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out for revenge. new information emerging this morning about the 18-year-old student who opened fire at his colorado high school. critically injuring a classmate. i have a student down in the athletic hall. >> and then turning the gun on himself. the nation is stunned as we mark the first anniversary of the sandy hook elementary school shooting today. monster storm. the nation bracing for a powerful blast a storm stretching over a thousand miles and could bring more than a foot of snow in some places. we do not have a winner. friday the 13th unlucky for everyone who bought a ticket. but the new jackpot is set to
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rise about $500,000. "today" december 14th. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> we have the whole band back together. i'm lester holt. welcome to "today." >> i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolf and dylan dreyer. this is for many people a day of remembrance and a chance to honor the lives lost at sandy hook elementary school one year ago today and, sadly, our top story this morning is another school shooting, this one in colorado. >> it happened friday in arapaho high school in centennial, colorado, when a student apparently upset at a teacher, opened fire, critically wounding a classmate before he took his own life and happened ten miles from columbine, high school, sight of one of the worst school
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shootings in u.s. history. >> you will hear from the students inside the school when the gunshots rang out. ron mott is on the scene for us this morning. ron, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we should get more details about the shooting later today when officials meet with the media later on. there are a lot of questions in the meantime, about why this young man would do this's police believe he was out for revenge as you've eluded. an eerie scene at an american school. students filing out with hands on their head after gunfire erupts inside. >> we heard police coming in and police talking on their radios and screaming and shouting and i didn't hear any of the shots but it was scare why. >> reporter: police say 18-year-old karl pierson, a student at arapaho high school, walked in armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher. police say it stemmed from an early confrontation or disagreement between the two.
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>> when the teacher heard this student was asking for him the teacher exited the school and for me was the most important tactical decision that could have been made. >> reporter: the chaotic frant tick scene was similar to sandy hook and ten miles away, columbine high school in 1999. officials credit a school janitor who started pierson and tripped an alarm in the ble auig and exiting the teacher to safety. still one student was shot while three others suffered what the sheriff called anxiety attacks. officials say pierson was pound dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers closed in. >> the officers got to him and got to him literally within minutes. that is a world of change from the way response used to happen. >> reporter: police were late into the night searching for evidence, including at pierson's home. >> it's just heart-wrenching to
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find out somebody is out there that wants to hurt people. >> the student shot who attends arapaho high school at last report is listed at critical condition and classes have been canceled on monday. >> this entire incident terrifying for the students who were at the school. addie knew the shooter and her twin brother was at school on friday as well. good morning to all of you and thanks for getting us with us early this morning. >> hi. good morning. >> delanie, walk us through what you saw. you were in the library. you made your way out. what did you see? >> i made my way out through a side classroom that is connected to the library and it was an empty classroom so i hopped over as many desks as i could and went out into the hallway where the victim was shot. i walked out and i saw her falling to the ground and there
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was blood on the floor and i just immediately turned to the first exit i saw and sprinted out into the parking lot. >> so did you actually see her get shot? >> no. i just saw her falling to the ground. >> that must have been a lot to process in that moment. do you remember in that moment what you were thinking? >> that's when i realized how serious it was and i just need to get out of that situation. >> addie, as i understand it, you were in the speech and debate group with the shooter. what can you tell us about him? what kind of a person was he? >> as far as i was concerned, he was a completely normal student. he was intelligent, participated in class, participated in clubs. overall, you would never guess that he would do something so horrible. >> harrison, as all of this is unfolding, as i understand it, you didn't hear the shots
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initially but at one point you teacher got a phone call and you start pulling out your phones. you were sitting in the classroom and reading about your school your phones, is that right? >> yeah. we looked up arapaho high school and immediately the five results talk about how many people were injured and what is going on, all of the police reports and that is things went into panic. >> i can only imagine how surreal that was. addie, what was it like when you two were reunited? >> it was ridiculous. i got out of the school and probably 45 minutes before her and it probably took another three hours after that when i saw her. the second i saw her, i stopped and just ran to her and grabbed her and we just cried in each other's arms. >> i can imagine a lot of people were feeling that when they were reunited. unfortunately, you guys have gone through drills for this kind of activity really since you were in elementary school. delanie, how do you think things were handled?
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>> i think things are handled great. i mean, i got out of there before, like, the fire alarm went off. i was one of the first people out of the building and as far as i heard, all of the procedures went as planned and they happened very quickly. >> delanie and addie and harrison, we are glad you're safe this morning and thank you for take your time to share your experience with us. >> thank you. this colorado school shooting came just ahead of a terrible anniversary. today is the first anniversary of the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. we are remembering that tragedy by paying tribute to some of those who were lost. our national correspondent kate snow has more for us. >> good morning. many families have chosen to leave town this weekend. many don't want to talk but some families ask that we remember their loved ones and recognize the work they are doing now in their honor. >> reporter: one year ago today, they gathered at the firehouse.
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the families of 20 first graders and six adults learned they were all gone. >> it's been a year. it's not any easier. my wounds aren't healed. it's just kind of learning how to deal with heartache and learning how to live my life without my mom. >> reporter: eric ka's mom dawn hochsprung confronted the gunman near the door. >> they said they found two women hiding in the closet. i looked at my sister, no way mom was hiding in a closet. she was literally out of that room in a couple of seconds going after a guy with a scary gun. >> reporter: do you think how many lives she probably saved by slowing him up a little bit? >> that's what gets to me through my days. >> reporter: the other thing that gets her through advocating for change. why was it important to for you to seize this moment and be public and say i'm going to stand up for something here?
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>> because my mom would -- there is no way that if it was me that died in that school that my mom wouldn't do something. >> reporter: what do you want to change in this country? >> i want to make sure that no kid ever has to get married without her mom at her wedding. >> reporter: erika's wedding day was last july and she visited her mom just before. >> i wore the dress that we picked out and it was a perfect day. she would have loved it. >> reporter: perfect, except she wasn't there? >> she was. she gave me a beautiful gust of wind on a very hot day! she was absolutely there. >> reporter: her mom used to write her notes and letters, sign them with a smiley face she now wears as a tattoo. over the past year, letters have poured in for all of the families and children writing to parents who lost kids. in honor of your mom and everyone else, is there something people can do to recognize this one-year earmark?
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>> do something nice for spun someone. if someone did one nice thing to another person, how much good would there be? >> erika is spending the weekend away with her sister just the two of them quiet reflect hundred time. they have a scholarship in honor of their mom and others have set up foungs and you can find out much more about all of the families and the foundations and the work they are doing on our website. >> it was good to hear from her and she certainly honorses her mom's memory. >> she is a strong, young woman. >> many people are hunkering down this morning as another big storm rolls from the midwest on over to the east coast. all up into new england. 21 states are under some sort of winter warning or watch today. the weather channel is in cleveland this morning with scott. >> we are along i-271 east in cleveland. it is snowing steadily the last few hours as this storm system swings through here and heads on its journey toward the
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northeast. >> reporter: more than a hundred million people may be battling snow and ice across a thousand-mile span this weekend. it started in the midwest. coming down hard in indianapolis. in chicago, people raced to the store for supplies as the first snow fell overnight. >> buying shovels, salt, oil for our snow blower. >> reporter: northeastern states were getting ready at about the same time. >> yes, we have snow blowers and ice melt. >> reporter: it is going to be another rough weekend in new york state where they have just finished digging out from storms earlier in the week. this is the fifth big storm of the season, while the official start to winter is week away. >> you can complain all you want but it won't do any good, that's for sure. >> reporter: the snow continues here as it is expected to do throughout the day and expected to leave about half a foot of snow here. now one good piece of news for people here in this region is that the temperatures are warmer
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than they have been the last few days, in the mid-20s right now. that means that salt is very effective in treating road surfaces and hopefully everybody will make it to their destinations safely. erica, back to you. >> glass half full on that report, scott, that is good news. thanks, scott. >> dylan, what are we looking? >> the big storm we have seen this season. rain and snow with it and heavy rain moving across parts of eastern tennessee but focusing on the snow and that causes the most delays. you can see as these areas of low pressure move to the east, we are looking at the potential actually for some severe weather, especially across the panhandle of florida, but we are also looking at our heaviest snow to fall right across parts of pennsylvania into upstate new york and interior new england and where we will see some of our highest totals. 8:00 this evening we are looking at heavy snow in new york city back across pennsylvania and then as we go through the night,
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we will start to see it change to fren in the city with the heaviest of the snow moving across new england. as far as snowfall totals are concerned we are not going to see as much across southern new jersey because it will change over pretty quickly. once you head up into new england, that is where we are looking at the chance perhaps over a foot of snow in some of your higher elevations west of albany and hartfoearartford 9 i inches of snow and it is going to get messy today but it leaves early sunday afternoon. erica? >> dylan, i'll take. just to tell you we will see you in a few minutes. >> don't go anywhere, dylan. >> but erica could have done that too. >> maybe in the next half hour, i will. >> i am so focused on snow. >> dylan, thanks. check in with you in a minute. first, here is jenna with more top stories. >> reporter: you're a loser, we will all losers!
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nobody won the jackpot last night and it rolls over to tuesday's drawing which is an estimated $550 million. the winning numbers to prove that yes you are a loser, 19, 24, 26, 27, 70, and megaball is 12. a worker at the wichita airport is behind bars accused of planning a suicide bombing at the airport. federal authorities say they had been tracking 58-year-old terry lee allowen for months now and arrested him on friday morning as he drove into the airport with what he believed were explosives. the feds say no one was ever in any danger. a fraternity on a college campus suspend is as the police investigated a treasufreshman dt a pledging phi delta phi
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fraternity in a house in the poconos. prosecutors are expected to file charges. nelson mandela will be laid to rest tomorrow and a solemn ceremony this morning to say their final farewell to the former leader. his body is on its way to his hometown if qunu for burial on sunday. britain's prince harry used a magic marker for this one completing their 200-mile trek to the south pole on friday morning even in the face of harsh conditions and several delays. they arrived safe and sound and prince harry said after a couple of whiskeys, everybody is getting forward to getting home. this just in. it turns out weekend "today" pulled our money. we won $5. >> out of how many? >> i didn't get in. >> we had 46 tickets and from those 46 tickets, $5.
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>> utah, now $550 million so the chances of you winning that is like getting eaten by a shark and getting hit by a comet and run over by a taxi at the same time. there is a chance! >> there is a chance. you want to throw it to weather now? >> i would love to. >> dylan, do you have a look at the national forecast? >> i do! it is cold and detroit 12 blows average and 16 below average in dismark with a high of 9 degrees today and remain chilly and above the 32-degree line we will see the snow in the northeast with the next storm system but eventually the warmer we're seeing a chilly start to the morning around san jose. 30s and 40s outside. and as we get towards the afternoon, 50s and 60s later on. here's a closer look at our temperatures around the the bay
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area. low 60s in the south bay and san francisco 59 degrees. let's show you temperatures around the north bay. 59 in napa. 63 in oakland. warmer places come monday. santa cruz and san jose, closer to 70. that is your latest forecast. erica? >> dylan? thank you. up next, jon stewart takes a shot at our buddy lester all in good fun, of course. all in good fun. we will show you why. first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ [ male announcer ] this december, experience the gift of exacting precision and some of the best offers of the year [ ding! ] at the lexus december to remember sales event. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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i if you were watching our coverage of nelson mandela's memorial service earlier this week, you may have kaust lester using a microphone that mi be slightly unusual to a lot of folks. it caught at tension of one jon stewart on "the daily show." take a look. >> in south africa it was the
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memorial ceremony for nelson mandela. it was joyful at times. there was singing and dancing and there was lester holt reporting from the 1940s. no one had the heart to tell him. he was actually just speaking into a judge's gavel. rookie mistake. >> not true. >> rookie mistake. >> all i was trying to to is distract people away from the sign language interpreter. >> very nice. >> that's what we call a lip mike. we use it normally off air to record audio in a noisy situation. and that little thing there block out the noise. >> the problem is it was the lip mike combined with the walkman head set from 1981. >> that's what did it. >> it was a look. >> yeah. >> it was a look. >> yes, it was. >> a lot of twitter traffic. my goodness. >> whatever it takes to generate a little buzz for the show, lester, we're happy to have it. no matter how busy your morning you can always do something better for yourself. and better is so easy with benefiber. fiber that's taste-free, grit-free and dissolves completely.
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good morning to you. it's nice and steady. noois and clear. but how is that forecast look? i'm kris sanchez. thanks for joining us this morning. rob has a look at all that. >> the forecast looks good. chilly right now. you'll see highs climbing in the 50s and 60s around the bay area. and our temperatures will start to warm on up. 62 today. and sunday into monday, mid 60s tomorrow. close to 70 on monday. san francisco near 59 degrees. into the north bay, highs in the low 60s in santa rosa.
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mid 60s near pleasanton. the medical examiner says that probable cause of death was dehydration and liver problems for the 57-year-old woman found in a hospital stairwell. but the family isn't buying it. they are outraged because they still have many questions surrounding her death. it says spalding died in a hospital stairwell after she succumbed to a lethal combination of dehydration and liver problems. with holiday parties on the agenda, bay area police departments will be out in full force trying to crack down on drinking and driving. the park family knows firsthand the pain of losing someone in a dui crash. this will be the first christmas lisa park and her husband jay will spend without their son jason. the 17-year-old died in a dui crash in fremont in late october. the fremont police are joining 20 other agencies this season to
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make the holidays pop! we are back on this saturday morning. the 14th day of december, 2013. you're looking at some of the great pictures our friends have shared with us. take cover because before too long you will be taking a lot of pictures to snow which is on its way to us. i'm erica hill along with lester holt and dylan dreyer and jenna wolf. we want to get you caught up on the morning headlines. officials say an 18-year-old student angry to a student is to blame for friday's colorado high school stoot shoot iing. one student was critically injured and the gunman took his own life. millions of americans are in the path of a snowstorm. if you bought a megamillions
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ticket that is bad news because as jenna will tell you, you're a loser but you have plenty of company because nobody else won either. the jackpot is set to rise a above a million dollabillion do >> don't even play. >> you have a chance when fewer people are playing. >> they say you have a better chance getting killed by a vending machine than winning the lottery. >> i don't think i will test that. >> good to know. let me tell you what is coming up. controversy surrounding the likely winner of tonight's heisman trophy. a football star shadowed by a sexual complaint. we will get the latest on that coming up. it is her world. the rest of us are just living in it. beyon beyonce's latest album relieved as a surprise could go down in the history books because of it and we will tell yu.
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why some performers here in new york city get their kicks out of just hanging around and they don't mind at all. let's begin with the startling new information about the disappearance of an american spy in iran. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff has been dig into the story for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. nbc news is learning new details about the robert levinson the former fbi agent who ran and disappeared several years ago while working with the cia. an american wanted for murder has just resurfaced, sending a surprising e-mail. when robert levinson flew to iran in 2007, the associates say he was on a secret mission for the cia. looking into allegations of corruption involving one of the country's most powerful figures, former president but the rogue operation hatched by cia analysts without the approval of
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agencies higher up's was risky at start says the levinson family lawyer. >> it was dangerous as hell. e-mails where bob conveys his fears. >> reporter: officials tell nbc news that levinson vanished after meeting with this man, hudene seen here. he's an american who is wanted in maryland for the 1980 murder of an iranian compile. he led for tehran. this week, salahuddin told via e-mail the following. white house press secretary jay carney says the u.s. government is doing everything it can to press the iranians to what happened to levinson. >> this is something that we continue to raise at the highest levels. >> reporter: but the iranians deny any knowledge of levinson's whereabouts and his family have heard nothing since video and
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photos were sent three years ago showing him gaunt and dress inside an orange jumpsuit pleading for help. >> i am not in -- i am running very quickly. i am out of diabetes medicine. >> i don't know what to believe, but i know there is a wife and seven children that are desperate to have their father back. >> reporter: the fbi has posted $1 million reward for any information about levinson and in recent months, even took out ads in newspapers in the united states and so far the u.s. tell us no solid leads have turned up. >> michael, thanks. time for another check of the weather. dylan is outside now with the crowd. >> good morning. i just happened to notice the sign. congratulations. >> thank you. >> the big announcement to your family? >> we tried to tell them last night but we thought we would announce it to the world. >> we will announce it to the world now. erika and kyle, congratulations.
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thank you. the snow is coming down hard later on. heavy rain through kentucky and tennessee but the snow is already accumulating near indianapolis. we already have 6 inches of snow on the ground. we have winter storm warnings and advisories all back through the great lakes and into the northeast too. it looks like we are going to see a significant amount of snow, especially through interior parts of new england where we could end up with about 8 to 12 inches of snow. icing though, is possible prosecute washington, d.c. up through philadelphia. and even eventually here in new york city later on tonight. it is going to clear out pretty quickly. by sunday, we are going to see and out our window around san jose, clear skies. 36 and chilly temperatures in the north bay. novato down to 30 dl. and seeing a little bit of patchy fog. in the afternoon we'll have highs in the low 60s in the south bay. upper 50s near san francisco. and into the north bay, highs
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near 62 in santa rosa. tri valley in the mid 60s come monday. close to 70 in the warmest spots on monday. for today's stop spot, let's head out to salt lake city, utah. our affiliate ksl. step back into the 19th century for the dickens christmas festival. it is known for its unique gifts and fortune tellers. can't miss on that. if you're looking for a great event, head on over there. florida state university jameis winston is the heavy favorite to take home the heisman trophy tonight, but it comes amid a rave accusations for him and calls for an independent investigation after that case was recently dropped. kristen dahlgren is here with more. this has been capturing headlines for some time now. >> absolutely.
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jameis winston is here in new york with the awards ceremony and even though prosecutors have made their decision, his attorney's accuser is questioning the investigation and that call not to file charges. >> reporter: as jameis winston posed with other heisman finalists in new york his accuser's attorney was holding a press conference calling for an independent investigation of the case and the tallahassee police department. >> this doesn't strongly ring of an investigation of rape victim rather than a rape suspect, i don't know what does. >> reporter: winston was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last december. >> no charges will be filed. >> reporter: last week, prosecutors said there isn't enough evidence to charge the star quarterback. citing, among other things, the accuser's memory lapses. authorities recently relieved a 911 call from the woman's friend the night of the alleged incident. >> she is very like shaken up and she says that she is hurt and got hit.
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>> does she know what she got hit with? >> no. she said she kept blacking out and she only remembers -- >> reporter: but friday the alleged victim's attorney claim the authorities botched the investigation. >> i don't have any faith in the nature of this investigation based on the inaction of the investigator. >> reporter: winston has tried to put the focus back on football. >> congratulations. >> reporter: this week, the florida state freshman won the o'brien award for the nation's top quarterback and commented to espn. >> i know i did nothing wrong, but the people just -- people got to realize my family and the coaches and coach fisher and they just supported me through this whole process. >> reporter: so win the heisman tonight, he'll have to overcome five other talented players, but for winston, some say the toughest thing my be overcoming the accusations still making headlines. >> i think for the heisman voters, they want to see if was going to get charged. once they decided not to charge him at this time, that was sort of the green light and make it okay to vote for him for the
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heisman. >> many legal analysts say it's unlyle the florida attorney general will launch an independent investigation. the heisman is given out tonight. in a poll of ordinary americans winston beat the runner-up for a full 5,000 votes. >> we will be watching to find out if he gets the award tonight. beyonce proves she is queen of the music ward. now first cam and now another kardashian headed for a high ♪ tell me you can't wait for christmas. and you appreciate the things i do. because we'll always be a family. tell me i bring out the best in you. ♪ that you're thankful. ♪ that it won't be the same without me. tell me you love me. even if you say it every day. just tell me. [ female announcer ] everyone you love has something they need to hear this holiday.
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. . this morning in today's hollywood headlines, beyonce shocks the music world with a very unexpected television show and a reality tv that splits somebody up. >> alicia will join us in a moment with more. first, we turn to jenna in the orange room who has a super surprise from beyonce with this memo. >> dropping an album overnight without telling anyone at all, do it. beyonce's surprise album that it temporarily crashed itunes and beat the tweets per minute record formerly held by shark nato and billboard numbers are showing it's heading toward a
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number one debut on the billboard 200 so why waste time advertising and promoting? hang out and stay home with your kid and make a little money. you just have to sing. i guess the only thing you have to do. did beyonce just change the music game in all of this? >> she did. only she could do. a visual album. she said she did it because she was bored. 14 songs and 17 videos and 80,000 downloads in three hours and nobody could do it other than beyonce. jordin sparks and katy perry tweeted this is amazing. >> when you beat shark nato, hello! >> wake up friday morning and twitter blowing up and download the album and this is what beyonce does. >> you got it before the itunes crashed? >> i got it immediately and i was on it, guys. >> very nice. in the world of reality tv, we are hearing now that chloe kardashian has filed divorce
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from lamar odom? >> she did. this is a long time coming. a year ago a divorce rumor starting and she said it was not true because alleged addition issues. they say the breaking point is the fact he would not get help. >> let's talk about paul walker, his latest film "hours." it's coming out on friday. how are the filmmakers planning on honoring his memory? >> they are giving a portion of the proceeds from the movie to his charity. this is a sad weekend for his family. we initially reported they held a private screening for his family and this weekend he is being cremated. his family will also hold another private ceremony and then a bigger one just for family friends. no media. >> understandable at that point. on a much more upbeat note, there has been a lot of criticism of "saturday night live" because of its lack of divertity, especially when it comes comes to female. we are heard they are adding a
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black female cast member? >> there wasn't hasn't been a female black feel for a while. lauren michaels has held auditions. he held an audition of 25 african-american women so the race is on. they hope to find someone very soon. >> but no exact date at this point? >> no front runners that i know of but lauren took a lot of criticism when he added new cast members this year and there were none of color so finally people started speaking up and when carrie washington was on, the show made fun of himself and she played several black characters. quickly women changing over. >> the message came through loud and clear? >> the message came through loud and clear so lauren is on the case. >> thanks, alicia. >> you can catch enews at 7:00 eastern week nights. what do hansel and gretel and the three bears all have in common? the answer is after this. ♪ are you ready grandma? just a second, sweetie.
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thought we would bring it to you. >> you guys are going to see this. >> reporter: it's the only place in new york city where hansel and gretel, the three bears, and skateboarding cast share. characters brought to life in a cottage imported from sweden nearly 150 years ago. now nestled in central park and home to an increasingly rare art form. hi. how is it going? >> i describe it as a marriage between the fine arts and the performing arts, because you not only have to make your product, a piece of art, but you have to perform with it and you have to make it come alive. >> reporter: for more than 40 years, the theater has been bringing pup it's and dreams to life. >> i think you guys are very special! >> reporter: artistic director bruce canon joined the theater in 1975 as an apprentice. >> when i first came here they
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thought i was here for the summer. oh, he is a summer intern. 30 some years later, here i am. >> reporter: can't get rid of you it. >> no. >> reporter: cannon and his team write and produce three original shows using handmade marinette. >> i like to take the classics and make them more cultural. >> reporter: the theater uses this puppet mobile bringing his productions and workshops to parks and playgrounds across the city all free of charge. mastering these string pup it's isn't easy. while the general construction of each is the same, strings attached to an airplane shape control bar the size and weight can vary greatly not to mention the moves they have to perform. >> the pie man is a very different animal from the cats. >> there is always something new
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to discover and explore. >> reporter: it's like walking on a balance beam. hard to keep your feet on it. it's tough to keep the strings from getting tangled especially up on the puppeteer's bench. >> what will happen if the strings are attached? >> it's a challenge. >> it is a team effort, especially when you're sharing a tiny platform and at this, one of a kind cottage, it's also a labor of love. >> marinetting is a dying art so i think what we do is extremely important. >> oh, now now. >> reporter: a passion that is shared and hoped bruce hopes to pass on. >> they say if you love what you do as a job you'll never work a day in your life and i really feel that is true here. >> it's a great group of people working there and also work in other aspects of theater in the
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city and the kids who were there that day, that is the elementary school that bruce canon, the director, went to so it was unique. >> how much are the tickets? so it's also a very affordable thing to do in new york city. you don't often find. >> never knew it existed. >> i think -- i think we should take a field trip. >> you take the lead, we're all mayor netted right now. what's up? >> we'll be right back. >> this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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good morning. gorgeous start to saturday morning looking live from the embarcadero in san francisco. just as lovely around the bay. i'm kris sanchez along with rob.


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