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take a look at this. we're getting our first look at dash cam video of a wild police chase in florida. this happened in may, ingardens. a driver smashed into two florida highway patrol cruisers while trying to get away from a traffic stop. one trooper suffered the driver is still behind bars. now, to what's being called the summer of frustration, at a time when most americans just want a summer of normalcy. it's being caused by a shortage of workers, that creates a level of angst, that many hope to avoid. the number of industries struggling to find workers right now is expanding, frustrating everyone from retail consumers to travelers, who had hoped for more of a normal summer. >> this is a summer that people need to have patience. uneven service level because organizations are struggling to get the people they need and to get the quality of talent that they need. >> reporter: with a record
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number of job openings, companies are going to new extremes to fill vacancies. one executive in waste management recently suggested using prisoners or work release programs to find workers. parts of the service industry are also looking into the idea. restaurants in texas, michigan, delaware and ohio, can now use a state-run program, connecting them with people transitioning out of the criminal justice system. meanwhile, at the airports, long lines due to a labor shortage at the tsa, have contributed to a spike in violence. the head of the tsa telling congress on tuesday, that 85 tsa officers have been assaulted since the pandemic began. >> had two assaults yesterday, coming through one of our checkpoints. there has been some frustration over the mask mandate. >> reporter: the worker shortage having a ripple effect on product supply chains. >> the cheese-stuffed shell is back. and we think you will like it.
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>> reporter: taco bell is warning customers that some menu items may not be available. because of national ingredient shortages and delays. >> our liquor, week-to-week, we don't know what we can get. >> reporter: bars are desperate for workers. one brewery in new york, printed help wanted signs on their beer cans. one bright spot for consumers, lumber prices have been falling since may. they were spiking throughout most of last year, during the height of the pandemic. coming up, reaching for the stars and finally reaching a dream. >> the moment that 82-year-old wally funk has been waiting for. that's next on "world news now."
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[female narrator] a message for children: it's hard to be stuck at home right now... but we want to say thank you... because you're being a big helper. when you stay home... you're protecting other people from getting sick. by calling a someone you love who's stuck inside, you're giving them a smile... and they need it! when you wash your hands- for like the hundredth time today... you're keeping your family safe. and by being brave... you're helping us all be brave.
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we know it's not easy... but helping will make everything go back to normal again as soon as possible. you're part of a big family of helpers around the world. and you're making a big difference. find ways to help children feel safe at that's ♪ take a trip in my rocketship ♪ take a trip in my rocketship we'll have a lovely afternoon ♪ ♪ kiss the world good-bye and
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away we'll fly ♪ ♪ destination, moon ♪ so, they didn't quite make it to the moon. but jeff bezos and three other intrep id explorers rocketed to the edge of space. getting their own taste of outer space, in zero gravity. >> for 82-year-old wally funk, it was the culmination of a dream 60 years in the making. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: for six decades, 82-year-old wally funk has been waiting for this. >> five, four, command to start. two, one. >> reporter: wally funk making history as the oldest person in space and realizing her dream of becoming an astronaut. >> i love it. >> reporter: the thrill and excitement of blasting off into space on jeff bezos' first space crew flight, blue origin.
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>> i loved every minute of it. i wish it had been longer. >> reporter: wally funk's journey into space was a long time coming. she was once denied the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an astronaut because she was a woman. >> i didn't think i would get to go up. >> reporter: but the amazon founder surprising her with the news in a video that she shared on instagram. >> when we open up the hatch and you step outside, what is the first thing you say? >> i say, honey, that was the best thing that happened to me. >> 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, for a women in space program, designed to see if women were as capable as handling space travel as men. none of the women would ever fly. the program was later canceled. but funk continued blazing trails for women in flight, becoming the first female air safety investigator for the ntsb
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and the first female inspector for the faa. her love for the skies never waned. over the years, she logged nearly 20,000 miles flying hours and taught more than 3,000 people how to fly. that dream, always in the forefront. >> to get to go and do those things, it's everything for wally. but it's really so much for all of us and all of us who have dreams that persist. >> wally. how are you? >> i couldn't be better. i'm going to be in that window. >> reporter: now, the woman who was told she couldn't be an astronaut because, you're a girl, you couldn't do that, finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. >> we had a great time. i want to go again, fast. >> thanks to linsey davis. what is pretty incredible. this meant so much to wally funk, she put all of her life savings, $200,000 to go on a future virgin galactic flight.
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>> here we go. >> already trouble with technical issues. >> already trouble. >> you have to remember, a burpee does not count unless you jump completely. >> he hopped. >> sir. >> all right. let's do it. cue the -- all right. whatever. let's do it. >> start the watch. >> all right. while he does that. >> one. yes. >> it's a record. >> will is going to keep track and i'll continue. >> two. >> so many excuses already. just do the burpees. next, you will not believe what happened to a part-time house cleaner in new jersey. he took to social media to tell the story of how he showed up at the home of a new client, someone he never met. he found the key under the mat and went to work for nearly three hours. he cleaned the bathroom and the floors and even cleaned the stove. and while he was finishing, the client called asking, did you come today? >> wow.
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i came out today. i cleaned. i'm sitting on your couch playing with your cat, waiting for you to walk in. and he's, like, louis, i don't have a cat. he is atight. wrong e nicest burglar of my life. he has gone viral. i said jump, sir. >> 12. >> 1 million views. and now, he is full-time in his cleaning business, called the cleaning fairy. it reminds me of the time i scraped the ice off of an entire car, only to realize it wasn't my car. jump. now, to the beach in russia. it's believe that it's good luck if a lady bug lands on you. lady luck was smiling on this beach in russia. while she was swarmed with lady bugs.
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>> three more. three more. you got this.
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>> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" 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.. it's tuesday, july 20th. i was backstage. i thought you were going to be launching into space today with jeff bezos and the 18-year-old


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