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>> i did want her to come out first though. >> i did. >> i hope someone heard that. good morning, america.at. as we join you this tuesday that space launch marks an exciting new chapter for our generation. >> mission accomplished. the blue origin soars 62 miles above the earth's surface, lands safely back on earth. >> and touchdown. welcome back, "new shepard's" first human crew. >> new details from inside that capsule. one of the passengers wally funk, a life long dream 60 years in the making. michael strahan is there with all the latest. new mask warning, the american academy of pediatrics say all kids should wear masks
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at school even if they've been vaccinated while the state department warns americans not to travel to the uk and the stock market plunges amid fears. wildfires exploding in the west. more than 80 fires burning right now across 13 states. ginger zee is tracking it all. also this morning, the olympics. another american athlete sidelined testing positive for covid, even though she's fully vaccinated. while the men's basketball team, one of its stars is staying stateside for now out of safety. how does this impact the games? amy robach there for us in tokyo with the latest. prince harry's blockbuster announcement revealing he's writing a tell-all memoir about growing up royal. why he's doing it now and the fallout ahead. ♪ i'm on the edge ♪ and the bucks on the edge of glory. with a chance to win their first nba title in 50 years tonight. can they close out the series? or will the suns bring the heat to push a game seven?
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♪ i'm on the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge ♪ western edition coming to you live. you know it's special because of today. we appreciate you starting your tuesday with us. bucks aren't the only ones on the edge of glory. what an amazing morning, watching the "new shepard" rocket journey to the edge of space. that's the moment right there that the rocket took off, starting its groundbreaking mission. >> 10:25, in space, jeff bezos, his brother mark, 82-year-old wally funk and 18-year-old oliver daemen. you saw it touch down there very gently after all the parachutes deployed and a bit of celebration after it landed as well. jeff bezos came out. oliver daemen. his brother. we heard wally.
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>> got to have the champagne and the hat with jeff bezos. it's the anniversary of the first apollo moon landing july 20th, 1969. that mission according to jeff bezos started his lifelong love of space. we have a new chapter now for humans in space. our michael strahan is in texas, lining up now, he'll be talking to jeff bezos about it all and we'll bring that to you ahead. but first, our transportation correspondent gio benitez has been following this. gio, what a morning. >> reporter: oh, what a morning. transportation, indeed, transportation now really includes space because that's this first commercial flight for blue origin, now they have two others for the rest of the year, we've been talking about that
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billionaire space race between richard branson and jeff bezos, i want to show you this tweet that richard branson just sent out, well done, blue origin, jeff, mark, wally, oliver, impressive. best to all the crew from me and the team at virgin galactic. we're seeing those congratulations. for jeff bezos, the other billionaire who just went to space, for jeff bezos we're talking about a dream 21 years in the making he started this company back in 2000 with that goal of human space flight now he made that dream come true and he made history. >> two, one. >> reporter: the blue origin rocketing capsule making history. launching jeff bezos and his crew of three to the edge of space 62 miles above the earth's surface, sitting at each of these windows the largest ever
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to fly to space, each seat getting a nearly perfect view. launching just after 9:00 a.m. eastern. so what happened onboard their short journey into history? two minutes after launch, they accelerated to three times the speed of sound. the astronauts experiencing 3 gs. >> it's like having a gorilla sitting on your chest, pressing down on you. >> reporter: three minutes after launch the capsule separated from the booster putting them in micro gravity. then 6:00 after launch, they buckled up again and started falling back to earth, parachutes slowed its december scent before it landed solvely in the desert. >> welcome back to earth. congratulations to all of you. >> the whole voyage just 11 minutes. >> best day ever.
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>> 82-year-old wally funk and 18-year-old oliver daemen, jeff bezos and mark emerging from the capsule. oliver, the youngest to go to space. and you know what was so fascinating about this one, we have the spacex launches we cover so much but when that rocket returns it always lands on a drone ship in the water when that spaceship returns months lands it lands in the water. all of it was happening right behind us here. we saw the rocket come down. we felt that sonic boom as it came down and the capsule came down with those parachutes. it was extraordinary to watch it just 3 miles away. >> you were talking about earlier about jeff bezos, his --
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at his graduation it was at that moment, even before that, but he really was specific in his graduation how much he wanted this to happen today. >> reporter: yeah, he was always talking about the planet, robin, he wanted to make sure that we could find a way to protect this. for bezos when he's talking about space travel and space tourism, he's talking about saying, you know what, it's not about leaving the planet and finding a new home on another planet for him it's about looking down on this planet and how we can protect it. that's the message he's always sending out. the message he sent out in 1982 during his high school valedictorian speech. now he's still sending that same message. really 21 years in the making. pretty incredible. >> jeff bezos is talking to michael strahan this morning. the "new shepard" has gone up in
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space and come down as well. now back to robin. coronavirus emergency. and the highly contagious delta variant surging across the country. hospitalizations are on the rise in 37 states. trevor ault is live in tennessee, one of the new covid hot spots. good morning, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, robin. here in memphis, they're now treating five times as many covid patients as they were just a couple weeks ago. while the vast majority of serious cases are in unvaccinated people, this is causing some top organizations to rethink the guidance that vaccinated people don't need to wear masks especially with the school year just arounth corn this morning, the american academy of pediatrics contradicting guidance from the cdc saying all kids returning to the classroom need to mask up. >> we've learned a lot this past year and one of the things we learned is that masking works. >> reporter: the aap's new
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guidance recommending children over the age of 2 wear masks regardless of vaccination status coming as some schools are back in session. these pictures showing maskless arizona students starting their new year after some districts there already decided to allow kids to come back without them. >> we are hopeful we have a safe and effective vaccine for younger children before the year is over. >> reporter: as of now, only children 12 and over can get the vaccine. >> the feasibility of determining a verified level who's vaccinated and who is not amongst students is really going to be challenging. >> reporter: at least nine states are attempting to block mask mandates from reaching their schools, this as the country battles the contagious delta variant. the weekly average number ofcas state seeing increasing covid cases. in florida, one hospital system raising its covid threat to high after seeing its hospitalizations more than double in the past two weeks,
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top doctors, vaccinations are still the answer. of course, a child doesn't need to be infected with covid-19 to be profoundly impacted. this morning, abc news has obtained exclusive unpublished data from the cdc that says over the course of the pandemic, an estimated 119,000 children lost a primary caregiver to a covid-19 associated death. >> boy, that is a sad fact. trevor, thanks very much. concerns about the virus are also impacting travel. the state department is warning americans not to go to the uk because covid cases there are driven by the delta variant and are at the highest level since january. the advisory is a recommendation, not a legal ban. and fears about the delta variant are also causing concern on wall street. the dow dropped more than 2% monday. its worst day since october. our chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis has the latest. good morning, rebecca. >> reporter: good morning, george. it's that surge in new covid cases that is a key factor that sent the dow to its worst day so far this year.
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the thinking here on wall street delay a full restart of the tel- economy, a return to life and work, and that in turn would eat into some of the economic optimism surrounding the re-opening which is why some of the hardest hit stocks are those travel-related companies, airlines, cruise lines, george, some of the biggest falling stocks yesterday, george. >> sharp drop yesterday but people's 401(k) retirement plans have had a pretty good year. >> reporter: perspective is everything here. we are just 3% now below the record highs for this stock market. the s&p 500 for the year which is what most 401(k)s track is still up 13% so far this year and a number of those stocks, the travel companies, they are pointing higher already today. george. >> rebecca jarvis, thanks. t.j. we turn to massive wildfires burning up the west. more than 80 fires raging across 13 states. want to bring in ginger zee.
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ginger, we were talking about this. hard to fathom but one is so big the fire is creating its own weather. >> this happens. we see this almost every year with these big fire, it gets so hot that heat rises and relatively cooler above and around it and makes its own thunderstorm. said thunderstorm doesn't have rain coming or has rain that disintegrates. all it does bring is lightning which can start new fires. the race to escape. >> it seems like it's getting pretty close. >> reporter: with hillsides ablaze, orange smoke-filled hanging eerily. more than 80 uncontained large fires are burning in 13 western states. more than 2.5 million acres burned so far this year, that's 720,000 some acres more than this time last year. the monstrous bootleg fire in southern oregon makes up a huge part of those numbers and now it's so big that it's generating its own weather.
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after tearing through more than 360,000 acres of grassland and forests, officials say the rapidly growing fire is making pyrocumulus clouds, now that's a fire-driven thunderstorm cloud that can make its own lightning which comes with no rain and has the potential to start new fires. at least 2,000 homes have been evacuated in lake county and another 5,000 are threatened. near lake tahoe the tamarack fire is forcing more evacuations as it spreads to 39,000 acres and zero containment. >> in the forest if you don't have a hundred feet it is going to be tough to defend that home. >> reporter: the sky is a hazy orange in hamilton mountain, california, thanks to the dixie fire exploding to more than 40,000 acres over the weekend. the pyrocumulus also can create more lightning and what hits me, robin, what it hits me, i've
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been speaking to climate experts, this is not a drought we break within this amplified climate change. >> and you see those images. >> yeah. >> they just really stay with you. >> the skies orange, burnt. >> ginger, thank you. now to the deadly flooding disaster in europe and race against time to find survivors. maggie rulli is in germany with the latest. good morning, maggie. >> reporter: hey, robin, good morning. you know, this gives you a sense of the human toll here, we're standing in what's become a makeshift garbage dump. it is the size of a football field. more than two stories high, but what makes this so shocking, remember, this is a pile of people's livelihoods. their homes and sadly it is not just belongings, the death toll here now stands at more than 200 people. about 300 are still missing. the scope of this disaster is just mind-boggling.ateems like towns that have been swept away. here on the ground you also see
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and you feel that disaster up close. you know, days later we are still seeing people caked in mud just picking through piles of their ruined belongings. it is heartbreaking. people here calling it an absolute nightmare and now, robin, there are questions if this could have been avoided in the first place. just today, the national weather service announcing two days prior to the floods they announced they were going to be disproportionate heavy rain in the area. yet everyone we spoke to said they received no warning. >> no warning. we appreciate you being there for us. thank you. we'll switch gears and look ahead to the nba final, game six, bucks hoping to win the franchise's first title in 50 years, the suns hoping to send the series back home for game seven. will reeve is on the scene from milwaukee. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, george. what a scene it will be. the stakes are huge. the bucks win here tonight, they bring home their first nba title since 1971. their superstar, two-time mvp
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giannis antetokounmpo, he will win his title at age 26, an age younger than steph, lebron or m.j. if the suns win they bring it home. we all go back to phoenix for game seven and future hall of famer chris paul gets one last chance at winning his first and only title. here we go. this morning, the milwaukee bucks are one win and maybe just a handful of from an nba t. after stealing game five in phoenix, the first road win for either team in these finals, the bucks are at home in milwaukee with a chance to close it out tonight for their first championship in 50 years. the team expecting a boost from the home crowd inside and outside the arena. >> at the end of the day the city, you know, since the day that i've been here, got here three years ago, they've had our back, they've been through it with us, they've been through the journey, we've been close, we've had great seasons but to put it all together and give them a championship that's much deserved would be incredible. >> reporter: after taking a 2-0 series lead, the phoenix suns have now dropped three straight and sit on the brink of
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elimination. >> our sense of urgency has to be there from start to finish. >> reporter: for milwaukee, superstar giannis antetokounmpo has led the way. moments like these -- >> antetokounmpo throws it down. >> reporter: instantly etched in finals lore. big game five performances from jrue holiday and hope that devin booker can remain on fire and join future hall of famer chris paul in leading phoenix back to the desert for a winner take all game seven. fiserv forum here holds over 17,000 people and there are over 17,000 of these t-shirts. it's going to be quite the scene and outside they've increased capacity to 65,000 people. that's what they're expecting outside. that's almost triple what it normally is. this could be a big old party by the lake here, guys. it's going to be fun. >> will reeve is going to have
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quite a night there, no question about that. of course, you at home can catch the action on abc at 9:00 eastern. right now we're following a lot of headlines including the latest on the olympics. another american athlete has tested positive for covid. we're live in tokyo with the latest. also, prince harry announcing he's publishing a memoir. why now and the fallout this morning but first let's say hello again to ginger. >> that monsoon flow is coming through in cedar city, utah, but through too quickly with the flash flooding down the street, we're also seeing 63% of the west in extreme drought. that's the second highest level of drought. thankfully arizona is going to get a considerable amount even this week so the next five days a little in utah. you can see it there in new mexico but not so much for nevada and california. your local weather in 30 seconds. first tuesday trivia sponsored b caesars rewards.
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they had that capsule detached from the rocket and they were able to float in space for just 3 minutes or so. the whole trip just under 11 minutes. but just incredible they were able to spend those 3 minutes in weightlessness there. when you're talking about the kind of research that can be done in that weightlessness that's been happening with blue origin over the past couple of years as they've sent some research up there to see what that research can do when you're talking about microgravity research and now we're talking about humans going up there. this is the 16th successful flight of for blue origin, but the first with humans onboard. and we saw as all of them were able to walk off of that spaceship, totally fine, they were not wearing big heavy space suits we're used to seeing, they were able to walk off and that's what's fascinating about this, you have this time in space
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travel where you could just sort of hop on a spaceship and take a quick trip over to space, is it's really just incredible to see what this was like and what this potentially means for the space industry. robin. >> all right, robin, thank you. we're following a lot of headlines including the new travel warning for americans. new cases in the uk are surging because of the delta variant. thousands are being asked to self-isolate. here at home the american academy of pediatrics are saying all kids should wear masks at wildfires in the west, more than 80 fires raging across 13 states. one fire as ginger has been telling us so big it's creating drought could spark more fires. history this morning from a young hockey player, 19-year-old luke prokop has become the first
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player under contract with an nhl team to reveal he's gay saying in a post online he's no longer scared to hide who he is and he's now living his authentic life which will allow him to be a better player. his announcement comes less than a month after karl nassib of the raiders became the first active nfl player to come out as gay. still a lot more ahead on a very busy morning on "gma." we are live in south dakota. we are going to "rise & shine" from the mt. rushmore state. our cecilia vega is there and we'll check in with her in a bit. but now the coronavirus causing new concern for the olympics set to kick off in just three days and another american athlete has tested positive. she is now sidelined from the games. our globetrotter, amy robach, has made her way to tokyo and she has the very latest for us, good morning, amy. >> reporter: that's right, good morning, robin. yeah, the cases keep growing here. the latest athlete to test positive, katie lou samuelson on
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the women's 3x3 team confirming that news on her instagram page, and zach lavine is under covid-19 protocols under an abundance of caution. while lavine may attend, sam gelson who by the way is fully vaccinated, will not. women's basketball player katie lou samuelson, a part of the u.s.' first women's 3x3 olympic team, revealing she's unable to attend after her covid diagnosis. "i am especially heartbroken as i am fully vaccinated and took every precaution." >> lavine. one-on-one. >> reporter: on the men's side zach lavine staying back in the states not traveling to tokyo with the rest of the usa basketball team. usa basketball citing the move was out of an abundance of caution adding, they hope zach will join later this week. this the latest blow to team usa
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after kara eaker an alternate gymnast for team usa, had to be placed under quarantine after testing positive for covid. her parents telling abc news, she too was fully vaccinated. >> we know she feels fine physically, but, you know, emotionally how is it impacting her? she's like, well, it is what it is. i can't do anything to change it, so kara is strong and will bounce right back from this. >> reporter: usa gymnastics placing another alternate on quarantine and moving the gymnasts to different lodging. al fong speaking to "gma" overnight. >> they checked the distance from bed to bed. they checked to see that had masks on. we all took precautions. >> reporter: more than 22,000 people have been accredited for the games undergoing strict covid testing, monitoring and tracing policies, so far at least 71 people involved have
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tested positive. one of them, tennis star coco gauff who tested positive for covid before traveling to tokyo, dropping out of the games. tweeting, it has always been a dream of mine to represent the usa at the olympics and i hope there will be many more chances for me to make this dream come true in the future. >> this is all i've been doing. >> reporter: vigorous testing measures already in place. >> walking and testing. >> reporter: to ensure the games go on with as few covid infections as possible. we saw protocols in action firsthand on our 22-hour journey to tokyo. this is actually happening. let's go. whoo! >> all right. athletes, us journalists and all the staff working the games are under strict covid-19 testing protocols. but with opening ceremony just three days away, some events are already set to get under way with the u.s. softball team taking on italy later tonight and the u.s. women's soccer team facing off against sweden on wednesday, a lot of uncertainty here but literally the show is still going on, guys.
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>> can you give us a sense -- i know you just got there, but the mood that's there in tokyo about the games. >> you know, it's quiet. there are not many people on the streets. our hotel seems empty. it's very eerie here. i haven't gotten to get out much beyond my hotel room. but as i look out from my window when i've just been able to walk a few designated hallways, it feels really quiet. >> quite different from the other olympic games you have attended. >> yeah, for sure. >> want to do something about the quiet, import amy robach and that will change -- >> that is so wrong. >> hey, i heard that. >> oh, sorry. i thought you were gone. >> oops. >> okay, we'll check in with you later, robes. coming up next, new details about prince harry's memoir and the fallout this morning. stay with us. depression makes it hard for me to follow through with my plans.
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the latest on prince harry and the announcement he's publishing a tell-all memoir he says his life story will focus more on the man he's become, and deborah roberts has all the details. good morning, deborah. >> reporter: good morning, george. yes, yet another surprise from prince harry, and this one catching many of his family members off guard. many royal watchers, and there are quite a few on this side of the pond these days, are wondering if this new book will simply be a detailed account of
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tell all, maybe part two of that big tv interview. this morning, global buzz about prince harry's latest project just months after his stunning oprah interview, which reportedly angered the royal family. the duke of sussex announcing plans to pen his own life story saying in a statement, i am not writing as the prince i was born but the man i've become. my hope is that in telling my story, the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned, i can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. >> it's really going to focus on the people that helped shape his life and really come to discover the experiences s d that have made him the man he is today. >> reporter: the untitled memoir in the works since last year and will span harry's entire life from his childhood in the spotlight to present day living outside the palace. the book reportedly a surprise to his father, prince charles. tensions between harry and the royal family have been high since he stepped away from his duties to make a life in america.
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>> so when i ask the question, why did you leave, the simplest answer is -- >> lack of support and lack of understanding. >> reporter: the publisher, penguin random house, saying, harry will give the definitive account of the experiences that shaped him. one of those becoming a husband and a father, which he also discussed with oprah. >> i guess the highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides, which was something i was never able to do when i was young. >> there are some who say that this will hamper harry's chances with healing the rift but bigger issues outstanding. he has yet to hear of accountability for things he and meghan experienced. >> reporter: this is the first time in modern history where a senior royal has written his or her own memoir. usually other people write those books.
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the publisher says it will be released in 2022. harry says proceeds will go to charity, but as you can imagine, there are strong opinions across the globe. many asking why. others saying, good for him. george. >> deborah, thanks very much. let's talk to our expert, royal contributor robert jobson. so, harry surprised most of the world. are you surprised? >> well, i think as night follows day this would happen. as soon as he went and lived in the states, i think a tell-all book was expected. i for one expected it in time. i didn't expect it to be coming out in the same year as the queen would be on the throne 75 years and at the same time there is a huge rift in the royal family. i can't see any feuds or this being healed whilst you're writing your own memoirs. you have to own them. there's no mistaken in that. it has happened before. the king wrote his memoirs just before the coronation. that caused a sensation, and no
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doubt that this will be a huge, huge hit in terms of sales. i for one would love to read his perspective, but in terms of damage to the monarchy, it will have an impact. >> as much of a declaration of independence as you could have, isn't it? >> that's about right. i don't see this is a man worried about being a prince, being a duke, worrying about what is going on inside windsor castle or out. the reality is, he's his own man and he wants to tell his own story, and i think it will be a very interesting read because, of course, he's had a roller coaster ride through his life, but the problem you've got, of course, is when you're writing a memoir like this, that things could be interpreted one way or the other, his relationship with his brother will be difficult to heal. because if you start addressing those big issues like racism at the palace or mental health issues that haven't been resolved yet about him and meghan and who said what and you start naming names it certainly
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. mission accomplished. jeff bezos make history with their journey to tennell of space. the blue origin rocket soars above the surface. >> the best thing that ever happened to me. >> wally funk becomes the oldest u.s. astronaut at 82 years young. michael is at the launch site all morning long. new mask warning, the american academy of pediatrics saying all kids should wear masks at school even if vaccinated. what parents should know this morning. ♪ and the one and only mark wahlberg is live on his highly anticipated new movie, turning 50 and "the departed" 15 years later. ♪ i feel love ♪ plus, "rise & shine," america. and good morning from south dakota.
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we're taking you to the great outdoors from the rolling black hills to the historic mt. rushmore. visiting the incredible small businesses that are bouncing back, all ahead as we say -- >> good morning, america. you have to know cecilia to know what's going on there. she was just telling us last week how she mentioned to someone she's never been to mt. rushmore. there she is this morning. >> you put it out in the universe. we will make it happen, america. she's laughing. she hears -- be careful what you wish for, cecilia. great to have everybody with us on this very busy tuesday. we are live in texas and south dakota with cecilia vega this morning. let's go to transportation gio benitez who's there in texas
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near the launch site for the very latest. >> reporter: it was incredible to watch that happen right behind us. we felt the roar of that rocket. we felt everything. almost like, you know, your organs on the inside, they're almost vibrating. . ground is shaking. you hear that incredible sound. >> two,e. origin rocketing making history, launching jeff bezos and his crew of three to tennell of space. sitting at each of these windows the largest ever to fly to space, each seat getting a nearly perfect view the astronauts walking out to the capsule, boarding the new shepardened launching just after 9:00 a.m. eastern. so what happened onboard their short journey into history? two minutes after the launch they accelerated to three times the speed of sound, the astronauts experiencing about 3gs as they reached the end of space.
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three minutes after launch the capsule separated from the booster pointing them in microgravity. weightless for another three, four minutes. 6 minutes after launch, they buckled up again and the parachute slowed its descent before it landed softly in the dese desert. the whole voyage about 11 minutes. bezos, his brother mark, 82-year-old wally funk and 18-year-old oliver daemen emerging from the capsule after their historic trip. we saw as all of them were able to walk off of that spaceship, totally fine, they were in fact not wearing big heavy space suits that we're used to seeing, they were able to sort of walk off and that's what's fascinating about this, you have this time in space travel where you h on a sp take a quick trip so's reayt incredle to see what ts like, but what this potentially means
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for the space industry. robin? >> thank you so much, gio. we do have the latest now on the coronavirus emergency. we do have the latest on the coronavirus emergency and the alarming delta variant surging across the country. hospitalizations are now on the rise in 37 states, trevor ault is live in tenness, one of the new covid hot spots. welcome back, trevor. >> reporter: good morning again, robin. with the delta variant driving surges in coronavirus cases across almost all of the country, we know parents want to make sure their kids are protected as they head back to school. this morning, they're getting some contradictory guidance, the american academy of pediatrics saying all students need to be wearing masks back in school whether or not they're fully vaccinated, running counter to the cdc's guidance saying they one arasks i school district back in the classroom with masks optional e trying to outright block mask mandates from reaching the classroom. at least for now those decisions will be made by your local leaders but regardless, across the country, covid cases have
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climbed nearly 300% in the past month, and here in memphis, at methodist lebonheur healthcare system, they say they are treating five times as many covid patients as three weeks hospital workers making their - way through sorting through all the problems especially as almost all of these hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. america's top healthcare workers continue to insist the vaccines work against the delta variant, but as we know students under 12 years old cannot yet get the vaccine, and that could very well put them at risk. guys. >> okay, trevor, thanks very much. coming up, the dream 16 years in the making, we'll met wally funk about to make history as the world's oldest person to fly in space. another dream also coming true this morning for cecilia vega. she wanted to go to mt. rushmore and you got it. there she is. we're going to "rise & shine" from the mt. rushmore state. plus, mark wahlberg joins us
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ever in a few moments. let's go back to michael at the site of the launch for wally's story. michael. >> you know, george, it is a flight that she's been training for most of her lindn st the journey was far from easy. this morning, a moment six decades in the making just moments away. 82-year-old wally funk once denied the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an astronaut because of her gender set to blast off on the first crew flight for jeff bezos' space ferried firm blue origin. the amazon founder surprising funk with the news in a video he shared on instagram. >> we open the hatch and you step outside, what's the first thing you say. >> honey, that was the best thing that ever happened to me. >> reporter: wally, you trained to go to space in the '60s. what does it mean 60 years later? >> well, i had a lot of training in those weeks before, or in 1960, not only in america but i
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went to russia and i trained with the cosmonauts and not until about two or three weeks after my training did i -- was told that i did better than the men. >> by the way, she's still doing better than the men. >> oh, no. >> she can outrun all of us. she's 82 years old and she can outrun all of us. >> reporter: in 1961, already a professional aviation instructor, funk became the youngest member of the mercury 13, the first group of women to be put through rigorous astronaut training as part of a women in space program designed to determine if women were as capable of handling space travel as men. despite finishing their training, funk at the top of the class, none of the women would ever fly as the program was canceled but funk continued blazing trails for women in flight becoming the first female air safety investigator for the ntsb and the first female inspector for the faa. >> wally, how are you? >> honey, i couldn't be better.
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i'm going to be in that window. >> reporter: now the woman who was told she couldn't be an astronaut because, quote, you're a girl, you can't do that, is on the cusp of fulfilling a lifelong dream and making history as the oldest person ever to fly to space. how could you not love just her energy and her attitude and wally will be the oldest person to fly to space and is likely won't be her last journey into orbit because wally also put a deposit down on a virgin galactic flight ticket back in 2010 and she plans to go back, guys. >> go, wally. go big or go home. >> she has earned this one. >> go wally. >> she's great. thank you, thank you, michael. let's check in with our cecilia vega. we're going to "rise & shine" from south dakota where you've been seeing her, the mt. rushmore state. it is bouncing back and cecilia is there at the landmark giving us a look at its history and
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some of that history is a little complicated. >> reporter: yeah, t.j., good morning. it is very complicated, so it took 14 years for workers to complete this, 400 people working on it carving the faces behind me. definitely an architectural achievement, but so many native american people from this area see this monument as a painful reminder of the years, the centuries of oppression their people have faced. majestic mt. rushmore, for some it's one of america's most famous symbols of democracy, george washington, thomas jefferson, theodore roosevelt and abraham lincoln carved into the side of this mountain in south dakota's black hills. >> it's a celebration of the united states, it's a celebration of potential, possibility. >> reporter: but for so many native americans mt. rushmore is a painful reminder of land that was stolen and centuries of mistreatment that followed and for many who live in its shadow it is an inescapable monument to injustice.
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so, if for some this is a symbol of democracy, a symbol of american achievement, to you it's what? >> it's hypocrisy. >> reporter: darryl is a fifth generation of chief red cloud of the lakota. >> my lakota name is -- [ speaking foreign language ] eagle brings a message. >> reporter: today he is a cultural interpreter at mt. rushmore sharing his story with peoples from around the world. >> six chiefs is the name of this mountain. it was a sacred burial site to our people. >> reporter: the history of what happened here is undisputed. the u.s. government agreed to give the land to the tribes, but when gold was discovered, settlers moved in and the u.s. government turned a blind eye. the native americans forced to move to reservations. >> it's straightforward a theft of lands. so many non-native americans when they come to mt. rushmore,
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they see the best of their democracy reflected back to them and native people see land theft and broken treaties and a painful past. >> reporter: the supreme court sided with the sioux saying their land had been stolen, the justices writing, a more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealings will never in all probability be found in our history, and today the question remains how to right the wrongs committed here. >> they say this represents freedom, our people are still on our reservations still dealing with the traumas that came across the country with the united states government. >> reporter: and now, as the country faces a reckoning over what to do with monuments viewed by many as symbols of oppression, mt. rushmore is facing fresh scrutiny created by a sculptor with ties to the ku klux klan.
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maureen of the national park service says the monument represents so much more than one man or one president. >> the focus of this is actually focusing on the first 150 years of the united states history. it's our mission, to share the history and the culture with the american people. >> reporter: but darryl says it's not enough. the one thing you want a family who visits mt. rushmore to walk away with knowing is what? >> more information, more true history about the native people that were here and what it mean, what the black hills means to our people. >> reporter: there is real debate right now over what should happen here. there is a camp of people who believe that this monument should come down altogether and i'll tell you, even the sculptor's granddaughter is in that camp. you heard darryl say he wants a more complete telling of his people's history, perhaps some monuments to chiefs and warriors leading up to this walkway to see these presidents here behind
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me, t.j., so visitors know the entire history of this land here. >> well, we could add to the history possibly. there was an idea floated about adding possibly faces to the monument. any chance that could happen? >> reporter: not likely. you heard president trump a few years ago, he certainly floated that. he liked to talk about that one but look, he wasn't the only one, eleanor roosevelt, she lobbied to get susan b. anthony's face up here. let me show you and ask our crew to show you george washington's face. this is why you won't see more faces added to it. he's the only one with the torso. the sculptor wants others to have it but the rock couldn't handle it so what you see, t.j., that's what you're going to get out here. >> thank you for breaking that down. i would have never noticed that. thank you so much. you're welcome for your dreams coming true this morning as well. m still used to you being in studio. >> i want to go to fiji. is that -- is that going to
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work? >> that's all you got to do. >> okay. i don't necessarily need more rain in the northeast and they don't in austin, half foot or so above average for the month and got it there with hail yesterday. but new orleans is going, oh, only a half foot. for the year, we are more than two feet above average in new orleans. so much of the gulf states are dealing with that all the way up through georgia and alabama too. that's the big picture. good morning. i'm abc7 news meteorologist mike nicco. more clouds around the bay which will lead to average temperatures. expect the clouds to penetrate drizzle. i'm watching monsoon moisture. 60s at the coast and san francisco. 80s in the north bay and southbound. 90s in the eastbound. temperatures we are joined now by one of our favorite guests, you hear the music, so much anticipation for his new movie, "joe bell,"
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please, ladies and gentlemen, mark wahlberg. is back here on "gma." >> hey. >> how are you, my friend? looking good. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. a lot of oscar buzz. you know, a lot of oscar buzz about this new one. we remember it was 15 years ago you got your first oscar nomination for "the departed" and the word on the street is that you didn't want to take that role unless the director allowed you to improvise? is that true? >> well, there was a lot going on with me taking that role. originally i was cast in another part and then lots of politics and stuff with the studio so i decided that i wasn't going to do the film then marty asked me to come back to play the role of sergeant dignam and i realized it was a much more fun role because i got to go at everybody in the cast but i did -- i did request that i could be able to be free to improvise in any scene and obviously being from
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boston knowing the lingo, i felt like it was a great opportunity to really kind of enhance that part. >> it made it. >> it sure did. let's talk about "joe bell" based on a true story of a dad who walked across the country to honor his son, raise awareness about bullying, and i know you care so much about telling this story. >> absolutely. you know, when i read the script i realized oh, my god, as a parent it was important to be a part of this. kind of figure out how to listen to my children, make sure they were heard and seen, and to see this beautiful young boy, jadin, who was such a light and love, so brave to be himself in a community where he wasn't really accepted and his dad to not really understand or have the tools and the skill set to be able to be there for his son in the way that he needed and then dealing with that grief and his mission then to walk across the country and raise awareness and speak to everybody and anybody whether they were willing to listen or not about bullying, intolerance and the deadly effects of it. >> and you met with joe bell's
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family in person. >> yes. >> how did that help you prepare for a role? >> well, certainly i wanted them to understand my level of commitment in dealing with their story and with the sensitivity and respect that it deserved but also to really understand who joe was and he was a very complicated guy. he had dealt with -- he was abused physically as a child and so he thought that by not beating his kids, he was definitely being a great parent. but when jadin wanted to come out and be who he was, joe was terrified by that and felt like, you know, that was not a good idea and didn't want to allow his son to be who he was and celebrate him and for his bravery and be a cheerleader for him and he really tried to get him to suppress his feelings and who he was and that he didn't get the support at home so when joe realized he was as responsible as the kids who were bullying him at school it was devastating for him and it really paralyzed him for quite some time and got up and decided he was going to try to do
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whatever he could to at least raise awareness and prevent other people from experiencing the same tragedy. >> let's take a look at a clip. >> i was too caught up in my own feelings and what other people would think to see how alone my own son must have felt. i should have known how bad it was for him. i should have known all along, but instead i just -- i just made him being gay all about joe bell. >> what does that mean, mark? we talk about a film getting oscar buzz, but this was such an emotional story. a lot of people remember this story but going into it and now coming out of it, people are paying attention to this story all over again. more attention has been paid to bullying certainly since his story, but now what do you think we are going to get out of in that it's now getting the attention that it's getting? >> well, hopefully, you know, whether people are directly affected by something like this or not will open their hears and
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hearts and minds and be more end accepting of people for being themselves. it's so important to continue joe's mission. i wanted to make sure that this story was continued to be told. these tragedies are continuing to happen and, you know, we just want to make sure -- the only way we'll bring people together is through lough and acceptance and so that's what we want to continue to do. >> one thing i want to ask about you physically. you had to drop down, had to get thin, thin out a little bit for this role. we know you're a big workout guy. how are you doing physically and how difficult was it physically challenging in handling this role? >> it wasn't as hard. it's certainly easier to lose weight. i just did a movie where i gained almost 30 pounds. that is hard because, you know, you're physically having to force yourself to continue to eat when you're already full. but i was -- i would say the key whether i'm losing weight or putting on weight is exercise. you know, and then, of course, the right diet. much easier to lose the weight than to put on the weight.
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>> you're always the best, mark. we only have about 20 seconds left. just want to send our condolences. we know you lost your beloved mother in april and let you know you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers and your entire family. i know she was so important to you all. >> thank you, robin. likewise, yeah, it's hard because that was always the first phone call of the day and everybody knows i'm an early bird and i don't get to make that call anymore. so call your mother and tell her you love her. >> thank you, my friend. >> thank you, mark. >> "joe bell" in theaters this friday.
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good morning, everyone. i'm kumasi aaron from abc7 morning. a look at our commute. >> good morning, everyone. i'm following a sig alert right now in concord that i i i i i get that's jamming things up on 242. there's a disabled tractor trailer. speeds are down to 10 miles per hour, so heads up to you there. moving over to livermore, we have a crash between a big rig and one other car that both caught fire and closed one lane. both north flynn road, just wrapping up here with a
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hey there bay area. live with kelly and ryan's coming up. >> we'll chat with mark wahlberg, plus the crafty lumberjacks. that's at 9:00 on abc7. coming up on 8:30. if you're about to head out, you can see the sunshine breaking out at 69 in brentwood. a lot of us still cloudy in the 50s. breezy conditions south of the bay bridge for your evening commute. temperatures tapering today through thursday. and a little warmer this
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weekend. have a good weekend. we'll have another abc7 news update in about 30 minutes. you can always find the latest on our app and at abc7news.com. we're saying rise and shine from our next stop in our tour around the country. south dakota. cecilia has been checking out all the state has to offer from the incredible small businesses to the tourist attractions so let's go back to her on mt. rushmore. good morning again, cecilia. >> reporter: robin, what's a girl got to do around here to get a "rise & shine" assignment? you got to drop a few hints like i've been doing and here i am in this amazing state. there is so much outdoor activity to offer. so much history and life here is coming back. ♪ from sunrise in the black hills to sunset in the badlands, this is stunning south dakota. a state where bison roam free
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and tourists flock to the great outdoors visiting towering sites like mt. rushmore and the crazy horse memorial. but covid hit this state especially hard. a motorcycle rally in 2020 drew nearly 500,000 leading to outbreaks across the state, the republican governor resisted mask mandates and stay-at-home orders and south dakota reached the highest levels of infection seen by any state during the pandemic. >> i want to try this. this is my favorite. it's so good. >> reporter: the timing for lawrence west opening his dream food truck serving food from his lakota heritage could not have been worse. >> march 12th, 2020, two weeks later they announced that the u.s. would start the lockdown process. >> how nervous were you? >> when i realized what was going on i was super tense at first but people came. >> reporter: they're still coming.
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his food so popular he's drawing lines like this all across the state. lawrence opened a restaurant in sioux falls and another food truck. he says his is the only native american restaurant in the country serving a lakota menu like indian tacos. you're serving more than fry bread. >> i do this here for the native american people to provide jobs and open resources to education, on-the-job training, their first bank account and try to lessen that gap that's really out here affecting people. >> reporter: kim tilson feared covid could mean the end of her catering company chef bravehart modern indigenous, after the pandemic forced clients to cancel events, she had to return $350,000 in deposit. >> it felt like i had built this beautiful business and was less than a two-week period it was disappearing and it felt like i
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was grasping at sand, you know, it was just falling through my hands. >> reporter: but the resilient mom of three quickly pivoted to selling takeout charcuterie boxes and kim hoped to sell ten on her first day, she sold 60 in two hours. >> it kept the mortgage and rent paid and kept us afloat. >> reporter: today she has a waiting list of 150 people and her catering company is back in business too. in a state reliant on tourism, people like carrie weren't sure she would survive. the phones at her black hills adventure tours stopped ringing in march 2020. so covid happens. what's going through your mind? >> it was very scary in march when everything shut down. the emails stopped immediately, people that had things booked for the summer were calling and canceling. >> reporter: but she was back in business in just 3 1/2 months. >> we opened up in june and because we offer all of the active outdoor activities and
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then also, because we are offering the private experience, i think that it kind of set us apart from other companies. >> reporter: now, visitors are back in full force, mt. rushmore is a must see for more than 3 million people a year. if you want to experience the wild, wild west, there's big thunder gold mine, not to mention one of the most famous highway pit stops in the country, wall drugs cafe and country western stores have been around for 90 years. and this is the perfect stop for souvenirs for my friends back home. >> i'm really torn, george, buffaloes or eagle? t.j., this has your name written all over it and it glows in the dark. found it. so i will tell you the control room is wrestling right now over who gets this shirt so i will bring this back home to them. robin and george, you guys were easy. these were easy. t.j., my love -- >> uh-huh. >> this is what you're getting.
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i'm sorry, it's as close as i could get. >> who is a.j.? >> a.j. [ laughter ] >> gee, cecilia. i thought the t-shirt. can i call dibs on the t-shirt? >> everybody wants that t-shirt. >> called it. all you have to do is say it on the air and it happens. >> one more fun fact. >> please. >> i want the crew to show you george washington again. listen, this is my mt. rushmore trivia i'm bringing home with you. if you were able to look closely in george washington's eye, which you can't, there is a drill bit that was left behind in there by the worker. it fell out when they were working on it, robin, i don't know if you can get me into "jeopardy!" this week but i'm in the running, i'm telling you i'm coming in hot on the mt. rushmore column. >> coming in hot. yes, you are. you're on fire this morning. all right, cecilia, thank you. safe journey back home. ♪ we'll be right back. beautiful. ♪ a space not too far away ♪
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the crew is back. >> so much preparation went into this morning's historic launch. jeff bezos realized a dream he's had since a child. the smiles were priceless. i had a chance to sit down with jeff and his brother mark who as on the flight as.
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here's what they had to say. tell me you fulfilled a lifelong dream. you went to space. so how does it feel? >> greatest day ever. amazing. i mean, speechless in a way, i don't have the talent to put into words what we just experienced, maybe we need to send a poet up at some point. it was incredible. >> it was amazing. the views were breathtaking. >> yesterday you said i wonder, i'm curious about how it was going to change me. >> yeah. >> i know you just got back, any initial thoughts? >> my initial thought is, i can't believe, even though i've heard it and read it, i can't believe how tiny the earth's atmosphere is, so when we're standing down here it looks huge, we're surrounded by earth's atmosphere, we're breathing it all the time. when you get up there, you see
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that it's this tiny, thin littl precious it is and how fragile it is. >> so, describe it to me, i know what we saw here on the ground, you guys just -- you just disappeared, so describe what was it like. >> the acceleration part. >> the acceleration the g-forces on the way up it was surprising to me, we had been briefed on it but it's something else entirely to actually feel your skin get pulled back and get pushed into the chair, we had about 3 gs on the way up, on the way down it was about 5 gs. we did a status check and i got the astronaut demo how are you doing? it was a lot. i'm sure i don't look too good on camera saying that. >> we observed, we talked about it in the car on the way back, when you get up into zero g it
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feels natural, because you've never really experienced it. it's calm, serene and it feels like we were to be in zero g. i know that's impossible. >> sounds like it exceeded expectations? >> by the way, my expectations were high. it was incredible. >> i know, mark, you told me yesterday, me and my brother have had great adventures, how does this match up? >> this one is going to be tough to beat. i look forward to trying. but pretty tough to beat. >> we'll set this as a new bar. >> but it was really special and so honored to be a part of it. celebrate a lifelong dream of jeff's come true. >> your brother worked so hard at this and to see his dream come true and be a part of it, i mean, you already had an
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incredible, incredible bond, this only really makes it so much better. >> that's true. by the way, my brother has been part of the blue origin program from the very beginning. a huge contributor to everything i've done in my life and i couldn't have had a better partner for this flight. >> i have to say, a lot of people who look and go, you know what, billionaires, spend a lot of money to go to space but this is bigger than that, this isn't about you just trying to go to space this is so big in the terms of education, going on this planet. >> you're right, michael, several things going on here, every kid on this planet has potential. and for a lot of them they never get to live up to that potential it doesn't get unlocked and one of things that unlocks potential is inspiration. when i was a little kid the apollo astronauts inspired me. the other thing that's a big deal we need to get good at
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going to space so that we can save the earth. we need to work on the problems here on earth. but we need to do both. work on the approximate we have here and look to the future. that's the only good way. we need to do both. we need to building reusable operable space vehicles so we can one day move all heavy industry off into space so that can we protect this planet. we can do that. it's going to take a long time, a lot of hard work, we're building the road to space so that future generations can build that vision. >> i'm happy for you. i'm happy for wally, oliver, we could hear you screaming and 408erring in that capsule as we're sitting there, i'm happy for you, i'm extremely proud of you both and i'm extremely e nom mored by what you've done. most amazing thing i've seen in
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my life. there's so much more excitement because blue origin has two more launches scheduled this year. >> big day there in texas. michael, thank you let's go to ginger. >> wor little bit stormy, anybody else, in the northeast, almost 10 inches of rain and this is what the weekend's been looking like, from my chasing days these are exciting days not so much when you want to have a weekend. with that ridge out west keeps them dry, it looks like we'll see some drying skies into the northeast. good morning. welcome tuesday. meteorologist mike nicco, increasing sunshine through the bay. still a mix of sunshine and bay 60s there. 70
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i like how ginger said her chasing days. now to those rising prices at the grocery store and ways to find savings in your kitchen often hiding in the back of the freezer or pantry. becky worley has some delicious and nutritious ideas to use for food you already have at home. >> that smells amazing. when i was growing up my mom called them saturday night specials, maybe you called them kitchen sink dinners. i have even heard them called trash meals. it's just that throw it all together meal that stretches your food budget. but making them delicious, yeah, for help on that we asked stephanie, a nutritionist in from "good housekeeping." >> first step is taking inventory of what you have. >> got it. assignment accepted. i got everything out on the table. i pull everything out and stephanie says we need to reverse engineer our meal. she says that with farro, garbanzo beeps and spinach i can make a pretty delicious grain bowl. haven't thought of that. yum.
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i also have a pie crust in the freezer, so quiche. you can put anything in, vegetables, luncheon meat. it turns out that pie crust is key. there are always a few inexpensive staples to have on hand like potatoes. they're the backbone of shepherd's pie. you can make the base with any ground meat and it's an awesome way to get all your leftover vegetables thrown into one meal. another one, tortilla, they can be frozen and they're great for combining leftover chicken, salsa, onions, peppers and beans can make soup or chili. to make these meals healthy stephanie has another genius tip. any time i have leftover vegetables, i just cut them up and put them in here because you freeze them and they're good to go. things in so many ways. you can saw tao them as a side dish, add them to stir fry, shopping your pantry is the ultimate way to give yourself a raise. you will save so much money on the grocery bill.
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>> reporter: the results, yummy. for "good morning america," becky worley, oakland, california. >> our thanks to becky. coming up, the new safety warning before your next backyard barbecue. come on back. ♪ i need some hot stuff ♪ my name is douglas. i'm a writer/director and i'm still working. in the kind of work that i do,
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back now on "gma." with summer in full swing that means firing up that grill. erielle reshef, she's a master on that grill herself. she joins us with things to help keep your next cookout safe. we're not just talking about don't burn down the house, this is a little different here, erielle. >> reporter: that's right, t.j. what is summer without a good barbecue. they are fun and delicious but experts say do not let your guard down when it comes to grill safety. this morning, a warning before you kick back for a summertime barbecue. grills and grease can pose a major fire risk. a utah home destroyed in minutes by a grill left unattended.
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in massachusetts, a father's day cookout nearly turning into a disaster when a propane grill fire spread through this house. the family managing to get to safety before the deck burned away. >> grill fire extended to the second and third floor of the rear of the building, traveled throughout the attic. >> reporter: according to the national fire protection association, one of the leading causes of these fires, dirty grills. grease fires are unpredictable and can quickly burn out of control if you're not paying close attention. >> you're multitasking, may be watching children and other family members and enjoying the outside. people not being able to focus on that grill. >> reporter: chief scott goldstein heads the montgomery county fire and rescue in maryland, he demonstrates how it takes on a life of its own. if flames spark the chief says do not do this. >> applying water makes the fire grow. >> reporter: instead use baking
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soda or close the lid. chief goldsteen also showing us what can happen if a charcoal grill gets knocked over. >> this could be weeds and grass, it could also be your patio furniture. >> reporter: watch how quickly the charcoal burns through the straw, it goes from this to less in less than 30 seconds. in this case you do want to use water so keep a garden hose or a bucket of water handy. and one more thing to look out for, if you're using one of those wire brushes to clean your grill, the bristles can get stuck inside. so you want to make sure to remove them. you can also use a warm cloth to wipe off your grill as well. bottom line, make sure that grill is clean, any residue can spark a fire. t.j. >> erielle, use those brushes. i use them. what are some other options? >> yeah, there are plenty of other options, and your best bet can be things you already have at home. i brought props with me.
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tongs with foil or the trustee onion, just cut it in half and scrape the gates with that. warning, it could leave a delicious taste behind, and make sure the grill is warm, not hot. >> you just carry those things in your purse, an extra set of tongs. >> you know i do like mary poppins. >> stay with us, folks. we're right back. ♪ i need some hot stuff ♪ i'm morgan, and there's more to me than hiv. more love, more adventure, more community. but with my hiv treatment, there's not more medicines in my pill. i talked to my doctor and switched to fewer medicines with dovato. dovato is for some adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment or replacing their current hiv-1 regimen. with just 2 medicines in 1 pill, dovato is as effective as a 3-drug regimen... to help you reach and stay undetectable. research shows people who take hiv treatment as prescribed and get to and stay undetectable can no longer transmit hiv through sex. don't take dovato if you're allergic to its ingredients
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good morning, everyone i'm cay kumasi aaron. >> good morning, everyone. i want to go back with the sig alert we're following in concord. we do have an update with the chp, this is going to be in place for about an hour as they wait for a tow truck. speeds are down to around 7 miles per hour there. the other crash we're following in livermore on eastbound 580 before north flynn road has cleared up. also clearing up as the bay bridge toll plaza right now. which is nice. where it's not clearing up is over the golden gate bridge. >> a little fog there and drizzle in the next hour. 70s around the bay. mainly 80s inland, until we get to the east bay. here's a look at our air
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quality. it's going to be good through thursday. slightly cooler today, tomorrow, and thursday with today, star of the new film, "joe bell," mark wahlberg. plus, from the hit daytime drama, "general hospital," finola hughes. plus, "live @ home week" continues with easy, and expensive upgrades for your bathroom. all next on "live!" ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ >> ryan: good morning, deja vu. good morning. it's tuesday, july 20th. i was backstage. i thought you were going to be launching into space today with

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