction to fear, anxiety, those kinds of things. it's much more medically rooted. >> also, when i took the little test that you did, i checked out 18 out of the 23. i'm an introvert. it's true. things like you find small talk incredibly cumbersome. you often feel alone in a crowd. networking makes you feel like a
phony. what are some of the other sort of signs of being an introvert? >> another sign is that you're in a relationship with an extrovert. a lot of introverts tend to maybe take themselves a little too seriously. it's nice to have an extrovert who encourages them to have fun and get out. another one is being called too intense or being called an old soul. because a lot of introverts are very observant. they're deep thinker. they tend to be seen as very wise. >> they're not fear based. and they're not anxious. and they still live. >> shy is more associated with anxiety? >> yes. more of a biochemical issue or medical problem that needs more than just a description of a personality type. >> i think people watching this will say how could brooke shields, who's been in the public eye for most of her life, be an introvert. how could lady gaga be an introvert. kim kardashian. chris tia aguilera, courtney cox. how does it work when you're famous and your whole job is, in effect, to have attention paid to you and be an introvert. >> some introverts really thrive
in the spotlight. 40% of ceos are introverts. great speakers, leaders, actors and actresses. after they've been in the spotlight they might need to rest and go home and have time alone. i think what's taxes for an introvert sometimes is constantly meeting people and being in very stimulating social environments where they have to do a lot of meet and greets and really excessive social interaction. >> how do you tell or can you tell early on in a child that they're either shy or introverted? >> you look at even in an adult, you look at things like their sleep. their ability to function during the day. are they fear based throughout other parts of their life? are they able to go to school, eat, all of the kind of medical types of things you would look at in mental health issues. but other than that, if they're not really doing those things but they just kind of, like, know when they need to disengage and be in quiet time, they're just probably introverts. >> i like one of your signs, too. if you've been called an old soul since your 20s, you're probably an introvert. >> exactly.
>> that goes back to being sort of an observant, maybe a lot of writers and academics are introverts. i think it comes from that type of thinking. >> a self-charger. you know when to disengage and really replenish yourself. >> should two introverts be together? >> they'll probably bore each other. >> i'm definitely married to an extrovert. >> oh, i am, too. >> you are. absolutely. i'm a bit of an introvert. >> come out of your shell, al. >> that's another sign. that's another sign. >> that's a misconception. have you not been listening to anything she just said? >> i'm trying! thanks so much. coming up next, all the news you need before you head out the door. later, style favors on the go. quick fixes for your fashion emergencies. but first, these messages. ♪
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contained, more than 5500 struck slurs still threatened, including thousands of homes. a special tribute is planned today for the danville teenager who died the day before he was set to start his senior year of high school. students and staff at san ramon valley and several other nearby high schools are wearing green today to remember 17-year-old robert orlando. tributes are also being posted on twitter as many friends and classmates are sharing memories of him. orlando was killed monday night when the car he was in crashed into a tree. we are going to have a look at the morning commute right after this.
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couple of days, mike, we drop off. let's check that drive. >> speaking of labor day, also that big project the bay bridge is still going on, of course, they just started in last night, a closure of one lane, actually two, getting toward that berkeley curve has westbound 80 here, the berkeley area very jammed up, heading down the eastshore freeway and approaching that maze area, things very slow on the map, starting to improve the last ten minutes for west 80, the rest of the maze looking good, 580 and 880, not a problem through oakland, still, san mateo bridge slow, dumbarton, 580 slow toward the south area. >> another local news update in half an hour. have a great morning.
all right. come on back here. it's thursday morning. you already know that. it's the 29th of august. so we're getting ready. >> if you notice, there's some shattered earthenware on our floor. >> there are shards of a "today" show mug wherever you look. >> so prove me wrong. >> this is a device that no one would ever use. >> it's called the spill not. >> the spill not. it's a holder. it uses -- >> centrypical force. >> i don't understand why. >> i clearly don't. >> we're going to go with that. >> here's the guy doing it. >> there's the force. >> under what circumstances would you do that? >> he's outside wearing a shorts and a t-shirt and a very
unfortunate move. so the idea -- >> if you twirl your coffee, i guess. is that something you do? you just use centripical force. how does this work? centrypical force, you moron. >> one swing and, bang. >> i committed. i should be committed. >> all right. there you go. >> oh, there we go. okay. >> are people going to be -- >> then what do you do. just go like that? >> people are walking around the halls doing this? hey, everybody! bob, how you doing? you got that report for me? >> yes. keep that going with the cup. >> because it's a stupid idea! >> why don't you try it again, brooke. >> i really should. >> with water.
because this way it doesn't stain. >> okay. go away, everybody. show the monitor. hold on. >> all right! >> oh! >> oh, thank god. i would have lost sleep over that. >> that's the real thing. $14.99. >> commit, commit. okay. >> that's it. >> you take it in the car? >> yeah. only if you're in a convertible. >> this way you don't spill in the car. >> god bless whoever invented it, but why? >> for the life of me i can't figure out. >> you're walking around. it's like a steady cam for your coffee. >> it is. that's exactly what it is. >> look at our -- one of our producers, matthew, is consoling jerry, our stage manager. the guy in charge of our stage. because of a broken cup. give that to matt. it was his idea! come on.
>> all right, matt. you set me up. you were supposed to protect me all week. >> look, matt got a promotion! >> there's a few spots over here, matt. there's a lot of work to be done. >> i did it this morning and had no trouble with it. >> matt thought it was a great idea. >> let's get a check of your weather. >> all right. let's check on your weather. >> my husband is shaking his head right now. >> let's look ahead to the weekend. for tomorrow wet weather from the great lakes into new england. rain in the southeast, southwest as well, pacific northwest. saturday looks not great into the northeast into the ohio river valley, down through the southeast in florida. southwest wet as well. sunday, sunday, we expect to see more wet weather along the east coast. back through the ohio river valley. more wet weather in the southwest. and more wet weather right here. that's what' good morning to you, i'm meteorologist christina loren. we have got some flight delays out of sfo this morning and it's not just here in the bay area.
count on delays get nothing new york city and boston due to weather and heavier-than-normal volume out at the local airports. 90 in livermore today, 90, fire field, end up at 69 in san francisco. meanwhile, 81 degrees, not too warm, right here in san jose today. getting into the next couple of days, temperatures are going to drop off, a really comfortable labor day headed our way. 83, inland. today's style is brought to you by dove clear deodorant. on "today's style," quick fixes for your fashion faux pas. >> there's no problem she can't solve. editor at large for "shape" magazine. good to see you as always. you're going to help us through some of these problems. >> i am. >> i'm not familiar with a lot of these, brooke. i don't wear a lot of tank tops with deodorant stains. >> there's nothing worse than
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>> when i was doing blue lagoon, my hair never moved because i was taped completely. it was all toupee tape. fun fact. >> this is from the makers of that tape. >> they've come up with fashion tape. >> you can actually use this to make your shirt close. if you need to hide some sort of bra strap, it's good for that as well. >> you have to tighten it and then do it. >> a little more time to do it. >> red carpet and stuff to keep dresses on. i contributed on that. >> yeah. >> any sort of hemline that might be falling. it's great to keep in your purse. it comes in two sizes. >> this one, if your pants -- which is never my problem. if your pants are too long. >> we have hem gem. a lot of times your pants might be good when you're wearing heels. you switch into flats and they're a little too long. mallory, a lot of her jeans tend to be too long. instead of going to the tailor, you can use hem gems. >> are they magnets? >> it's a peg you put into your shoe. mallory, fold your cuff to your
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have you ever needed a doctor when you're on vacation? or you need a place to keep track of your child's visits to the pediatrician? >> well, there are some great medical apps and websites that can come in handy to keep your family healthy. mario armstrong is digital life expert. let's get right to it. zot dot. >> great place if you want to find a doctor or dentist anywhere. i'm going to show you how this works. put in your specialty, what you're looking for. maybe pediatrician. hit find doctors. >> you have to do it like this? >> you have to do yoga. >> have to get that to kind of swing back around. so yeah. but this will be able to show you all of the -- wow. that's really kind of weird that it's doing that. it will be able to show you all of the different doctors that are available for you. >> is it a good traveling? >> it's phenomenal for when you're new to the area or your child is sick in the middle of the night and you want to try to
get them into the pediatrician the next day because it's available 24/7. if you're on vacation it's available in 1,800 cities. you don't know any doctors in the area. type in a zip code and find a physician locally. >> also -- this next one. is it the web m.d. baby? that's the one for keeping track. >> this keeps track of -- yes. you can keep a journal for your ba baby. you can also just find information about your baby. maybe you're looking for things about feeding and nutrition or growth and development. whatever it is you're looking for there are all types of articles and information based in there. you can keep track of your child's growth as well. >> also i've been going, when i take my daughter to the pediatrician they'll go when was your last something. i'm like, i don't remember all the shots she's gotten. or we have different doctors in different cities. >> you're so busy. it's hard to keep track of everything. this keeps track of all the schedules. pooping schedule, eating schedule, growth charts, medical records. >> i'd like to use this for myself. >> i need my poop schedule. >> not even going to touch that.
okay. for folks who suffer from migraines, mario, which a lot of people do. >> a lot of people get headaches all the time. migraine triggers. this is a great app that you basically plug in here exactly when you went through a migraine, what you experienced, maybe what you ate that day. you go in and you basically log in, yes, i had a headache. how long was it? was it mild, severe, moderate? where was it? it assesses that information for you. >> carrie, you're our spokesperson for excedrin migraine. >> when a patient comes to my office and you try to ask them, they're not going to remember. that's why this is so useful. you figure out what conditions, activities, foods trigger your migraine. it creates a chart and a graph that you can e-mail to me, your doctor, ahead of time. >> quickly this next one, drugs.com. encyclopedia for prescription drugs, mario? >> encyclopedia for all of that. also pill identifiers and
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all right. we love this time of the month because we're about to take a wild ride through the wonderful world of sports with our good friend len berman. our special guest, brooke. >> good morning, everyone. this summer featured phil mickelson winning the british open. another huge steroid scandal in baseball. but what were truly the top sports stories? let's go spanning the world. >> unbelievable! >> on your mark, in korea, get set, go. >> here's the worst idea of the first pitch. having a skydiver deliver the ball in hannibal, missouri. look out for the shortstop. >> play ball. in japan, and yeah! behind the back, yeah. better yet, lug nut pitcher.
that's self-preservation. you'll get more in a minute. the best moves of summer. bowling green third baseman. never returned. i like this catch even better in altoona. this catch is made by the cup holder. >> it lands right in the cup holder. >> you don't see that every day, do you? the worst moves of summer. chad qualls of miami with the punchout of the batter. then he punches himself out. game winning hit. guy on first never runs to second. he's forced out. never mind. the run doesn't count. they don't win the game. they wind up losing it later on. our best celebration. a where he isser from azerbaijan. like willie in the morning, right? strut your stuff, yeah. celebration in brazil. after he scores the goal. you know what? somebody got hurt.
our fans of summer. in san francisco, penalty kick. the fan takes the kick. then there's this genius in australian rugby. he forgot to put his uniform on. >> it's the lug nut! >> reporters of summer. you shouldn't have to question while a cyclist is cramping up. >> soccer reporter outside wimbley stadium. go get em. see you later. and our play by play of the summer. when manny ramirez hit the homer in taiwan. just read along the play by play. >> this ball is long gone just like that! ex-girlfriend, who will never return! home run! >> oh, my gosh. >> is that classic?
>> len berman, ladies and gentlemen! len berman! >> that's one of your all-time best. >> i had the whole summer. >> it's like an ex-girlfriend. >> who will never return. you will be back. >> the great len berman. thanks, len. coming up next, how well did brooke really know her co-stars? we're going to put her to the test in hollywood game night. first, this is "today" on nbc.
there is a familiar face on tonight's episode of "nbc hollywood game night." our own hoda kotb. celebrities are competitive in games of skill and knowledge. al, you've done it as well. we're getting in action on our own hollywood game. we invented this one in honor of brooke shields. we'll show you and al scenes from photographs and television. things you've been in. in each photo your co-star is obscured. ring your bell or honk the horn
in your case. tell us who it is. here's our first clue. >> okay. >> they were a gang of six. brooke's featured here next to one of them. >> i heard the horn first. >> pablo. >> who's the actor? >> oh, god! joey. joey from friends. >> incorrect. we're looking for david swimmer. >> that was david swimmer? >> next one. brooke was 12 years old when she starred in this historical drama. who is the lady of the night? >> susan sarandon. >> correct. "pretty baby." very nice. next clue. brooke is in manhattan in this film. but who's with you? >> miss peggy. >> yes. what film? >> "muppets take manhattan." >> who was next to you here? >> "two and a half men." >>
a confrontation with sheriff deputies in san jose monday night. at one point, authorities say the man stabbed himself in the chest three times. that's when deputies released the dog, named ski, to take the suspect down. deputies say he punched, choked and then bit ski before they were able to wrestle him to the ground. good news, the dog suffered just a couple of scraped pause and he will be back to work soon. union city police now have a sketch of the snake scam suspect. they say this woman here told the 70-year-old victim she worked for the city's pest control department and needed to check her backyard for a possible snake infestation. the woman was in the backyard with the imposter, an accomplice came into the home and stole the woman's cash and jewelry. sort of a muggy and balmy start to your thursday. let's get a look at the forecast with meteorologist christina loren. good morning. >> hey, good morning to you, marla, good morning to you at home. temperatures climbing nicely, we are in the 60s and 70s at this point, taking a live look, clearing sky over san francisco,
but industrial the flight delays at about an hour. nine report, good air quality for today. temperatures down right warm inland, 80, oakland, comfortable 81 degrees right here in san jose. get nothing that all-important holiday weekend, temperatures will be comfortable, 76 degrees for labor day inland. check your drive with mike. we look here toward the berkeley curve. construction has the lanes closed as you approach. backup on the map, a slower drive still but recover for speeds, jammed past the racetrack and approaching emeryville. slow westbound for 580 across the richmond bridge. an alternate as folks head 101 to the city. foster city, the approach off that san mateo bridge, end with this shot, traffic moving more smoothly, a lot of folks. >> a lot to lighter now. thanks so much. be back at 10:26 with our next news and weather update. [ mom ] in my family, we're big cereal lovers.
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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. oh, yes! thirsty thursday, august -- it's just winding down. it's the 29th today. it's a very big day around here because one of our producers, and we love. you hear that really annoying laugh. >> people ask, who is laughing? who is laughing? >> we love our kate cook. >> one of the best producers. today is her 29th birthday on the 29th. happy birthday, kate. >> yea! >> she's adorable.
>> we decided we're going to do a full hour of one of the segments she produces called -- >> we were going to do that before we found out it was her birthday. >> ambush makeover. this is a full hour of our favorite ambush makeovers. louis and jill hit the plaza and find people to make over. >> so we thought it would be fun to go down memory lane because every decade does seem to have its particular looks. we thought this would be a lot of fun at our expense. we've had many looks over the years. some downright ugly. let's take a look at some of them. >> oh, god! you know what? i hate -- >> that's hoda. >> oh, really? >> i like my necklace. >> you know what? this is rude. >> oh, my god. >> no need to get that dramatic. all right. we're making progress. not much. yes, that's when we first got
together. >> we leapt right through the golden years. >> that was the beginning. >> my turn. >> oh! >> the olympics with frankie. >> oh, that was good hair. >> i kind of like that look. >> that was also -- you do it with -- no, just a little curling rod. >> the sleek look. >> i'm just looking at how thin my face was. >> i like the bangs. >> get over it. they're gone. >> come on now. >> i say i win that one. ♪ >> oh, i could listen to barbra streisand all day long. >> she sings beautifully. >> do you know what movie that's from? >> "the way we were." that's the name of the song. >> do you know -- do you know who wrote it?
>> don't try to one up me. i already got it. "the way we were." >> who wrote it? >> one of your friends. >> the amazing marvin hamlisch whom we miss desperately. do you remember when you found your first gray hair. >> in one of those pictures, not the first two hideous ones, but the third kind of hideous one, when i was in high school, i started to get a gray, like a bonnie raitt streak. >> wow. >> i had it -- >> sometimes that's what triggers it. >> i had that gray swoop forever and i tried to cover it. you know how it's hard with a stubborn gray patch. >> especially in high school. >> the end of high school, all through college. >> did they call you raccoon lady? >> no, i had nice friends. >> did they call you skunk head? >> oh, my gosh, it's skunk head. >> look. it's in there. here's the thing. i am now gray all the way and i've been that way for a long time and i'm fine. here's the thing. again, my fear, my big fear on
earth isn't to get mugged on the street. >> rain. >> no, rain. going to prison is a huge fear because i can -- >> they don't allow tweezers. >> i will have white -- it will look like that except worse. >> except white. and everyone will think i did it. i was wrongfully convicted. i didn't do it but i will look like i did. >> she's a crazy lady. she did it. >> so when you got yours? >> mid-20s. yeah, yeah. and everybody says oh, you're so blond. i've been wearing the exact same color formula on my hair for about 20-some years. it's just that i have so much gray now that it takes the color differently. >> some people get really, really, it's a traumatic experience when they discover their first gray. like giuliana rancic. this is from her show. >> from the style network. >> you have gray. >> no, i don't.
shut the hell up. shut your little face. >> i have a gray hair? >> oh, my god, you guys. what are we going to do? >> you should have gotten your color done. >> shut up! >> let me see what i have. >> you look like a hot old mess. >> it's not even funny. >> i have a hair mask thing at my sister's. >> check. that would be good. >> look. i do have some. i never go without coloring my hair so i never knew i had anything. >> don't pull it out. >> it's not that i'm freaked out by the gray hair. it's just that it's come on so suddenly. i wonder if the baby gave me gray hair. maybe it is the stress of handling work and the baby and trying to balance all of that. but you know, bill has gray hair, too. don't tell anyone. it's our secret. >> right. only millions saw. >> i don't feel sorry for her at all because she's 38 years old when she finds her first one. >> we love giuliana. this is one of those funny
videos we love. >> no, we're going to see what we would look like if we were -- >> oh, no. >> prison hair? >> there's hoda now with lots of health. >> i look good gray. why am i fighting it. >> go for it. >> let's see you. >> let's see tan mother. tan mom. >> before and -- >> no, no, nobody wants that. that's a no-no. >> i'll keep looking like tan mom. now there is a video. >> this is one of those fun videos that scooter mcgruder does. this is called the top 100 female lies. he dresses up like a woman. so let's listen to him. >> he's the one with the beard. >> i don't use photoshop. >> i'm a model. >> it wasn't even that expensive. >> i am not like that anymore. >> i love football. >> i wear size 2. you can't tell. >> i just have nothing to wear. >> yeah, i'm on a diet. >> i didn't get your text. >> all men are the same. it's ridiculous.
>> i'm not hating. >> i really don't lie that much. >> see, this is all natural. >> no, i don't have a boyfriend. >> i'm done with him. that's it. no, no. that's it. like i'm just -- i'm done. this always happens. >> i don't need a man, okay? i don't need one. i don't even want one at this point in my life. >> i hate drama so much. it follows me everywhere. i don't even do anything. >> no, i really do like the gift that you got me. i'm serious. like i love it so much. >> i don't even care about looks. >> i don't want anything for my birthday. >> be ready in five minutes. >> i'll be ready in ten minutes. >> i'll be ready soon. >> just tell me the truth. i won't be mad. don't worry about it. i'm fine. it was on sale! >> wow! he must have some females in his life. >> it's time for ihoda. but you're going to love this one. this is a song -- real quick -- by sarah barelis.
some of the greatest words on the planet are i love you. she has a song with equally great words called "i choose you." it's a beautiful song. ♪ comes down craze iing up to a dark sky ♪ ♪ >> it's just effortless with her. ♪ because i can live by the light in your eyes ♪ it's my song. i'm singing it. i like this line coming up. ♪ we're strong together the very first words of a love letter tell the world that we finally got it all right ♪ >> i'm going to sing this part to you. >> no, i'm loving it. ♪ you one, two, three, four
♪ you will become mine i choose you ♪ >> when are you going to sing it in her key? >> can't wait to hear that. because i think i would love it. i adore everything that -- >> what do you mean you can't wait to hear it? >> you were performing it in a different key the entire time and i got snip-its. oh, yes, that's sarah barellis. she's genius. i'll have cassidy download it for me. is it okay or not took have unusual backstage requests? >> this is what we said. >> sure, it's okay if it's to guarantee a great performance. but if it's just an ego boost, check your ego at the door, please. >> nice, klg. if your demands are not divaish and make for a better performance for fans, then why
not? >> i think i said that. >> i think i said it better. >> i said it second. >> but not better. >> all right. >> they e adorable. get ready for the best of our ambush makeovers. two women come to new york for the first time and we gave them a trip they will never forget. >> i love you, hoda woman. you are a lousy singer, but i adore you. >> i choose you. hi, i'm karissa. hi, i'm sherri. and i'm going to show sherri how collecting box tops for education earns cash for our school by shopping at walmart. come on. sherri, look at all these products that you can buy for your family with box tops. and look, four box tops in one box. that's awesome! more cash for our school. only at walmart you get 4 box tops on over 100 items. karissa i got it and you only had to tell me four times. find 4 box tops on your family favorites like general mills cereals and nature valley granola bars backed by our low price guarantee. behaves like the surface of your skin.
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we're back on this thirsty thursday with more of "today" and our plaza ambush makeovers when two lucky, lucky ladies get plucked off the plaza and surprised with new looks. >> our crack beauty makeover team. >> what does that actually mean? >> crack. "today" contributor and stylist to the stars ♪ louis licari la, la, la, la la, ♪ >> and "today" contributor and contributing editor to "people style watch," jill martin. >> good to see you. >> how was it today? >> it's always great. today we found two ladies, believe it or not, who have never been to new york before. >> oh. wow. >> they'll get a trip to remember. >> every trip to new york is like this. >> shouldn't come with too many freebies when you come to new york. >> first up is pat dearman, 57 years old from virginia. she had just -- she just lost 40 pounds so she was thrilled to
have a chance to get a brand new look to go along with that brand new body. let's take a listen. >> well, we are in a state of shock here this morning. and i can't believe you are a grandmother. you want this for your grandmother so tell me why. >> because she's awesome. i think she deserves it. >> and she told me she hasn't worn a dress in a decade. >> yes, that's correct. >> so what do you think of all of this? >> i am scared. >> you are in good hands. you'll have an even sexier new wife in about three hours. >> yes, i am. i am excited about that. >> you can tell she's going to be knock dead -- drop dead, knockout gorgeous. >> let's look at her people. danny is holding the blindfold because it snapped. here is pat dearman before. pat, let's see the new you.
♪ >> oh, my gosh. >> are you ready? take off your blindfolds, guys. >> oh, my! >> oh, my! that is not my grandma. >> she is nobody's grandma. >> turn right around. >> oh, my lord! wow! wow! that is sexy. wow. >> i love that. >> oh, my goodness. >> look right at camera 12. >> louis, louis, louis. >> glamour. she looked young before. i had no idea that was your granddaughter. i thought that was your daughter. but right now you look beyond. >> gorgeous. >> i lightened her hair and gave her this glamorous blond but it's a believable blond. >> it's like an ash. it's so pretty. >> she had layers before but he relayered it. it's layered correctly. and look at the lift it gives
her. it's sexy, it's fun, it's young. >> danny, what do you think? >> she looked beautiful before. she's even more beautiful now. >> jordan, i know is shocked. >> so sweet. >> aw. >> wait a minute. >> tell us about this hot dress. >> we had an interesting time. it's really difficult to shop after you've lost so much weight because she's like, are you sure i look good? are you sure? and now you agree. >> i don't believe it. this is from maggie london. color blocking for spring is so big. >> you look beautiful. absolutely gorgeous. >> join your groom right over there. >> big round of applause for pat. >> i have beverly jones, 75, from knoxville, iowa. she's never colored her hair before and wears zero makeup. she was very excited to glam it up for the day. let's hear her story. >> so nice. three generations here today. and what do you think of all of
this for your mom? >> i think it's awesome. she's the best mom in the world. she brought us here for the trip to new york and she deserves it. >> are you crying already or just freezing? >> no, i am. i'm just -- >> tell me why you are crying. >> well, i don't know. for her saying such nice things to me. >> we're going to pamper you for three hours and make you look beautiful. >> she's going to be a wow. >> gorgeous. absolutely. she's here with her daughters lisa and kelly and granddaughter hannah. let's take one last look at beverly before and bring out the beautiful beverly jones. >> oh, wow! oh, yeah. all right ladies. take off your blindfolds. >> this one over here. >> are you ready to see? turn around please, beverly.
>> wow. >> it is different but you look sexy and beautiful. >> one little -- you can look right there at camera 12. >> oh, you look beautiful. >> what a difference. >> the interesting thing here is this is a big, big difference. it's really -- except for the hair color which is a dramatic change. it shows you can wipe away at least ten years and i think we did more here. >> you look unbelievable. >> absolutely. >> carson gave her the most minimal changes in the haircut but it went from -- it gave it a sense of style that it didn't have before. that plus the makeup. you look like a new woman. and you look very new york, by the way. >> you do. >> what do you guys think? >> she looks awesome. >> she never pampers herself and so it's fun to watch her do that. >> when people really deserve it, they don't expect it it's a lovely thing. tell us about this beautiful red dress. >> we wanted to go for it. you always go for it with a red dress. this is ellen tracy available at
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normally it's the ladies who get the royal treatment. >> but let's take a look at one makeover that got a lot of play from the ladies. you know what i'm saying? >> good play on words. >> check it out. >> this is jimmy. he's had long hair for 37 years since he got out of the navy. he never cut his hair. never. we've begged him. >> like mountain man. we love him. >> he went to see arson for a
trim. for a trim, he said. and look what he did. >> oh, my gosh! >> how do you feel about it, darling? >> i feel all right. >> look at his reaction. >> your friends are shocked. >> you are all manned up. >> are you going to grow it out again or keep it short? >> i'm probably too old to grow it out. >> you're never too old. >> you look good. >> jimmy have we ever told you how much we love you. >> why, thank you. >> one of the nicest people god ever made and put on this planet. >> the greatest cameraman here. >> there are others. it will hurt their feelings. >> yes, he's among the greatest. >> big round of applause. coming up, more of our best of ambush makeovers.
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overnight, it grew by 300 acres, so now, the wildfire is roughly the size of new york city. firefighters now have the flames 30% contained, more than 5500 structures are threatened, including thousands of homes. closer to home, workers in oakland walked off the job this morning as part of a nationwide one-day strike, they are calling for better pay, regular schedules, benefits and the right to form a union. fast food employees in california make as little as $8 an hour. they want $15 an hour. we will check the forecast and mike will have a look at your morning commute after the break.
welcome back, the time is 10:29, i'm meteorologist christina loren. we still have those flight delays how of sfo due to thick fog. head this afternoon, temperatures will be down right warm later on today, 90 degrees on the way to livermore, 88, concord, 77, fremont, 69 in san francisco. coming up today at 11:00, we are going to take a close look at all the happening around the bay area for your labor day weekend and we will also look at your get away forecast. speaking of which let's check that drive with mike. >> also labor day, the closure continues for the bay bridge. we'd different flow of traffic and today, that included here fremont, south 880 from the dumbarton bridge down to the south bay, lot more folks, they wanted to avoid the backup happening on that dunn barten bridge, smoother past mission the last few minutes, 84, as well as 92, the san mateo bridge, big clouds now, very clear here, slow on the
eastshore freeway, head down toward its the area, berkeley, the richmond bridge, marla. >> coming up at 11:00, we will have the very latest on the progress that crews are making on the new bay bridge. we will see you in 30 minutes. we're back with more of "today" on this thirsty thursday. time to reveal our ambush makeovers. >> two women from our plaza were given hot new looks by our crack makeover team. >> i don't like the term crack. >> "today" contributor and stylist to the stars -- >> who oozes sex appeal. ♪ louis licari la, la, la, la la, ♪ >> and "today" contributor and people style watch contributor and her third book coming out very soon. great to see you guys. how was the plaza? it was supposed to be snowy and then it wasn't. >> it was so cold but we found two ladies right away. jill was very cold. >> we found them quickly.
>> well, the first woman is alice gagne from maine. she told us she hadn't cut her hair in 20 years because she hated the last haircut she got. >> oh, wow. >> she was finally ready to try again. let's listen to her story. >> she holds a grudge. >> you haven't cut your hair in 20 years. and you want to do it with us. >> yes. >> so thank you. telluous. >> i am almost 44 years old. and i want a new look. >> and you watch the show you said every thursday for ambush. >> i watch it every day. >> and you actually said you are ambushing your husband because he didn't know you were ghog do this. >> no it was a surprise to him when i called him this morning and told him i was picked. >> surprise! >> are you ready? i know we're going to donate your hair. your ready to make a big change? >> i'm ready for anything they are willing to do. >> wow. >> uh-oh. >> them are fighting words. >> she's here with her friend carrie who has the blindfold on. this was alice before. let's see the new you.
>> oh, my gosh! oh, wow! all right. >> stop it! >> take off your blindfold and buckle up, girl. >> oh, my god! i have never seen -- >> hold on. alice, you have to see yourself. spin around. >> oh, my god! >> are you serious? >> so beautiful. >> so serious. >> oh, my god! >> oh, my god. >> it's beautiful. >> oh, my god. >> alice, look right there. louis, tell us about that hair. >> i think i like the one on the left. >> hoda hair. >> obviously, it's you have the same haircut for 20 years, it's time to cut it off. i am so glad you are here today. the biggest change, she put black hair color on. once your hair isn't black anymore, never buy black. black shouldn't be on the market. dark brown, darkest brown but never black. >> beautiful. >> tell us about what you think of your pal.
>> i think she looks beautiful. we're going out on the town tonight. i'm taking her out. she deserves it. she is the best friend ever. and she's -- i've known her through high school. i am so happy she's here and got selected. thank you guys very much. >> tell us about the outfit. >> it is snowing so we're wishing it was spring. this is a transitional dress by maggie london. she said she'd never wear this. >> ever. >> that's a big thing. you should pick one piece for spring you'd never wear. >> you look gorgeous in it. >> and feel as young as you are in that because you look beautiful. >> a big round of applause for alice. >> so, so pretty. >> our second lady is kathy berg from jupiter, florida. recently lost 25 pounds so she begged us to give her a brand new look to go along with her brand new baby -- body. i'm sorry. body. let's listen to her story. >> come here from jupiter on a family trip and, surprise! what do you think of all of this? >> i think it's great. >> why do you think she deserves
it? >> because she does so much for us and she doesn't spend that much time on herself. >> josh, what do you think? >> she's a really hard working mom and does an excellent job. >> so nice to hear. >> and, dave, we're going to change her up a little bit. what do you think about all of that. >> i think she looks great the way she is. >> smart hubby. are you ready for a whole new look as you are crying? >> yes, this should be great. this should be just a wonderful experience. thank you. >> she has that husband trained beautifully because he said exactly what she wants to hear. she's here with husband dave and kids josh and kayla. let's take one more look at kathy and then bring out the new kathy. >> wow! okay guys, take off the blindfold and have a look at mom and your wife. >> you ready, kathy? >> turn around, sweetie. >> oh, my gosh! >> really pretty. >> i love that. >> sexy. >> so different.
>> i know. >> you want to join us? >> look right there. >> okay. >> with kathy, of course, is another great haircut. gave her so much style. she had a long, long back and so we brought it up. and her hair was oxidizing and turning a little auburn. i thought how beautiful. instead of taking it away and trying to be a brunette, we kept the auburn tone. >> and, jill, that's a great outfit. >> for under $100 you can get an entire outfit. this is simply vera, vera wang. kendra scott bracelet and the earrings. >> what do you kids think? >> she looks great. >> a round of applause for both of our lovely ladies. they lost a combined 125 pounds. >> wow. >> see their dramatic new look with more of our ambush makeovers coming up right after this. [ woman ] dear chex cereal, i've never written a fan letter before, but you've done the impossible. you made gluten-free cereals in a whole bunch of yummy flavors.
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>> it was a joy to be out there. and there were many people with signs. it was easy to pick. >> you picked one lucky lady. her name is marie mclaughlin. 65 years old from boston, massachusetts. in honor of her 65th birthday she lost 65 pounds and begged us to help her find a brand new style. let's listen to her story. >> so 65 seems to be your lucky number. >> it sure is this year. >> tell me about the significance and your transformation. >> i have been working my whole adult life to lose this weight and i needed to find the right program. i found a 12-step program that worked for me and i've been working on it all year. now i know -- now i need to know how to dress me. >> cain help with that. rick, you are so excited for your wife. >> just amazing what she's done in the last year. just -- she's just worked so hard on it. >> such a good husband. he's crying already. >> we're going to make you smile because we're going to give you a whole new makeover. >> i can't stop smiling already.
>> how adorable. >> i love them. there's rick with his blindfold on. and her daughter. we love alana, too. >> we love everybody. >> keep your blindfolds on for a second. here's marie mclaughlin before. let's see the new you. >> all right. are you ready? >> darling. >> take off your blindfold. >> oh! >> oh, my gosh! >> you ready to see yourself? >> marie, are you ready? >> yeah. >> look right here. >> oh, my god! wow! >> you look hot. >> you are hot ma, marie. >> tell us what you did. you looked beautiful from the minute i saw you. i gave her this soft auburn color. very natural. >> one of your faves. >> and vanessa gave her these layers which gave her more volume, more shape. gave her an edgier look. >> let's talk about rick and
alana. what do you guys think. >> it's wonderful. she has worked very hard to get where she is. >> we're so proud of her. >> i love you even more now. >> yeah. >> jill, that dress is great. >> these are two weight loss stories today. what size is that? what size? it's so much fun. a wrap dress is great when you are losing weight. it can adjust with you. this is by ellen tracy. henrieta kelly recently lost 60 pounds. so she's thrilled for the opportunity to get a brand new look to go with her brand new body. let's hear her story. >> so mom was a little hesitant but you said, let's do this. >> definitely. she really deserves it. she's lost a lot of weight, and she's really gotten healthy. and this couldn't have come at a better time. >> 60-plus pounds. congratulations. >> thanks. >> so why do you want this so badly? >> for one thing, i think the
improvement would be very good for me. and i feel better, healthwise, and might as well look better on the outside as well. >> look at this body. you are going to look so hot when we're done with you. >> thank you. >> certainly looking forward to it. thank you so much. appreciate it. >> just lovely. and she's here with her daughter crystal. >> hi, crystal. >> one last look at henrieta before. and let's look at the after. henrieta kelly. >> oh! oh, oh, oh! >> oh, my gosh! >> all right, crystal. get ready. take it off, hon. >> oh, my god! >> glam. >> turn around henrieta. take a look. look right in that mirror. >> oh, my goodness! oh, is this me? >> you look -- >> look. you are gorgeous. >> spin right here. >> oh, my god. >> that's amazing.
>> this is perhaps one of the most glamorous makeovers we've ever done. vanessa gave her this great shape and pulled the hair off of her face to show off the great cheekbones which were accented with makeup. i just took her hair which just had the white streak would which could work or could not but i made it into this soft believable brown. this washed away years. you look -- >> you look like -- >> crystal, what do you think? >> amazing. beautiful. >> and the body! >> what size is this? she's like, really? what size? this is from london times. and just that cinching at the sides as a cinch dress adjusts with you. >> way to go. >> fabulous job you guys. up next, how our ambush makeovers gave two women a new lease on life. >> when we come back with more of our favorite moments, right after this. >> i love these. victory is seeing him find balance,
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♪ we are back on this thirsty thursday with a wonderful way to celebrate. it's time for our plaza ambush makeovers. we surprise them with a brand new look. >> here with the smashing results, our resident makeover team, today contributor and stylist to the stars. ♪ louis licari" and "today" contributor and contributing editor for people style watch jill martin and author. >> hi. >> happy fourth. >> happy fourth. >> how were the pickings? >> fireworks came early today. it's all i have to say. the ladies look great. >> there must be a red head somewhere. >> let's meet our first lucky lady. her name is eileen. she's 53 years old from gaylord, michigan. she's a cancer survivor. she finished treatment in 2009, and since then she's been celebrating life. >> good for her. >> occasionally she thought about changing her look and
finally decided to go for it with her family's encouragement. let's take a listen. >> well, happy 75th birthday. and you didn't want a makeover but you wanted it for your daughter. >> she's a great daughter and has always worked hard and put everybody else before herself. and i think that would be a good deal for her to have that. >> a good gift for you. >> yes it would be. >> i love that. >> what do you think about this for your aunt? >> i'm 11 years old, and i've never seen her with a different look. >> 11 years old! wow. okay. we're going to make you new york city glam. i know you're excited. >> i am very excited. i can't believe it. i almost stayed in bed this morning. >> we're so glad she didn't. she's here with her family. her mom jane, nieces madeleine, molly and emma, her sister-in-law jen and her brother mike. all right, guys. please keep your blindfolds on for just a second. here is eileen before. all right, eileen. let's see the new you.
>> oh, wow! >> okay. >> all righty. are you ready, guys? >> take off your blindfold. >> oh! >> eileen, are you ready to see yourself? >> yes. >> come right here. spin around. >> unbelievable. >> oh! oh, my goodness! >> i know. you can't believe it, right? >> you look fantastic. >> i look so glamorous. >> look right here at camera 12. tell us what you did? >> she is -- she is beautiful. she's glamorous. she is anna wintour, the queen of new york. i lightened and softened her hair. changed the shape of her hair. updated the bob to bangs. you look fabulous. >> yes! >> what does mom think over there? >> she looks great. >> kids, what do you guys think? you guys look surprised. >> you love? >> that dress is perfect.
>> the look at your face -- >> this was the best reaction we've ever had. >> this is from maggie london. she lost over 40 pounds. you couldn't find a dress that really fit and the wrap dress is really beautiful. >> it's beautiful. >> i'm wearing maggie london, too. >> join us. >> thank you. >> how great looking. all righty. now we have mary watkins. 49 from douglas, ohio. and she says she doesn't wear makeup often but could see herself wearing it more if she had the right shades of color. she's looking for something different to give herself a renewed sense of confidence. let's hear her story. >> well, kevin is very excited. you can't tell, but i know you want this for your wife. >> yes, i am very excited. i can't wait to see what you guys can do. >> okay. what do you think? she's going to have a totally different look. >> surprise, surprise. >> surprise, surprise, we like that. >> you seem a little nervous. excited? >> excited and nervous, both. excited about the makeover. a little nervous about tv.
>> well, we'll take care of the tv part. >> kevin, ready to see? >> absolutely ready. >> all righty. she's here with kevin and let's take one last look at mary watkins before and bring out the new mary watkins. hold on, kevin. not yet. >> oh, wow! okay. everybody is looking sensational. kevin, are you ready? >> i'm ready. >> take a gander at your bride. >> oh, my! very nice. >> yes, mary, turn around and see what he's talking about. >> yes, i do. >> oh, my! i love it! >> i knew there would be a red head. >> beautiful. >> thank you. >> a little red because it is the fourth of july. >> exactly. >> great. >> and again, this is bridget with, again, look at the detail she did to the bangs. the shaping around the face what it did. and the most important thing, she needed to learn a new
palette of makeup. we gave her this new shade to go with her new warm hair color. >> i love that dress. so pretty and flirty. >> it's red. it's their anniversary and they are going to red lobster which is the first place they ever went after they first got married. we want to give her a fabulous red dress that she picked out from maggie london. >> maggie london is having a big day here today. we'll be back with more of our special show. first, this is "today" on -- >> nbc. >> i knew she'd do that. >> i always do it.
we hope you enjoyed our special look back at the best of ambush makeovers. >> tomorrow, hoda woman, a brand new show. yes, we've got the recipe for happiness. you might be surprised to hear the ingredients. >> is that right? does it involve this ingredient? >> maybe. >> all right. plus if you didn't get away this summer, we have some suggestions for a fall escape. >> and jill martin with all the things you need to make your labor day weekend fun and
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♪ and right now at 11:00, the bay bridge toll plaza, no, it's not filled with commuters. a live look from our chopper above shows it is filled with construction crews instead. we are getting new information about their progress as the bay bridge is closed through the holiday weekend. good morning, thanks for being with us, i'm marla tellez. jon kelley has the day off. we do have coverage of the bay bridge closure. mike inouye is keeping an eye on the roads withes, but begin with christie smith, who just got an update on the construction. she is live in oakland now with more. good morning, christie. >> reporter: good morning to you you marla.