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food drive for families in need. >> nice to see. brian williams joins us next. >> hope to see you back here at k. good night, folks. on our broadcast tonight, travel torment. sloppy roads, hundreds of flights now canceled as a messy winter storm threatens thanksgiving plans for millions. fury spreading far beyond the borders of ferguson, missouri now. protesters blocking highways, clashing with police and hundreds are under arrest from coast-to-coast. the gift of life from a college student to a vietnam veteran and the extraordinary moments cameras were there to capture. and holiday cheer, the trip of a lifetime for high school squads from across this country joining in the biggest thanksgiving tradition there is. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. you see it right there on the big board.
and if you're expecting someone on this thanksgiving eve and if they are caught in the web of this big weather system we are covering, then as they say allow extra time. this one started in the gulf of mexico, churned north. it's making a mess. 650 flights have been canceled tonight. over 3,000 flights delayed. these are the flights currently aloft over much of the u.s. and outside of this weather if you're with us from scottsdale or sacramento or sarasota wondering what the big deal is, you may also be waiting for loved ones to arrive. they may well be affected by the transportation pileup this weather is causing with so many people on the move. it is where we begin tonight. tom costello covers transportation for us, and so he's got a lot to cover tonight. hey, tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. it's been a real mess on the road, in the air. you mentioned those numbers, those numbers are not really extreme given this nor'easter. that said this has been a day of high anxiety and high stress and high inconvenience for many
people. up and down the east coast on this thanksgiving eve a day of snow, slush and slop, largely tracking the i-95 corridor. >> nothing's going to be easy about today. it's just the beginning of the travel nightmare. >> heavier snowfall rates of an inch-plus an hour. >> reporter: to the east of i-95 mostly rain. to the west in virginia, west virginia, western maryland and pennsylvania, snow. lots of it. 18 inches in paw paw, west virginia. nearly seven inches in plainfield, mass. and lots of reports of thunder snow. while at the major east coast airports -- >> today will be about 13 hours delayed again. >> reporter: low ceilings, rain and fog brought cancellations to new york, philly and washington. >> weather always impacts holiday time. it's either raining or snowing. >> and as the rain starts to turn to snow in a lot of areas, the roadways are getting a little dicey. >> reporter: on the highways snow on i-81 with multiple accidents in pennsylvania. the state lowered the speed limit on several highways.
while on i-95 heavy rain made for slippery conditions. nbc news producer jay blackman spent the day driving from d.c. to new jersey. >> it's been raining and snowing a little bit. the visibility's been pretty awful. so we're going pretty slow, but we'll get there at some point. >> reporter: 41 million americans are driving this thanksgiving. cheaper gas is one big reason. meanwhile, late in the afternoon bad news at the airports. with snow flying, flight aware's misery map showing red delays and cancellations spreading. and thanksgiving is just hours away. so if you have decided to fly tomorrow instead of today, consider yourself lucky. tomorrow should be the least traveled day of the year. now the bad news, the most traveled day of the year is sunday, as everybody tries to get home, back to work and back to school, brian. >> i feared you were going to say that. tom costello starting us off reagan national tonight. tom, thanks. a major dividing line of this storm happens to be the number one stretch of volume in this country i-95.
give or take the weather happening in the east depends on whether you're east of west of 95. meteorologist dylan dreye is along 95 outside of new york city for us tonight. hey, dylan, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. i don't know if people left early or if they're waiting until tomorrow to leave after this storm passes, but i've never seen i-95 this free flowing at this time of day especially the day before thanksgiving. but either way this storm is producing rain right along 95 and points to the east. to the west we're talking about snow. the roads heavily affected, 80, 81, 87, 90. we will see this storm continue to move up into parts of new england overnight where up to a foot of snow is still possible. but the whole storm pulls away by thanksgiving morning. then we're looking at some brutally cold temperatures. back to the midwest and into the upper midwest where temperatures will be about ten to 20 degrees below average.
in chicago it will be the sixth coldest thanksgiving on record. in the pacific northwest we're talking about rain, heavy rain in seattle where a flood watch is in effect. we'll also see heavy rain back through oregon. just know that on the backside of these storms we tend to see a lot of wind. that is not going to happen this time around. so, brian, the macy's thanksgiving day parade floats and balloons will be flying high in new york city tomorrow. >> we may have a word about that a bit later on. dylan dreyer on i-95 for us. dylan, thanks. back to where we were this time last night. another cold night in ferguson, missouri, a city bracing for what could be a third night of violence after the grand jury chose not to indict officer darren wilson for the shooting death of michael brown. last night may have been calmer relatively speaking, but police still arrested at least 44 people. nbc's ron allen remains in ferguson for us tonight. ron, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. it has been a better, calmer day and night here. but there's still a lot of
tension on this holiday eve. more national guard troops backing local police have helped. but there's still flash points for violence and confrontation. at this explosive street corner, police clash with protesters. >> it is time to disburse. >> reporter: flames reignite a building. and a retired teacher hopes the business she spent her life's savings to open now in the path of a fire is still there come morning. how do you feel about all this? >> frustrated and disappointed. >> reporter: for now she's giving the young people battling the police every night the benefit of the doubt. >> i don't assume this behavior, but after a while some people only respond with violence. >> reporter: now demonstrators are out day and night from coast-to-coast filling the streets of downtown washington, a major highway blocked in dallas, nearly 200 arrests in los angeles. still demanding justice for michael brown. back in ferguson with more than 2,000 national guard troops called in to back local police,
officers disbursed the crowd on the corner. and firefighters doused the flames. >> we didn't burn. we didn't get looted. >> reporter: this morning no power, a lot of damage from smoke and water and worry about gest weekend loyees out of work. outside of going back to school and christmas. >> reporter: can you sustain this? >> i don't know. everything is pretty damaged. >> reporter: grateful for surviving another night, barnes and the other mom and pop businesses here secure what they've got left and hope the violence finally stops. ron allen, nbc news, ferguson. >> reporter: i'm miguel almaguer where tonight on the streets of ferguson a sweeping change. >> we can repair damage. hopefully we can repair relationships too. >> reporter: the bailey family and a few of their pint-size friends are working to make a big difference. >> i'm trying to help sweep the sidewalk of ferguson because people were breaking windows without cleaning up after
themselves. >> reporter: it was on the same street corner just a few hours earlier where angry protesters clashed with police. another night of violence, this time less destruction but still plenty of arrests. using tear gas tonight the police response has been swift. they are clearing the streets quickly. by any means necessary. delayna jones has watched all of it unfold on television and right outside the door of her hair saloon. she was looted in august, but it's her children's future she worries will be robbed. >> i have to think about my safety and my children's safety. and, you know, them having to live their lives. >> reporter: tonight, small signs of change in ferguson, a town still reeling. >> i feel sad about our community getting into fight other people. >> reporter: but struggling to keep it together. tonight, with dozens of businesses still boarded up, many remain shut down.
still on this thanksgiving eve they are grateful for what they still have and for their neighbors who are giving a helping hand. brian. >> miguel almaguer, ron allen before that. our team in ferguson. gentlemen, thank you. and while we were in ferguson yesterday, we met with an extraordinary group of five young men inside a local church. all of them are academic leaders. all of them are current or former captains of their athletic teams. they want to see young people stand up and excel. they hate seeing what's happening to their town. and i asked the question so many have been asking since the night of the raging fires. folks around the country are all asking, and it's a natural question, why are they burning their own town? >> it's a very reactionary response of anger, of hopelessness. and i think it's important also to ask, what brings these people to a place where they can feel so hopeless, feel so angry about the consistent feelings.
it's been a volcano waiting to erupt for my entire life. and it's important to realize the humanity of people and that anybody in any community can only take so much before the worst happens. >> 22-year-old joshua jones of ferguson, missouri. he is currently studying for a masters in social work at st. louis university. meantime "the new yorker" magazine is getting some attention with their depiction of the st. louis arch. from washington today we woke up to news ruth bader ginsburg is in the hospital recovering from a successful heart procedure. at 81 she's the eldest member of the court. we get our report tonight from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: the supreme court says justice ginsburg was taken to the hospital tuesday night after she felt discomfort during one of her regular evening sessions with a personal trainer
at the court. doctors discovered a blockage in her right coronary artery and placed a stint to relieve it. a court spokesman says she's resting comfortably and is expected to be home by the weekend and back at the court on monday. justice ginsburg is 81 and has been on the supreme court since 1993, appointed by president clinton. some liberal academics have been urging her to step down so that her successor can be appointed by president obama. she has aggressively pushed back against any such notion. >> who do you think that our president could nominate and get through today's senate? if anyone could get through, it would not be someone that has my record. [ laughter ] >> reporter: in 1999 justice ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer but returned 17 days later without missing a single day in the courtroom. nearly ten years later at age 75 she was operated on for
pancreatic cancer but again returned to work quickly. >> this does change her calculus in the sense it makes it absolutely certain she won't retire. she has just shown the world that she can take the hits and keep on coming. >> reporter: justice ginsburg's age has not affected her work. just a month ago she pulled an all-nighter to issue a dissent at 5:00 a.m. on a weekend. pete williams, nbc news at the supreme court. there was a development today of potential great interest to parents of children with asthma. the epa is posing strict new limits on ozone pollution. many republicans and some industry leaders are opposing such changes saying they go too far. and in this case will ultimately cost jobs. still ahead for us on this wednesday night, the decision a young manmade at 16 that would then save another man's life later in life and the extraordinary moment that completed the circle for two families. and later you may remember the mountain views from the olympics in sochi, but wait
a family is gathering in minnesota tonight that wasn't really sure how they'd be celebrating this thanksgiving with an empty seat at the table. they lost their son in a tragedy on his college campus this spring. but a decision he made years ago has created a connection for them that few could ever imagine. we first received this story from our friends at kare, in the twin cities. tonight our story from our national correspondent kate snow.
>> reporter: matthew was a junior at the university of north dakota when his parents and sister got the 4:00 a.m. call last spring. his roommate had dragged him out of a burning house. >> he was tender. from a little boy he had a huge heart. >> reporter: when matt was 16 he chose to be an organ donor, so when he died his family was proud to know someone got his heart. >> the heart i grew up with felt all my hugs when i hugged him that it's still out there somewhere. >> reporter: 71-year-old vietnam veteran tom meeks had been waiting for a heart for three years. >> i'm telling you i feel awesome. >> reporter: the first thing he said after waking up from surgery was he wanted to meet the donor's family. >> obviously in my case you're always going to carry a very, very warm spot in my heart. >> reporter: the family wanted to meet tom too, and it finally happened on monday. >> hi.
you must be casey. >> i am. >> i'm carol. >> one more. >> oh, man. >> reporter: they shared stories. and then the grandpa of four met -- let matt's family simply listen.-- let matt's family sim listen.let matt's family simply listen. they allowed a camera into this deeply private moment in the hopes that others might be inspired to become donors too. >> we're all going to listen. >> reporter: nearly 124,000 people are currently waiting for an organ, matt's organs helped as many as 60 people. >> thank you. >> reporter: and as his father said today, as much as their loss still hurts, meeting the man who got a second chance at life is a reason to be thankful. >> that's awesome. >> reporter: kate snow, nbc news, new york.
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angle, it's more, yikes! like the sochi freefall. it's a 60-story fall built by the man who invented the bungee jump. and again, what could go wrong? the annual pardoning of the turkey was held at the white house today. and seeing sasha and malia obama alongside their father, the president, on thanksgiving eve, many people remarked as the grandparents would say how much they've grown, especially when you contrast today with how they looked thanksgiving of '09. you may have heard something lately about this network doing a live production of peter pan in prime time december 4th, a girl playing a boy and an ice man playing pirate with hooks, a real dog and some wonderful thoughts. well, tonight, we get to see what it all looks like behind the scenes. an hour-long special about how all the magic happens. that's tonight on this station 8:00, 7:00 central. we are back in a moment with
encouraged in a major city. this is the night so many parents hoist so many kids on shoulders, to go watch the inflating of the balloons prior to tomorrow's big macy's thanksgiving day parade. tonight, neither the cold nor rain nor snow and we've got all of it, will keep them away from the holiday tradition. the population of new york city grows by hundreds of thousands each thanksgiving day every year. and for a lucky few from each state they are here to march in the parade and there's nothing else like it. high school kids from all over this country are here to perform in front of what will be their biggest audience ever. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: the giant balloons in macy's thanksgiving day parade may get top billing, but the spirit and the heart of this annual tradition can be found right on the ground. thousands of band members, cheerleaders and dancers, most of them high schoolers from
across the country, descend upon new york city turning hotel rooms into dorm rooms. this ballroom is packed with hundreds of cheerleaders. the final dress rehearsal for the group spirit of america. the only thing more difficult than the routine, those braids. is there a reason why it's so complicated? >> well, we have to braid both sides and then we have to do a poof in the middle. and it all goes to a ponytail. >> reporter: these high school seniors from florida can't believe they are here. >> first time on an airplane, my first time for everything. >> reporter: the week has been packed with rehearsals, and lots and lots of sightseeing. one group of dancers braved the weather today and hit the top of the empire state building. >> we're on top! >> reporter: and of course visited the store that gave the parade its name. >> i can't wait to go back to florida and show all my friends. >> it feels cool. like we're in the macy's that's in the thanksgiving day parade. >> reporter: but despite the fun there are still plenty of
butterflies. is there one thing you do that you're a little bit nervous about, what is it? >> the last part. >> yeah. the last part kind of into a formation and we haven't -- i feel like we haven't perfected it yet. >> reporter: to make them feel better all they had to do was watch someone else give it a pathetic stab. tomorrow, it's for real. a chance to take part in a parade that has become as much a part of thanksgiving as the turkey itself. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> good to see the real thing tomorrow at 9:00. that's our broadcast on this wednesday night, thanksgiving eve. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night and happy thanksgiving.
it's been a problem in san francisco, now spreading south. high-tech buses accused of creating a safety hazard at bus stops. thanks for being with us, i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. whose bus stop is it anyway? a battle brewing between public bus drivers and luxury high-tech buses that move employees to silicon valley. south bay public bus drivers say the techie buses are creating a traffic hazard by using public bus stop stops so pick up and drop off riders.
damian trujillo is live in downtown san jose. this is one of those traffic stops that we're talking about in question? >> reporter: yeah, it happens in mountain view in milpitas, and it's happening right here in san jose. the bpa drivers say these corporate shuttle buses pull up at bus stops like the one behind me create ac traffic hazard, a safety hazard for their riders and other commuters. they wait for their public bus to arrive. now riders say those buses are being delayed because somewhere along the route some private vehicle is parked in a public bus stop. >> that makes other people late for their appointments. they have to start being more respectful. >> it makes everybody have to wait longer. they shouldn't be parked there in the first place. >> reporter: during commute hours in the silicon valley, bta drivers say the culprits are corporate buses from high-te