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good m good morning, america. the president's tough talk. from health care reform to the controversial arrest of a black, harvard professor in his own home. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly. >> the police officer at the center of the incident responds. could michael jackson's doctor be charged with manslaughter? federal agents raid the office of the doctor with jackson when he died. a big consumer alert for everybody refinancing a loan. abc news investigates some businesses promising to help, but in fact, looking for your last dollar. and first grandmother, marian robinson, speaks about life inside the white house. answering some surprising questions. answering some surprising questions. >> are you rich? captions paid for by abc, inc.
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always the best questions from reporters that tall. anyway, good morning, america. diane sawyer with chris cuomo. robin is off on this thursday, july 23rd, 2009. as we said with the president, the topic was health care. but it was that question at the end of the hour that has everyone talking this morning. >> president, of course, was asked about this controversial arrest up in cambridge, massachusetts, of harvard professor, henry gates. and you heard the tough language he used that's making this discussion go to another level. >> and abc news senior correspondent, jake tapper, is at the white house to lead us off this morning. jake? >> reporter: good morning, diane. it's those comments about the skip gates arrest, that has the nation talking. not talking about health care reform, but about racial profiling. president obama said he may be biassed in favor of professor gates, because he's a friend. >> there was a report called in
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to the police station, that there might be a burglary taking place. so far, so good, right? i mean, if i was trying to -- i guess this is my house now. so -- it probably wouldn't happen. but let's say my old house in chicago. here, i'd get shot. >> reporter: gates alleged racial bias by the cambridge police. and was arrested for disorderly conduct in his own home. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly, in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. >> reporter: the charges were later dropped. >> there is a long history in this country of african-americans and latinos, being stopped by law enforcement, disproportionately. that doesn't lessen the incredible progress that has been made. i'm standing here, as testimony to the progress that's been made. >> reporter: but the progress on the health care reform bill in congress was the president's larger focus. he backed off his august
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deadline he'd set for congress, trying to change the narrative. explaining that he'd set the deadline as more of a motivator than an actual -- well, deadline. >> if you don't set deadlines in this town, things don't happen. >> reporter: the president stayed broad, drawing just a couple lines in the sand. >> i'm not going to sign a bill in a, for example, adds to our deficit. >> reporter: and he said he would gladly put himself on the government-run health plan he's proposed. but -- >> i'll be honest with you. i'm the president of the united states, so, i have a doctor following me every minute. i'm saying this is not about me. i have the best health care in the world. i'm trying to make sure that everybody has good health care. and they don't right now. >> reporter: president obama travels to ohio today. he will visit the cleveland clinic and hold a town hall meeting, continuing to aggressively make the case to the american people that they will benefit from health care reform. diane? >> all right, jake. thanks to you. to get "the bottom line" on
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all that was said last night, host of "this week," chief washington correspondent, george stephanopoulos. closer or far away? >> closer. but he knows his stuff. he knows health care policy. i think he made a strong case against the status quo. we couldn't keep doing what we're doing right now. i think he was less successful in selling what he was trying to do. in part because he doesn't have a single plan to selright now. >> they don't have the bills out there. >> several bills. >> several bills. and to show everyone at home. what we're talking about here, we brought them in. i don't know if i can lift them from this angle. i'll probably go over. so, this is the house bill. >> house, and commerce. they're still working on that. hasn't passed. >> this is the one -- this is the senate health bill, right? >> that's the health bill. that's passed in the committee. >> i'm going to try here. this is the senate finance bill? >> allow me to pick it up. okay. finally, you have the house ways and means.
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that has passed the committee. everybody at home can see, in this stack alone is what -- some place in here is a health care bill? >> only two of them have passed out of committee. the third is being considered by house committee. the fourth is being negotiated by the senate finance committee. eventually, they have to get all these out. the president wanted this to happen by the august recess. it's clear the house and the senate are not going to pass the bills by the august recess. certainly not the senate. >> they're coming back september 8th from their recess. they have to make this happen by the end of the here, he believes or -- >> the president had this press conference primetime last night. he's going to have to do this all over again. he's going to have to speak to the country in september, when they actually have a single bill to sell. >> right. and by then, i will have done upper-body strength training and be able to lift some of these. let's go to professor gates. skip gates, as he's known to his friends the whole incident.
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were you surprised that the president took a stand? >> it was clear, psychologically for the president, the press conference was over. he had answered all the health care questions. at one point, he thought it was. they knew this question was going to be coming in some fashion. you saw the president confess. i have a personal interest in this case. i know skip gates. i think he was doing fine up until that point, when he said the police acted stupidly. the most vivid words of the press conference. and that's clearly a case where he was taking sides in the dispute, although he confessed he wasn't there. is this going to hurt him in any real way? probably not. but it did take the focus off of what he wanted to discuss last night, health care, health care, health care. >> and it's going to go on for several days. >> the police officer is saying, i'm not apologizing. i'm not taking anything back. none of us were there. none of us know exactly what happened in that house that night. >> when he does that, and goes -- >> i think a combination.
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i think when he made the joke, if i did this, i'd get shot. that was a real, human, solid moment. he sort of crosses that line when he said the police acted stupidly. >> let's turn to the issue. want to remind everyone that you will have the latest on the health care battle and more on all of this on "this week," sunday. we'll be watching then. chris? we're talking about whether or not the president's comments intensified an ongoing national debate about race in this country. let's bring in dan harris. after what the president said last night, dan, you've been reaching out to both sides to find out some reaction. >> chris, good morning. i managed to reach the daughter and of professor gates. as for the arresting officer, he is unrepentant. >> good evening. please be seated. >> reporter: just hours after the president spoke, the arresting officer, sergeant james crowley, told "the boston globe," he would not respond to
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president obama's comment. but earlier, he had this to say about calls he apologize. >> professor gates has asked for an apology. what's your reaction to that? >> there will be no apology. >> does it -- is this now and ever? no apology? >> yes. >> reporter: overnight, we spoke with professor gates' attorney, harvard professor, charles ogletree. what was your client's reaction to the president's comments tonight? >> he was simply pleased that barack anowledged that he was a friend. and that what he had read and heard and understood to have been reported, that professor gates did not violate the law by being in his own house, with identification, saying that he was there lawfully. >> reporter: but what if professor gates' neighbors, a man who didn't want his face shown, but claimed to witness the arrest, seemed to bolster sergeant crowley's case. >> i would have to say, that the police reports, he was
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belligerent. >> reporter: wednesday night on cnn, professor gates called sergeant crowley, a rogue cop, and threatened to sue. my lawyers and i are considering further action because this is not about me. this is about the vulnerability of black men in america. >> reporter: but overnight, gates' attorney told us there is no lawsuit planned right now. and it is possible this whole thing could be resolved amicably. does professor gates want to sit down and talk to sergeant crowley? >> absolutely. he made that clear that he'd be happy to talk to him. let's sit down. we agree to disagree but not be disagreeable. >> reporter: the reason sergeant crowley says he will not be facing disciplinary action anytime soon is because he has the support of his union. the president may feel the sergeant acted stuply. but his union said, quote, his actions on the scene were consistent with his training. >> the situation continues to grow now. the mayor is involved.
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moments ago, we got the take from the mayor, denise simmons. here's what she had to say. what is the reaction to president obama calling your police department stupid? that they acted stupidly in the gates situation? >> i appreciate president obama's remarks. as he mentioned in his professo gates are friends. and he doesn't know all. we are trying to talk to members of the police department to find out what really happened. and see how we can move towards some resolution of the circumstances. >> is it true that you called professor gates to apologize to him? >> yes, i did. i talked to professor gates on monday, to, first, just to see if he was okay. how he was doing. to express my apologies on what i feel is an unfortunate situation. and also, to talk to him about when he got back to cambridge, having an opportunity to sit and talk with him. >> were you surprised to hear the president discuss this in a
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national press conference last night? >> i was surprised to hear it come up in a press conference in washington, d.c. that i believe was around health care reform. >> you think it was a mistake for him to render an opinion on something like this? >> i'm not going to make a judgment on what the president says and when he says it. >> you called professor gates to deal with the situation, offer an apology because you say it's unfortunate. the sergeant involved, sgeant crowley, before any of this press conference hubbub, he was asked by the media. he said there will be no apology. what do you make of that? >> what i would say is, we're still investigating -- we're still having a conversation about what happened. and i don't think it's fair for me to make a judgment about what the next steps are going to be. what i know -- i can say this to you in great assurance, there will be next steps. we will have more conversations. i'm going to have an opportunity to talk to him. that's what i'm moving toward, is having a conversation with sergeant crowley, with the police commissioner, with the city manager, and i hope with
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professor gates, about what actually happened. what were the circumstances that were sufficient for you to apologize, but not for the police officer? >> i think it's unfortunate. this is my city, my town. i believe, based on what little i know, it probably should not have happened. i want to apologize to let the professor know that we are looking into this. we want to make sure that he is okay. >> and you're going to stay on it. is that right? >> i'm going to stay on it. >> all right, ms. mayor. appreciate you talking about what's become a national issue. >> yes, it has. you're welcome. >> interesting intersection of law and politics going on there. we'll keep following up on that story for you. right now, let's get to kate snow. she has the latest on the arrest of the terrorism front that hits close to home. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with this case of homegrowntism, if you will.
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authorities say they're holding a new york man who provided al qaeda information about new york subways and commuter trains. the fbi says bryant inas was captured and he confessed. one of osama bin laden's sons has been killed by a u.s. drone in pakistan. according to a report on national public radio. saad bin laden, seen next to his father, is said to be a minor figure in al qaeda. it was not known if he was near his father when he died. police have raided the office of michael jackson's personal physician. they took documents and computer files from dr. conrad murray's houston office. murray's attorney says police believe there's evidence of involuntary manslaughter. more on the jackson case next half hour. the investigation into saturday's light rail train crash in san francisco, focusing on human error. this newly-released video, shows the violent collision happening. from several angles, you can see one car slamming into another,
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at about 20 miles per hour. officials say any faster and there would have been multiple deaths. as it was, 48 people were hurt. and finally, talk about being taken for a ride. a new york teenager knew there was a mistake when she checked out her recent visa bill. she was charged more than $23 quadrillion for a train ticket that's normally 10 bucks. thousands of visa customers had charges that high. the company blamed a computer glitch. that's 15 zeros. >> wasn't she charged $20 service charge? for going over. >> they say they're fixing that. >> okay. let's head over to the weather now. sam champion in cedar falls, iowa, this morning. sam? >> good morning, diane, chris, kate. along the cedar river. we'll talk about it throughout the morning. first, let's get to the boards and show you some things going on this morning. we're going to continue with the continuing rain in the eastern
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half of the country. and particularly the northeast today. there will be a dose of heavy rain around the coastal areas. also, another patch in western pennsylvania and western new york state. up to two inches of rain there. new york city, by the way, one foot of rain, twice normal. providence on a way to setting a record. in the west, we're talking heat again. it spreads into the plains, rockies and the midwest today. rapid city, 98. boise, 101. normally, about 90 degrees is right. portland and seattle drop below normal today. but by the weekend, you are back to above or around 100 degrees in the northwest.
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>> good morning, brian van de graaf here. we are keeping an eye on a few showers to the sou. the radar shows the teureratates ranging from belo' 7'0's to mid '' showers a re still towards the eastern shore. it is 75 degrees at leesburg. thellass for peaks of sunshine with scattered thunderstorms for the and we are along the tranquil banks of the cedar river this morning. it was just a year ago, diane, that this river was over its banks. and communities all up and down the cedar river, in a lot of
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places, 500-year flood. we'll show you what's going on in the area since. diane? >> it's a beautiful scene behind you there. now, we turn to new information in the story of erin andrews, as you know the victim of a peeping tom. the espn reporter was videotaped without her knowledge as she dressed in her hotel room. and espn, our sister network, has launched an investigation into it. kate snow is here. she has the latest. >> reporter: diane, since this whole thing exploded, erin andrews has disappeared from public view. her lawyer tells me that she's suffered greatly from this viol some of the remarks being made about her. >> i'm erin andrews. >>eporter: the latest twist of espn sportscaster erin andrews, made by peeping toms at two hotels, may have been an inside job. it's possible an employee of espn shot the grainy videos and posted them online for all the world to see.
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espn says it's exploring all possibilities. andrews' attorney tells abc news, there's parallel investigations proceeding by espn and by our law firm. and they're being coordinated to the end that the predator be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. who is erin andrews? >> knew what she was doing in the morning. sort of had a feel for when she would be getting ready to do things, in my opinion. >> the question is, they don't know what hotels. as you suggest, it could be an inside job. why? >> if it turns out to be a colleague, it's especially disheartening because all of us deserve some kind of safe haven in the workplace. >> reporter: "usa today" sports columnist, christine brennan, offered a different take. >> if you trade ofoff ur sex appeal, if you trade off your looks, eventually you're going to lose those. she doesn't deserve what happens to her. but part of the shtick, to me,
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is being out there a little bit in a way, that then are you encouraging a compete nutcase to go in your room? >> reporter: later, e tweeted that women sports journalists need to be smart and not play to the frat house. her comments drew outrage. but she says she was misunderstood. >> if my words have been interpreted of being critical of erin, that's the last thing i want. i would say to erin, be smart. be terrific. be talented. you're all of that anyway. there's nothing i said about erin andrews that i haven't said about my myself everday of my career for 28 years. >> she is holding up as well as can be expected. on another note, espn announced it will no longer allow "new york post" reporters to appear on its networks, after that newspaper ran nude photos of andrews on the front page, clipped from the videos. espn said "the new york post"
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went beyond comen decency. >> we love christine brennan. but she needs to clear up that point. >> she was adamant that she was misunderstood. we'll get back to that story, as it progresses throughout the coming days. and maybe hear from erin herself. we hope so. and suvs in america. i don't know if you've heard, but this whole fuel-efficiency thing... kind of a big deal. anyway, ford and lincoln mercury have you covered. in fact, they're your cash for clunkerspecialists. they'll recycle your ride and get you a rebate of up to $4,500. how's that for going green? why ford? why now? why not? visit your ford or lincoln mercury dealer. tell 'em mike sent you. if you think it would help.
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>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> good morning, everybody. i am alison starling. 7:22 is your time on a thursday. let's begin with a look at traffic. >> things are slow. for over two and a half hours, they have documented a crash on the eastbound freeway in the district. this is the traffic out of virginia. this is from pentagon city over the potomac river.
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the traffic heading toward us is out of the district. i bring you the bad and the good. southbound on i-270 at falls road, the left side is southbound. this camera shows it is moving smoothly on the beltway to the american legion bridge. >> outside this morning, some showers in annapolis and 74 degrees heading across the bay bridge. your forecast a day, we are in the 60's and 70's this morning but there will be some showers and storms this afternoon which hopefully will give us moisture that we need. >> we will come right back with local news.
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police are looking for a man that allegedly attacked a woman while she was jogging in rock creek park. it happened yesterday morning on a bike path near bingham road . health officials in virginia believe in prince william county woman is the latest victim of the swine flu . the health officials say because of her death has not been officially confirmed. the government wants you to test a swine vaccine. the university of maryland is one of eight facilities that will test an h1n1 back seen starting next month. they need volunteers. the virus is expected to rebound in the fall. chris could cut metro project to improve safety.
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-- congress could cut metro might check two-part -- to improve safety. >> lawmakers will discuss $150 million slated to come to metro. that money would be used for improvements. they are looking at more than $1 billion in federal funding. all of this as metro is discovering safety concerns. as the investigation into the crash last month continues, metro is discovering more problems with the circuitry system that keeps trains a safe distance apart. >> it scares me a little. hopefully, the metro system will take care of this as fast as they can. >>et mro incest the system they haveinsa havedithersc edovabis dled circuits ed o o rup line.
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d leancoup orsotcohe. >> we should look deeper than we have ever done before. we should respond quicker than what was ever done before. that is what we are doing. >> we will be hearing from the general manager and lawmakers at the capitol south station around 1:30 this afternoon. >> feet in virginia are cleaning house --thieves are cleaning house by queen -- by opposing as cleaners. they hit at least five came at stores -- five k mart stores and are stealing buffers. we will have another news update at 7:56. for continuous news coverage, tune in to our sister station, news channel 8.
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want to refinance right now because rates are going down. we knew it would happen. an investigation into the companies promising you refinancing. but they may be preying on you, especially if you're a desperate homeowner. a big investigation, coming up. also later in this half hour. we wanted to hear from her for a long time. the first grandmother, she's been called, speaks out about life inside the white house. marion robinson, takes questions only kids dare to ask. that's ahead, too. first this morning, police and drug agents stepped up the investigation into michael jackson east death wednesday, by raiding the houston office of dr. conrad murray. he is the physician who was there when jackson died. what were they looking for? and could criminal charges be the next step? lisa fletcher's in los angeles. she's tracking this and has more for us. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, chris. they were looking for evidence of a crime. and while a search warrant certainly doesn't mean that an arrest is forthcoming, legal experts tell abc news, that
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things are getting a lot more serious for dr. murray. acting on a search warrant, police and federal officials raided the houston medical office of michael jackson's personal physician, dr. conrad murray, on wednesday. >> searching for drugs? or just records? >> no. no drugs. this is just records. >> reporter: murray's lawyer, ed chernoff, released a statement. saying the warrant gave police a chance to look for items that they believed constituted evidence of manslaughter. dr. murray remained secluded in his home. >> it's never a good thing to have d.e.a. agents, police, local and out of state, come into your business. the fact that a search warrant's being served on that individual, often times leads to the idea that he is a suspect. >> reporter: but dr. murray has continually denied giving jackson any drugs that contributed to his death. law enforcement sources tell abc, involuntary manslaughter is the most likely charge for anyone related to jackson's death, meaning they didn't
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intentionally cause death but knew their actions were very risky. jackson had reportedly been addicted to painkillers for years, including a powerful surgical anesthetic, propofol. >> anybody administering propofol in the home should be subject to sanctions. >> reporter: meanwhile, officials also subpoenaed cheryl lynn lee. lee said jackson begged her to help him get propofol. >> i gave them his complete medical record. >> reporter: tmz reports l.a. coroners took records of another beverly hills dr., arnold klein, once performed procedures. and contentions over jackson's estate continues. new court papers filed by katherine jackson, may be a sign she plans to challenge exsector over control of the state.
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if katherine jackson gets custody of the kids, the family will help raise them. rebbie jackson may be stepping into that role. the kids absolutely adore her. and her helping to raise the kids is the one thing that the entire family agrees on. chris? >> lisa, thank you. a lot of potential legal issues going on here. let's bring in former michael jackson attorney, mark geragos, to go through them. mark, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> let me ask you a fact question first. when you were representing michael, there is a question of whether people saw signs of extreme drug abuse, or doctors around him facilitating this type of behavior. did you ever see anything? >> i didn't. and most of the lawyers, whether it was ben brothman, and tom mesereau, have both stated they didn't see it, as well. >> now, as officers go into the offices, what were they looking for. obviously evidence of a crime.
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but what could that be? >> you heard this idea that there's involuntary manslaughter. in california and specifically in l.a. county, the d.a.'s have, on occasion, similar to this or similar kinds of factual underpinnings, have charged involuntary manslaughter, which you've heard. or what's called an implied myi malice murder. which is somebody didn't intend to kill somebody. but they acted so recklessly, that it could be applied malice for the charge. >> how would this come into play here? what kind of scenario would develop that could lead to criminal charges? >> well, if you've got a drug that's found in the house. and somehow, that drug was obtained by michael jackson or by somebody around michael jackson, it's a drug that virtually all experts agree would never be administered outside of a hospital setting. that would be something that was
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so reckless and so wildly beyond the standard of care, that legally, that would supply an implied malice, which means you give -- or you would imply that somebody had a mindset that they should have known that that was going to cause a death. and if that's the case, that could be a murder charge. or the lesser charge, the lesser-included charge, which is involuntary manslaughter. and i have to tell you, the fact that they have been ying all along that the doctors were cooperating and that they're not suspects, that's generally something that the police will put out there so that people will talk. and i've been stunned, actuall that the doctors have been, and specifically this doctor, has been talking because, clearly, they've got a -- they've got him in the crosshairs, so to speak. and want to prosecute or arrest somebody for what's been going on in this case. >> so, while prosecutors may be practicing as you see somewhat of a sleight of hand, what are the chances we see charges of a
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criminal nature? >> if they can find out who supplied this drug. and they usually can do that, going to the manufacturer, and seeing the lot number on it, and working bawards to s where it was shipped to, they can link it to a particular doctor. show that that doctor should have known. and it appears by all accounts that most doctors, if not all doctors, think this that drug shouldn't be in the house and shouldn't be administered unless you have a surgical or outpatient or inpatient setting. if they can find that, i think that it's fairly likely that some prosecutor -- an aggressive prosecutor would file charges in this case. >> all right. mark geragos, they have a lot to look there. appreciate the insight this morning. 36 past the hour. it's time to check the weather. let's get to our man, sam champion, in cedar falls, iowa, this morning. good morning, sam, by the river. >> good morning, chris. we're able to stand here just
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under one of the bridges in the cedar falls area. i want to show you. last year, this was record-breaking, headlinemaking flooding all the way on the cedar river. before you get to the pictures. wait. stop the pictures. stop the pictures. come back live. thank you. i want to show you we're standing under the bridge here. this water here, in cedar falls went over this bridge. and that's some of the debris, that tree stuck there from last year. they did not flood here in cedar falls. downriver in cedar rapids, now roll the pictures. we'll show you what it was like in town when we we walking through the shetreets. this was headlinemaking around the summer. volunteers came in to sandbag the communities. thousands of businesses were flooded there. let's take a quick look at the boards and we'll show you what's going on this morning as you make your move outside. we're watching two very powe >> w w w have shorswe that are
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predators. and chief investigative correspondent, drin ross, is going into action. brian? >> reporter: good morning, diane. our investigation found that tens of thousands of americans having trouble making their house payments, are being targeted by boiler room operations that promise to help. in one operation that we looked at, called the nation's housing modification center, that help ended up costing homeowners their last dollars. the voice over the home makes it sound very official. >> the nation's housing mod can i kags center is in washington, d.c. >> reporter: and their mailings come from a washington, d.c. address. chad nicholas took the bait. facing foreclosure on his home, nicholas send $1,000 to the nation's housing modification center, after they promised their experts could help modify his bank mortgage. >> if getting somebody local in washington, d.c. is going to help me quicker, that may be the
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way to go. >> reporter: what nickless didn't know, is the washington firm is a mailbox at a u.p.a. store, on pennsylvania avenue. the actual location is in this nondescript office building in san diego. inside, a classic telemarketing boiler room operation, where employees -- >> good morning. >> reporter: including tom, read from a script, tailored for disparate homeowners. >> right now, the government is trying thelp you stay in your home. >> reporter: he was one of the telemarketers at the housing modification center. he says he was fired, when he asked where are all the lawyers and accountantto help the homeowners. fatica said there were none. >> they're telling people to give them money in advance, promising to do something they're not doing, that they don't have the resources, capabilities, knowledge or
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manpower to do. >> reporter: the san diego opation is being run by three men well-known to law enforcement authorities. brian rosenberg and his partner, glen rasoski, were convicted in 2003, of charges connected to a mortgage fraud scheme in baltimore. rosenberg also has convictions for theft and drug conviction. >> they have deceived others in the past, involving real estate transactions. and so, i would not give him a lot of credibility. >> reporter: the president of the operation, mike trap, has his own credibility issues. he was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury, in connection with the largest ponzi scheme in san diego history. trap was not happy, when j.w. august of our san diego affiliate, 10 news, showed up to ask some questions. >> can i ask what's going on here? >> reporter: trap's operation is one of hundreds of so-called loan modification businesses, under investigation by authorities.
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>> that's assault. >> there's a lot of malectors out there, that are using this time of economic distress to go after consumers. and they promise them a lifeline. but they give them only an anchor instead. >> reporter: that was the chairman of the federal trade commission, john leivitz, who says there's four pieces of advice to avoid being scammed. if they're asking for money in advance, if they claim a 100% success rate. if they say pay them instead of your mortgage. ed to t ccted to t gerovhenm forget about it anand call the ftc. >> taking adntage of the vulnerable. there they are. thankso much, brian. we'll be right back. 7
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welcome back. and now, to america's first grandmother, marion robinson. she's giving us a little bit of insight into what life is really like inside the white house. abc's yunji de nies has the story. >> i'm able to take care of my two grandchildren when their mother's busy. and she is pretty busy these days. >> reporter: marion robinson came along to care for the first tweens. but she told a group of d.c. schoolchildren the girls are growing up. >> they're at the age where they would rather read books or play games with themselves. so, grandma is beginning to feel left out. >> reporter: grandma is still in charge. malia and sasha are only allowed to watch one hour of tv a day. in her own minipress conference, the kids were allowed to ask anything.
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the questions for insightful. >> how does it feel to have a daughter that's married to the >> that's an overwhelming ates? feeling. stly, it makes me very proud. >> reporter: they were caring. >> do you feel comfortable when you go to sleep? >> believe it or not we do. and we feel awfully safe. >> reporter: they were blent. >> are you rich? >> let me say this. no, i am not rich. and -- but that just lets you know that you just need to learn enough money to pay your way. and you can still be happy and still be in a place where you never thought you would be. >> reporter: a place that has clearly gone from house to home. for "good morning america," yunji de nies, abc news, washington. >> snice. did she say an hour of tv a day? that's it? >> i think. real grandma.
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>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning, everybody. i am alison starling with your local update on a thursday morning. let's look at traffic and weather. >> it is the same scenario as yesterday with an accident on the eastbound freeway at south capitol street. it took three hours today to move that car crash out of the road. that process is complete but we are stuck with a 10-mile backup. begins before the beltway and the camera will give you the flavor of the pace of leaving the belt way, through landmark, past the pentagon, all the way across the 14th street bridge. the good news is 270 southbound.
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there are no problems at farther -- father hurley boulevard. a normal back up at new hampshire boulevard on the beltway. >> we are seeing aew showers to the south and there is a shower pushing into fairfax, at the moment. there are little ones all over the place. 75 degrees downtown right now. your forecast today calls for a few showers this morning and some scattered showers for the afternoon, cooler in below 80's and warmer tomorrow. a baltimore mail carrier has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in treasury checks. the man took the checks out of the male and gave them to several others to catch them with fake identification. eight people are charged with the crime. the scheme ran from march, 2006,
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for march of 2007. we will have another update at for contuous news coverage, tune in to our sister station, news channel 8. 8:25
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ifif we don't act, medical bills will wipe out their savings. if we don't act, she'll be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. and he won't get the chemotherapy he needs. if we don't act, health care costs will rise 70%. and he'll have to cut benefits for his employees. but we can ac the president and congress have a plan to lower your costs and stop denials for pre-existing conditions. it's time to act. "
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"good morning america" continues with the president's comments about professor gates. did the president go too far when he said the cambridge police department acted stupidly? plus, what really happens when your appendix bursts. dr. tim johnson tells us his very personal story and why it can be so dangerous. tapping into my inner rocky. we're going to show you inside the world of the butcher and give you some secret tips. ♪ go 'cause hear we go ♪ and superstar, demi lovato, reforming live. ♪ we're fine together >> i think we're supposed to be all the way over here. we're late. we're late to the spot.
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miss diane sawyer. you know? >> good morning. good morning. >> it's all i can do, just to get diane out here in the morning sometimes. good morning, everybody. chris here. diane sawyer. robin's off today. >> right. after you've picked out my clothes. and tell me if you like my hair. >> yes. >> all those things you have to do in the morning. anyway, also coming up this half hour. the wii people have a new game out. it's a brand-new video game. we'll show you what it does. is it going to be shooting across the country? >> and becky worley is there. and what else about your secret life as a butch center. >> it was so much more interesting than i ever could imagine. i love to talk the steak talk. i'll have a strip. i didn't know. i didn't know there were so many great ways to save some money and learn about what we're going to eat. and i got to relive the scene from "rocky."
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as an italian-american kid, doesn't get much better than that. kate snow has the news. >> good morning, everyone. president obama takes his health care message to ohio state. his push for reform was the focus of a news conference last night. but it's being overshadowed about his remarks about the arrest of harvard professor, henry louis gates. gates accused police of racial bias, after he was arrested outside hiown home. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. >> the president admitted that he may not be neutral on the matter because gates is a friend of his. >>gunfire erupted on a college campus in houston last night, leaving at least six people wounded. the drive-by shooting took place atta community event on the campus of texas southern university. police think it was gang-related. new news about tainted food.
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california lettuce growers are recalling romaine lettuce. stores in 29 states have bee ordered to destroy the produce. no illnesses have been linked to the recalled lettuce. and finally, honoring the beacons of hope. the post office is unveiling a series of stamps today, depicting live lighthouses along the gulf coast. each one was damaged in hurricane katrina. the ceremony takes place in biloxi, where nearly half of its lighthouse was submerged by katrina's storm surge. now, to sam champion in cedar falls, iowa. sam? >> good morning, kate. let me show you cedar falls, kate. it is unbelievable, the crowd that showed up for "good morning america." i mean, it goes around and around and around and around. so, next half hour, we'll show you more of the folks that got up this morning. but it is an amazing, beautiful town. by the way, chef allen sternweller is here.
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and jordan is here, the sous chef. this town was down in the '80s. it was a bad economy. they worked on bringing their downtown back. they started having festivals and events. and driving people in to town to play and party. they have so many beautiful shops out here now. it's a successful downtown area. my varona is your restaurant. you have an italian spin on it. but what are the basics? >> hearty, fresh food with a lot of park. >> i noticed the biscuits and gravy. i missed this. this is something of my past. talk to me. little biscuits and gravy. >> traditional. but the twist is using italian sausage. >> chris will love you for that. egg casserole here. the cheesy potatoes and biscuits. i know this looks heavy, everybody. but there are hundreds of miles of biking trails and running trails here, along the cedar river. there's a lot of people on them every day. we had to get them out of the
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way. let's get to the boards. show you o or two things. we'll start with the weather in the midwest. northern minnesota, into the north dakota area, that will see stronger storms today. we're going to see temperatures in the 70s and 80s through omaha, st. louis. chicagoland, you're a little cool today, at 79 degrees. and the heat in the west. the three-day heat event that continue there's. now, it's spreading into the plains just a little bit. here's the big deal. look into this map. portland, you're 78 today. by saturday, you're in the 90s. by sunday, you could be near 100 degr >> pinky's so much. we have a few showers around the ar. lookar closely. they 'reowre pushing into fairfax and into the district. showers in prince george's. sporadic but they are starting to fall. look for scattered showe,
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especially this afternoon. 60's overnight. a little warmer to we'll have more throughout -- from cedar falls throughout the morning. chris, i just wanted to tell you. in the biscuits and gravy, allen put italian sausage in here just for you. >> that's nice of him. as an italian-american, thank you for the sausage. talk to you in a bit, sam. he's having breakfast stuff out there. we have other food here. you were saying to me, to you know the different cuts? >> now, i do. you have yourer serloin. this extra piece that gets cut off. i did not know any of this, before i got my trip to the butcher, where we were trying to learn about some of the tough jobs that happen in the country. being a butcher is very tough for a lot of reasons. but there's also a lot to learn about how we can eat for better
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value. here i am, taking on the butcher world. >> secrets. we love it. ♪ >> reporter: our barbecue delights all start in a place like this. milton abeles' wholesale meats. >> put on the hats and the coats. >> reporter: i have my own hair net that i bring with me. >> i would expect nothing else. >> reporter: and it's here that my friend and chef, richard buffalino, took to show me the tricks in the trade. it's going to be cold in there, right? >> it is going to be cold. >> what is the temperature? >> 34 degrees. >> reporter: these guys start their butchering day at 3:00 a.m. working with big, electric saws to break down the beef, into more workable sections. a hind quarter can weigh up to 200 pounds. and it takes a butcher to mind
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the various cuts within. where's the hanger? >> right here. >> reporter: it's literally hanging. >> yeah. >> reporter: row upon row of beef, organized according to thickness and desired mabling, also known as the fat in the meat. flecking. what's flecking? >> that's the same thing of mablization. but when it's finer, i like to refer to it as flecking. >> reporter: as we mired over the meaty inventory, i couldn't overcome a certain urge. you know the scene. rocky style. who could resist? that's right. now, i'm going to eat you. from abeles, we went to see how these quartered cattle become steaks at the famous biancardi's, on authur avenue, in bronx, new york. this is where anthony gets his meat, at the inner quogue, on
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long island. sal biaacardi, runs the meat shop. after a lifetime of training. how long to learn the trade? >> an eight-year, ten-year process. >> reporter: eight to ten years? >> it involves a tremendous amount of hand/eye ability. >> reporter: these are the tools of the trade. and they often cause repetitive stresses like carpel tunnel syndrome. wow. this is what you wear when you're fighting with sharks. all this to break down the beef into the choice cuts we've come to know and love. to get started on my lesson, andrew goes in for the fillet. and suddenly, something i've never heard of. c cod fat. and it's not from a fish. >> you can get cod fat. you can get the things you need to make a roast like this. >> reporter: a butcher's secret reveal. and have you ever heard of the
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tail? it's an extra piece of meat that's usually cut off of porterhouse steak. perfect for stews. >> they don't tell anyone. and you pay the same price for this. >> reporter: what do you mean? why don't people serve it anymore? what happened? >> i don't know. >> america got too fancy. >> reporter: what do the butchers bridge home for their families? try a bone-in serloin, or a flank steak. not popular cuts. >> this is the flank steak right here. >> reporter: now, it's my turn to give it a try. i'm going to cut straight down? >> you want to keep it the same. your front wilcook a little different than the back. >> reporter: i'm feeling resistance. >> that's the bone. >> reporter: when i get to the bone, i use the cleaver? to be fair, being a lefty, is a lot harder. >> you're going to work right-handed?
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>> reporter: yes. >> that's it. >> reporter: where is the bone? right here? kill this thing. >> don't worry about it. >> reporter: i literally butchered. hold on. feel how heavy that is. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: give me a little bit of a break. watch your hands. i almost cut my finger off. thank you to sal and the biancardi's, and andrew buffalino. their cod fat is used right here. they use that to insulate meat. >> and their favorite is flank. >> they go with the cheaper cuts. they sell the expensive cut to the customers. the flavor is there. the value for a family. there's a lot to be had if you ask the butcher. >> you were saying to me, they keep meat in the refrigerator, unfrozen, for three days. >> to be very careful. >> it just starts to change the flavor, if not spoil. >> absolutely. there's a lot of information. go to abcnews.com.
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and now, we want to share a family story with you, about a medical crisis that contains a warning for everybody. a lot of people think an appendicitis is just a minor illness. and it happens only to young people. in reality, it can strike anyone, anytime. and it's potentially life-threatening. our own dr. tim johnson was reminded of this, when someone he loves very much, had it happen to her. >> started to get a little scared. >> this wasn't a go home and wait and see for six hours. this was, you need to be in the hospital, where we can watch you all the time. >> all of a sudden, i was really nervous. >> she's lucky. we were concerned. >> reporter: for us, a medical emergency that hit close to home. the patient, kiplee johnson, daughter of our own dr. tim. a couple of days before, kiplee, a busy, working mom, thought she
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had a simple stomach bug. >> it was at work that i was really feeling miserable. a lot of nausea. some stomach pains that were sort of generalized. so, i didn't really think much of it at the time. >> she thought maybe it was gas pains. well, it could be food you ate. it could be a virus. let's see what happens in the next 24 hours. that's how i first heard about it. >> reporter: in fact, what was happening inside kiplee, something of a ticking timebomb. by the next day, she felt it was serious enough to see a doctor. >> she was really pretty miserable. >> reporter: dr. megan ston, the pain was in her lower right side. the doctor suspected immediately what was wrong. >> by the way she was moving, she looked like what we learned back in medical school. this is the classic appendicitis patient. >> rorter: many of us think, appendicitis is something younger people get. but appendicitis can happen at any age. it's an inflammation of the appendix. the treatment, always surgery. but left too long, the appendix
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can burst, spilling infection into the abdominal cavity. and the situation can turn very serious, very fast. that's what dr. staton says happened to kiplee. >> you can't go home. you need to go now. and you need to see the surgeon as soon as you get there. >> i was, like, oh. this could be serious. >> reporter: kiplee was rushed to maine medical center. >> she had been having pain for a good couple of days. this area here is the inflammatory goop that collected when her appendix perforated. >> reporter: the scan showed, the fear was true. she had a serious infection. operating was much more difficult. >> it was a lot like diffusing the bomb to get that out. >> reporter: dr. tim went from medical expert to worried dad. >> that happened to be the day that tom daschle was here for a visit. how committed is president obama to this issue? i was interviewing him around
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noontime, when i got a call, saying they got in there and it was a royal mess. her large bowel was involved. and they were going to have to convert to an en abdominal operation. at which point i got very nervous. >> we had to take out her intestine and reconnect her intestines together. it was a lot more operation than we would do for simple appendicitis. >> that changed my anxiety from a two to a ten. i know that is major surgery. a lot can go wrong at reattaching the bowel. it's a tricky procedure. >> reporter: the operation took four hours, four-times as long as a regular appendectomy. a week later, kiplee, able to go home. the difficult process of recuperation. >> i wasn't able to even pick up my baby. that was really difficult, to not be able to lift him. and just help him get dressed and do the things that i normally do. >> reporter: now, several weeks
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later, kiplee is doing well. her adorable baby boy, back in her arms. >> i regret not going to see a doctor sooner. in essence, it's just safer to get checked out. when in doubt. and we are joined, now, by dad and abc news medical editor, dr. tim johnson. as i said, heart's pounding for everybody, even as we watch this. you don't want to bother your doctor with every, single stomachache you have. so, when do you know this could be something that's serious? >> well, it typically starts out with generalized abdominal pain. nausea, abdominal pain, fever. could be a lot of things. then it starts getting worse. and goes to a localization, in the right quadrant, in the right lower part of the abdomen. when that happens, you know you're in trouble. as kiplee said, she's a physical therapist. she works in a hospital. when it's persistent and gets
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worse, you have to get it checked out. >> and she's 37. the idea that it only happens to people before they're 30. not true? >> no. most commonly, between 20 and 30. but it causes about 300,000 hospitalizations year in this country. very common problem. >> and the cause of it? does anybody know why it's suddenly inflamed? >> we don't. something turns it into an infection, inflammation, bacteria, viruses. in any given case we don't know for sure. >> and surgery is always the treatment? >> it is when it becomes a full-blown appendicitis. if you catch it early, you can do it through the lap scope, a minor operation. but once it bursts, it attaches to the bowel and it's an open operation. we have a lot of diagnostic tools today. imaging tools, blood tests. ually we can get to them early. but about one-third rst in this country. >> terrifying.
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so glad she's okay. and got to see little watts. - hey, buddy. - hi, dad.
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>> this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. i am doug mckelway. >> good morning. we are glad you're here with us this morning. you are beautiful on 66. travel times are with you this morning. 66 out of several uneven 270. 270 southbound is sticky near father hurley boulevard to get down to the beltway. this is 95 virginia clearing out. the right side is southbound leaving the beltway. northbound i-395, delays go all the way to the 14th street bridge. crash on the other side is now gone. calls on the east side of town. slowing down because of the
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rain. >> that has been where the rain has been. we have a shower through the northern part of the district. a shower east of a market. we will see some sporadic showers and mabel a rumble of a shower. low to mid 80's is the best we can do. 60's tonight. dry and 90 on saturday. >> thank you. >>
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a prince george's department fire department is accused of missing two missing dozen calls in one day. they missed 22 calls and nearby stations had to respond. they blame for lows and a lack of volunteers. that often go on staff as the firefighters are sent to other
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understaffed fire departments. >> it is the best we have to stay within our budgetary constraints. >> it is not an abnormal thing. >> what is the use of: if they are not going to come on time? perhaps there are no new fire department classes. american apparel said it will itpro-gay t-shirt. vandals smashed the windows of the store. they were upset about t-shirts that legalized gay marriage. it referred to california's proposition 8. >> some of the employees are unsettled by the fact that we're keeping them up. >> on tuesday, the george town
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corp. received a threatening call. the national institutes of health are about to begin human studies of swine flu vaccines. eight hospitals will take part. the advisory committee will meet in gaithersburg to discuss those trials. >> minor-league baseball could omce to loudoun county. isum s itadis slated to be lecompted by ethco year 2011. it woulde available to local schools and organizations. we will have another news update for you at 8:56.
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♪ ♪ ♪ if you tell me way i think i should have known ♪ ♪ it from the start don't tell me lies ♪ ♪ don't even try it then say bye ♪ demi lovato, a recording artist. 16 years old. and just getting it done already. what a pleasure to have you here this morning. >> and writing her own music, she does. i don't know how she does everything else and still writes some -- how many songs do you write a year? >> what? >> how many songs do you write a year. >> a year? i don't know. >> too many? >> she just wakes up with them. and we'll talk to her about it. "good morning america." diane sawyer, chris cuomo and
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kate snow with us. also ahead, gerard butler is here. you remember him, in "phantom of the opera." a couple of swoons. >> you say "phantom of the opera." i say "300." >> mars and venus. his new movie is "the ugly truth," with katherine heigl. and becky worley is here. the wii folks have a new game to tell us about. it's called the wii resort. and becky is playing it now, so she can give me a beating later on. that's a swordfight going on. let's go to sam champion who is on main street in cedar falls, iowa. that's right in the center of middle america. >> diane, chris. i have to show you. take a look at this crowd. we were blown away by the amount of people that showed up for us at "good morning america" this morning.
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we show you the crowd in cedar falls this morning, saying hi, we have to talk about the fact they have so many bike trails around here. so much to do in this area. if you're looking for a place to get back to the simple things in life, it's here in cedar falls, isn't it? >> yes, it is. >> we have a little band there. checker and the blue tones is going to play for us when we do weather. why not have a little music? that iwhs dohewhy in town. kiy ickt off. we'll talk weather at the same time. the issue going on through the great lakes area into the northeast, are going to be these two lows that continue to play all the time. we just can't get rid of them. so, this pattern has been persistently cooler-than-normal. and plagued with rainfall from the great lakes to new england. that happens again today. chicagoland, you get a little better as we get into the day tomorrow. and also, new england will come it with a good weekend. in the west coast, we'reoug,t ag ring. bi warm temperaturn the d
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tlseng. attle,omac y ta,ou aet gse break today. wtoheke teend, wt geint get close to 100 degrees. here's a look at today's temperatures. new orleans at 91.es. om. louis, about 84 degrees. >> a very niodor mng uis a lckook at the doppler radar. we have some showers. have an all that weather was broht to you by equinox. and this is t.c., the panther. back to you, chris. >> well done, sam. thanks for that. whwh pleasasure ththis morning. maman,n,oror gerard butltler. you may reremember his performae in "300," epic as it was.
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in decent shape. now, he's taking on a different role in one of summer's hottest camrys. it's called "the ugly truth." he plays something of a shock jock, who thinks he knows everything about relationships and finds out he has a lot to learn. like most men. mr. butler, thank you for being here. so, looking at your past, do you miss the law career you had before gting io this? >> no. every now and then, i would have a -- i would phrase it as nightmare, that i'm back at the office. i can say, i have no regrets about wherever i've been in my life. i had to do that to be here. i think if i started as an actor, you know, 16 years old, i wouldn't be here now. >> a very interesting story of personal determination. you made the decision. although i'mlready in a profession, you decided to go out and get it. >> absolutely. >> "300" was a big hit. it's one of the few movies where men feel comfortable saying, that guy looked good in that movie.
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did you see him in "300"? did you build up a male fan base >> yeah.00"? i did. loads all over the world. i ran into people with tattoos on their chest, down their arm. >> like this one here? >> that was good. that was a nice job. no. i did. i mean, it was always my -- it was always my thing in a movie. i thought, if i can impress the stunt guys, to me, are the most macho, masculine guys you can get. if they didn't see me as an actor, but as a man, i knew that would work for the movie. >> and a great testament for the acting, is the switch you made into romantic comedy, with "the ugly truth" here. the character role, do you like one more than the other? playing the king of sparta, versus playing this guy who is, say, confused. >> i don't know if he's that confused. i think he's pretty outspoken.
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and a little too certain about his ideology about sex and relationships. all i know is i had a lot of fun playing this role. i mean, "300," there will never be an experience like it. but to step into a comedy like this, and be able to take on such an outrageous character. >> it's a great relationship play with you and katherine heigl. let's take a look. it opens tomorrow. "the ugly truth." let's take a look. i'm saving you. he was blowing you off. >> he wasn't blowing me off. >> he'll be expecting you to call him. and when you don't, he'll call back. >> how do you know? >> i know how men operate. if you want it to work out with this guy, you'll listen to me. and you'll do exactly as i say. you've probably done damage with your psycho aggressive phone call. it might not be too late. and if you do salvage the situation, you'll never be more than his desperate neighbor. >> i'm not desperate. did you think i sounded desperate? >> what do you think would
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happen if that actually was done on a morning show? th's what you do. katherine heigl's producing a morning show. the ratings aren't that good. you talk a lot of outlanding talk about relationships. the ratings spike. should we try that? >> the way most shows are going, i think it would work. nowada nowadays, on tv shows, always pushing the boundaries. i wouldn't be surprised if they tried it. i think it would get a mixed reaction. >> to be clear, you do not ascribe to the views of mr. chadwick in the movie, right? >> a little bit. no. not at all. i think it traits of the personality. i'm a little irreverent in my behavior. but i don't accord to those views. i certainly don't sell them as my wares. >> you wind up making someone who is coarse at the beginning, lovable at the end of the movie. >> if you can make a role
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lovable, you've done your job. >> safe to say, i think you succeeded. gerard butler, a pleasure. "the ugly truth" opens tomorrow, nationwide. when we come back, let
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i was just interviewing the actor from "300" gerard butler. now, becky worley is whooping my behind in a swordfight. >> three on you. >> you didn't show me how to do it. >> we're talking about the new games from wii. this is the wii sports resort. >> this is the hot, new thing. this is what everybody wants. >> coming out this sunday. this is 12 games that maximize new technology from nintendo. we'll get to that in a second. the wii's a phenomenon. 20 million consoles sold. 10 million in the last year. and the big draw point, women. 20% growth on women gamers on the wii. this is family entertainment. >> absolutely. we have one at home. the kids love to play it.
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they do bowling. they do fitness things. >> it's 50 bucks for the new games. but you get something called the wii-motion-plus controller. it snaps on to your existing wiimote. and it gives you 360-degree control. >> i want to play. >> i know. now, you're jealous. watch. in the old days, the wiimote, would kind of recognize all of the action of your arm. but these days, look at my frisbee guy here. i can turn 360 degrees. and it recognizes the motion on my frisbee here. >> it's very sensitive. >> i can flick. i can have body english on it. it's really cool in that respect. let me show you the basketball. >> that looks like me there. >> i know. this is you. >> yes. >> there you go. >> put the wrist strap on there. >> the wrist strap's for safety, by the way. >> that's right. i'll show you how to do this. you hold the "b" down.
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>> hold the "b" down. >> and go back and throw. >> "b" down. there you go. you can do this, buddy. basketball. >> how do i shoot? >> hold "b" down. hold "b" down right there. nice. you see how it has a lot of lift, right? and it makes you want to jump. you're really good at this. >> i haven't even touched it. >> you have to learn to aim, right? that's a big change here. it has a lot of subtlety. >> like back in college. >> throw a brick. >> throwing only bricks. >> throw like a shot put. see how the motion changes. now, do an air ball. and see how much loft you get? >> be quiet. trying to make a shot here. >> there's a lot of complexity in the game play because of this controller. you get 1 controller with the 12-game packet. hey. you got a basket. you pay $25 for extra controllers. this is really neat.
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it makes the game play last longer. >> i didn't hear anything you say. >> you can get all the info. they have games like table-tennis. morgan and miranda here. they have jet skiing. air skydiving. you still get it. but that shows there's a lot of room for improvement. if an athlete like you stinks at this. >> thanks, becky worley. that was really nice of you. how are you guys doing? are you liking it, young ladies? >> yeah. >> is it fun? >> yeah. >> have you played the old wii. >> yeah. >> this is different, right? >> yeah. >> that's cool about the table tennis, than the standard tennis. and don't call it ping-pong, by the way. it's table tennis. a lot faster pace. >> a lot of other sports features. >> it's a great staycation option for families. >> staycation, nice. you killed me and my persona. but the staycation is good, too. >> right. >> becky worley. thanks for the information on the wii resort.
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go to abcnews.com and find out everything that happened. and what's wrong with this controller that i missed those jumpers becaus
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she is impossibly young. impossibly talented. impossibly successful. the new cd, it's her second, by the way. it's called "here we go again." the single by the same name has already been downloaded 50,000 times. she performed for the first lady, toured with the jonas brothers, has a hit tv show. demi lovato. it's good to have you back here.
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and i have to ruffle your feathers. >> thank you. >> great idea. >> i was in a mood for a fashion risk. >> i love it. >> take it or leave it. >> i was asking you earlier, about writing music. i heard that the jonas brothers and you worked together on writing music. do you have different ways of writing? it's a mystery to those of us who never had a tune come to our head in our lives. >> do you mean the difference between the jonas brothers and i? >> the way you write music. >> i wake up in the morning. we'll all be doing to bed at night. and a line will pop in my head. that will inspire an entire song. when i write with them, they're able -- it comes out faster. it's so much fun. >> right. this is your second cd. then, you're going to start filming the movie -- the new "camp rock" movie. >> after i get off tour. i'm on tour with david archuleta. and we're really excited. after i do that, i go to "camp rock 2." >> at 16, you never have to
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sleep. listening to your life, you can't. here she is. it's the new single. it's "here we go again." ♪ i throw all of your stuff away then clear you out of my head ♪ ♪ i tear you out of my heart and ignore all your messages ♪ ♪ i tell everyone we got through 'cause i'm so much better ♪ ♪ without you but it's just another pretty like a side break down ♪ ♪ every time you come around ♪ so, how do you get here under my skin ♪ ♪ swore i'd never let you back
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in ♪ ♪ i should have known better ♪ been trying to let you go 'cause here we go, go ♪ ♪ go again been trying to hard as i try ♪ ♪ i know i can't quite something about you is so addicting ♪ ♪ we're falling together ♪ you think that by now i know 'cause here we go again ♪ ♪ you never know what you want and you never say what you mean ♪ ♪ but i start to go insane every time that you look at me ♪ ♪ you only hear half of what i say and you're always showing up too late ♪ ♪ and i know that i should say good-bye but it's no use ♪ ♪ can't be with or without you ♪ so, how do you get here under my skin ♪ ♪ swore that i'd never let you back in ♪
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♪ should have known better trying to let you go ♪ ♪ 'cause here we go, go ♪ go again ♪ hard as i try i know i can't quit ♪ ♪ something about you i know i can't ♪ we're falling together you think that by now i'd know 'cause here we go, go, again ♪ ♪ and again and again ♪ ♪ and again and again ♪ ♪ i threw all of your stuff away and cleared you out of my head ♪ ♪ and ier to you out of my heart oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ how how do you get here under my skin ♪ ♪ swore that i'd never let you back in ♪ ♪ should have known better been trying to let you go ♪ ♪ 'cause here we go, go
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go again ♪ ♪ hard as i try i know i can't quit ♪ ♪ something about you is so addicting ♪ ♪ we're falling together you think that by now ♪ ♪ i'd know 'cause here we go ♪ ♪ go go here we go again ♪ here we go again should have known better ♪ ♪ been trying to let you go 'cause here we go, go ♪ ♪ go again again and again and again ♪ ♪ ♪n
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if we don't act, medical bills will wipe out their savings. if we don't act, she'll be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. and he won't get the chemotherapy he needs. if we don't act, health care costs will rise 70%. and he'll have to cut benefits for his employees. but we can act. the president and congress have a plan to lower your costs and stop denials for pre-existing conditions. it's time to act.
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al all right. we have our friend, sam, out there. we want to say good-bye to him in iowa. so long, sam. >> sam. >> and all your friends. sam always gathers a crowd. >> come back home. because sean paus going to perform tomorrow, live in central park. we're all going to be there for our summer concert series. we'll have chef michael s doctor hlough, grilling. >> hope you have a wonderful day. see you in the morning.
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>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. it clocked 56. i am doug mckelway. -- it clocked 56. >> there is a rain shower moving
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around the area. it is affecting some of the folks around town. we will take you to a dry camera, 270 southbound. delays out of germantown. you can see the pace of traffic. now the beltway, interloped, unusually heavy past connecticut avenue to head out to georgia avenue. nothing reported in the roadway. 395 northbound. delays in landmark leaving the beltway past the pentagon to go to the 14th street bridge. this shows there rain shower moving around. >> the showers have been concentrated in several areas. we have showers around 16th street. their heavier north of the district. you saw it at army navy drive.
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there is so little it is hard to see. low to mid 80's this afternoon. isolated showers tomorrow. hot and dry on saturday. >> thank you. traffic willtie oshifngn o maranyl maran to up to a year. u.s. 29 will be shifted to a9ow new temporary roadway. thank you forr
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