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americans and afghan forces in a mountain outpost. as the president weighs his next step in the eight-year war grows even more deadly, chris cuomo reports live from afghanistan this morning. swine flu season. vaccinations start today. are they safe for pregnant women and what about their unborn babies? two suspects, two high-profile cases. david letterman's alleged blackmailer a veteran newsman and the police say they have the stalker who secretly videotaped an espn reporter. an insurance salesman who got hotel rooms next to hers? and duck. well, he didn't. a duck gets shot through the head with a nail gun and how did a duck gets shot through the head with a nail gun and how did the plucky duck survive? captions paid for by abc, inc. good morning to all of you on this october 5th, 2009. we begin with a battle that in so many ways draum advertises
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the crossroads in afghanistan. >> sgrus five days into october one of the deadliest stretches that started eight years ago this week and our chris cuomo is on the ground in jalalabad, afghanistan, with the latest for us. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, robin. eight u.s. troops were killed and nine were injured in the worst assault on american forces in afghanistan in over a year. these reflect the military's greatest concern. troops being outnumbered in remote areas where the insurgency is growing larger and bolder. they took place simultaneously near kamdesh. approximately 100 u.s. and afghan troops fiercely battled up to 200 invading insurgents heavily armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. both are buried in a forbidding mountainous area. karen russo joined a medevac unit. >> we flew in the cover of darkness.
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it smelled like burned out pine trees. something one soldier described as "death and hell." >> reporter: durin12 hours of intense fighting insurgents fired from a mosque before air po power repelled the enemy. fighter splitting time on either side of the border. >> in a counterinsurgency fight what we're trying to do is win the population h we're away from a population essentially all we are is targets. >> reporter: it mimicked one about 20 miles away last year in with national where nine u.s. soldiers were killed. then just 70 troops were nearly overrun by 200 fighters, an incident described as the black hawk down of afghanistan. while the military believes locals carried out this weekend's attack there is a steady stream of willing fighters like this man, interviewed by abc in pakistan. "americans are infidel," he says. "my fr "my house has been destroyed and
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my family killed." plans to pull back into more populated areas astin increasing number of rural villages are siding with the taliban. >> we must focus our resources and prioritize in the areas where the population is most threatened. we don't have enough forces to do everything everywhere at once. >> reporter: the taliban put out a statement after the attacks claiming responsibility and saying if the u.s. increases its forces, so will we. this is a tricky situation, because abandoning remote areas will leave the people there vulnerable to insurgents but staying there might mean more attacks like these, robin. >> you've been on the ground now a couple of days. it's been a couple of years since you were last in afghanistan. what difference, if any, are you seeing and what are the soldiers telling yo chris? >> reporter: well, the fighting men and women here are very confident, robin. they believe they can take on the taliban and beat them in the what they're worried about is
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what he say is the more important campaign, the one to build the afghan people's will to fight against the taliban themselves and attacks like these do not build confidence with the locals. >> all right. chris, thanks so much. chris cuomo in afghanistan. we'll get back to you later. stay safe. and on that question of confidence among the afghan people, we had a hans to talk to ambassador peter galbraith who was publicly fired last week as deputy head of the united nations mission in afghanistan because he indicted the recent presidential election there as a fraud. as many as 30% of the votes faked. it's just another factor in the choice facing president obama and the nation. trying to decide should america add more troops to try to secure afghanistan or reduce its presence and try to target al qaeda another way? here now our conversation with ambassador galbraith. peter galbraith, we thank you for joining us. the deadliest month potentially in the history othe eight-year afghan war. if you were advising the
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president would you tell him to ramp up now or that it's a losing battle? >> neither. but in the absence of having a credible afghan partner, that is to say, a government that is -- enjoys the support of the people and is accepted by those that did not vote for the man who emerges as president, it makes no sense to ramp up. on the other hand, we cannot afford to pull out. >> let me play devil's advocate for a moment. the president would say he doesn't have the luxury of a perfect world. he has to make a decision in this world and this climate. so, again, the choice between more troops, which general mcchrystal would argue would at least secure more of the high density populations or no surge at this point at all, what would you say to him? >> at this point no surge. we don't -- of course, we don't operate in a perfect world, but we also don't have unlimited
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resources, and unless those troops can secure an area in a way that then afghan partners, the government, the afghan army, afghan police can come in and fill in after them we're going to be there as an occupying force for a very long time. and that to me doesn't make sense. the only way this works is if we can make a transition to the afghans and that requires an effective credible government, which in turn requires an election in which the afghan people have confidence. >> one of the critical and determining factors in iraq was that the chieftains, the tribal chieftains decided that it was in their better interest to oppose the insurgents than to work with them. are there signs in afghanistan that the tribal leaders there are ready and ripe for the possibility of holding out on their own? >> unfortunately, there is no analogy between what happened in iraq and what's going on in
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afghanistan. in iraq, in the sunni areas of the country, the al qaeda element, the fundamentalists, moved from attacking the shiites to attacking the tribal sheikhs themsees so it was a matter of their self-defense. in afghanistan, the tribal elrs are -- many of them are supporting the taliban. they are the taliban, or -- and this is the more common situation -- they are neutral. they see no reason to choose a government which they experience as inefficient, corrupt and abusing power. >> you were fired for speaking up. any second thoughts? >> yes, absolutely not. the fraud that took place in afghanistan was preventable and it could have been dealt with more effectively. after the fact i --
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unfortunately the united nations which had responsibility to support fair, free and traps parent elections not fraudulent ones did not exercise its responsibility. when the so-called independent election cmission tried to change its rules to include fraudulent ballots in the count i tried to stop that. he blocked me. he sided with karzai, who, of course, was the beneficiary of the fraud. >> so no second thoughts? >> i have no second thoughts. not at all. >> peter galbraith, again, thanks so much for joining us this morning. >> diane, great to be with you. and we will learn this week of election officials decide there was fraud in the election and require a runoff, another election in afghanistan. that to be learned this week. for more this morning including violence in pakistan, we turn to "gma weekend" anchor bill weir filling in for chris. >> good morning. exactly as you mentioned they' complicating the situation in afghanistan, the lack of any
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real security right next door. there has been another suicide bombing in what was supposed to be a safe neighborhood in the capital of islamabad. the bomber blew himself up in the offices of the united nations world food program killing five people and the u.n. has now temporarily closed all its offices there. a children's hospital in memphis will be among the first to get the new h1n1 swine flu vaccine today. our david muir talked to the experts about who needs to get that mist or shot right away and what the parents need to know. >> reporter: cases of the h1n1 vaccine will be arriving at schools, health clinics and hospitals this morning, 600,000 doses of nasal spray, 6 million to 7 million shots shipped o in the u.s. another 40 million to 50 million will arrive in the coming weeks. among the first to get in line alth care workers, young people 6 months to 24 years old and pregnant women. sarah is pregnant with her first child. work strongly recommended she get the shots.
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>> i have more concerns with what would happen if i got sick so if it does become available to me i will definitely -- i'll get it. >> reporter: authorities say 100 pregnant women have been admittedo intensive care unit as cross the country with h1n1 swine flu. 28 have died. >> pregnant women are at increased risk of having a bad case of the flu. getting the shot protects them and their newborn babies. >> reporter: a recent study ows four in ten parents are still not certain they'll give it to their children. abc news senior medical editor richard besser is giving it to his children. >> there's a misconception that it is made in a different way than seasonal flu vaccine. it's used in the sack same way as seasonal flu vaccine. >> reporter: this is one of the most aggressive fights ever and the people lining up with their children are hopeful it will work. for "good morning america," david muir, abc news, new york. and one other important note for pregnant women, dr. besser says they should get the vacne
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shot, not the nasal mist, which is a live virus. in california, cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping crews contain this 7,50 7,500-acre fire. up to 6,000 residents in wrightwood have been ordered to evacuate but so far the town has been spared. and finally as promised a new definition of lucky duck. this bird in australia shot in e head with a nail gun. the victim of a cruel prank. four-inch nail embedded in its skull dangerously close to the eye. look at the spray there but the duck swam and waddled and ate like nothing was wrong. it took rescuers three days to cah him but they finally did and vets finally removed the nail and that duck is fine. it missed every vital organ, that nail there. and there are certain clubs down in the east village we could get in with that piercing, very -- but probably go with the clip-on just to be safe. >> just to be safe, thanks, bill. let's turn to the weather. sam champion in st. paul, minnesota, this rning.
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>> good morning, diane, robin. good morning, bill. we are going to take you behind the scenes of america's favorite makeover team that changes lives in the blink of an eye but let's get to the boards. know to talk about. we're talking about big-time snow. more than a foot, two feet of snow in the mountains of montana and also into idaho. already and there's another foot coming. sun valley is the big winner. temperatures, minneapolis is 10 degrees below normal. billings is 30 degrees colder than normal. deep south, rainfall in the carolinas, georgia, alabama to mobile and new orleans. over an inch of rain is possible today and it is pot the last time you'll see rain. a quick look at the big board there as we say that's the weather around the nation.
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and good monday morning. we are looking at a really nice morning shaping up. plenty o sunshine is expected for today. the daytime high temperatures will be in the upper 60's to lower 70's. tonight, a few scattered high clouds similar to last night. temperatures will port to the -- will fall to the 40's. there's a chance for showers late in the day tomorrow. near 70 degrees and windy conditions conditions stay with us this morning. stay with us this morning. we'll have bulldozers, table saw, hammers, nails. pigs and frogs. robin? >> oh, my. all right, sam. thanks. >> oh, my. >> we'll get back to you. the latest on the alleged attempt to blackmail david letterman.
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we are learning more about the cbs news producer who stands accused of trying to extort $2 million in the late night host and what may have been his motivation. here's andrea canning. >> reporter: prosecutors say debt and desperation may have been the motive behind robert j. halderman's alleged extortion plot against david letterman. >> i know you had sex with women. i would like $2 million or i'll make trouble. >> reporter: he pled not guilty at this courthouse. we've since learned he went through a bitter divorce in 2004 and these documents show he now owes $6,800 a month in child and spousal support. the documents show halderman tried to get the payments reduced but his ex-wife's attorney said his financial struggles were his own fault. his is a world of golf trip, vacations, increasing 401(k) assets. over the weekend we learned more about the players. prosecutors say late night staffer stephanie birkitt who lived with halderman until last week kept a diary we he allegedly used to threaten him with and holly hester admitted
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to tmz she had an affa with letterman saying "i was madly in love with him at the time. i would have married him." but claims he called it off because of their age difference. >> the major unansred question in this whole saga is whether any of the women he slept with are going to file some kind of sexual harassment suit. if that happens the story is not going to voonish. >> reporter: it has made him the ultimate punch line. >> joe halderman was threatening to reveal details. after sex he would always say "stay tuned for craig ferguson." >> if you came here to sex with the talk show host you've come to the wrong studio. >> reporter: and put cbs executives on edge who sought assurances the girls were of legal age. late night show ratings shot up from a week ago proving scandal still sells. andrea canning, abc news, new york. joe halderman has not spoken
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publicly about the allegations but a few moments ago i spoke with his attorney jerrold shargall. thank you very much for being with you go us. i know you can't give full details about the case but can you give us a general idea why people should doubt the version given by david letterman and the prosecution? >> well, the first reason to doubt it is to focus on joe halderman. there's been little of that. joe halderman was at cbs for 27 years. here's a guy who is an investigative journalist for so many years. he knew all about cops and wiretaps and to suggest that he was trapped into an extortion plot is sort of preposterous. i mean, here's a guy that received a check by all counts in the amount of $2 million in the history of extortions, i don't think there's ever been a case where someone was paid by check. >> he deposited that check. >> he deposited that check.
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>> he was arrested after depositing that check. how do you -- >> that's quite right. he deposited the check but it's not about the deposit. that was not illegal. the surrounding circumstances are what's relevant. the surrounding circumstances will reveal what mr. halderman's intent was and that's something that we'll be exploring at the trial. >> you say the surrounding circumstances. it's hard for people to get they were wired -- not wiretap, the two conversations, have you heard the tapes of the conversations? >> i haven't heard the tapes yet. >> transcripts or anything. >> haven't gotten the transcripts yet. this is very early in the case. 's day four of the case. the case started on friday. this is monday and obviously we're doing the appropriate investation. but i'm here to say so simply, i'm here to say not so fast. mere fact that david letterman got on television and gave his version, which wasn't very complete but gave his version of
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what he claims occurred, the fact that assistant district attorney stood up in court or the district attorney had a press conference, it's not time to say turn off the sets, the case is overwhelming. >> will you contend that this did not happen, the events did not happen or that it's just not a crime. >> the events happened. no question that certain events happened. but one of the elements that the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt is specific criminal intent. my point is that by what i've learned so far i'm comfortable in saying that joe halderman did not have the specific intent required by the statute. >> you are widely regarded as a master of cross-examination and i've heard you say you cannot wait. you look forward to having cross-examining david letterman. why? >> i look forward to it because i don't think that the full story is before the public. i think that every day, every hour of every day i'll be gathering new facts and there's much more to this story. i would understand your
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disappointment in not sharing that story with you again on day four of the case. i can't do that. but i have said before and i'll say again that i think the cross-examination of david letterman will be an important part of this case. i'm not going to put it before the public. i'll put it before the jury, but i'm -- i'll say it again, i'm looking forward to that day because that's the day that the full story will come out. >> mr. shargel, thank you very much. still ahead on "good morning america," the man now accused of stalking espn reporter erin andrews. secretly taping her nude in the hotel room. how do they think he did it? we have new details. also, has the number of children with autism jumped dramatically? why? a new government survey has parents concerned. dr. besser is here to tell us it was a horrible feeling,
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>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news uate. good morning everybody. welcome back on monday. i am alison starling. 7:22 is your time. let's look at traffic. joe conway is in for alisa. >> there is a delay as you come out of oxon hill. there were doing road work on the inner loop. there is a report of a crash near telegraph road on the right side of the roadway. that is the focus of the delays. as you make your travel elsewhere -- we had a report of a car wreck on the capital
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beltway. we have a new car wreck on eastbound 66 near rte. 50 in fair oaks. that will slow down as the command of centreville and manassas. >> good morning, everyone per we are looking at a nice sunrise. 7:00 away is the time the sun came up. we look for plenty of sunshine for the remainder of the day. the forecast today will have lots of sunshine, a person 60' to lower its 70's. temperatures will fall to the 40's tonight. there could be some frost in the lower highlands. clouds will increase late in the afternoon tomorrow, giving us a chance of a shower and that will be very late in the afternoon till the evening hours and near 70 for a daytime high. our temperatures will cool with windy conditions on wednesday, upper 60's by thursday, friday,
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>> more than 200 teachers were let go private in a shake-up over the budget. they will not go without a fight. they plan to protest at one school. >> that is expected to happen in one hour from now. if a clod 45, parents, teachers, and community members will be outside of this high school. they said they want an explanation. teachers say they want their jobs back. this woman has been an employee with d.c. public schools. friday, she was stripped of her job. >> i am distraught. i am hurt. i am totally outraged. >> she was among the more than 300 employees that was handed a pink slip at the end of last week. in an effort to fight the layoffs, parents and teachers are taking action. they plan to hold a rally outside mckinley tech high school. >> i am hoping is that i will
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return to mckinley technology is corporate i will provide service. >> city officials say budget cuts are the reason for laos. some parents believe it is time to start blaming one another and take action. >> let's forget about the matter. let's look at ourselves. what are we doing for our children? >> the council chairman will hold hearings on this issue in the coming weeks. that rally is expected to begin at 8:45 this morning. your of you are riding metro these days. the transit agency is losing big money. train ridership is down nearly 4% in july and 2.5% in august.
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the red line was the scene of the deadly train crash. ridership there was downearly 10% at tristan's to lose more than $22 million in revenue if this pace ntinues. >> going deep, touchdown. >> that was the plight of the day. the redskins put one in the win column. they came back andot the win with the final score of 16-13. congratulations.ti
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on the sidelines at the auburn, tennessee, game over the weekend. this man was -- that you're about to see right now -- was arrested for allegedly stalking, that man right there an taking secret videos of her while she was in a hotel room thenosting them online. we'll take a look at michael david barrett, a divorced father with a successful business reer who is behindars as we say good morning, america. hope everyone had a good weekend. >> sure do. also this morning, there is a new government study that finds that the number of children diagnosed with autism has jumped. how worried should children be? what's behind this? dr. richard besser has been looking into it. a new voice in the saga of drew peterson charged with murdering his third wife. he is also the sole suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife. well, for the first time his stepdaughter speaks out about life in the peterson home. it's a "gma" exclusive.
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first we do turn to that arrest and the stalking of the reporter for espn, erin andrews, a chicago businessman now charged with videotaping her through a hotel room peephole and then trying to sell the nude videos. abc's eric horng has the latest. >> reporter: the arrest of michael barrett is stunning to those who know him. >> he is a great friend. that's what i can tell you and i've gotten calls from 30 of his friends in the last 10 hours, all willing to give their support to him. >> reporter: but according to the fbi, the 47-year-old divorced father made secret nude videos of reporter erin andrews and posted them on the internet after trying to sell them. authorities say barrett stalked her inilwaukee and nashville calling numerous hotels to learn her whereabouts requesting rooms next to her and tampering with peepholes to see inside her room. >> it is not uncommon for stalkers to take photographs, whether they be surreptitious or run up to them on the street and fake a photograph. >> i asked him what has to
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happen. >> reporter: andrews who covered the auburn/tennessee game said she didn't know barrett and talked about her ordeal last month. >> i kept screaming, i'm done. my career is over. i'm done and i -- get it off. get it off the internet. >> reporter: investigators arrested him friday after tracking him for some time. credit card receipts tied barrett to the hotels in question and authorities traced an e-mail he allegedly sent under an alias to celebrity website tmz offering to sell the videos. barrett has no history of serious crime and he seemingly had a successful career in sales working as a vice president for one company. >> always seemed to be very polite and cordial, friendly, say hi. >> reporter: he is due in court to determine how he'll be transferred to los angeles where the fbi filed stalking charges. if convicted he faces up to five years in prison. for "good morning america," eric horng, abc news, chicago. and as eric said, erin andrews has said that she to her knowledge has never seen or
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heard of the suspect, michael barrett. but her help with the investigation may have been crucial to his arrest. joining us now is her attorney marshall grossman. we thank you for being with us this morning. what is erin andrews saying to you about the arrest? >> originally erin was quite relieved with the news of arr t arrest, however, in reviewing the complaint and the affidavits the special agents of the fbi, her anxiety has increased and her concern has deepened because of the enormity of the crime that's alleged and the stalking and the lengths to which this individual apparently went to stalk her and trap her and victimize her and then profit from what he did. >> well, let me get a sense of what really happened here. as i understand it, he was able to call the hotel, at least the marriott hotel and ask for a room next to hers and get it, that she was in room 1051 and he
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got room 1049 and then what do you think, if it was indeed him this, is all alleged that it was him but what do you think he did to that peephole, the one in the door? >> well, we know what happened to that peephole from the fbi's report. apparently the m.o. of whoever this individual was or is or these groups of people were was to get the room next to her if they could, then alter the peephole, just pop it out, slice it in two or with a hacksaw as they say and then insert an ordinary camera with a video in it, right into the space and film and our own experiences in our office, our own experiments in our office show that was able to be done and captured without her knowledge and consent and it was done on we'll say now at least two occasions. perhaps more. >> it pretty is unimaginable
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somebody could have a hacksaw and doing that to the door and not be detected. as i understand it, she was instrumental in there being able to determine where this took place because again these were videos in hotel rooms. she had been in a lot of hotel rooms and she was able to help them ideify it by the jeans that she could see? >> erin is a remarkable young woman. i've since learned that women know what they wore on each occasion and erin knew exactly what she wore on each occasion and with the help of her stylist and with the fbi agents and the u.s. attorneys in the room with us, we reviewed those videos in some detail and erin was able to nail it down to the exact room, the exact date and the exact location. so her work, her personal efforts in time were instrumental in helping with this investigation and she continues to work closely with the authorities in order t
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bring this case to its desful conclusion. >> we should point out there was another time when he had a room next to hers again and she didn't show up for that event. so he was trying to do it. whoever he was, multiple times. five yrs in prison is the prospect. a $200,000 fine. two question, will she testify against him and are you thinking of suing the hotel corporations? >> well, if she is planning on testify -- she is hell bent on testifying. she's going to pursue this in the court system as a witness and she's also going to work with government throughout the country, state and local in order -- and national in order to toughen the laws and make sure that this doesn't happen again. in terms of any other action that she may take, we're not focused on that right now. we're focused entirely on assisting the fbi and the u.s. attorneys here in los angeles. agents felice and rogers, asa
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shoe and our energies are directed to helping them in every way that we can. >> marshall grossman, thanks for joining us. we want to point out to everyone at home the marriott corporation has issued a statement saying "marriott takes the security and privacy of its guests seriously and we have been cooperating with authorities during the investigation." turn you now to sam champion again in st. paul, minnesota. sam? s>> good morning, diane. we are here with a whole host of volunteers doing some work. by the way it's "eks trextreme makeover." we got plumbers over here, as well. there are 24, 2500 volunteers that will put this together. they're cleaning up strts in the community and also cleaning up parks around the area.
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i'm telling you we have not seen a bigger volunteer effort anyplace we've shown up before. one or two things going on we want you to know about. it's how this storm system puts itself together as it moves across the country that is interesting. there is big snow with this and unlocking cold air behind it but for the most part the snow is done. today it's heavy rain that will take over by tonight and into tomorrow and that will move in places like minneapolis all the way through chicago. by tonight, into tomorrow, minneapolis will probably get an inch of rain and need it in that area. here's the deal in california. temperatures are down. humidity levels are up. winds have fallen back, as well. a very good sign. look at the temperature in l.a. at 70 degrees. that's nor a beautiful monday morning across the mid atlantic. lots of sunshine and pleasant conditions. look for temperatures in the upper 60's.
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tonight, a pupae clout >> we're g >> we're going to show you how they demolished this house and put it all together in the next half hour. >> thanks, sam. coming up there is a report that the number of children diagnosed with autism has doubled. what is behind this? dr. richard besser tells you what he thinks. for the first bag.ks and 30 for the second. roundtrip, that'almost 100 dollars. that's crazy talk. well, how about if i just send my bags on vacation, and i stay home? why do you charge for bags? for any bag out there watching this commercial right now... fl, be free. ♪ ( ding ) ♪ and when my symptoms-the coughing, wheezing,
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were back at 7:42. new details about autism. a new government study shows more american children may have autism than officials previously believed. so what does this mean for parents? our dr. richard besser, abc's senior hed and medical correspondent is here to try and explain this. what is the study showing us, rich? >> what it found, 1 out of 91 parents said they had been told at some point their child had a
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form of autism. more common in boys than girls, more common in whites an african-americans. i would take this with a grain of salt, though, it was a phone survey. there was no review of a medical record. there was no examination of a child. it may mean that autism is more common than we thought. there's a british study that found a similar rate but i would be careful in interpreting this type of survey. >> more of a survey than a study, per se, and so you're not necessarily saying that we're seeing more autistic children, maybe the diagnosis though, maybe that's being seen more. >> i think there is more awareness now of autism being out there. more doctors looking for the signs of autism. another point is that in order to get certain services in school, having the diagnosis of autism or one of the autism-related conditions can get you the type of special education in school that can be very, very valuable. >> so because you know parents when they see this, you know, they haven't heard you but they see this and read this and
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thinking, okay, what's the message here? what should i do if i have a child? >> there really is an important message for children. at every age there's certain things that children should do. a 3-month-old baby should make eye contact and follow your face if you're moving. there are things to look for. and a pediatrician or family doctor when examining a child at every age should look for what have called developmental milestones. if you want to know what they are there is a great cdc and it will tell you at every age what you should look for and if your pediatrician isn't doing this, make sure you ask especially at 18 months and 24 months they can do a great exam and let you know. is your child interacting properly? is language developing properly? are their movements appropriate for their age? >> so 18 months and 24 months. you said boys are more likely likely. ls -- four times more >> boys are more common than girls but that doesn't mean
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ignore this in girls. steps for looking for this are really easy. a campaign going on and it's all about, you know, early detection and then early intervention because the things that you do when children are young in terms of trying to work with them can really improvehe outcome. >> you know that everyone wants to try to find out why this happens and why it's happening more and more. we saw you in david muir's piece earlier in the program. you have been saying that pregnant women should get the h1n1 vaccination but you know there are a lot of parents who are concerned and thinking vaccinations may have a role in autism but you still believe that they should -- you're pregnant, make sure you get the shot. >> the science here is conclusive that vaccines do not cause autism. the good news is that this year the government's pumping $88 million into the national institutes of health to do studies to try and understand what is causing autism, how do you detect it early and how can you treat it?
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right now there are no drugs for treating autism. >> you said earlier also for pregnant women they should get the shot, not the nasal spray. >> that's right. the nasal spray has a live virus that's not safe for pregnant women. the shot is perfectly safe for pregnant women. we've been giving flu shots to women for years and years and years. >> as always, a lot of important information. rich, thank you very much. you can get the latest information on autism by visiting our autism resource page at abcnews.com. we'll be right back. when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep... remember 2-layer ambien cr. the first layer helps you fall asleep quickly. and unlike other sleep aids, a second helps you stay asleep. when taking ambien cr, don't drive or operate machinery. sleepwalking, and eating or driving while not fully awake with memory loss for the event as well as abnormal behaviors such as being more outgoing or aggressive than normal, confusion, agitation, and hallucinations may occur. don't take it with alcohol
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>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. welcome back. let's look at traffic and weather. joe conway is in for lisa baden. >> we had a couple problems on the beltway. to the south, we have a crash that moved out of the way. and the inner loop, you are slowing out of oxon hill. there was a car wreck near eisenhower avenue. there's a crash bound eastbound on 66. stay to the right as you pass fair oaks. 270 is moving all right as you move south from germantown but it gets heavier as you go through rockville. >> a nice morning and afternoon on the way. there is a large area of high pressure that will make it nice in the mid-atlantic region. we should be in the lower 70's
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with winds out of the west. for tonight, a few scattered high clouds. the temperature will fall into the 40's in the suburbs. morning sunshine tomorrow will give way to clouds. this is part of a cold front that moved across the area late tomorrow, giving us a chance of showers. the high tomorrow will be near 70. the extended outlook shows that the clouds will clear out and buy thursday and friday, the temperatures will only be in the upper 60's. d.c. school teachers are fighting back after being let go. in less than one hour, teachers and students will protest outside the mckinley tech high school in northeast. 229 teachers are part of the 400 school employees given pink slips friday. this is due to budget cuts. 39 people were arrested in connection with day -- an alleged bribery scheme. they have pleaded not guilty.
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"good morning america" continues with an exclusive look inside the home of accused killer drew peterson. for the first time, peterson's
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stepdaughter speaks out about life with the man suspected in the death of two of his wives. and imagine you're in a car crash, then the helicopter taking you to the hospital also crashes. this two-time survivor never thought she'd walk again. but this morningou're about to see another miracle. and changing lives. one home at a time. sam takes us behind the scenes of "extreme makeover: home edition." move that bus. that's what sam is doing. good morning, america. hope you had a wonderful weekend alongside diane sawyer, i'm robin roberts on this monday, october 5th. >> and we want to acknowledge a very special event robin emceed over the weekend in nashville called the grand ole opry goes pink and received a plaque for all the hard work she's done raising funds for breast cancer research. >> thank you. no.
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it was such a special evening being there, the hallowed grand ole opry and it was really a privilege for me to present a special award to -- it was the woman rock for the cure susan g. komen for the cure and it was a special survivor award. tracy shell bli from the greater nashville area and she just over a year ago was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form called triple theg tiff breast cancer and her husband brian, he was a kocur viefr of the year, great musicians were out there like carrie underwood who sang a song that i want to play a little bit of it. well, it quite inspirational. carrie underwood. ♪ she's special >> it's call jesus take the wheel. one of her big hits. see the grand ole opry all in pink. she was in pink. a night that we'll all remember. so many thanks to everybody
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there in nashville. did you love the pink with the football players this weekend? they were decked out in pink. >> i did. way to go, guys. >> it is breast cancer awareness month. tanks for that. >> so glad you honored our robin there. >> my privilege. >> "gma weekend" anchor bill weir is in for chris cuomo at the news desk. >> good morning again. kudos to you, robin. we are learning new details about that fierce battle in a remote region of afghanistan over the weekend. some 300 militantswooped down on two u.s. bases attacking american and afghan troops for hours. a firefight pinned them down in one part of the outpest them blocked visibility for rescuing helicopters. eight american troops were killed. only five days in october this month is already one of the deadliest for forces since the war began. in pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at the united nations world food program killing five people. the u.n. has now temporarily closedll of its offices in pakistan. the first shipments of the swine flu vaccine are arriving
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across the country today. health care workers, pregnant women and at-risk children will be the first in line for the initial six to 7 million shots and doses of the nasal spray. even as more shots are shipped out, polls show many parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children but medical experts insist the vaccine is safe for them. a state of emergency is in effect east of los angeles this morning where a large wildfire has forced up to 6,000 rest depps to evacuate. it's already burned three homes and our brian rooney is on the front lines in the resort town of wrightwood, california. brian? >> reporter: well, we have some firefighters burning out brush on the outskirts of wrightwood, california. this fire burned pretty fiercely for the first 24 hours moving up a long canyon for a couple of miles right to the edge of town. wrightwood really had to be evacuated because it's several thousand people and only a couple of narrow roads in and out. it's only 30 degrees. one of the coldest fires i've
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been to and the humidity is high which is also good. they have about 20% containment now although the fire has grown to 7,500 acres but if conditions hold the way they are, they should have a good day and get a pretty good handle on it. >> brian rooney up in the san gabriels. a british man was plunging toward the water at 80 miles an hour in thailand when his feet came out of the harness and smacked into the river. suffering several major injuries but because his chest took most of the impact, he avoided what likely would have been a fatal head injury. here's another look. ooh. the mother of all belly flops there, but get this. he says he plans to skydive again when he's fully recovered. maybe we should let him rest a little bit, check back on that decision. that's the news at 8:05. to sam champion, fixing those houses up out in st. paul. hey, sam. >> good morning, bill. yeah, i don't have to think
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twice about bungee jumping. it's not going to happen. with the show for four seasons driving the big -- what are we in? >> condor. >> head on our way down. you can see the foundation here, by the way. the brand-new foundation. let's show you what it looked like just yesterday here in st. paul when they took this house completely down. now, i'll tell you, i have seen crews do work but i've never seen crews work this fast and not only that but in this case there was a frog driving it. it's only because the muppets are with me. good morning. how are you? >> good to see you. >> we always show up in black. >> i know. i know. we're put to work. >> i've been working a little bit. you guys every show there is a family that is usually deserving and they're not getting as much as they're giving so how does it feel to be a part of doing that. >> sam, we get to be part of a group of people who i get to see on their best behavior giving, giving, giving, doing a ton of
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work out in the community. our builder is absolutely phenomenal. you see what these guys are doing. it's just a really -- makes you feel good at the end of the day. >> i have felt great just being here. a quick look at the boards. show you what's going on in case you're heading out the door. gorgeous temperatures from new york to boston you're in great shape. showers north of that and a little bit south and quick look at the big board and show you what's going on. there is some snow coming out of the mountains in the rockies that will turn into rain. it'll get here in minneapolis and also in chicago as we get later on into the afternoon and evening. lots of sunshine outside with temperatures that will be just where they should be for this time of year. we are looking for a rise in the lower 70's with lots of sunshine. tonight we will have clout with temperatures into the 40's. tomorrow, clouds will increase
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late in the day. this is the head of a) that will bring showers into early wednesday. when the conditions and cool >> oh, there's lots more for us to show you, not just paul but friendly muppet faces. we'll do that in the next half however. wielding tools, muppets with tools. >> muppets with power tools. we turn now to a more legal trouble this morning for accused wi killer drew peterson. a judge has denied a motion for a change of venue in his murder trial. the former police officer charged with killing his third wife and remains the sole suspect in the disappearance of his fourth. abc's barbara pinto has the latest. >> reporter: for drew peterson the former police officer now charged with murder, it was a bad day in court. not only did a judge refuse to move the highly publicized trial to another county, the court
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also upheld a new law that would admit hearsay as evidence essentially allowing his third wife kathleen savio to testify from the grave about her belief that peterson wanted to kill her. >> we still believe that a jury will be able to differentiate between gossip and real evidence. >> reporter: savio was found dead in a dry bathtub with a bloody gash in her skull. peterson who gained 20 pounds since going to prison is the key suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife stacy and now lisa wall, the daughter of wife number two, vicki connelly is co-writing a book detailing the years of abuse and bullying she says both she and her mother suffered at the hands of her former stepfather. among the claims -- >> within a month or two of being married he put a gun to her head after she informed him she would not love him more than she loved lisa. >> reporter: for "good morning america," barbara pinto. abc news, chicago. joining us now and speaking out for the very first time
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about drew peterson is the woman who was his stepdaughter for ten years. lisa ward. good morning. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> your mother vicki connelly married drew when you were 8 and lived under his roof until you were 18 or so. >> yes. >> what goes through your mind when you see him today? >> first impressions are right. i always thought he was a jerk is that he's -- how am i supposed to feel? you know, this man who raised me that was married to my mother is being accused of murder, murdering a woman and that's horrible feeling. horrible. >> how did he treat your mother? >> he was abusive towards her. >> physically. >> physically, mentally, verbally. everything. >> did you see it? >> saw it, heard it. >> and what would eventually was
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the straw to back the break? why did she leave him? >> i think she had confronted him on cheating. i think that was finally it. >> did he ever threaten her life? >> i believe so. yeah, i don't know. i didn't hear those types of threats, but once all this had come out she had told me that, yes, he did threaten her life, as well. >> how did he treat you? >> he was very strict. i grew up very strict, kind of military-type style. yes, sir, yes, ma'am. i had physical punishments. >> physical punishment. >> uh-huh. >> he was a police officer at the time. >> yes. >> did he carry -- did he instill in you any sort of innate sense of right and wrong, morality? was that a big part of the way you were raised? >> yes, i was raised to be very
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respectf respectful. what i thought he was teaching me morals and what was supposed to be right obviously he did not know morals himself because he wouldn't be in this position that he's in now. >> your biological father was in your life. >> yes. >> as a child. >> yes. >> was there tension between him and drew? >> yes. drew did not like the fact that my father was involved in my life. drew did not want me to have anything to do with my father. he wanted to be my father and did not like the fact that i would not accept him as my father. >> did he use his authority to go after him? >> yes. >> how? >> whenever my father would try and get me and i don't want to say every time but majority of the time if my father would try and get me, he would pull my father over when he was coming into tn and delay his visitation with me so if he wasn't there let's say by 6:00, you know, 20 minutes later, oh, i guess your dad doesn't want to come and see you.
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so it was a power trip that he was on. >> so when you learned of the death of his third wife, kathleen savio, what was your reaction? what was your mother's reaction? >> if he could have done it. >> you instantly suspected him? >> not instantly but, you know that kind of thought goes through your mind. i know that they were having a hard time going through their divorce. she's a very strong-willed woman. and it just makes you wonder if that cld have been a possibility. we did think that. >> so bottom line, do you believe drew peterson murdered kathleen savio and stacy peterson. >> i believe anything is possible with him. >> why come out now? why hold your silence this long and speak now? >> why these people that are victimized being victimized by these abusers, why they stay in
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this type of situation is completely wrong. i saw my mom be abused by him for years and she just allowed it. i think that all these people, all these women and men that are being abused need to stop -- stop that violence. that's what's made me come out. >> lisa ward, we appreciate you being here this morning. thank you. >> thank you very much for having me. >> hope to see you again. >> thank you. coming up next her story of survival is a miracle and so what is what you're about to see her do right here next. ♪ ( sfx: lever and stairs flattening noise, and sliding sound ) pop-tarts®, plase!, ♪ ( sfx: toaster pop ) when you give your kids... kellogg's frosted straerry pop-tarts®... baked with real fruit, .they'll rise. # and you'll shine. ( sfx: mom giggles )
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get in... and drive one. >>teenager jordan wells was a sole survivor of two horrific crashes that happened in the same night. first a terrifying car accident then her medevac helicopter went down. she suffered massive injuries but a year later her journey of recovery is well under way. i know you have been spending a lot of time with her. >> robin, we met her here just a few months ago. since then her progress has been astounding. it was just over a year ago that 19-year-old jordan wellsaid dying in these woods. >> i was thrown head first
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through the roof of the helicopter. >> reporter: earlier that night she was driving home with best friend ashley younger when she lost control of her car on a rain-slick road. fearing internal injuries paramedics had the girls air lifted to a nearby trauma center but shortly after takeoff, the chopper went down killing everyone on board except jordan. >> i was bleeding and looking up and praying to god that he would send someone to find me. >> reporter: two hours later someone finally did but jordan's body was badly broken. both legs completely shattered. >> every time i went to surgery they took a piece off my foot and my doctor told me if i kept it it would be infected and told me the best thing to do was amputate it. >> they were able to save her other leg but over the next year jordan would undergo 24 surgeries to repair everything from a broken cheekbone, nose, eye socket and shoulder blade to the five disks dislodged along her spine. jordan was confined to a wheelchair completely dependent
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upon her family for everything. over the months she made tremendous progress taking part in a swim competition and going horseback riding but her physical and emotional struggles remained. you told me when i saw you last that you had trouble sleeping. that you thought about the accident all the time. do you still? >> yeah, i still have days i think about the accident but not so much -- like i'll never forget the accident but i've learned how to accept losing my leg definitely and i'm learning more and more each day how to accept that ashley is gone and just trying to move forward and do what's right. >> reporter: then just last week a kind of miracle. >> feels lighter. >> reporter: she got a new leg called v-hold. a cutting-edge prosthetic designed to adjust to different terrains using a computerized socket system that moves with the patient. >> that's comfortable. that's better. >> it actually can monitor and sense what the patient is doing so it knows if they're kicking,
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running, jumping or moving. >> reporter: do you feel disabled. >> i wish i had my leg, of course. and it's a struggle and it's painful so i get frustrated but besides that i'm just grateful i can walk. like i broke my neck and i broke my back so i mean it's even a miracle that i'm walking. >> reporter: when you stepped out of that chair for the first time, what did that feel like? >> it felt good standing and i forgot i was that tall. i forgot i was tall. >> all right seeing is believing, robin. jordan is here to show you what she can do. come on over, jordan. >> oh, look at you. >> you're tall. you are tall. you look great. how are you? when you were here in february when i had the privilege of seeing you, you said you were going to come back walking. you are a woman of your word. this is great. how do you feel, how is it? >> it feels pretty good. when i wore this leg it just of connects my whole body so it's more comfortable.
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feels like a real leg when i walk with it. >> you have to plug it in at night. >> yeah, this goes right beside my ipod charger and cell phone charger. i plug it in to charge it. it has like -- ithis little box has the same technology that a wii machine has and this eventually will learn how to walk with this ankle. we're working on the suction part. it suctions onto my leg and fees like it's all one part of my leg instead of hanging off one part so feels like i can move it around better. >> you look great. you said you would woman back walking. i like the shoes too. i know you're back in school and all. deb, thanks for continuing to do this. see all day the hard work that goes on on "extreme makeover: home edition" when we come back. significantly improve my lung function. so today, i've noticed a significant difference in my breathing and i'm doing more of what i want to do.
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let's get a look at traffic and weather. >> a couple problems cropped up on the beltway in prince george's county. there was an accident near ritchie marlboro road. that is on the outer loop as you have through college park to get to silver spring. nothing cplicated on 95 north, the usual delays as you head out passed dale city. they had lanes or shut down -- nothing complicated on the maryland trip as you make your way south. >> we are looking at lots of sunshine this morning. that will stick around this afternoon. we will have moisture to the south of us. today, high pressure will move out, mostly sunny for today, pleasant conditions, upper 60's to lower 70's.
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tonight, temperatures in the 40's. tomorrow, morning sunshine will give way to afternoon clouds and that is part of a cold front that will bring showers to the area late tomorrow my -- tomorrow night, into ursday morning. chance for showers for the upcoming weekend. we'll take a quick break.
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some d.c. public school teachers who were let go are fighting back. they plan to protest outside mcnley tech i school in northwest washington this morning. there was nearly 400 school employees were given pink slips on friday. this i because of budget cuts. the deadline to register for the november 3 election and virginia is today. state officials are saying the
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governor's race is not sparking registration activity. they say because this is the massive push to registered voters last year. 436,000 new voters registered between january and october of last year. that pushed the state voter rolls past 5 million. creigh deeds is getting more money from the democratic national committee. the dnc plans to announce they are donating another $1 million. they plan to donate resources, including staff and expertise in technology. they say they have decided to step up its commitment after saying republican bob mcdonnell's lead narrowed in rent weeks. the fight against breast cancer is getting a boost from redskins fans, players, and coaches. nfl teams, including the redskins, are teaming up with the american cancer society to
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raise awareness about breast cancer. at the game yesterday, players and show their support by displaying pink on their shoes and gloves. >> it touches all family members. >> i think too many people ignore the signs of cancer. the man sfered just as much as women. >> a mammogram than was set up outside the stadium to give prescreens and information before the game. that is a great cause. and the redskins won. we will have another news update at 8:56 8:56 ♪ if you want my body and you think i'm sexy ♪ some the 80 athletes in various forms of undress all in good taste, of course, the first ever espn the magazine's body
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issue. it's on stands friday but we're getting a sneak peek, as you see, alongside diane, i'm robin. >> love it. not just celebrating cosmetics but celebrating athleticism and the muscles that go along with it. people connected to different sports were polled about who had the best most athletic bodies and here they are. >> we have tennis star, of course, serena williams and full body she'd be the first one to admit it. she's on the cover as is dwight howard who plays for the miami heat and you can see his body, as well. now, there's six covers in all. these two are on the covers but four others will be covers, as well. oh, adrian peterson, gosh, the vikings star then -- wasn't carl edwards just here? he didn't look like that when he was here last time i saw him. >> who knew? we would have paid a lot more attention to him, wouldn't we have? the magazine calls it as we said a testament to what athletes can do and the inspiring sarah rhine
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nationalson the inspiring amputee. i love that picture. look at her, so beautiful. >> you can see much more in espn the magazine's body issue this friday. >> yeah. >> back to the gym. >> would have, could have, should have. more than just celebrating. bodies of all shapes and sizes and be proud of who we are. a first for espn the magazine. >> and it is out now. also this morning the soap opera star. left her four children orphaned. it is a remarkable story of how they found their way back together and what they have done with their lives. plus, jackie robinson who broke the color barrier was also a hero at home to his little girl. she's here with a heartwarming story about the dad she knew. it's a wonderful children's book and it's beautiful and sharon robinson will share it with us. >> right to this half hour and time for the weather.
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sam champion in st. paul, minnesota, taking us behind the scenes of "extreme makeover: home edition." sam? >> big crowd here in st. paul, by the way. one of the things on this particular project was this lady involved in this house ran a day-care center out of her house. so we got a chance to work with some the kids to design wallpaper that will go in. take a look at working with them and what it was like. it was so much fun, paul is the designer there with us and basically their idea was we would draw with the kids and whatever they drew will end up as a pattern for the wallpaper and we chose hello in all these different languages and it'll be their own wallpaper. they designed it. it's just one of the cool projects that's on this site. by the way, kermit is working with us this morning. >> good morning, sam. how are you? >> good morning, sir. now, we haven't even got the foundation down but you're working on the door. >> where i come up you put the door up you build the house in later. you got to get in it. >> these measurements have to be exactly precise.
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>> yes. >> inch, millimeters. >> i work in poliwags. >> that's not going to help us. i'm happy to see you with these tools and not the giant front loader that you tore the house down with yesterday. >> yes, well, excavator, a here to read -- the chef wasn't >> kermit, it's not. hang on. this is what we've been working with all weekend long. between fozzi, kermit. everybody is here. to the boards. one or two things going on. >> could you hold it down? i'm trying to measure here. pretty confusing. >> i'll hold it down. do have bigains in the southeast but leave south florida alone. if you want to find the last part of summer it's the 9 0-degree mark in south florida today from ft. lauderda. wishing i was here. in minneapolis we'll stay cooler than normal an that snow comes out of the mountains. wyoming in the mountains of idaho with two feet of snow already. sun valley the big winner by the way and that snow will turn into rain as it swings, starts to
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move east and it's going to be a big rainmaker from the areas from duluth all the way to chicagoland by the time we get we have a really nice afternoon and morning. there is lots of sunshine and temperatures are in the upper 60's to >> all tha weather was brought to you by starbucks via ready brew. diane, robin? >> sam, our thanks to you and your entire gang there and now a new memoir unlike anything we've seen before. the kids are all right. it is the amazing story of four siblings who watched their world fall apart as their father died then their mother who was ann williams a soap opera star and then somehow they managed to pull their lives back together and we mean together.
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meet dan and his three sisters, happy together now but their life -- they started out with some of those picture-perfect parent, bob and ann. >> they were like commercial beautiful kids like gerber baby kind of kids. >> reporter: amanda, liz, dan and diana loved growing up in bedford, new york. it was just north of new york city. dad a financial adviser, mom an actress, ann williams first on broadway then tv known to millions of soap opera viewers. >> i remember one time someone recognized her at the toll booth and the toll pirp, you know, knew mom. are you eunice, my favorite character. >> i didn't feel any hatred toward her, or animosity. >> reporter: for ten years she was eunice on "search for tomorrow." >> i don't know what you're talking about. >> you've got something that belongs to me. >> reporter: but co-star morgan
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fairshe would said her most cherished role was mom. >> she loved those kids. she loved those kids. she talked about them all the time. >> reporter: then tragedy. bob died in a car crash aer an all-night drive in from new england. the children ranging from 4 to 16 years old watched as their mother struggled. >> she wandered around the house crying. i mean she juice never stopped crying. >> reporter: and up ahead another trauma. mom had cancer. >> it was exactly a month to the day my father died that my mother got her cancer diagnosis. our life was already just sort of ripping apart at the seams. >> reporter: with all the children in tow she battled while starring on ax. >> i would actually take her in a wheelchair and wheel her from one set to the next and she'd get up and be able to perform the scene and then just collapse. >> reporter: but in the d the cancer was too much. the welch children tried to hang
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on. >> i was kind of waiting to become an adult and waiting to survive my childhood and everything was just -- i can make it through this if i just wake up tomorrow. >> reporter: liz says when the end came, there was heartache and one more gift. >> i said i just want you to know that i love you and that is the one moment where she cried. she said i love you more. >> reporter: in 1985 ann died at the age of 50. for the children, no one, no relative, no friends could take all four of them in. so now orphaned they were forced to separate. each one of them was sent to a different yardian's family. >> i think being split up really was the most painful thing for us because losing you parents is awful, not to have one another to compare those feelings with was really hard. >> reporter: they tried to stay in touch with visit, call,
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letters. sibling bond unbreakable but for diana who was only 8 it was the hardest. her guardians didn't let her see the othervery often, scared for five years she just longed for her old family. >> i didn't know how to get in touch with them. you're 8. you don't know how to do stuff like that. >> reporter: by 1990 thee reunited. diana moved in with amanda. dan and liz off to college but together life and the children marched forward. >> my siblings really were so strong and so they were there for me. you know, when i moved back in with them when i was 13, oh, everything is better now. like life is good. >> reporter: today all of the girls are now married and dan is engaged, the first welch grandchild has arrived. and the biggest gift, always each other. >> i kind of learned everything i know from my sisters. you know, they really taught me how to be a man. i love them. >> they got themselves through it. they found their hearts. they found each other.
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and the kids are all right. >> and the healing strength that siblings bring to each other is the story in this book. with a lot of twists and turns along the way. and if you want to read a chapter and learn more about their story go to abc.com/books. a little girl and her their story go to abc.com/books. a little girl and her legendary father jackie robinson
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the choice in this election for governor is really pretty simple: do we move virginia forward by continuing the pro-business economic policies that i helped put in place... or do we go backwards with the failed economic approach that ruined our economy? creigh deeds knows keeping taxes low and controlling spending is the right way to keep virginia the best place to do business.
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and i agree. because rebuilding confidence in our economy starts with responsible leadership from a new governor like creigh deeds.
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i need to correct something. i know that dwight howard plays for the orlando magic. there he is right there. i said the miami heat. i misspoke. i was feeling the heat watching this picture that is going to be on newsstands on friday. espn the magazine, the body issue so plays for orlando, thanks. now the private side of
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baseball great jackie robinson. he wasn't just a national hero, he was also a hero to his daughter sharon. she has written a beautiful children's book inspired by her dad the man who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. it is called "testing the ice" and takes us back to her childhood in connecticut. pleasure to have you. good to see you. >> great to see you too, robin. >> it is a beautiful, beautiful book and i love the way that you went about putting it together and i picked it up and i thought that's a lovely metaphor but it's a true story. >> yes, we moved to connecticut in 1955, the same year the dodgers finally beat the new york yankees and we had a lake on our house and we noticed that as the seasons changed, we would do everything in the lake but dad would stay on the shore. and finally weren't came and we popped the big question and asked could we go skating. he tested it so it is a true story. >> so he did test it. >> he was very -- you know, he was determined and yet, you know, nervous, there was fear
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factor there too. >> the reason i said metaphor because of course in 1947 when he broke the color barrier and he was paving the way for others, testing the waters, so to speak, and i thought, well, this is -- it was playing on that, but this is just one of the many stories you had of him as a father. >> my favorite childhood memory and telling it for the first ti in "teing the ice" but absolutely. you know, it's a perfect way to introduce young children to jackie robinson, you know, so he's a baseball player but he's also a dad and courageous on the ball field and khoury rage at home, as well. >> i'm glad you said it like that. young people will see someone who made it and don't stop to think, yeah, they're like you said, he's a dad. what was he like at home. >> he was actually quiet. humble man. we had a -- in our home we had a trophy room but he made no big deal out of it and we didn't either. it was when our friends came over a big deal was made of it. >> you didn't know about your dad.
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did you have an awareness of what he was doing? >> whenever we were in public certainly people are saying wonderful things to us about our father. but to us at home it was most important that he be our dad. and he focused us on the civil rights movement as he retired so we sort of followed a different kind of mission, always being -- loving baseball and being big fans but having a mission that was beyond baseball. >> the jackie robinson foundation, i'm sure. >> certainly an example. my mother started that shortly after my father died but started having jazz concerts at our home in stamford, connecticut when my dad was alive raising money for the civil rights movement. >> you were out there with your dad and little boys and girls and these are family photos. tell me the illustrator. >> kadir nelson. isn't he amazing? we went together as a team so i knew he would be illustrating the book so that gave me even more encouragement to write a great story. >> but these are photographs from the family. >> yes. >> that you allowed him to use.
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>> yes. >> and it really just adds to it the fact that you all were this family and all this was going on and here he was, your dad, and you didn't owe at the time when he was testing the iso to speak he couldn't swim. that he -- >> well t. dawned on me as he was heading out there why he was so nervous about this because i -- but it was sort of a gradual understanding of this great athlete and yet the one area that he didn't do was swimming. >> and he has instilled in you, instilled in your mom, instilled in your siblings public service. >> yes. >> as your mom is in africa. >> 87. in great shape. >> she is timeless, as are you. this is juice a beautiful read and it's for all age, isn't it? >> all age, yes. >> well, sharon, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> blessings to you and the family. thank you for sharing and the story is wonderful and the photographs, the illustrations are just breathtaking. can't wait to share it with
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everyone. read a chapter of "testing the ice" on the book's pages of our website at abcnews.com/books. ice" on the book's pages of our website at abcnews.com/books. next sam extreme
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a health insurance ceo lives here. this year he'll make $57,000 an hour. another family used to live here before they filed for bankruptcy. 62% of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical debt. this man is living his dream while this family lives a nightmare.
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if the insurance companies win, you lose. we need good health care we can afford with the choice of a public health insurance option. the whole reason we're in st. paul this morning with the muppets and construction crew is take you behind the scenes of a show we watch on sunday nights, "extreme makeover: home edition." this particular episode where we were here for the demolition and construction, this house behind me is going to belong to a woman calledty ya sandy. the neighborhood calls her aunt sandy. she's done a whole day-care center in our house and the community is paying her backnd by the end of this week this entire area will bety ya sandy's new home. good morning! >> reporter: with a surprise morning announcement, the lives
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of a single mom and her two children are changed forever. >> this has been very emotional and overwhelming and it's been a blessing. >> i'm just looking forward to having a place that we can be a family instead of just being the day care family. >> reporter: for 14 years sandy morris has run a day-care center out of her home offering affordable child care to her neighbor. >> she lets me watch tv upstairs. >> but it kept money tight and the 100-year-old home fell into disrepair. the center nearly forced to shut down that is unless "extreme makeover: home edition" stepped in to help with its lege jepdzs of volunteers vowing to keep sandy, they are call herty ya sandy in business. >> these are the folks that will be building you a brand-new house. oh, yes. >> i got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with some special friends. >> it's the muppets!
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>> all i'm doing is tearing down the entire house and trying to miss the neighbors' house. >> they're very close together. >> they are, they are, yes. >> reporter: cue the bulldozer. it's demolition time. >> oh! oh! >> that thing is unbelievable. but on this show there is a team of designers on the ready red to rebuild. >> my job will be taking care of a lot of little kids thinking kid-friendly stuff. place for the kids to run around, not hurt themselves. >> andty ya say's kids, well, they're pretty excited too. >> the best thing because they all mean so much to me, as well. they're all my kids. we're all a family. so and they kno they can come here whenever they like. >> it was fun to be behind the scenes and get a chance to see not only how the crew of the show works but working with the
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muppets as well. i worked with almost everyone except miss piggy wouldn't come on set with me. by the way in case you were wondering the show you saw last actually.not this house there are two crews that work around the clock taping in different locations too the 26 episodes that they need to to fill their whole broadcast year. this show will air in december, this house,ty ya sandy's house will air in december or january. they'll figure it all out. that's what it looks like behind the scenes when want.
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say hello to ty and the gang up there. >> the work they do. the work that they do. tomorrow on "good morning america," are you ready, maybe even funnier than you, bill weir. chris rock. chris rock. >> will be here? >> tomorrow morning. >> fantastic. picked a good week to fill in. >> "consumer reports" will weigh in on their favorite skinny snacks. we'll see.
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we know all about skinny snacks. >> the espn body pictures. have a great day, everyone. >> see you tomorrow. >> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning at 8:56. i am greta kreuz with your local update. let's look at traffic and weather. >> it is ugly there. we have a problem on the outer loop of the beltway. this is coming around from branch avenue toward central avenue in college park the problem was place -- the problem was on connecticut avenue.
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we had delays reported, up from memorial bridge. on 66, as you approach parkway, there is a crash and the right side. >> we are looking at a lot of rain mainly to the south of the d.c. high pressure across our area will keep everything to this out. plenty of sunshine for today. e daytime high temperature should be in the lower 70's. a few scattered clouds tonight and nighttime lows will be in the 40's. tomorrow, increasing clouds late in the afterno. this is part of a cold front that will bring us a few scattered showers and temperatures will be near 70 degrees tomorrow we're calling for temperatures in the 60's thursday and friday and a chance of showers for the upcoming weekend. group editorial into the
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creigh deeds will be comparing in arlington today. he will be in the shirlington shopping center with mark warner and jim moran. they will speak with voters about plans to jump-start the economy in virginia. the polls show the creigh deeds is trailing bob mcdonnell. thank you for watching and we will be back at noon.
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