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good morning. bracing for more. a second wave of violent weather and possible tornadoes sets for the south and the midwest. in one area an 80% chance of more twisters. and the new storms are expected to be even stronger than the ones that killed3 people earlier this week. >> gate crasher. an patient drunk driver arrested after smashing through a fence and driving down a runway with a passenger set seconds from landing. >> attention all aircraft, use caution. the vehicle is headed y'all's
correcti direction now. >> the breach that's raising questions about security. and too hot? the steamy novel heating up the suburbs. some women love it. some men are reaping the benefits. not everybody is happy to see it on the bestsellers list today, not everybody is happy to see it on the bestsellers list today, friday, march 2, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie in for ann. another day of bad weather. some of the biggest cities in the south are in the path of strong storms today. >> many areas impacted by wednesday's deadly storms could be hit again today. al will have the latest on what you can expect straight ahead. >> also ahead, for the first time since monday's deadly
shooting, students at chardon high school returned to class after an emotional scene last night at a basketball game. the school's first event following the deaths of three students. more on that coming up. >> and an ugly turn in the battle over birth control rush limbaugh has ruffled feathers with choice words over a 23-year-old woman who supports contraception. she will respond in an exclusive live interview. we begin on this friday morning with the threat of severe storms and tornadoes. al roker is upstairs with the details. good morning. >> good morning, matt and savannah. this is a very dangerous situation. this is a potent, dangerous recipe. we've got very moist air, dewpoints in the low 60s. we have a strong low pressure system over the midwest and the jet stream all converging in the mid section of the country making it to the east. the low pressure lifts up, warm
air lifting over cooler air brings in storms. behind it we've got snow. what we are most concerned about is the area to the south. you can already see strong storms forming. we have a thunderstorm watch in effect from springfield to st. louis. these areas, these areas right to the west of st. louis have very strong storms. they are talking about golf ball size hail in them now. we've got the risk area that's going to be pretty much seeing activity happening in the afternoon into the evening hours. the strongest risk though, the area in red. this is where we are most concerned. stretching from central alabama all the way to central ohio. parts of west virginia. cities like huntsville, nashville, indianapolis, columbus, cincinnati are going to be looking at the possibility of strong thunderstorms and tornadoes. the ones that stay on the ground for a long time. we're going to continue to track this plus on the back side of the system we've got a lot of
snow to talk about. savannah? >> thank you, al. there are a lot of questions about a serious security breach at the airport in philadelphia. a man believed to be drunk crashed his jeep through a fence and onto an active runway just as a passenger jet was preparing to land. tom costello covers aviation for us. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. this could have been a very close call if it weren't for the quick action of the air traffic controllers watching the ground radar. all of the activity happening on the ground. it does raise questions about security at philly and perhaps elsewhere. it was just after 11:00 a.m. at philadelphia international airport. >> what's going on over on the right? >> i don't know. we're trying to figure that out now. >> reporter: u.s. airways flight was seconds from landing when controllers realized the flight could be headed for a runway collision. a rogue jeep was speeding down a runway with police in hot
pursuit. all of it capture on home video. air traffic controllers ordered the plane to abort the landing and all other planes to stay put. >> we have a rogue vehicle driving around. we're not talking to him. we're not moving anybody until we find this guy. >> reporter: the jeep crashed through a chain link fence driving to the active runways. for five minutes police chased the jeep with planes circling. >> let's use caution. the vehicle is on the run way. >> reporter: finally officers forced him to stop. the driver, 24-year-old kenneth richard mazik charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, criminal mischief and assault. he's not a terrorist, but in an age when every passenger must go through tsa checkpoints and pat-downs, how can a jeep crash through a fence onto a runway?
veteran aviation experts are concerned about such a serious breach. >> it could have been a disaster of epic proportion had it been someone with malintent who had a nexus to terrorism and a mission they were trying to perform. >> reporter: incredibly dangerous five minutes on the runway at philly. >> the airport, shut down right now. we had a rogue vehicle loose in the airport. stand by. >> reporter: if not for the quick actions of air traffic controllers it could have been far more serious. the airport was closed to air traffic for 35 minutes or so. airports around the country are required to ensure their perimeters are secure. lots of questions about how this happened. so far the airport said it is not planning any changes. >> tom costello, thank you. here's matt. >> now to ohio where classes at chardon high school are resuming
for the first time since monday's shooting. kevin tibbles, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the town wants the kids to recover, get back to being kids. regular activities are beginning to resume. everyone knows the healing will take time. the city of chardon is roaring back. carried by a sea of red, the high school boys basketball team scored an emotional victory thursday night. it was the school's first event since monday's tragic shootings. before the game, players from the rival team sported black chardon t-shirts and linked arms with chardon's players in prayer. earlier a march of solidarity and condolence as students came back together. >> it's going to be very sad. >> reporter: they came with their parents, while many others came out of their homes to stand with them. >> oh, how are you?
>> reporter: each student got a hug before going inside for discussion and counseling. classes resumed today. >> i think it's starting to set in on me. i'm not going to be able to go up to danny or demetrius, say hi. >> reporter: it was monday when a gunman opened fire killing three. hewlen would have turned 17 next week. >> his death wasn't in vain. he donated his organs. for him, he can change eight lives. >> reporter: t.j. lane was arrested moments after the shooting. he has been charged. >> the first charges were levied in court. lane was charged with three counts of aggravated murder for killing three of our children. >> reporter: lane had been living with his aunt and uncle. they released a statement saying each day we are walking through the fog of questions that we
have no answers for with you. >> i'm not a hero. just a football coach and a study hall teacher. >> reporter: in an emotional press conference thursday the assistant football coach credited with preventing further bloodshed spoke for the first time since the shootings. >> to the families of danny, demetrius and russell, i want you to know i was with them. i prayed with them. i wiped their tears. and i know god was with them. i don't know why this happened. i only wish i could have done more. >> reporter: t.j. lane's lawyer says his client is extremely distraught and remorseful. meanwhile this town wants to get these events behind it. it is determined never to forget those who have died. the first funeral is tomorrow, matt. >> kevin tibbles in chardon, ohio, for us. thank you very much.
it's nine minutes after the hour. here's savannah. >> now to politics. democrats narrowly blocked an effort by senate republicans to overturn president obama's policy on contraception insurance coverage. it is a heated issue that's led to controversial comments by rush limbaugh. kelly o'donnell is on capitol hill for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. this all starts with the president's health care law. then it gets into the fierce debate over personal issues like women's health and birth control and religious freedom. that can be volatile but add rush limbaugh and his harsh words toward a 30-year-old woman. >> i don't believe i am a pawn. >> reporter: sandra is a student and activist for women's reproductive health. >> so ms. fluke and the other feminazis -- >> reporter: limbaugh made her
the target after she spoke out on capitol hill in favor of a new obama administration rule that would require health insurance provide free birth control as preventative care. >> contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. for a lot of students who like me are on public interest scholarships that's practically an entire summer's salary. >> reporter: limbaugh who called her by the wrong first name then called her ugly things. >> what does it say about the college coed susan fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex? what does that make her? it makes her a slut. a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex is. >> reporter: limbaugh amped up the shock factor. >> if we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it.
i'll tell you what it is. we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> reporter: furious democrats defended her and fired off a demand that republican leaders denounce limbaugh. >> there is no call for those kinds of comments. those are very inappropriate and they should be repudiated by lots of people. >> reporter: this all happened as senate republicans lost their battle thursday. >> the motion to table is agreed to. >> reporter: to allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage if they have a religious or moral objection. on the campaign trail, mitt romney fumbled, first saying he opposed the senate bill. >> i'm not for the bill. >> reporter: later corrected himself to say he supports it. rick santorum pounced. >> after his consultants talked to him he came back, oh, i didn't understand the question. >> reporter: reacting to limbaugh's fury some conservatives said he was crude but they agree with the larger point. >> it's absurd to suggest that
birth control should be a free product provided by taxpayers for all women no matter what their income. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: democrats in the obama administration say by providing that kind of service through insurance at no cost it reduces health care costs over time and republicans are telling me they will not let this go. they plan to bring up the issue of religious freedom and not have the government force employers to do something again. expect this to bubble up one more time. matt? >> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill for us. thank you very much. sandra is with us now exclusively. good morning. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. i used to be one of those people outside the studio screaming with my mom. it's interesting to be on this side of the camera. >> nice to have you here. you didn't start this debate but you spoke publically about this issue. before i get to the specifics of what happened in the last day or so do you feel you have gotten
more than you bargained for? >> well, yeah. it's certainly been a good bit, yes. >> the comments made by rush limbaugh about you, certainly derogatory. what was your first reaction when you heard the comments? >> i think my reaction was the reaction a lot of women have had when they have been called these names. really i think a lot of women across america have had this. it was initially to be stunned by it, but then to quickly feel outraged and upset that, again, on the first day of women's history month, on that day a woman is being called these names in an attempt to silence me, to silence all of us from speaking about the health care we need. >> he made the first comments about you a couple days ago. when given the opportunity to backtrack or apologize for them yesterday, instead he doubled down. having said this, this is rush limbaugh and this is what he does for a livinging. he makes comments, in my
opinion, he hopes will get more people to talk about him, to listen to his radio show or buy his books. this is his business model. but having said that, are you surprised at what seems to be a deafening silence coming from the right in standing up for you? >> well, i do want to make sure everyone understands that this wasn't just one man who said these things. there were many conservative commentators on several major broadcast networks who did make these types of comments. i would encourage people to look into that. i think it's an important thing to think about that in our society in certain sectors this is evidently still acceptable. that's really problematic. >> this issue has been described in different ways. as an issue of religious freedom, women's health, government intervention. how do you define it? >> is i think this is about women's health. that's what it's always been about for me. that's what it's about for the many, many americans e-mailing
me constantly, telling me how important it is to them. for them and for me this is about accessible affordable access to a service that prevents unplanned pregnancies. >> where do you see the issue going? >> it's fantastic that the blunt amendment was defeated. unfortunately there are still bills being discussed in the house and the senate as well as in the legislatures of many, many states to restrict women's access to this important health care need. so unfortunately it doesn't seem like this is an argument that is over. >> sandra, thank you for your time. it was nice to have you on the show. >> thank you for having me. >> david gregory will have more on the battle over birth control and the super tuesday races on "meet the press" sunday. his guests newt gingrich, house republican leader eric cantor and debbie wasser man schultz.
>> natalie morales at the news desk has more of the top stories. >> good morning. maryland has become the eighth state to legalize gay marriage as that state's governor signed the law praising the move as the way forward for equal rights. if challenges fail to put the issue to a public vote the law will go into effect on january 1, 2013. the new jersey funeral home that handled whitney houston's services is saying it didn't leak a photograph of whitney houston in an open casket published in the national enquirer, but they know who took the photo. they say it is up to the family to reveal it. the red cross and other aid groups head to homs, syria today. the syrian government gave the red cross permission to enter after security forces took the city from rebels on thursday. parliamentary elections are under way in iran. it's the first since the hotly
contested election of mahmoud ahmadinejad in 2009. that caused protests and violent crack downs. a terrifying police chase caught on tape. officer andrew olsson was trying to pull over cameron cook for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. cook stops the car and jumps out to shoot at olsson. the officer survived with a gunshot wound to the leg and testified against cook on court on thursday. what do you get the boy who has everything? a $100,000 electric car, of course. at least that's what justin bieber's manager got him for his 18th birthday. the gift was revealed on the "ellen" show but the host got him a windshield sun strhade wi their picture on that he didn't know how to use. and a dashboard bobblehead of ellen herself. i can't believe he's 18.
now back to matt, savannah and al. he's growing up. >> not the boy who has everything anymore. the guy. >> young man. exactly. >> thanks, natalie. you're busy today. >> that's right. in fact, we'll be looking at the winter part of the storm in stn just a little bit. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good friday morning. i'm storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell. sunshine out there to get your friday started. temperatures in the low 30s in the sxwern northern suburbs to 40 in town right now. nothing showing up on doppler just yet. we have raindrops in the forecast by late this afternoon into this evening, showers becoming more and more likely. don't stray too far from the umbrella today. then nicer weather returns next week. have a that's your latest weather. savannah. >> now to a rare opening of the so called doomsday vault that sits in norway and serves as a backup against disaster. it's a home for seeds from all
around the world. nbc's michelle kosinski is there this morning. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: hey, savannah. this forbidding place -- and it's been a warm winter -- is the perfect place for a global seed vault. built four years ago but now thriving, a place to keep humanity's treasure in seeds for crops just in case who knows what might happen. here we are in 2012. this strange monolith jutting from a frozen mountainside on the rooftop of the world. hi. >> hi. >> reporter: so this is the place. >> this is it. >> reporter: the vault. planted here by american scientist kerry fowler, the first global seed bank. >> this is a big long tunnel that leads us back to the coldest place in the mountain. >> reporter: drilled 400 feet straight through solid rock and
permafrost, through sets of frozen doors. >> brace yourself. >> reporter: the minus 4 degrees fahrenheit now with 700,000 varieties of our planet's food crops. more than 100,000 types of rice. north korea sits peacefully next to south korea's. just this week through a raging blizzard samples managed to come in from violence-ravaged syria. and from the u.s., hearty wheat, many amber waves worth. an enormous plant gene pool protected from any number of future disasters. >> this is what is going to allow agriculture to remain productive, to create food security, to adapt to climate change and water shortages. everything that we might want agriculture to be in the future. >> reporter: if i wanted to find the best tasting italian tomato. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: it would be in one
of these boxes. >> i promise you, it's here. >> reporter: it's here? >> yes, it is. >> reporter: in this extraordinary environment, a magnificent isolation. maybe the safest place. so frequently guarded bipolar bears, it is illegal to venture outside town without a gun. so peaceful under the glow of northern lights -- wow -- it can rest unmanned. both a repository for the advancement of human farming over the last 10,000 years and a safe guard for the next thousands. one tiny seed at a time. it's not just catastrophe that worries scientists. they say commercial farming has reduced crop diversity. if everybody is planting the same type of wheat, a disease that affects it will do damage. there could be a time we say
what's an older wheat that's more resistant or more grow in a warmer, wetter place. some of the seeds are expected to still be viable 20,000 years from now. >> michelle, we're glad they're planning. thank you so much. coming up, an emotional day for nicollette sheridan as she takes the stand at her wrongful termination trial. first, this is "today" on nbc. [ male announcer ] this was how my day began. got my bearings.
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7:30 now on a friday morning, march 2, 2012. you can tell it's a friday with all those smiling faces on the plaza. we have a big crowd out there in rockefeller plaza. getting a jump start on the weekend. hopefully they've got great plans for the big apple. inside studio 1a i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie who is in while ann's off today. just ahead, drama in the courtroom as nicollette sheridan takes the stand at her "desperate housewives" wrongful termination trial. we'll have the latest. and do you know who's working at your child's day care center? only 11 states do fullback ground screenings on potential
employees. you may be shocked to hear who could be looking after your children. chris hansen will be here with the results of his investigation. and later, is it the new must-read for women? it's a racy novel that's sold more than 120 million copies. what message is it sending to readers? >> we begin with details on findset of a georgia man on trial for the murder of a father of two. thanh truong has the latest on the story and joins us from decatur, georgia. good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt. good morning. we have seen a lot of surprises in the first two weeks of this trial. the defendant is accused of shooting a father of two outside his son's day care. his defense claims an affair with the victim's wife drove him to insanity. now they are trying to shift attention to the wife herself. >> is the defense ready to continue? >> reporter: hemy newman's defense team doesn't deny he
shot rusty snyderman outside this day care in 2010. >> mr. newman is sick. >> reporter: they claim he was insane, driven to murder by visions of angels and demons resembling barry white and olivia newton-john. >> mr. newman didn't have the mental capacity to distinguish between right and wrong. >> reporter: on thursday a forensic psychologist testifying for the defense said newman suffers from bipolar disorder with psychosis. he described a visit from the angel that told him to kill rusty snyderman to protect snyderman's children which he thought were his own. >> he said the angel appeared and told him, he's going to hurt them. you have to protect them. as he's driving he thought, i have to kill him. he said that from that point on he said, i got my marching orders. >> reporter: his delusional sickness was fuelled by a secret affair with the victim's wife, andrea snyderman.
>> he has been manipulated by andrea snyderman. >> reporter: newman was snyderman's boss at g.e. in earlier testimony snyderman denied the affair saying she tried to fend off his advances. >> none of those feelings were ever returned. i made myself completely clear where i stood. >> reporter: several witnesses have contradicted snyderman's denials including one of her closest friends who testified she suspected an affair. following this testimony, snyderman awkwardly hugged her friend. once outside the courtroom snyderman told her the friendship was over. >> ms. citron responded, i had to tell the drea snyderman resp well, then i have to do what i have to do. >> reporter: the judge found snyderman's actions highly inappropriate and banned her from the courthouse. >> andrea snyderman is playing
each and every one of us for a fool. >> reporter: her friend later returned to the stand saying the encounter caused her to worry for her children's safety. >> i was just more shocked and overwhelmed with a lot of different emotions. >> reporter: as thursday's testimony drew to a close, the psychologist told the jury snyderman's constant calls, texts and e-mails to newman in the months leading up to the murder further confused an unstable man. >> it's a pattern of pushing him away, pulling him toward her. the part that's dangerous about doing that at that time with mr. newman is that he was already delusional about his relationship with her. >> reporter: the prosecution doesn't buy the defendant's plea of not guilty by insanity. instead they say he spent weeks carefully planning the murder. to be clear, andrea snyderman is not on trial and she's not charged with a crime. she is on the defendant's witness list and may take the
stand again when the trial resumes today. matt? >> thanh truong for us in georgia today. thank you very much. now a check of the weather from al. >> thank you so much. where are you from? >> seattle, washington. >> you have hats made from new york city parking tickets? >> yes. >> you got a lot of tickets. >> my son lives here. he collects them. >> he got all of these? >> yes. >> no, not really. >> i was going to say, the sheriff will be after him. >> thank you very much. let's show you what's going on. this is the snowy part of the same system that will cause all the dangerous big upper-level low. it will combine with the surface low pressure system and that will bring heavy snow and strong winds. snowfall amounts anywhere from 5 to 8 inches of snow in green bay, 8 to 14 in traverse city, michigan. marquette, 4 to 8 inches of snow. strong winds. probably seeing blizzard watches and warnings later today. a strong risk of storms from the
lower mississippi river valley. into the upper on ohio river valley. showers, windy conditions around the great lakes. looking important some showers moving into the mid atlantic states and northeast late tonight on into tomorrow. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good friday morning. storm 4 met meet chuck bell. beautiful start your friday morning. temperatures now still at or below the freezing mark fairfax, loudoun, much of northern montgomery county. near 40 in town and bayside. forecast for today plenty of sunshine this morning. becoming cloudy this afternoon with showers possible by late this afternoon and into early this evening. maybe a rumble or two of thunder late tonight into early tomorrow. then 2ur7bing breezy and cooler by sunday. this is a cutie. where are you from? >> south bend, indiana. >> don't forget. get your weather day or night on the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >> thanks. former "desperate housewives"
star nicollette sheridan will be on the stand at the trial to decide if she was wrongfully terminated from the show. miguel almaguer is in los angeles following the case. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. nicollette sheridan spent thursday on the stand. the actress told the jury she was struck in the head by an executive after a disagreement. she even demonstrated the blow to the jury. this after her character was killed off and she complained to network executives. nicollette sheridan left the los angeles county courthouse minutes after her first day of testimony. the actress, no stranger to cameras, but usually for scenes like this. >> you know someone else my age with a body like this. >> reporter: while the television temptress from "desperate housewives" didn't speak to reporters in court, she didn't hold back for the jury. during opening statements of her wrongful termination trial she openly wept. >> excuse me, everyone. >> reporter: on thursday, she reenacted a blow she says she
took to the face from executive producer mark cherry while they were rehearsing off stage in 2008. she demonstrated the hit by slapping her attorney when asked to do so. he stepped toward me and took his right hand and hit me across the head. it was a nice wallop across the head. >> ow! >> reporter: for the desperate housewives there was a lot of slapping on tv, but sheridan said it was a real life smack down. >> it stunned me. i was hit hard. >> i think what mr. cherry did, no surprise to anyone. that's who he is. i'm going to argue the case that way. >> reporter: paid $175,000 per episode, sheridan is seeking $6 million in damages. in court she claimed the physical altercation happened after she questioned cherry about a script. sheridan said cherry later tried to apologize saying, i'm on bended knee begging your forgiveness. though cherry and his lawyers made no public comment and have yet to cross examine sheridan it
was said in court documents, mark gave her a tap on the side of the head for the sole purpose of providing directions for a scene they were rehearsing. abc says there was a full investigation and found the actress was not mistreated. law professor laurie levinson. >> the case boils down to he said/she said. the jury has to decide who to believe. >> reporter: sheridan starred in the first five seasons, but five months after the incident with cher cherry, sheridan said she was shocked -- [ electric sizzling ] -- when her character was killed off. though those with the show say it was planned for months before the dispute. in court sheridan said she was hu humiliated. it was demeaning. now in the final season, there may be more drama off screen than on.
sheridan will be cross-examined later today. the witnesses could be a who's who from the show. actresses like eva longoria could take the stand. savannah? >> miguel almaguer in los angeles, thank you. up next, how are people with extensive criminal records working at licensed day care centers? an undercover investigation right after this. i wouldn't do that. get married? no, i wouldn't use that single miles credit card. nice ring. knock it off. ignore him. with the capital one venture card you earn... double miles on every purchase. [ sharon ] 3d is so real larry. i'm right here larry. if you're not earning double miles... you're settling for half. really? a plaid tie? what, are we in prep school? [ male announcer ] get the venture card at capitalone.com and earn double miles on every purchase every day. what's in your wallet? i was gonna say that. uh huh... ♪
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their child is in safe hands like katie and robert minton. >> we did our research on the internet. we did pop-in visits. >> we thought as parents we were doing all we could. >> investigators are not releasing details about what they think happened to a 2-year-old boy inside this home today. >> reporter: tragically it was after their son joshua was asphyxiated by his caregiver they learned the woman had a criminal record and was being investigated by the state. for slapping a child, leaving children unsupervised yet she was allowed to continue to operate the day care center. >> we didn't know anything about it. >> we trusted the state to make sure this was a good working facility. >> reporter: it turns out only 11 states do fullback ground screenings on potential day care workers. we found thousands of day care workers with criminal records. from vehicular homicide to grand theft to domestic violence,
child abuse, even manslaughter. the owner of this day care center in florida, melissa van cleeve has an arrest for battery. we had an under cover family ask her whether anyone working at the center has a criminal record. >> no, no. >> nothing? >> uh-uh. >> reporter: later, i came by. >> do you have a criminal history? >> no. >> reporter: none at all? >> no. >> reporter: there is something you need to know. i'm chris hansen with "dateline". >> you need to go. i have a business to run. thank you. >> reporter: you do have convictions in your past. >> thank you. >> reporter: let me show you. >> no. thank you. bye-bye. >> reporter: dui, battery, domestic violence. >> bye-bye. >> reporter: debra giles runs a day care center in orlando, florida, never told our family about her background. in 1995 you were accused of aggravated battery -- >> i forgot about that. >> reporter: you forgot. >> yeah, yeah.
>> reporter: she's one of several day care operators who wasn't happy to bring up the past. >> you're the evil one. you're the demon. i have watched your shows. you're a piece of [ bleep ]. >> reporter: i came here to give you chance to talk about this. >> you can go and [ bleep ] a rope and pay money to get information from me. i'm embarrassed for you. you're a slug. >> to be fair that day care operator lost his cool after several minutes of questioning. he has had a clean record since earlier problems, but you will see tonight in the investigation we found out a lot of disturbing things including a woman running a day care center who shot and killed her husband. >> chris hansen, people can watch the full report on "dateline" tonight at 10:00/9:00 central on nbc. up next, the late night comics take on the week that was right after this. ♪ get, get up and go ♪ dress up the sun ♪ ooh, 'cause it makes me feel so ♪
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>> but the one we lost we weren't really caring about anyway. it's all right. they had a lot of material over the last couple of weeks. >> strong stuff. >> just writes itself. the punch lines are happening in the real world. >> the red carpet. there was a lot there. >> i'm amazed at technology available for the leno people to do that stuff that looks so real. we're back with a racy novel making the rounds in the suburbs apparently. >> we'll find out after your local news. (bell rings) hi. good morning. big news. we're spreading the word about new honey bunches of oats fruit blends and their unique taste combinations. like peach/raspberry... and banana/blueberry. we're telling everyone. with one flavor in the granola bunch and one on the flake.
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good morning. i'm joe krebs, 7:56. we have a beautiful day outside so far. we will see if that will change. chuck bell in storm center 4. >> yes, indeed. changes are on the way. bright and sunny this morning. temperatures in the 30s, near 40. clouds on the increase today. and rain showers are likely by late this afternoon into early this evening. today's highs in the upper 60s and low 60s before the clouds thicken up. showers and couple of rumbles of thunder possible late tonight into the early parts of your saturday. and cloudy and showery through lunch time tomorrow. >> chuck, thanks very much. we will take a break and come
good morning. had an accident westbound braddock road at burke station road. blocking all of your westbound lanes. now just in the right shoulder. traveling across the 14th street bridge seeing some volume here as you make your way into the city but your travel speeds on 395 not terrible. you are under speed, though. 30 miles per hour taking 22 minutes to get from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. joe, over to you. >> danella, thanks very much. another news update in 25
we're back now. 8:00 on a friday morning. the second day of march, 2012. we've got an enormous crowd gathered here on rockefeller plaza. taking in the sight and sounds and saying hi to their friends and family live from rockefeller plaza. is this a school vacation? >> i don't know, but wow. nice. >> i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie here while ann is taking time off. mr. roker joins us as well. what's coming up? >> it will be an interesting segment. we have a new novel that's out.
a lot of women are picking it up. it's called "fifty shades of grey" and how do i put this delicately? it's descriptive and explicit. a lot of women say it's invigorating their marriage. it's racy. others say it crosses a line. we'll get into the controversy. >> and we aren't far away from the summer olympic games in london 2012. 149 days, i think. this morning we'll talk about one of the most hotly anticipated events at any summer olympics, the women's gymnastics competition. do you know only three american women have ever won the all around gold? we have all three in our studio this morning talking about what we can expect to see in london. >> that's cool. also on another note some 30 million americans take the popular cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins. the fda has announced it will require additional warnings on the labels.
dr. nancy snyderman will be here to put it in perspective. >> it has a lot to do with memory issues that could be a side effect of the drugs. natalie has the headlines from the news desk. >> good morning. a new round of violent storms and possible tornadoes threatening the south and midwest today from alabama to ohio. those storms could hit some of the same areas where tornadoes killed at least 13 people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes two days ago. a startling security breach led to a dramatic scene thursday at philadelphia international airport. police say a drunk driver crashed through a construction fence and led officers on a chase along two runways. the airport was shut down for a half hour and several incoming flights had to delay landings. the suspect has been ordered to undergo psychiatric testing. the senate upheld the birth control policy voting down the republican's blunt amendment
which would have let employers deny birth control and other services on religious or moral ground. court any reagan is at the new york stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning. at & t is ending unlimited data plans. customers will have to pay more to stream music and videos if you exceed the caps. meantime the last continental flight takes off today from phoenix to cleveland. united and continental merged in 2010. last but certainly not least, yelp shares begin trading today at the new york stock exchange for the first time. back to you. >> have a great weekend. >> you, too. >> thank you. now for a look at what's trending today. our quick round-up of what has you talking online. andrew breitbart cast a large shadow. he died thursday of natural causes. he was just 43.
his death is as polarizing as his politics apparently with a twitter war breaking out between harsh critics and admirers. do it yourselfers are going online to see if the flat pack house is something they can tackle. for 2k4r$80,000 you get to set p yourself and you get help installing the floors and counters. and sprinkles will have a 24-hour cup cake atm. a favorite with sweet toothed celebrities. it will dispense fresh cup cakes at $4 apiece and even dog treats for the late night walkers. wow. that's something. 8:04. now back out to matt and savannah. that says a lot about convenience. >> i think somebody who invents that, that's nobel peace prize stuff. it is. >> if they could get one that dispensed wine it would be
greater. >> ♪ getting to know you let's go to mr. roker with a check of the weather. >> with we have the birthday girl -- [ screeching ] >> it's my birthday! >> al! we love you! >> that's all the time we've w got. let's show you what's going on. we have -- some severe weather to talk about. we are talking to -- severe thunderstorms from central missouri all the way into central indiana. just to the west of indianapolis. they have hail being reported and some of the storms up to 2 inches in diameter. strong risk of storms from central alabama. all the way up to central ohio. strong risk, these could be long track tornadoes. they stay on the ground a long time. we are going have to -- birmingham, columbus, indianapolis, and the -- north side of this storm, we've got snow to talk about. we are talking anywhere from 2
to 8 inches of snow from the u.p. of michigan, parts of wisconsin as well. and we are looking at the risk of strong storms making their way further east overnight. wet weather in the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, everybody. i'm storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell. it is, indeed a friday. sun shining wrought side early on your friday morning. temperatures are now in the mid 30s across fairfax and montgomery county. low 30s still across frederick county, maryland. even down into frederick county, virginia, where the current temperature is at 34 degrees in winchester. for today, sunshine to start. becoming cloudy this afternoon. showers possible. starting late this afternoon and maybe a rumble or would of thunder late tonight into the front half of your >> i'm going to tinglkle in my pants! i'm so excited. >> matt? >> wow.
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back now at 8:10. what started as a whisper among friends has turned into a loud roar in book clubs across the country. we are talking about a racy novel called "fifty shades of grey." be warned. it contains graphic subject matter and language. but with more than 120,000 copies sold now it's appealing to more women than you might imagine. "today" national correspondent amy robach has more. >> good morning to you. there are entire industries devoted to telling men how to satisfy a woman. who would have thought a romance novel would answer the age old question what do women really want? ♪ >> reporter: there is a dirty little secret in the suburbs. >> i was like -- ooh! >> reporter: and it's not the change of a diaper. >> it was captivating, i have to say. things are going around. i could not stop. >> reporter: the truth may shock you. >> amazing.
>> reporter: the fantasy isn't in a tropical paradise. ♪ >> reporter: it's in a book club. >> fastest read ever. nine years, haven't read a book. >> john saw the light of the ipad. what are you doing? nothing! >> do you think it's an issue that i downloaded it to my daughter's kindle? >> reporter: what's going on between the covers has to do with the story between the sheets. it's called "fifty shades of grey." if you're thinking fabio, forget it. this story, which is part of a trilogy by e.l. james, a 40-something british woman, is not a tender romance. it's a submission sex fantasy. >> the most common female fantasy is a domination fantasy or a submission fantasy where she's swept off her feet, it's out of her control. >> reporter: sex therapist laura berman said she's not surprised the back. >> if we look at history we have the women's movement which was
really about empowering women not to be submissive to men w we have a new generation where women are more empowered than ever before. the glass ceiling has been broken. we have as much control as we want. what are we longing for? a little bodice-ripping. >> reporter: even the women in this boca raton book club agree. although they like control in the board room they would like less in the bedroom. >> it's nice for a man to take over in the bedroom than you having to please the man after you have just made dinner and did everything else. >> reporter: a word of caution about taking the fantasy into reality. >> it's one thing to fantasize about your neighbor when they're mowing the lawn. it's another to actually really want to act on that fantasy. >> reporter: although these "50 shades" fans say their husbands aren't complaining. >> my husband and i shared some very good times together because of this book. >> reporter: and maybe the book should land on the other side of
the night stand. >> every man should read the book. >> if men read it, maybe it wouldn't be such a fantasy. >> well, we have already been getting a huge viewer response about "fifty shades of grey" on the website. some viewers have been writing in concerned that the author plagiarized from a story called "master of the universe" on a twilight fan fiction site. we can confirm that e.l. james was also the author of the same story. back to you. >> amy, thank you. dr. drew pinske and logan lebcock join us. we have a doozy here. this is snot harlequin or jackie collins. it's explicit, graphic and parts of it are disturbing. what is the appeal, logan? >> first of all, i think we differ. i don't think it's disturbing. i think it taps into a fantasy
women have in terms of role playing, getting out of the comfort zone. it's about women being able to turn on their imagination. with erotica it's not visual. we explore things we could not explore in real life. >> it's not just steamy sex scenes. the context is bondage and submission and, stripped bare, violence against women. the man take as a young woman, a virgin, college age and introduces her to a world of, in some cases, physical pain. does this disturb you at all? >> it does actually. we are going beyond the issue of when people often start by saying men are aroused with visual material. women are aroused by using more of the brain. but this is going beyond that. as laura berman said in the piece, the swept away fantasy is common. but it's going beyond that into
actual violence against women. i have to tell you. this is the part maybe i'll get heat for. but there is a lot of violence against children in this country. there are various kinds of physical abuse. people subjected to those experiences are especially aroused by these images. i'm not saying the average women can't be, but it's especially arousing for them. >> i have read the books. as a woman and also as a professional from two different lenses. i don't see this particular book as violence against women. i really don't. >> hold it there. women being taken out of control, held against their will? >> the girl does have different control and senses. i want us to be clear. the particular community has very orchestrated rules and negotiations. this is, you know, a romant romanticized version of that. >> this is consensual.
it doesn't depict rape. >> why would that be arousing? >> that's the question. do women really want to fantasize about someone causing them physical pain? the book deals with that. >> the answer is people are doing it. >> but in some cases, different sensations. it's not as simple as pleasure versus pain. it's not that women want to fantasize about these things. >> they are. >> sometimes we do. sometimes we can be turned on and it doesn't mean we are acting it out or have a desire to. >> the books are selling. bottom line. they seem to be interested in this material and they seem not to be able to put it down. >> i couldn't put it down. >> you were disturbed by it. you liked it. i think i would be disturbed. >> one ochf the women said it spiced up her relationship. >> that's good. particularly women who may be having a drop in libido, don't take medication, read a book.
it says something socially about us that's a little bit disturbing. >> is that where we have come after 50 years? >> i don't think it's political. we have to get out of it. sometimes fantasies are ways to explore things we wouldn't tap into. what's important to me is women's story telling. being able to say something enhanced my marital sex life and i want to share it with you. that's interesting. >> it gets people talking. >> here we are. >> thank you so much. we appreciate it. up next, important medical news. new warnings associated with popular cholesterol lowering drugs coming up after this. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil
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we are back at 8:21. this morning on today's health a warning for americans who take statin drugs. the fda has issued new guidelines based on research which suggests there is a slight increased risk of memory loss and other medical problems associated with the drugs. nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman is here with us. >> hey, matt. >> good morning. people have been talking about side effects with statins for a long time. >> right. >> it's the first time the fda has taken the step to link statins -- >> it's all about transparency. >> how severe are the problems we are talking about? >> it depends if you get them. it's more common in women. i get those and the fda changed the label this is week to look
at three things. memory loss which can be fuzziness, not being able to do problems, remember where your keys are. changes in blood sugar and for some people, aches and pains in the muscles. doctors say don't necessarily get off the medicine if you have them. but be aware of the fact that if you do experience them, at least let your doctor know. these are real. >> let me get to things i need to say. >> sure. >> the research and manufacturers of america issued a statement that reads in part statins have impacted the health of millions of americans. the cdc has tributed the declines in cardiovascular death rates in part to better treatments. >> absolutely right. these are proven medications that have reduced the risk of stroke and heart disease, may have cancer prevention effects. maybe more in men than in women. i think the jury is still out. but women may have slightly increased risk. we have talked about taking the medications. a lot of doctors take statins
and a baby aspirin and believe, laughingly, it should be in the water for everyone. >> i have had doctors say they should put statins in the water. there is no down side. clearly there is. >> i'm a classic person for whom there is a down side. on a small dose of lipitor i get nightmares, foggy memory and muscle aches. i have had to figure out the cost benefit ratio for me. for people with cholesterol between 200 and 240. that's where doctors will say, yes or no. >> right. >> if i sit there and say, i'm having certain memory issues, they are not debilitating. i'm having fuzziness but my cholesterol has been reduced significantly which is going to reduce my chance of a heart attack. >> right. >> i'm going to say, you know, that's going to save my life and memory problems won't threaten my life. >> you're the kind of person for whom a doctor will say, stay on it, matt. we know it will lower your bad cholesterol, the risk of heart disease and stroke.
if you can live with fuzzy memory which is probably not a longstanding event then live wit. >> all right. >> it comes down to the cost benefit of every individual patient. sometimes if you have problems with one drug you can try -- >> i was going to ask. these drugs aren't all created equal. >> they are cousins. they're related. the compounds are different. if you have a b proon one, try another. >> do you tend to develop these problems with side effects early on in taking this or might you develop these years after you start taking them? >> there is a group of people who have complications more than others, side effects. people over 65. women. people who take multiple medications. even something as simple as antibiotic or anti-viral. if you have liver problems or type 2 diabetes you may see a change in liver enzymes or blood sugar. maybe not enough to get off the medication. if you are on the list you might see yourself having more medications. and normally we monitor liver
enzymes all the way through. now they are saying get them checked before you start. >> consult with your physician before you do anything. >> these medications are staying. >> thank you. >> you bet. >> just good morning, everybody. it is 8:26 on this friday, march 2. let's go straight to storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell with a look at the forecast. >> all right. thank you. bright shine for your friday morning. clouds are on their way back and rain showers are already moving into far southwestern virginia. take the umbrella to play it safe today. temperatures, 30s and 40s now. climb into the upper 50s and low 60s before the clouds thicken. showers possible starting late this afternoon and possibility of a rumble or two of thunder late tonight into the first half of the day on saturday. today's high and tomorrow is in the low 60s. >> chuck, thanks. traffic is next. [ male announcer ] this was how my day began.
there. >> if you are in one of those areas stay tuned to your nbc station. get the latest information or -- >> the weather channel or weather.com. >> i'm out on the plaza. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie here while ann is off today. natalie morales and al roker here as well. who's ready for the olympics in london? [ cheers ] >> it's counting down. >> we are going to get ready. as woe we count down we'll look at women's gymnastics with three of the best americans ever. they were the wholesome incredible competitors when they were in there. i will tell you something. sitting on the couch, i walked over to say hi. they were cheating, looking at my questions. >> whoa! >> reading them before the segment. >> scandal! >> scandal in the jim gngymnast world. >> also ahead, a lot of us just got iphones trying to figure out how to use them. siri is a personal assistance on the iphone that's taken the
country by storm. >> i'm sorry, i can't do that. >> i don't love you back. >> we ask it some important questions, see what siri has to say. >> i wonder what siri looks like. >> don't we all? >> plus, are you starting to plan your summer getaway? a lot of families are choosing whether to rent rooms or homes instead of going to a hotel. we'll tell you the best places to look online and how to protect yourself from getting scammed. >> and a cross-country open house. if you're thinking of buying instead of renting barbara corcoran will be along to show us some of the great homes for sale around this country for $300,000 or less. >> great. lots to get to. weather, a big story. >> it is. we're scared about this situation that's today. >> yeah, it really is. really scared about this situation that's developing. let's take a look and show you this is the latest radar we have -- severe thunderstorm watch in effect from central missouri into central indiana. and dangerous hail being reported right now.
this is the latest in from the national weather service. there is now a high risk, high risk of severe storms that will spawn tornadoes. we are not just talking hit or miss tornadoes. we are talking about long-track tornadoes. we are talking about louisville, lexington, nashville, in that bulls eye. strong risk also from columbus all the way down to birmingham. this will be for later this afternoon into the evening. volatile, dangerous situation. we are going to continue to track it here on your nbc station and on the weather channel and weather.com. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, everybody. we are waiting on our thunderstorm chances in washington. they will probably come overnight tonight and into early tomorrow. for now, though, just a bright and sunny friday morning. temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. it is going to warm up very, very quickly. we will be in the upper 50s and low 60s by early this afternoon. then clouds thickening and bring chances for rain in place by 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 this afternoon.
take the umbrella with you to play it safe. showers with t >> and that's your latest weather. now let's get caught up on our friends on the smucker's jar with our good buddy uncle willy. >> the great game of shuffleboard, one of my specialties. i love to play shuffleboard. i know everything about the game and i have a smucker's peanut butter & jelly sandwich at halftime. take a look at our birthday buddies today. we have the lovely mildred kinnarney from framingham, mass. 105 years old. henry goldbaum from san diego, california. 100 years old. enjoys spending time with his family. how nice that is. and keeping up with world events. today that's quite a job. my gosh. remember when you were a kid?
history was one page. sweet judy klugerman from lauderhill, florida. 100 today. her secret is paying bridge and an occasional martini. harold potter, take a look at this handsome fellow from hartsgrove, ohio. goes to church every sunday and doesn't mean being confused with harry potter. if he made that much money he'd be with us in florida now. good old helen chinn of san francisco, california. 1 is 00. walks the hills of san francisco every day. you know she's got to be in great shape. happy birthday. this is my game. watch this. nobody ever beats me. send it down, baby. hmm, a hole in one. what do you know? >> all right, willard, thanks.
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back now at 8:38 with today's countdown to london. the summer olympics just 147 days away. some of the world's top gymnasts are in town gearing up for the at&t american cup. but of course the ultimate goal is to be crowned the olympic all-around champion, a title only three american women have ever won. >> the gold medal goes to mary lou retton. >> and the united states has swept the gold medals. wow! stunning! the best. >> with grace, poise and perfect form mary lou retton, carly patterson and nastia liukin have won a combined 13 olympic medals. >> there it is!
>> she did it. >> a 10. >> at the 1984 summer games in los angeles mary lou became the first american woman to ever win olympic gold in gymnastics. >> look out for mary lou. >> it took two decades for the next mary lou to be crowned in athens, greece, when carly patterson took gold. >> nastia liukin joins mary lou and carly. >> four years later in beijing, nastia liukin added her name to the elite group of all-around champions. all three ladies are with us this morning. it is the first time in history that they have been in the same place at the same time. >> yes. >> we're happy about that. nastia liukin, mary lou retton and carly patterson. good morning. >> good morning, matt. >> you had the first picture ever together taken. i had no idea that this was so historic. >> it's already on twitter. >> really? you sent it out? >> we're as excited as everybody else. >> let's bring people up to
date. nastia, you have only competed once since beijing in 2009. you made the decision to get back into training and go for the 2012 team. was it a hard call? >> it was a little card, but at the same time i knew in the back of my mind that i wasn't done. because i wasn't able to tell myself that i was done with gymnastics and i think i had a vision of me being in london sitting in the stands, not knowing if -- you know, if i could have tried and been on the team. i didn't want to have those thought or so regrets. >> i was reading last night and i remember that your dad, your coach in beijing, will still be your coach, but he's also coaching another olympic hopeful. what's her name? >> rebecca bross. how is that going? >> it's different this year. last time four years ago she was just a junior. she didn't factor into anything. now having somebody right by my side every day makes it more competitive. but i think it's good. i am older now, so she's younger than me.
she has the energy and fire every day. >> mary lou, 1984 when you won olympic gold and you're also in training for 2012. congratulations! that's great news. >> thanks, matt. that would be history. >> can you imagine? >> four daughters? >> yes. four. 16, 14, 11 and 9. god bless me. but really just getting my priorities straight being a full-time mom now. still traveling, doing some things. very involved in gymnastics. three are competitive gymnasts. >> do you love that the young girls mention your name and want to be like you? >> it's an honor. 28 years ago. it was 28 years ago for my olympics. one of the greatest moments of my life, being able to represent the usa in the olympic games. to pave the way for these wonderful women. you know, back in my day there was no expectation.
americans had never done anything in olympic history. >> and obviously you set the pace. >> carly, you're in college now. >> yes. i'm a full-time student. >> and engaged. >> yeah. i just got engaged to my wonderful fiance mark. wedding planning and all that fun stuff now. >> do you miss competing? >> i do. it was one of those highs you can only get from competing in gymnastics or in a high level sport. i definitely miss the feeling. >> can we go over a couple of the other hopefuls. here's one. but some of the other people we may be seeing in london. jordan wieber from dewitt, michigan. what should we know? >> reigning world champion. >> she's the one to beat. >> not only did the u.s. win the team gold medal but jordan came away at her first world championships to win the title. that definitely gives you the confidence you need to go out in the olympic stage.
>> she's stayed healthy and she'll be the one to beat. she's the front-runner. >> you can see her gymnastics is amazing, dynamic, powerful. she's confident. >> another name is ali raizman from massachusetts. >> she's been on two world championship teams along with jordan in tokyo. as you can see, she's a powerhouse. on vault and floor especially. she does some tumbling nobody in the world does. she does it with ease and confidence. so it makes it look easy. i can tell you that it's not. >> having that power and having those big competitions under her belt, she's just a huge asset to the team. >> again, it's great to have the three of you on the same couch in the same room, cheating, looking at my questions. we're pleased. we can't wait to see you in london and cross paths with you down the road. thanks again. >> thanks for having us. >> our pleasure.
you can watch the at&t american cup gymnastics competition tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. eastern on nbc. up next, planning your summer getaway. the next sites for vacation rentals. first, this is "today" on nbc. we spend a lot of time on the feed because a chicken is what it eats. [ jim ] this seal verifies we feed my fresh all-natural chickens an all-vegetarian diet including corn, soybeans, and marigolds. no animal by-products. no meat and bone meal. when you put my chicken on the table, you know where it came from.
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not only can people save money but they can make money if they want to put their apartment or houses on the market. >> is it just semantics? what's the difference between renting a room versus a hotel room? >> some websites have you crash at someone's house. you take their apartment over or rent one room in the apartment. others have full amenities, spas, concierge. depends on if you want the chocolate on your bedside when you have turn down. >> i do. >> or not. >> chocolate always. for most people the big hesitation is at a hotel you know what you're going to get. if you're not happy you can go to the hotel manager and have it addressed. you book someone's home, what recourse do you have? how do you avoid getting scammed? >> the main thing is you have to do your due diligence. set a budget. know what location you want to be in. it sounds obvious but they will say "new york." new york has the catskills,
staten island, manhattan. if you want to be in manhattan, be in manhattan. also, if you want an ocean view, make sure it is provided. and you may want to consider getting travel insurance to be safe. >> and there are fishy words when they see sleeps six. it may not be six bedrooms. >> a reputable site saves you heartache. >> if you want to rent your home and possibly make cash how do you go about it? >> this is a genius thing people are doing. when they are on vacation their house is making them money. this is fantastic. first of all, make sure you are using a reputable site. you either pay a commission or pay a fee per year. also make sure to have a contract. a lot of websites offer important questions that you should ask people. also really think about what you want and what's right for you just because you're going to make money doesn't mean it' e's going to work for you.
>> first we have rental companies. we have -- i don't know how to say it. >> air b & b. >> i was trying to say it like a word. >> they have had 4 million guest nights booked in the last year. this is great to stay in a city and you have everything from staying in someone's spare bedroom to renting the whole place. >> we have home away. >> home away has a lot of different price points. it's associated with vrbo. >> we have luxury hotel rooms. red week.com. >> it's great because they are affiliated with hotels and resorts. this is almost like a timeshare or a condo. you can get the amenity-filled experience while doing it at a vacation rental. >> there is a house rental agency. >> wimco. luxury villas. we'll see one in turks and
caicos. if you want luxury, this is it. >> and the traditional house swap. i love the idea. >> i love a house swap, too. a lot of people do. the reason is you are literally barely spending any money and you get a vacation out of the deal. there are websites like i love home swap and home exchange that are great. home exchange has 41,000 listings. you won't be short of places to go. pick one and do it again and again. >> and can you talk to the other owner to manage expectations? >> it's all about doing your advance work, talking to people whether it is a representative or the owner. asking a million questions, probably too many. and get it in writing. >> pictures. it's easier these days with e-mail. >> you feel like you get a tour with how in depth the websites are. >> good way to look at summer vacations. thank you. up next, fun with the country's newest "it" girl, siri, the
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world famous enough to go by one name. madonna, cher, beyonce and now -- siri. >> okay. i'll send your message. >> reporter: first released by apple back in october -- >> this is really cool. >> reporter: siri is the virtual personal assistant who has become a worldwide phenomenon. you can ask her anything. >> what's the weather like in chicago. >> remind me to pick up the wedding invitations. >> siri is an interesting technology. it's the voice activation that can do anything for you. >> reporter: just six months old, siri is seeping into pop culture. from music -- ♪ siri, sometimes your words hypnotize me ♪ >> reporter: to horror movies. >> do you think you can outsmart me. >> reporter: to morning television. >> text kathie lee. >> i don't have a phone number or e-mail address. >> yes you do. text kathie gifford.
>> i'm sorry. i didn't find that. >> no! >> reporter: a technology company created the virtual assistant in 2010. so apple didn't invent siri, but it made her famous and is keeping her mysterious. >> we don't know how siri came about or why they kept the name. we don't know if it's a computer generated voice or who the female is. >> reporter: we may not know siri, but siri knows us. what's my name? >> you're savannah. that's what you told me anyway. >> reporter: attitude. she takes all kinds of questions. >> find me a starbucks. >> reporter: what's with the urge to ask her -- well -- >> siri, where should we bring dead bodies. >> if you ask where she's from she says she's from another planet, sent to earth to be a personal assistant. >> reporter: siri may ignore you. make sure she can understand you. >>. [ strong accent ] how many miles are in ten
kilometers. >> i don't see e-mails for yesterday. >> reporter: we have it bad for siri. >> do you love me? >> reporter: when you put her to the test, does she know the answer to life's important questions? >> where in the world is matt lauer? >> here he's matt. nbc universal's work address. >> whoa. >> reporter: what is al roker's middle name? >> okay. here goes. >> reporter: albert lincoln roker? [ bell ringing ] >> reporter: what's your favorite morning show? >> i prefer not to say. >> reporter: what's the number one morning show in america? she's giving me something on the internet. there's your answer! siri is smart. do we love siri? >> i have mixed feelings. >> i turned her off. not the first woman i have turned off. >> i was going to say. >> you know, i was hitting the
buttons. i just got it. she would just start talking when i didn't want her to. >> let's be honest. you're not mr. technology. >> you have to set it. you can turn it off so it doesn't do it. >> ask her the meaning of life, al. >> let's see. >> hold on. she's working. >> what's the meaning of life, siri? >> this is why i turned her off. >> we're hanging on her -- >> get back to us. >> i got nothing. >> the answer after your local news. local news. good morning. it is 8:56 on this friday, march 2. let's go straight to meteorologimee meteorologist chuck bell. how long is the spring fever going to last? >> it will last just long enough to get you start order your friday. not long enough to carry all the way into the weekend. unfortunately. sunshine for now. temperatures climbing very, very quick will you now.
upper 30s to low 40s and most neighborhoods. already 48 now in national airport. increasing clouds by late this morning and into this afternoon. showers possible as early as late afternoon today and showers with embedded thunderstorms possible late tonight into early tomorrow. might get a sliver of shine saturday. better chance for sunshine on your sunday. >> all right. thank you, chuck. danella and traf the word is swapportunity.
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and we're back with more of "today" on a friday morning, march 2, 2012. just a chance to get one more look at the nice people who have gathered outside our studio window this morning. heading off for a fun weekend of activity in new york city. out on the plaza i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie and al roker. savannah is here while ann takes the day off. coming up this half hour a serious subject. we had a security scare at the airport in philadelphia yesterday. some guy crashed through a gate in his jeep and drove down an active runway while a plane was inbound, being chased by police. this guy was apparently
intoxicated. not going to have a good weekend, i have a feeling. >> no. >> it raised e questions about security at airports. we'll get into those in a little while. >> scary. >> later on we'll go barn storming across the country with barbara corcoran as we look for great homes. a southern charmer to a rocky mountain high cabin. all the homes are under $300,000. >> wow. gorgeous. >> something a lot of women are guilty of, keeping foundations, mascara and lip gloss past expiration dates. that could make you sick. >> ew. >> matt's about to pass out. we'll tell you when they get old and tell you how to store them properly. i'll make a confession. i didn't know they had expiration dates. >> think of the germs over the years. >> correct. i will be watching that segment. >> a petri dish on your lips. >> natalie has the headlines. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. residents of weather-battered communities in the south and
midwest are bracing for more violent weather today. the national weather service is cautioning people to stay vigilant. for hard hit southern illinois the likelihood of a major weather event there is dwindling with the bull's eye moving east to kentucky and tennessee. now to the serious security breach at the airport in philadelphia. a man believed to be drunk crashed his jeep through a fence onto an active runway as a passenger jet was preparing to land. nbc's tom costello covers aviation for us. good morning, tom. >> reporter: good morning to you. this could have been a close call. you've got to credit the air traffic controllers who were watching not only the skies but the ground radar. everything happening on the ground and this does raise serious questions about not only security at philly but elsewhere. it was just after 11:00 a.m. at philadelphia international airport. >> what's going on over on the right? >> i don't know. we're trying to figure that out now.
>> reporter: u.s. airways flight 3137 from raleigh was seconds from landing when air traffic controllers realized the flight could be headed for a runway collision. a rogue jeep was speeding down a runway with police in hot pursuit. all of it captured on home video. air traffic controllers ordered the pilot to abort the landing and all other planes to stay put. >> we have a rogue vehicle driving around. we're not talking to him. we're not moving anybody until we find this guy. >> reporter: the jeep crashed through a chain link fence driving straight onto the active runways. for five minutes police chased the jeep with planes circling. >> let's use caution. the vehicle is on the run way. police are chasing him. >> reporter: finally officers forced him to stop. the driver, 24-year-old richard mazik of pennsylvania charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, criminal mischief and assault.
police say he's not a terrorist. but in an age when every passenger must go through tsa checkpoints and at times endure pat-downs, how can a jeep crash through a fence onto a runway? veteran aviation experts are concerned about such a serious breach. >> it could have been a disaster of epic proportion had it been someone with malintent who had a nexus to terrorism and a mission they were trying to perform. >> reporter: incredibly dangerous five minutes on the runway at philly. >> the airport, shut down right now. we had a rogue vehicle loose in the airport. stand by. >> reporter: if not for the quick actions of air traffic controllers it could have been far more serious. the airport was closed to air traffic for about 35 minutes. the federal government requires all airports to secure their perimeters. this morning philadelphia airport says it will review its
security procedures around the perimeter. back to you. >> a lot of questions from the incident. tom, thank you so much. officials have nabbed one of the largest smuggling operations ever uncovered in this country. at least 26 people from texas to the philippines have been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle 325 million dollars in counterfeit goods from china through the port in elizabeth, new jersey. classes are resuming today at chardon high school in ohio for the first time since the shooting monday left three students dead and two others wounded. 17-year-old suspect t.j. lane was charged as a juvenile thursday with murder and attempted murder. a hearing later this month will determine if he will be tried as an adult. maryland is the eighth state to legalize gay marriage as that state's governor signed a new law praising the move as the way forward for equal rights. and who doesn't love an adorable, playful baby? this chimpanzee apparently. instead of patty cake under glass the chimp dishes out a
flurry of backhand shots. then takes it up a notch using his foot there. the baby and his caregiver don't seem alarmed. and nobody got hurt. good thing there's glass between the animals and us there. it's six minutes past the hour. back to al with a check of the weather. >> thanks, natalie. as you mentioned at the top of your newscast we have severe weather. a lots what's happening. lot of warm, moist air coming up over the gulf and into the southeast. we have a strong jet stream and very vigorous low pressure system between the two. you can see what's going on right now. we have got a severe thunderstorm watch stretching from central missouri into indiana. wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. two inch in diameter hail reported in nashville this morning. as you look, this is a high risk, not just strong, but high risk of severe thunderstorms which could develop long track tornadoes. tornadoes that stay on the ground for a long period of time. nashville, lexington, louisville, in that bull's eye,
columbus, all the way down to birmingham, racing. back side of that system we have a lot of snow to talk about as well. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good friday morning. storm 4 met meet chuck bell. and i can tell you one thing. that chance of severe weather out to our west probably not going to impact us quite as severely which is welcomed news. that being said we could still get rumbles of thunder late tonight into the early morning hours of your saturday. your friday is off to a nice and quiet start, though. temperatures now warming into the low and mid 40s. looking for highs today into the upper 50s and low 60s. but skies will become cloudy by early this afternoon and rain possible this afternoon and then ♪ she's a brick house >> time for today's real estate. what you can get for under $300,000 these days. "today" real estate contributor and our brick house barbara corcoran is here with the best bargains in the market from a cabin in the rockies to a southern charmer. we'll start down south in south
carolina. it's an historic 19th century home for $289,000. >> cheraw has to be the prettiest town the dixie. this town was a boys' school and was general sherman's head quarters on his march to the south. it's big enough for all those guys. it has a 50 by 12 column porch. the ceilings on the ground floor are all over 12 feet tall. there is a brick fireplace. that's one of seven in the house. the french doors are topped with broken pedimentes which is common and pretty in the room. there is a tile back splash. i'm happy they didn't ruin the kitchen when they renovated it. there is a blue dining room with pretty wanscoting. traditional windows on every wall and look at the sun room. who wouldn't want to hang out
there? lush greenery surrounding it. there is a charming fenced garden and it's got a garden shed that would be called a guest house in any other part of the country. >> is that's for sure. now to cleveland, just south in hudson, ohio. a four bedroom home for $289,000. >> they have different weather. look at this house. they have under ground railroads that pass through under the streets, secret rooms, passageways and tunnels. they run through the whole area. this is a traditional house. first floor office. four big bedrooms. the living room is bright and inviting with hardwood floors. there is a walk-in bay window. it's walk-in if you can get a foot in there. there it is. there is a cook's kitchen with a pot filler faucet which is popular today with an expansive island and a sunny dining area. the formal dining room has wood floors. a sizable room.
i like that rug. the family room has beamed ceilings and is cozy with the wood burning fireplace. there is a big yard out back. big enough to have maybe 20 kids if you want to have a big family. a great house for raising a family. >> let's go now to reading, pennsylvania. get that reading railroad going. >> you remember that. >> classic stone colonial. >> this is one hour from center city in philadelphia. >> wow. >> it's very close. almost next to albright college and gives the neighborhood a college town feel which is so popular today. in 1942 they built this house and took beautiful stone from the area. inside you see wood floors, a brick fireplace, a custom eat-in kitchen with okay cabinets and black appliances. why they did it, i'm not sure. co corian counter tops. expanded bay windows and a deep
window sill which is charming to spend time in. there is a built-in bookcase in the den next door with a wood burning fireplace. out back there is a handsome beautifully landscaped corner lot with mature trees. looks like the house is historic and has been there. >> looks much older than 1942. >> it was well done with great taste. >> evans, georgia. heading back to the south. let's go to a beautiful home for $289,900 on a quite cul-de-sac. >> this is five miles from augusta golf course which hosts the masters tournament every spring. this is a three-story house. almost looks like somebody took a picture and stretched it up. it's tall and skinny. 3,000 square feet. that's williamsburg style. very popular in georgia. ten foot ceilings. hard wood floorses and a marble fireplace. i like the yellow color in the room. that's pretty. the kitchen is too blue for me.
>> wow. >> very pretty room though. the formal dining room has wainscoting and gleaming floors. a sunny eat area doubling your entertainment space. the backyard is fenced and has a nice play set tucked into a corner. >> just outside of denver, evergreen, colorado. $287,000 for a charming cabin. >> you will see this cabin sits at 7,200 feet elevation. it was a summer play ground for frank and teddy roosevelt. they make claim to the neighborhood. three acres of pristine land. inside you see it's loft-like with an open great room, wide planked floors and an old fashioned wood burning stove. >> and a toboggan on the wall. >> i didn't notice. you should be a real estate
broker. knotty pine cabinets. that looks dated because of the color. and a separate laundry room next door. the dining room is flooded with sunlight. i like the beamed ceiling. two big windows make it pleasant for breakfast or dinner, i think. upstairs is a couch parking lot. move that furniture around, decorate it. stop it, al. windows with breathtaking views. >> they have ridden the sled off the loft and it got stuck on the wall. thanks, barbara. up next, when in doubt, throw it out. how to keep bacteria from invading your makeup. later on, a bitter off screen drama as one of the desperate housewives takes their executive producer to court. first, these messages. ♪ my heart skips a beat ♪ my heart skips a beat ♪ my heart is playing tricks on me ♪ [ female announcer ] introducing new special k granola bars.
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them they start to deteriorate. they are exposed to oxygen which allows bacteria to oxidize and grow more quickly. some can grow more easily that way. if you don't remember the date chances are you won't remember. there are now apps. it's called beauty alert. you can enter it into the phone and it says get rid of the lipstick, the mascara. >> programming our lives. second you say to smell the product. why does smell matter? >> products have a specific smell when you buy them. when they are getting old they turn rancid. the ingredients change. certain times ingredients will become stronger. certain times they won't work. it won't smell bad necessarily. mascara has a distinct smell. your lipstick has a distinct taste. when it changes, get rid of it. >> consistency in color changes, too. lotions and creams get yellow,
off-color. >> and that's a warning sign that something is going wrong. water has evaporated which changes the ingredient concentrations. then the product may not be doing what it is supposed to be doing and it can harm you. it can irritate the skin. you can get acne. you want to be careful about it. >> to makeup first. mascara, of course. you are supposed to change it, but how often? >> i recommend every three months. the reason is you are exposing your eyes to it and the eyes are sensitive to jerms and bacteria. also the vestibule that mascara is stored in. you have to take the wand out of on airtight area which is a great breeding ground for bacteria. change it as often as you can. >> and eye liner? >> they're better as long as you don't use saliva to moisten them. that will introduce bacteria as well. eye pencils, you sharpen away and start with a fresh crayon
every time or you can use alcohol. they can stay about a year. >> lipstick versus lip gloss. >> gloss has the same issue as the mascara. the wand going in and out of the vestibule that stores it introducing bacteria that you can't get rid of. three months, max, for a lip gloss. if you get exposed to a cold sore or something with an infection on your mouth, throw that lip gloss away. lipsticks you can cut the top off of it, clean it with alcohol and perhaps save it for longer. 6 to 12 months. when lipsticks don't go on smoothly, get rid of them. >> the best place to store makeup. >> people store makeup and cosmetics in the bathroom which is the worst place. you want a dry, nonsun exposed, nonhumid area to store them. keep them in a drawer or cabinet. dark, away from sunlight, out of the bathroom. >> all right. skin care products, moving on. creams and moisturizers. how important is it to make sure
you're checking that you are not getting exposure to bacteria? >> creams and moisturizers, be careful and use products that are not turning yellow, that haven't changed consistency and color. they can store bacteria. people often don't realize how dangerous they can be. they leave them in desk drawers, cosmetic bags and gym bags for months, even years and don't change them out. >> tubes are better when it comes to making sure the product is not introduced to bacteria. >> right. you want to go for packaging that's more high tech. go for tubes, pump bottles, things that are airtight. you don't have to double dip with your fingers. if you put the finger in the jar, wash them before and after. you are reintroducing bacteria every time you expose it to air. >> good tips. i have cleaning out to do with my makeup and gym bags. thank you. >> thank you. coming up, bold and bright, pretty and printed. jeans are anything but blue
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good morning. if you are taking bw parkway, we are seeing big delays. this is at laurel bowie roadblocking all of your lanes. you are able to squeeze by using the shoulder lane. you are jammed starting at 32. you are bumper to bumper as you make your way towards the accident traveling southbound. crossing over the 14th street
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and they said, dad! it's monday! >> down girl. >> you're bringing me to work. >> coming up this half hour, desperate housewife nicollette sheridan faces off with the executive producer of the show claiming she was mistreated and wrongfully terminated. we'll have details in a live report. >> plus, everyone has their favorite pair of jeans. this spring, make sure they're not blue. bobbi thomas shows us the hottest trend in denim is color and prints. she looks fine in those hot pink pants. >> our director joe michael has been wearing those for six months. he was ahead of the curve. and we have one word for you -- bacon. from shrimp and bacon tacos to crispy chicken tacos we'll get creative. let's check in with amy robach. she has a preview coming up. >> coming up, scam prevention. meet a woman who got more than she bargained for when she
signed up for online dating. find out how you can avoid getting ripped off. sisters in the fight of their lives. we'll meet angel, brenda and kathleen o'brien. in months, all three were diagnosed with breast cancer. find out how they are getting through it. and lindsay lohan is back hosting "snl" this weekend for the fourth time. the first time since 2006 when her legal drama began. can it help her mend her image? that and more when we see you right here on "today." >> now mr. roker has a busy job today. lots of weather. >> absolutely. we have severe weather in the soas we move ahead to the weeke, shoot day, we have that risk of strong storms moving along the southeastern atlantic coast. showers in the pacific northwest. mild from the gulf coast on into the southwest. morning shower and wind along the northeast coast. on sunday we have more rain along the southeastern atlantic coast. showers and thunderstorms in the
southeast. plenty of sunshine from the gulf coast right on into the southwest and southern california. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good friday morning. i'm storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell. and our friday is off to a wonderful start. bright and sunny. temperatures warming up very, very quickly. into the mid and upper 40s and nearly every neighborhood, 48 in downtown. enjoy the sunshine because clouds are on the way and rain chances return as early as mid to late afternoon today. do expect showers to be a big part of the friday night forecast. through much of the overnight might even have a rumble or that's your latest weather. >> we have to say hello to sean diddy combs. created his own clothing line. we just want to make sure everybody knows you're here. yorecorded a platinum album. >> t.j. and daniel are
technically the directors of the film. they are technically the winners. i'm like the martin scorcese, jr., the executive producer. everybody just ran with it. i'm like -- i'm the oscar winner but these young talented entrepreneurial directors, shoutout to them. they are the ones that -- they are the guys. >> the movie is "undefeated." >> it's a documentary. >> a documentary. i did it with the winestein group who did probably the most successful documentary "fahrenheit 9/11." this is about the tigers, about believing in yourself. it's about a coach that believed in the kids more than they believed in themselves. then they start to believe. it becomes addictive. >> life-changing for them. >> life-changing for them. it's about the foundation. it's about belief. not just about football, sports.
it's not "friday night lights." it's truly a human drama piece that's done in north memphis about these kids' lives. it follows three kids and the life of the coach. >> one person can make a difference. >> yes. >> was there somebody like that for you? >> yeah. i would have to say it was my grandmother. it was her looking at me like i could be somebody. especially like what my surroundings were. she wasn't going for it. she was not having that reality. this coach is just so incredible. this coach really believed in these kids and they started to believe in themselves. he gives incredible speeches. by the end of the movie, one of the guys in the movie named chavis, one of the most troubled youth in there, he gives a speech that's one of the speeches that just breaks you down into tears. it's amazing. the movie is amazing.
it's in chicago, philly, san francisco today. open wide. it's won the oscar. also, i must let you know. i want to thank nbc and comcast. i started my own new network. it will be the number one name in music. we'll play what the others are afraid to play. we are bringing soul back to music. >> we look forward to hearing more from you. >> thanks for tweeting us. >> yeah! i am diddy, follow me. >> yes, you are. >> i am diddy. >> you are. >> coming up, nicollette sheridan takes her "desperate housewives" producer to court. stay with us. sweet, nutty crunchy nut... can't wait 'til morning.
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former "desperate housewives" star nicollette sheridan will be back on the stand today at the trial to decide if she was wrongfully terminated from the show. miguel almaguer is following the case in los angeles. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. nicollette sheridan spent all day thursday on the stand. she told the jury she was struck in the head by the show's executive producer after a disagreement. then claimed her character was killed off after she complained to network executives. she even demonstrated the alleged blow in court. nicollette sheridan left the los angeles county courthouse minutes after her first day of testimony. the actress, no stranger to cameras, but usually for scenes like this. >> you know someone else my age with a body like this. >> reporter: while the television temptress from "desperate housewives" didn't speak to reporters in court, she
didn't hold back for the jury. during opening statements of her wrongful termination trial she openly wept. >> excuse me, everyone. >> reporter: on thursday, she reenacted a blow she says she took to the face from executive producer mark cherry while they were rehearsing off stage in 2008. she demonstrated the hit by slapping her attorney when asked to do so. he stepped toward me and took his right hand and hit me across the head. it was a nice wallop across the head. >> ow! >> reporter: for the desperate housewives there was a lot of slapping on tv, but sheridan said it was a real life smack down. >> it stunned me. i was hit hard. >> i think what mr. cherry did, no surprise to anyone. that's who he is. i'm going to argue the case that way. >> reporter: paid $175,000 per episode, sheridan is seeking $6 million in damages. in court she claimed the physical altercation happened after she questioned cherry about a script. sheridan said cherry later tried to apologize saying, i'm on bended knee begging your forgiveness.
though cherry and his lawyers made no public comment and have yet to cross examine sheridan it was said in court documents, mark gave her a tap on the side of the head for the sole purpose of providing directions for a scene they were rehearsing. abc says there was a full investigation and found the actress was not mistreated. law professor laurie levinson. >> the case boils down to he said/she said. the jury has to decide who to believe. >> reporter: sheridan starred in the first five seasons, but five months after the incident with cherry, sheridan said she was shocked -- [ electric sizzling ] -- when her character was killed off. though those with the show say it was planned for months before the dispute. in court sheridan said she was humiliat humiliated. it was demeaning.
now in the final season, there may be more drama off screen than on. sheridan will be cross-examined later today. savannah? >> miguel almaguer in los angeles. thank you. coming up next, it's all in the jeans. we have the new color trends in denim right after these messages. with pollen and dust in the air. i have to banish you to the garden. but now, with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant. i can breathe freer with zyrtec-d®. so i'll race you to our favorite chair. i might even let you win. zyrtec-d® lets me breathe easier. so i can love the air. [ male announcer ] zyrtec-d®, behind the pharmacy counter. this week only, save $10 on zyrtec® 70 count. see sunday's newspaper. now herbal essences has more styling products to let you shape shift your look from straight to curls... to up-do. the new herbal essences stylers -- . . .
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prints jeans are the ultimate statement piece. bobbi thomas is here to show us how to wear them well. you are wearing them well. they're gorgeous on you. >> these are rag and bones neon legging jeans. i wanted to put on something so avant-garde. people are like, you can never wear those outside of your 20s, but you can if you keep out simple and classic. >> that's the key to pulling it off is how you pair it. >> punky brewster would pair it with neon socks. now it's about basics. >> ebony has on yellow denim. >> yes. i was inspired by jessica alba who wore this same ann taylor sweater. the yellow jeans are from bloomingdale's. they're aqua.
jessica's were from hudson's. this is fresh and preppy for spring. really fun. >> thanks, ebony. moving on we have a way to dress up the look more if you're going out. she looks chic and sharp. >> what i love about the rich tones, the deep purple, berries and wines, darker red, it's a great way to dress up denim. sometimes blue jeans don't look dressy for dinner. these are fantastic. >> any body type. >> i love the nude shoe and the leather. this is from macy's. >> probably a good idea with a neutral shoe. >> and you can elongate your
frame with a heel. >> moving on we have nancy coming out in a pastel pair. this is a really soft nice look. you can wear this to the office or out. >> i love this look. putting a blouse with it also made it feel sophisticated. again, these are bcbg generation jeans with a little bit of a flare. not all color jeans have to be skinny. >> i like that flare. it's great. >> stick with the same color family. that can work. the traditional color blue just came about because way back when, jeans were sort of developed indigo was the most popular traded dye. it's funny that blue is arbitrary. >> it became denim. >> nancy, you look great. thank you. last we have the other hot trend, the printed denim look. i love this leopard.
it's light. >> it's called snow leopard. celebrities like sarah jessica parker, and other hollywood moms have been stepping out. >> they're great. >> it's a classic print but the snow leopard is less edgy than the shocking leopard print you might see. >> these are from chico's. i love that they have a fashion forward pear. we paired it with knits so you can mix texture. we gave her a me the i don't know tank under the knit and that's the way to get away with me the i don't know without it being too much. it peeks through. >> come back out for one last look at the models. thank you so much. great work. i love this trend. it's so cool. for more on the looks check out today.com. up next, belly up to the taco bar in today's kitchen. first, this is "today" on nbc.
♪ this morning in today's kitchen we're spicing things up with a creative taco bar. chef michael slow is here to bring a twist to this traditional mexican feast. >> thanks for having me on. >> we have stuff for people to build their own tacos. >> do a taco bar or do something less authentic. >> first is fried chicken. >> you make some fennel coleslaw with carrots, fennel, hot jalapenos. throw in a pinch of salt, green onion and pepper. >> what's in -- >> that's red wine vinegar and olive oil. we're making coleslaw. >> what are you doing? >> i made a tortilla here on the plancha. i'll put pieces of fried chicken on. when you're ready, toss it up. i have a spicy buttermilk
dressing. it's a play on the south. for me, i love that this is food to be eaten. >> the fried chicken? >> it's panko crumbs. cooks in a minute and a half. >> a little chicken breast? >> yes. do some crumbs. i's very simple. this is the one i had in mexico but i did a twist. shrimp, bacon. >> yes! >> toss it together for me. this is a red bean and chipotle pe puree. it adds flavor to the shrimp and bacon. all cooks up and good. put some avocado, pickled onion. lots of bacon. i love you. that's fantastic. this is a bacon and shrimp taco now. pickled onions and cilantro. it might be hot. we'll look at other ones.
you're happy now. >> happy man. this is what they look like now. this is tender braised pork for a pulled pork sandwich. pickled cucumbers and cilantro on top. >> and a squeeze of lime? >> that makes it even better. >> delish. >> they're fast and easy. >> i want the bacon one. >> this is pork with cucumber and hot chilies. this is authentic. all fun. >> nothing's authentic today. >> it's gourmet. >> mm. >> michael, thank you so much. >> thanks for having me on. i appreciate it. >> much more coming up. >> hoda and kathie lee will be talking about sex and separating fact from fiction. >> just a regular day for them. >> first, your local news and weather. have a wonderful weekend, everybody. call her.
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good morning, everyone. 9:57 is the time friday, march 2, 2012. i'm barbara harrison. let's check the weather now. let's go right now to storm 4 meteorologist chuck bell with a look at the forecast. hi, chuck. >> good morning to you. good morning, everybody. enjoying the sunshine while it lasts in the washington area. temperatures now touching 50 degrees in washington. and mid to upper 40s across most of the suburbs. headed for highs today into the upper 50s and low 60s ahead of
the clouds with lowering and thicken thing afternoon. showers possible by late this afternoon and rumbles of thunder late tonight into the first half of your saturday. danella? >> we had an accident, 295 southbound. it is now out of the roadway but you are still seeing del because earlier all your southbound lanes were blocked. so you are slow southbound from 32 delays continue as you approach laurel bowie road. taking the beltway at i-270, no issues here on the inner loop or outer loop. you are in the clear. >> thank you. coming up on "news4 midday," we celebrate read across america today with a tribute to dr. seuss. hope you are planning to join
...and freezes them fast, locking in nutrients ...for you to unwrap. ♪ ho, ho, ho. green giant captions paid for by nbc-universal television hi, everybody. it's try day friday, you made it to the end of the week. march is just zooming by. >> feels like it. >> march 2nd. >> crazy how it flew. >> and you know what march 2nd is? >> what is march 2nd? >> it is dr. seuss' birthday. he would have been 108 years old today. >> happy birthday, dr. seuss. ♪ you're a >> i love that song. >> he actually wrote was it
47 -- 46 children's books. >> can i tell you something funny. every time someone talks about people who overcome adversity, they bring up dr. seuss because they say his first book he wrote he went to 27 different publishers and they all rejected him and they croate wrowrote th that's not the kind of thing juveniles enjoy reading, thank you. if you are on something and feel like you have a great idea and people keep telling you no -- >> don't give up. >> he kept going and look at him. >> when you first try to get a job out of college, how many different -- >> 27. yes. >> 27. that's the magic number. what was his name? >> stan in greenville, mississippi. >> and he said hoda -- >> he said yes. >> he said hoda -- >> he said, i like what i see. you do? everyone else said they didn't like what they saw. >> when you saw my pictures from the '80s, you'll understand why they didn't. >> but he did. we love that guy. so the first one he wrote was called -- and to think i thought
on mulberries. >> that was the one. 1931. >> the biggest one was the green eggs and ham. >> which we happen to have here. >> yes. and the cat in the hat was a big one. this is the fourth -- fourth best-selling book of all time. >> also karen, my best friend's birthday. >> happy birthday, karen. >> we know that song -- the song was written by dolly parton "i will always love you." this is dolly's song. ♪ i will always love you >> you know she originally wrote this for? >> who? >> she and wagner broke up, not as a love affair but they were partners. >> oh. >> so she sang it about them breaking up. >> i didn't know that. >> and that was 38 years ago, you guys. so it was in the country charts there. >> and whitney sang the song, as you guys know, and made it famous. >> in "the bodyguard." >> even now it's still in the top three, so it's really sort of a big newsy thing when you think about it. but here's what's funny.
we heard different people sing it. dolly sang it, whitney sang it. you'll be shocked when you see this next kid who sings it. he's from taiwan on one of those shows -- "the avenue to stardom" it's called. youtube sensation. only 15 seconds, so don't miss a second of this. here he is. ♪ and i will always love you ♪ i will always love you >> wow. >> but anyway, that kid, it's got an gazillion hits on youtube. if you want to see the whole thing, go on youtube. he's a 25-year-old. when you hear him, you don't expect to see this kid singing. >> i wouldn't want to sing in front of those judges. they were not even smiling. >> they scare me. he was bullied, this kid, by the way.
>> good for him. >> what else do we have here? >> we're talking a ining about temptation. >> you know, temptation isn't the sin. we're all tempted. it's a sin to give in to temptation. >> in front of us, this is a big pile of reese's cups. >> reese's peanut butter cups. >> so delicious. the small ones especially because they have the exact amount of peanut butter to chocolate. a new study says, you know, sometimes you look at that and say i'm just going to have one and that's all. >> yeah. >> just one more. that's it. they're small. i'm going to have the little ones. then you have one that's a little bigger. they say if you put it off you actually start losing interest in it. it's when procrastination works. just leave the house and walk away, because i can smell those from where i'm sitting. >> then you sing -- ♪ and i will always love you no, you know, in full disclosure, hoda woman --
>> did you have one? >> yeah. >> you did? >> i came up early, jerry and i hanging around. i saw them and i said, i'm going to have a little -- i had the little teeny one about 20 minutes ago now and -- >> see, you're different that way. >> i'm satiated. >> you're different. you always say i'll take a little corner and you do. >> and i loved it. >> i've never been able to -- >> get in there. >> i can't. that's not being tempted. i have to tell you, when i walked up and saw those, i reached for it without thinking. that's how i do. >> anyway, you just go on with the show. >> let's talk act what we all lie about. we just told you the truth. you've been very honest about the fact -- >> i'm a binge eater. i'll eat late at night when no one's around. >> what will you eat? >> i'll go to the bottom of the bag of chips and not realize it's the bottom and go oh my god. and i'll say i can't believe i've done that. or the entman's cookies, the soft ones. isle take a couple. i don't like being around people
when i'm eating. i like to do it privately alone. i actually stop eating when i'm around people. i have a problem. that's my thing. >> "fitness" magazine and yahoo! shine, whatever that is, finds we are all filled with bad behaviors. 65% of us have acted rude. >> and they're all in new york. >> how about this? half of us have hung up on someone. >> i've done it. >> on your mother? >> no. you've done that? you hung up on your own mother? >> no, i think the cell went out. no. but i have on occasion to other people and my mother one time i was really angry, said good-bye. is that hanging up? if you say good-bye? >> still kinda. >> not proud of it. >> sometimes when people are in the middle -- a confession, in the middle of a long story, like keep a long story short, i'm like this -- >> oh, you, when you're out, you're out. you glaze over. oh, you do that. all right.
you're kidding me. >> i'm, like, what happened? >> oh, my god. >> so weird. you were just there. >> i was in a bad place. >> the cell service and it's so strange. it rings again. >> now you told everybody you did that. >> not to them. just somebody else. >> more than a third of us have flipped the bird to another driver. >> i've done that. >> really. >> yes. i did that -- >> while you were eating a bag of chips -- >> let me tell you when i did it. i was racing to a graduation speech. it was a high school graduation speech. i was giving it. i was late. >> role model that you are. >> i was flooring it. a guy cut me off, and i unrolled the window and i did it. and the guy looked at me, and i'll never forget, and he goes, hey, and he goes -- my general manager was mr. early, i never called him that. he goes, hey, i'm friends with mr. early, okay? i was, like, oh, my gosh. i rolled my window back up and felt sick for weeks after that. but i did it. i unrolled -- i didn't even do
it through the glass. i made sure he saw it. the window was down. you've never done that? >> that i've never done. that i've never done. i'm not sure i could actually do it. only a quarter of us lie about our weight. >> the biggest lie of all. >> and almost half of us lie about something. i think it's even more than that. so people -- guys and women think that their worst pet peeves or the thing they do the worst is different. men say it's the toughest thing for them is smoking. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. i don't remember women saying that. >> worst habits. >> habits is smoking. >> women say it's lying about their weight? is that -- binge eating. >> binge eating. >> but are you a nomophone ybia? that sounds dirty. no mobile phone -- mobile phone
phobia. >> you know how you are when you go, where's my phone? where is it? and you don't know. do you know how many times i've had it in my purse and gone back to my office, to my apartment -- >> imagine that. >> searching for it, calling. i'll talk to my sister and go, kathy, it's somewhere in my office. she'll go, check your purse. it's a panicky feeling and i'm not sure why. i guess because a lot of your info is on there. >> the worst is when you drop it in the toilet and you just don't have a bowl of rice right there to save it, because do you know that that will save your phone? a bowl of rice? the you get it in immediately. >> dry rice. >> i suggest you keep a big bowl of dry rice right next to your toilet so when that happens you're good to go. >> that is the most ridiculous thing. >> you'll thank me one day. >> a lot of people say if their house was burning and they had a chance to get one thing, forget the family dog. it would be their mobile phone.
>> it must be, sara, because you're laughing. >> a guy sued his uncle. >> right. >> tell story. >> a guy sued his uncle because the uncal tagged him in a facebook photo of him when he was a kid and he didn't like it. he said things about it. the judge said, look, forget it, frivolous lawsuit. but there is a point to be made for people who get tagged in photos that you don't want to be tagged in, because when they tag you, it winds up on your facebook page and everyone didn't see it. >> you and i take pictures. who knows what they're saying. here's the thing, don't ask. if it's there, it's there. don't give it power. >> right. i think some people do things to be funny, like they'll tag you in a picture you're not even in, even if you're not in it, it will appear on your page. you'll think, i wasn't at that party but it shows a bunch of crazy, half-naked people drinking -- >> and maybe you were there. do you know what time it is? >> go ahead.
time for me to have wine. >> you've been good. >> just a little. >> those are two. >> that's the little one. >> those don't count. your "friday funnies." >> okay. okay. so a duck goes -- no. they left out the top part of this. a guy goes into a bar, sits down, puts his hat down and out jump three ducks. the first duck goes, hey, bartender says, excuse me -- are we boring you, bobbie? >> she goes -- >> i'm sorry. >> bartender goes, oh, you talk? the duck goes, yeah, i talk. bartender says what's your name? duck says dewey. bar tender says dewey, how's your day going? dewey says great, i've been jumping in puddles all day long. he says good to hear that. second duck goes, hey. oh, you talk, too? yeah, i talk. what's your name? duck says louie.
he says how's your day going? i've been having a great day, jumping on puddles all day long. bartender says great. he says to the third duck, you talk, too? kwl yeah, i talk. i have a huey and a louie so you must be gooey. he says, no, my name is puddles. i want to thank ray, a wonderful waiter at a restaurant up in greenwich. i'd like to give you one. thank you, ray. time for -- i'm sorry. bobbie's dead to me. >> "bobbie's buzz." bring it on up here. >> what the heck were you doing so late last night that you can't -- >> nothing. they all started yawning and i -- >> oh, so it's our show. busted. >> i love you. today i have some cheese solutions. >> cheese? >> cheese. so if you need some tlc that
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>> i love the fact that there finally are these great smartphone apps for kids to keep them safe. the first one that we are -- that i came across that i love this service, it's called bread crumb. if your child is going out of the country or even around the country on spring break, this is a way to track them if they get into trouble. it's a service that you down load onto your computer, and they down load it onto their smartphone. there's an sos button. if they're disstresseds, they hit it, and you can track them immediately on your computer. >> at times like use it to track them anytime, anywhere? if they have that smartphone, do you know where they are at all times by this app? >> here's the point. let me go back. here's the point. a lot of kids don't want to be tracked. that's the problem. >> they don't want it. >> you say i'm not going to track you, but there is a device on here that it loads onto theirs. all they have to do is press the sos button and it immediately
pings you. >> okay. real time. >> let's talk about overdrinking, which is a problem with kids on spring break. >> the number-one problem on spring break. this is live blood-alcohol. what it does is you first calculate -- i'm sorry. this is in -- wait. hold on. whatever. so you have to fill out this thing. age, weight, height, gender, all that. once you do that, then you go into your drink database and we decide, you know, what are we drinking. all the different kinds of drinks. then once you star going, you say, okay, what dupe to drink? what are we drinking? >> whatever. sex on the beach. >> okay. >> no, i don't want my kids -- >> you're, like, done. too late. >> when you're done drinking it, you hit it again. you go back. now what? >> cosmopolitan. >> cosmo.
>> the more you add it up. i see. >> you hit it again. in about five hours and 48 minutes you'll be sober. it calculates. and the reason, you know, you're saying will kids do it, yes, they will, because it's a game. and you keep in mind how much you're drinking. >> one last app. >> this kept a guy alive under rubble in haiti for 55 hours. amazing app by the american heart association for free. it has every type of injury and what to do. bleeding, all of it. >> fantastic. >> a great product as well. >> big problem with spring break, date rape drugs. the drink safe technology has two test packs that test for it. you take a drop from your drink -- >> put it on? >> put it on each test pad. and if the pad turns to dark blue, your drink has been tampered with. >> how long does it take?
>> immediate. immediately. >> all right. >> we just have about a minute for everything. >> so all of this, if you're on a road trip, there's a thing if you're fatigued, i goes on your dashboard, it wakes, tells you to pull over. american adventure medical kit, fantastic. you know, for every country, it has specific things in here for where you are. >> okay. >> many, many products in here. your all in one. if your child is going on a road trip, make sure they go to the garage first, make sure they get the car checked out, have aaa and all that stuff. make sure you have all of these products inside their cars. >> cables. >> exactly right. if they are traveling abroad, most important thing, three copies of passports, birth certificate, credit cards, all of it. keep it all, one in the hotel safe, one at home with you and one with them. >> thank you, sweetie. up mnext, sara is getting our fans hopping.
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it is time for "321 live" with sara haines who's hanging with the crowd at the nbc experience store. >> we hope you did a good job putting their questions through a fine-toothed comb. >> do i do anything less? jamie from texas. >> hi hoda and kathie. i have a question for you guys. i was wondering what your biggest pet peeve is. >> we have a similar one.
you have a couple other ones. but a similar one is when people are late. that's one of those -- you know what i mean? i sound nerdy, i'm always five minutes early. when someone is 10, 15, 20, 25 minutes late, that's one of mine. >> mine is people that are just so self-absorbed that they don't see anybody else around them and they don't -- they're rude. >> right. >> rudeness i think would be my biggest one. nobody i know. >> yeah, exactly. >> next up we have katie from michigan. >> hi, kathie and hoda. you guys look so fabulous. i'm wondering what your favorite workout regimen is when you only have 15 minutes to work out? >> we look good from across the street. >> yes. >> far away. >> and fuzzy and not in focus. hoda works out like a crazy woman every day. >> 15 minutes, i do the stairmaster for 15 minutes if that was all i had. >> for 15, run on a treadmill. >> yeah. thanks, kids. >> thank you, sara. >> ahead, we are going to take our sex quiz.
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>> hey, hey, hey. >> our first trend, all white. we have alissa modeling the look. >> here comes alissa in all white. one of the things we dils covered is these are not complicated creatures, men, and if you give them a lot of patterns and crazy colors they get confused. >> keep it simple. >> simple is the way to go. with guys, they totally get it. she looks chic and polished. it just looks amazing on her. it's like the perfect sort of running around outfit. you want to add a little personality, pop of color, probably not a white shoe. step away from the white shoe i would say when it comes to this look. >> thank you. >> the next look is the 40s chic look and christina is modeling this look. tell us what you think about this one. >> i think men can relate to this. it's like you in their shirt but even better, you know? it's just, like, you throw it on for weekend. it's as comfortable as your
t-shirt and jeans but you really look hot. >> she's saying i'm ready to have some fun, sailing or boating. >> yeah. something. >> and it's definitely the outer wear "it" piece of the season, so it's great when guys and girls can get behind it. >> thank you. >> another one they like is morgan and the figure-flattering -- figure-flattering outfit. tell us about that one. >> this is a slip dress, and you know what, they just fall over themselves for this. >> that's what my husband loves, flowy. >> flowy, suggestives, doesn't show it all. just enough. >> right. >> but we don't want to look like we're running around in our nightie, so wear the accessories with this. cool shoes and a great necklace. >> beautiful. great. >> thank you. >> another sexy trend, guys like sexy shorts. that's what ann's sporting today. >> men have spoken. here comes ann to show us. >> she looks adorable. >> this is not your short and
skimpy as daisy dukes. that is not the trend we're talking about. they're soft. they're feminine. >> almost like a kulat. remember those? >> maybe a little more like those. longer is definitely an option. this is a huge trend . they're everywhere. >> and the toe polish. >> most women have cellulite on the back of your thighs and you don't. >> a little longer. >> i'm horrible. >> you look really cute. thanks. next up, rebecca has the bare shoulders look. this is our last model. tell us about this. >> you know what, men just cannot resist anything strapless. they love it. it's that drama, romance, super pretty. if in doubt pretty is the way to go. this is all of that. and don't wear a necklace with this because you sort of defeat the whole purpose. it's definitely a going-out look, so bring on the bling, killer shoes, all that. >> not a bosom to be had here. >> let's bring everybody out.
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thank you, ladies. "today's moms" is brought to you by tide pods. do you want a cute do for your daughter but don't want to fight with her to get it done? >> five-minute styles with the author of "the complete guide to girls' hair," the cutest cuts and sweetest hair styles to do at home. how are you? >> good. how are you? >> this is challenge for some parents trying to get new dos or letting them do one at all. >> but these today are so easy. literally they take one minute. >> what are we doing to alexa?
>> this is called the flip tail. all you do is take a low ponytail, you make a little hole with your finger, and you flip it through. >> how cute. >> that's it? >> that's it. >> that's adorable. and it will stay? >> it stays. >> look how cute that is. >> just a colored elastic. >> i love it. thank you. >> thank you, sweetie. >> sara is next. what are we doing to sara? >> sara has the bow trio. what we did is pulled the hair back, put a ponytail, did another one, grouped the hair and one more. to drez it up, all you do, took a couple bows, and voila. it's done. >> that really is cute. >> adorable. >> and this will stay in all day? >> this will stay all day. you can accessorize it with anything. i like to mix and match so it makes it cuter.
>> thank you, honey. >> what do we have with miss jordan today? >> this is called the jeanngen genejeannie pony. we pulled a piece of hair and wrapped it around and curled the end, but you don't need to. you can wear it straight. sandra bullock wore a style just like this to the oscars. >> beautiful. had a little further back on her head. >> right. >> you love it? you love it. thank you, sweetie. >> this is ayla. >> hi. i heard you were here. >> what's happening here? >> we're in the middle of a hair stril. >> okay. and this is the flip tail. and all you do is on your last time when you're pulling the the hair through you just don't pull it all the way through. a little knot. here we have another clip. >> so cute. >> yeah. >> do you like that, ayla? i can tell you do with your
dimples and everything. >> bailey. >> bailey's in the house. what are we doing with bailey? >> this is actually the style of the moment. >> braids. >> braids are very, very popular. but loose braids and side braids are really popular. so what we did for her is just a very simple braid. but you could do a french braid, anything if you are a little bit more adept at it. but you don't have to. the beauty of the look now is it's loose and messy. >> that way anyway. >> so even if you don't know how to braid, you can do it and it's messy and it's fine. >> come on. >> you guys all did such a great job. >> thank you, everybody. >> thanks, bailey. thanks, cozy. >> coming up next, plug your ears. from attracting the opposite sex to what goes on in the bedroom. >> la, la, la.
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how much do you think you know about s-e-x? does the size of a man's ring finger tell you anything at all? who wrote this? >> i don't know. >> our quiz will cover all the bases to find out with which rumors are true. >> to help us establish between myth and fact is "prevention" magazi magazine's robby caplow. >> a lot of research, let me tell you. >> we're ready. >> first question. a recent study shows that at least 20 minutes of love making is necessary to be considered desirable by both men and women. >> myth. >> yep, this is a myth. >> awfully disappointed most of the time. >> you're going to love this. a penn state study says it's between 7 and 13 minutes is perfectly -- >> five! five! >> the best part of it, 3 to 7 minutes both men and women say it's perfectly adequate. 3 to 7 minutes. >> but at least five times a day. let's be honest. >> that sounds good.
more than half of couples who are married or in long-term relationships believe that they are having enough sex. >> myth. >> that is absolutely a myth. it's very interesting, gender divide. >> that's what i was going to say. >> about 28% of women say they're not having enough sex, 53% of the men are saying they're not having enough. >> okay. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> okay. you really can tell a guy's size by his hands. yeah. it's a fact. >> is it? >> kathie lee is correct. >> i've just had really good luck with that. >> it has to do with how much testosterone a fetus is exposed to in the womb. so here's what happens. you have to look at a man's ring finger and if it's longer than his index finger, well, you know -- boom, boom, is all i can say. >> now you tell me.
>> 20 minutes of exercise can increase your sex drive. >> definitely a fact. >> absolutely a fact. just 22 minutes on the treadmill, all of a sudden you're feeling good, it increases your arousal and your desire and you can actually have a better orgasm. >> 22 minutes will give you the world. >> okay. >> that's what they say. cold feet are a proven turn-on. >> myth. >> myth. >> definitely a myth. >> yeah. >> they're clammy. ew. >> apparently if you have cold feet it's about 50% of people have a harder time reaching an orgasm. if you put on some socks, 80% of you will get there. >> oh, really? >> yes. >> so put socks on. >> stupid-looking socks are a turnoff. that's what happened with you know who, the governor. >> the lights are off. >> people who have the most sex also work the most. >> myth.
they don't have as much time. i'm telling you. go on. let's hear your side. >> just to be arbitrary, i'll say fact. >> it's actually a myth. people turn to work because they're not having enough sex at home so they just do something to fill the time. >> okay. got it. >> it's true. >> hoda, are you beating me by one? >> by two. >> male sweat gets women going. >> oh, myth. >> well, at prevention, we were surprised, it's a fact. >> what? >> if you smell good -- >> but it's sweat. >> sweat can -- >> you're with the wrong man. smells like what you had for dinner the night before. >> it does. yeah. >> believe it or not, biologically it boosts a woman's mood, her heart rate, her blood pressure, the skrenlt of a man. >> i don't think so. >> one more quick one?
>> one more quick one. 20-somethings are less orgasmic than older women. >> myth. >> it's a fact! >> i heard wrong. i heard you wrong! i was going for the 40-plus people! all right. >> i think that was a tie. >> definitely brought it up from the rear so, to speak. >> thank you. >> three simple steps to a successful party, and they done involve s-e-x. [ male announcer ] are you paying more and more for cable and enjoying it less and less? stop paying for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone
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the founder of a luxury event planning firm right here in new york city. hello. >> how are you? >> you've already started to muddle. >> of course. we're muddling some strawberry. you have to have this. this is the must spring cocktail. >> the important thing is once your guests step through the door, you should hand them something to drink. even before they have their coat off? >> absolutely. get the party started right away, right? >> oh, my god. she's a crazy woman. >> thank you. we are about having a great time. isn't that yummy? >> it's delicious. >> that's the strawberry. we also have something -- >> what's that? >> this is jing baca, fresh lemon and some sugar. yummy. >> so you can have two. >> kathie lee, go for it. >> that is nice. delicious. tangy. >> the fresh lemon juice. here we've got five sennials. every home in america should
have this if you're planning on entertaining. don't wait for when you need to party. stock up when they're having a sale. >> stop yelling at us. >> you have to thdo this! >> so inexpensive. it will make your table look so expensive. five bucks. lots of places. >> where did you get these? >> you can get them at the christmas -- lots of places. >> big wine glasses. >> stock up on wine glasses and nice white napkins and some f t flatware. you need a serving trail to serve cocktails p. >> kwhir you so angry? >> beautiful table of yours. >> so here what i like about this table is -- >> nothing matches. >> nothing matches. >> but it works. >> it works and i promise you every home in america can do this. this is what i love about it. even on my high-end events, this
is what we're doing. >> so don't be afraid of it. embrace it. embrace it. mix and match. look at your ak reccessoaccesso beautiful outfits, shoes, everything. >> just happens naturally. >> whatever. >> okay. >> what i love about this whatever flower you love, place it -- >> little flowers. >> singles. >> piggy bank. >> took my kid's piggy bank. but isn't this nice and fun? >> it has a business feel to it. almost like going to the restaurant the ivy in los angeles. >> yes. >> favorite restaurant but all mismatched and beautiful. >> we have to go. this is terrific. thank you for your beautiful table. >> thank you so much. this was fun. >> next week, we have funny lady fran drescher with that laugh. remember? >> and lisa rinna. >> and a live performance by denny lovato.
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