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good morning, america. vaccine time line. a rollout of pfizer's vaccines for kids could be just weeks away. the latest step in the process. are parents convinced it's the right move? as hospitals warn of a dangerous but rare infection linked to and affecting children on the rise. riot investigation. the battle over white house documents. president biden allowing a handover to a house committee investigating the january 6th capitol riot. the possible showdown. and breaking overnight, the decision putting the restrictive texas abortion law back into effect. missing boy, the search for a 3-year-old who went into the ca ds and erywe
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>> his mother's emotional plea with a dozen agencies now joining the search. "varsity blues" verdicts. the first parents to go on trial in the college admissions scandal convicted of fraud and bribery conspiracy charges following guilty pleas from celebrities. the gamble they took and the time they could face behind bars. shipping crunch. the squeeze for the holiday shopping season. >> we're in a crisis mode here in the national supply chain. >> major retailers taking drastic moves, how it may affect your gift giving this year. and red river showdown. the classic college football rivalry. the sooners taking on the longhorns in the cotton bowl. espn's desmond howard joins us live to preview this highly anticipated match-up. good morning, america.
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welcome to the weekend and to a very special edition of "gma" saturday. i'm trevor ault here with the incomparable linsey davis and gio benitez. whit johnson is on a much deserved vacation. ev pilgrim on an even more deserved maternity leave, and i feel like i won a sweepstakes to anchor with the superstars of abc. >> oh. >> oh, stop it. oh. >> to you at home, don't try to change anything on the tv. not the normal cast of characters. we're going to try to be easy on the furniture. i'm delighted to be here with the two of you. >> absolutely. if you're itching for a vacation, don't go looking on whit's instagram right now. >> much deserved. >> absolutely. they deserve the time off but we promise you're in at least four capable hands over here. and we have a lot of news to get to and we're going to begin with the latest on the pandemic. the latest cases down 39% in the last month but states like west virginia, alaska and montana are still seeing significant surges. >> covid-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 could be just weeks away at this point. the cdc's independent advisory board is planning to meet in the beginning of november to discuss
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that issue. >> news of the meeting comes as pediatric hospitals across the country warn about an increase in the number of children developing a rare multisystem inflammatory disease following a surge in pediatric coronavirus infections over the summer. abc's phil lipof is in new york city with the story. phil, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gio. this rare disease you're talking about found in many kids with covid is certainly worrying for any parent. this pediatric surge we've been seeing coming just weeks before possible authorization of a vaccine for kids 5-11. this morning, the u.s. preparing for the potential rollout of covid-19 vaccines for kids as early as november 3rd. pfizer, the first drug company to request emergency authorization use of its vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds. "the washington post" reporting the government is ready to send out up to 20 million pfizer vaccines as soon as it's authorized for that age group.
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also saying doses will be distributed based on a state's population of eligible children. many parents apprehensive about vaccinating their kids. >> with kids it's kind of a scary -- it's a little bit scarier than an adult. who know how it will affect their growth going forward. >> reporter: others relieved. >> she's like when can i get the vaccine, daddy, because you have it. why can't i get it yet? >> reporter: pfizer announcing the shots with smaller doses were safe and effective in children during trials. if it is authorized for kids it could be a turning point in the fight against covid, they say. >> if you continue to inoculate the population and now we will be able to inoculate those that are 5-11, that will essentially decrease the number of individuals that the virus can replicate and spread. >> reporter: as some kids are battling the virus, a number of pediatric hospitals across the country are warning more children are developing a rare condition of multisystem inflammatory syndrome two to six weeks after a covid infection. in tulsa, oklahoma, 4-year-old mason was hospitalized after his parents noticed he was struggling to breathe.
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>> they did the test, and it was confirmed he was positive. >> reporter: mason is home now from the hospital but still needs to undergo breathing treatments every four hours. >> i don't know if they're exposed to it, and if they're exposed to it, are they taking it to school and exposing other people? like this is just kind of scary. >> reporter: the fda and cdc will meet a little later on this month to discuss booster shots for johnson & johnson and moderna. authorization of those shots could come as soon as october 22nd. linsey? >> phil, thanks so much. and for more on this now, we're joined by dr. john brownstein, chief innovation officer at boston's children's hospital. always good to talk to you. let's start off with parents. what do you tell them who feel like the timing of this authorization request seems too fast? >> yeah, good morning, linsey. i mean, you'd say that parents feel like this authorization is moving too slowly.
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the bottom line is the fda will be incredibly thoughtful in its review of data. so far what we've seen these vaccines are incredibly safe and effective for kids similar to what we see from 12 and above with minimal side effects but the fda is not going to rush the process reviewing thousands of pages of data and will be deliberate in weighing risks and benefits and fully expect authorization in november but they're not going to be forced into making a decision until they're 100% comfortable they're ready for kids. >> do you feel pediatricians for the most part will be ready to recommend the vaccine if approved or will they want to wait and get a better look at the data first? >> i think most pediatricians will likely take the cdc recommendations to heart. this is what they always do, they follow cdc recommendations because they spent the most amount of time with the data and are very careful with the recommendations. but they may want to spend some time and we all want to recognize the risk calculation f for kids is different. ultimately it is a conversation to have with parents and so everyone is comfortable these benefits far outweigh the risks and vaccinating kids is the key to ending the pandemic. >> obviously we've seen a lot of vaccine hesitancy with adults.
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do you think that the vaccine hesitancy will be worse when it comes to vaccinating children and what's your advice to parents? >> yeah. i think what we have seen from the data is that vaccine confidence goes down as you enter younger age groups. it makes sense. parents are concerned about vaccinating their younger kids. but we have to remember, these are the most studied vaccines ever produced and know the side effects in older populations are going to be similar in kids and like we said, the entire pandemic, just follow the science. while we know covid is less severe, we've seen that incredible toll, as you've showing in the piece, deaths, hospitalizations, long covid and the importance of a safe and effective vaccine is really the key to protecting our kids right now. >> there's also a lot of debate over whether or not we've turned the corner in the pandemic. what is your opinion on that? >> i think it's optimistic. we're seeing the decline in cases and hospitalizations, but it's not, you know, the same across the country. there are many places with still
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intense transmission and that is partly due to unvaccinated populations that includes our kids, of course, and we hope these national numbers get better but still have to be vigilant and have a concern about a winter surge, possibly a new variant so have to be on guard for a few more months. >> the cdc's independent advisory board is scheduled to meet next week to discuss covid-19 boosters for moderna and johnson & johnson. what does that tell us? >> we finally have a time line for authorization for, you know, moderna and j&j and especially j&j patients who have long been waiting for a recommendation. while the existing vaccines protect incredibly well, immunity does wane and this additional boost can help especially for groups that are immunocompromised or the elderly. this vaccine is still being driven by the unvaccinated population so boosters are not a replacement for getting tens of millions that still need to get the shot the shot in order to end the pandemic. >> dr. brownstein, always appreciate your insight. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> all right, linsey. such important information there. now we turn to stunning new details about that devastating oil spill off the coast of southern california.
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the coast guard now saying the pipeline that spewed tens of thousands of gallons of oil into abc's zohreen shah san agechr t. pedro, california, with the latest right now. zohreen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gio. yeah, a major announcement overnight. that orange county oil spill that we thought started last week could have started up to a year ago and the impact could be massive. with tar in this area showing up possibly hundreds of miles away. overnight u.s. coast guard investigators with a bombshell announcement that the massive pipeline leak along the orange county coast originally thought to have started just one week ago could have actually been caused by multiple anchor strikes up to a year ago. >> there was one at least initiating incident that occurred several months to a year ago of an anchor drag situation. we're confident now that it was a large vessel. >> reporter: video now shows marine growth around the 13-inch crack, which spewed up to
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144,000 gallons of oil. investigators now planning to examine all ships traveling over the pipe the last year and even a major climate event that happened late january. this coming as tar balls have been showing up 60 miles away in san diego county. officials trying to determine if they originated from the spill. >> altogether or it could be a very gradual crack that could be -- that could have been in place for a long time and just getting worse over time. >> reporter: and about 1,500 people now helping out with cleanup operations. some of them trying to save these birds and other wildlife. meanwhile, orange county prosecutors announced a criminal investigation into amplify energy, the energy company that owns the pipeline. officials ruling out a previous theory that a massive german cargo ship's anchor is what pierced into the pipeline roughly 100 feet into the water after it was discovered the ship never traveled directly over the pipeline. so here's what we know for sure.
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that pipeline was intact last october. so the big mystery now, when did it break, why and how did we not know about it for so long? linsey. >> still trying to get to the bottom of that. zohreen, thank you. now to the battle over executive privilege as congress investigates the january 6th riot.the n nistra the committee looking into the events surrounding the attacks on the nation's capital. abc white house correspondent maryalice parks is at the white house for us with the story. good morning to you, maryalice. >> reporter: good morning, linsey. the biden white house holds the cards right now, and yesterday it said it fully supports the committee's work and thinks these documents from the last administration should be turned over because they can help the committee get to the bottom of what happened on january 6th. this morning, former president donald trump threatening a showdown in the courts. the biden administration green-lighting the release of some confidential documents from the trump white house saying they should be turned over to the house select committee
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investigating the attack on january 6th. the committee wanting to know what former president trump and his closest confidants were doing moment to moment that day. >> this committee is investigating a dark day in our rmer president. presidential records are preserved, biden's white house counsel said the documents could help the committee get to the bottom of the events that day and that any assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the united states. many past presidents have fought against turning over sensitive communications citing their right to confidentiality. in his own letter to the national archives, former president trump said the documents should be protected. he blasted democrats saying, they are drunk on power, but this dangerous assault on our constitution and important legal precedent will not work. the house committee also subpoenaed several trump aides to testify. just a few days ago trump seemed to suggest he'd be fine with them talking.
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>> i'd like to just have everybody go in and say what you have to say. we did nothing wrong. >> reporter: but former trump adviser steve bannon defied the congressional subpoena he received. his lawyers saying those questions of executive privilege should be resolved first. theson now, can t ese op coly cooperate, the committee said it was considering holding him in contempt of congress and making a criminal referral to the justice department. linsey? >> maryalice, before we let you go, i just want to ask you about a court decision overnight putting the texas abortion law back into effect. what's the latest on that? >> reporter: yeah, just two days ago a lower court had put a pause on that law, but overnight a one-page orderfrom a federal appeals court now allows the most restrictive abortion law in the country to be enforced again, at least until tuesday. that's the new deadline for the justice department to respond. linsey, all of this just creating so much chaos and confusion for women and doctors in texas. >> such a contentious debate,
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maryalice, our thanks to you. trevor? >> thank you both. now to the emotional plea from a mother searching for her missing 3-year-old boy.a t par from atlanta. elwyn, good morning. >> reporter: hey, trevor, good morning. authorities say they have no new leads in the desperate search for the toddler, but they are working around the clock, using every resource possible to find him. this morning, the intensifying search for 3-year-old christopher ramirez is under way. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the boy's mother desperate, pleading for help in bringing home her son now missing for four days. >> we're doing everything we can with all our partners to check out every remote lead we have. we're staying here till we find him, however long that takes. >> reporter: authorities say he was last seen on wednesday north of houston chasing a neighbor's dog into the woods. officials say the dog returned r
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are contuing to comb the are day and night by ground, air and water looking for the little boy. the fbi joining the more than a dozen agencies in the search. >> our evidence response team is out here doing searches high and low between the trees, everywhere. >> reporter: and the sheriff there says there is no evidence of foul play or abduction at this time. gio? >> just terrifying. elwyn lopez, i know you'll stay on the story for us. elwyn, thank you. the justice department announcing now it will not pursue civil rights charges against the police officer who shot jacob blake in kenosha, wisconsin, last summer, leaving him partially paralyzed. police claim blake was reaching for a knife. the justice department saying the evidence obtained is insufficient to prove that the kpd officer willfully used excessive force. now time for a check on weather. rob marciano, the only original
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man standing from the cast and crew of the weekend. >> i'm a little bit nervous actually. >> holding down the fort for us all. >> you guys need anything? a drink, something to eat. >> the hospitality. >> we got it. >> i feel like i'm throwing a dinner party with people i haven't seen for awhile. nice to see you. we have some waves coming into nags head. our surfline camera. thanks for giving us this shot in anticipation of the storm that's developing with the help of a storm that was in the southeast, and this could become a coastal low. daytona beach, you saw a waterspout this week, and this is our low off the carolina coast. we've already seen flash flood warnings in raleigh this morning. 3 inches of rain falling there. so already rounds of rain coming in as it makes its way up the shoreline and may become a named storm this afternoon or tonight. they're probably going to fly aircraft in there and check it out. regardless, it will have the same impact, wind, rain, all the way up through d.c. and new york city. then a couple of systems coming into the west, both of which
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will bring severe weather today across the plains and tomorrow more significantly, dallas to oklahoma city to tulsa, maybe some tornadoes. now time for a look at your chicken, fish, what would you like? >> oh, yeah, that's what you're serving? those are the two options? >> linsey, a bit of a night owl so thank you for getting up early with us. >> i have not seen dark 100 hours in years. it was a hard wake-up for me. >> we're lucky to have you. >> and we think you came back
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just for her and trevor because you stayed far away when i was here last week. >> you and i definitely stayed away from each other. kidding. great to be here. >> thank you so much for that. it's the calm before the storm at the texas state fair where we are just hours away from the red river showdown between the texas longhorns and the oklahoma sooners. "college gameday" will be there for all the action. so let's turn now to heisman trophy winner and espn football analyst desmond howard joining us live from dallas with a preview. hey, desmond, good morning. thanks for being here. >> hey, good morning. thanks for having me. >> absolutely. listen, it's relatively quiet there right now, but i know you're expecting a packed house. 250,000 there coming through right there today? >> yeah, it's the calm before the storm. you're exactly right. we're expecting at least 250,000 people here today. it's going to be exciting and we're going to have a fun game. we were walking around the park yesterday, and i tell you what walking around the fair and i'll tell you this -- we had some fun playing some games and eating some sweets.
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it's going to be a great atmosphere for "college gameday" today. >> desmond, you are now -- this is week six of college football and you're really putting the spotlight on one of the greatest rivalries. why is this such a classic match-up? >> wow, i mean i tell you what, because what makes rivalries special is like when one team is favored by a lot of points and the other team has like no business winning the game, and they come and upset the other team's season. that brings about some animosity and some even say some hate. so when you look at texas and you look at oklahoma, there's a history of these two schools doing that to each other. let me tell you another interesting fact. check this out, after 117 meetings between these two teams, the final scores total has only been 3 points. in all t ges, 11ga sohat gives you a little perspective.
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>> the number 6 sooners are traveling across state lines to take on the number 21 longhorns. what do you expect from the game today? >> i expect a very passionate, emotional game. i think both teams are going to play well. they're going to come out like their hair is on fire. there's nothing like seeing your rival across the field that's going to get that blood boiling, that emotion flowing. so i think that both teams are going to come out playing very physical, very aggressive but i tell you what, texas, they have this running back, his name is bijan robinson, and he's really a special talent. probably the best running back in college football, but steve sarkisian, the head coach, he also uses him as a receiver. he will line him up in the slot, put him out wide, so he becomes a match-up nightmare. so make sure you keep an eye on bijan robinson, he's number 5 for texas. >> all right. well, we will be watching you. desmond, thank you so much. tune in to "college gameday" at
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the game begins at noon. >> you can already here the fans. rob, is it true you wanted to go to texas but had to stay to baby-sit us? >> i didn't have to stay. it's been so long -- okay, i'm being paid $5 an hour. >> you're being underpaid. >> but i get dinner. >> unbelievable. we have a lot more to get to including the story about some fake college athletes. the first trial in the "varsity blues" college admissions scandal ends in some convictions. we have the sentences that two fathers could face. plus, serious supply issues and how it could affect the holiday and your wallet. also, bond is back. daniel craig's 007 finale raking it in at the box office. we will be right back here on "gma." "good morning america" is sponsored by geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. alright, here we go, miller in motion. wha — wait, wait, is that a... baby on the field?? it looks like it, craig. and the defensive linemen are playing peek-a-boo. i've never seen anything like that before. harris now appears to be burping the baby. that's a great moment right there.
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. liz: good good good good pg&e is warning of a potential public safety power shut off for monday and tuesday in 18
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northern california counties. this includes areas of napa, sonoma, and solano counties. they are expecting strong winds with peak gusts from 40 five to 50 miles per hour. ilires fro startg necessary to -- and coincides with the fire weather watch. a big shift from the colder weather we have had for the past couple of days. lisa: before we get into the wind, it will be sunny. check out the exploratory in camera, 55 in oakland. in the 40's in morgan hill northbay, a beautiful shot of emeryville, where it will be 70 today. 70 later ron as well as san jose. liz:
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history isn't kind to men history isn't kind to men who play god. >> welcome back to "gma" on this saturday morning. bond, james bond is back. "no time to die," the franchise's 25th film is now in theaters. this is daniel craig's fifth and last time taking on this iconic role. coming up in "binge this," we will have more on this big debut and how you can find out even more bond facts. that is in our second hour. i can't wait to see that movie. >> that read of bond, james bond from you felt like you were auditioning, yes. >> i haven't been to the movie theaters since the pandemic. it feels like this is the movie i want to see. >> i think i agree with you for sure. we have a lot we're covering this morning, some other big
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stories that we're following including right now spirit airlines announcing that it will soon require all employees to be vaccinated against covid-19 and that leaves delta air lines as the only major u.s. carrier to not have an employee vaccine mandate, but delta will soon start charging unvaccinated employees an extra $200 a month for health insurance. also right now, this year's winners of the nobel peace have just been announced. journalist maria ressa of the philippines and dmitry muratov of russia recognized for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which the nobel committee calls, quote, a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. ressa is a graduate of princeton. and the stage is set. the phoenix mercury securing their spot in the wnba finals after ousting the las vegas aces in a close game friday night. phoenix will now take on the chicago sky for the title. game one will take place in phoenix tomorrow afternoon. you can catch it all right here on abc at 3:00 p.m. eastern. >> this is arguably the best
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time of the year for sports. >> yep, absolutely. >> unbelievable time of year. we'll start this half hour with the first parents to face trial in the "varsity blues" college admissions scandal. a federal jury reaching a verdict saying these men tried to buy their children's way into elite universities as phoney athletic recruits.jury iia th"varsity badmissions sndal re unanimous guilty verdicts convicting former gap and tapes executive john wilson and gamal abdelaziz. >> the verdict today proves that even these defendants, powerful and privileged people, are not above the law. >> reporter: the two parents were found guilty on all counts. prosecutors say they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to have their kids labeled as recruited athletes complete with fake athletic profiles for preferential admission treatment. >> what they did was an afront to hard working students and parents. >> reporter: over the course of
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the trial prosecutors playing audio from recorded phone calls between the men and rick singer, the ringleader of the scheme who prosecutors say arranged to get the students into some of the most competitive schools in the country using what he called the side door. >> i can send him your $500,000 that you wired into my account to secure the spot for one of your girls. >> reporter: dozens of other parents charged in the scandal have pleaded guilty. actresses felicity huffman and lori loughlin along with her husband, fashion powerhouse massimo massimo giannulli also serving prison time and no parent would took a plea deal was sentenced to more than nine months. >> this was a huge gamble for these defendants to take the case to trial because if they pled guilty, they likely would have been facing three to six months. now they're facing the real possibility of three to six
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years. >> wilson and abdelaziz set to be sentenced in february. their attorneys say they will appeal this verdict and more trials are on the way in this case. three coaches next month and three other parents in january. gio? >> yes, so much more on this. trevor, thank you for that. now to a family's outrage over what they say happened to their daughter in school. a teacher in new jersey accused of pulling off the hijab off the head of a 7-year-old muslim girl. the story gaining attention from an olympian with ties to the community. abc's faith abubey is right here with more on this story. faith, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, gio. even the governor of new jersey is now weighing in, and he says he's deeply disturbed by these accusations and that he supports a full investigation into the matter. this morning, hundreds calling on a new jersey school district to kick an elementary schoolteacher off the job for allegedly discriminating against a muslim student. >> i have to go introduce her to a different world that i've been trying to protect her from. >> reporter: cassandra wyatt, the student's mother says
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sumayyah has always worn a head scarf to school as part of her muslim faith but wednesday after asking to take it off, the teacher yanked it off in front of the entire classroom allegedly. >> i always say, sumayyah, your hijab is your protection. now she's asking me, well, if this is my protection, my teacher took this off of my head. so how can you explain to a 7-year-old child? >> reporter: the new jersey chapter of the council on chapter of the council on merican/islamic relations comparing to it harassment and assault. >> the hijab is much like any other article of clothing for a muslim woman. to remove thay publicly can be very humiliating. >> now we don't want to wear a hijab. >> reporter: growing outrage after olympic athlete ibtihaj muhammad shared her allegation on her facebook page, muhammad, the first american athlete to wear a hijab during an olympic game writing, quote, this is abuse. schools should be a haven for all our kids to feel safe, welcome and protected no matter
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their faith. but an attorney who says he represents the teacher told new jersey advance media the allegations posted by the olympic fencer are 100% untrue. the south orange maplewood school district however says it has launched its own investigation and that the district, quote, takes matters of discrimination extremely seriously. >> anyone that thinks it's okay to do this to a student clearly is not fit to be a teacher. >> the council on american-islamic relations says more and more muslim-americans have been reporting personal experiences with discrimination like the one alleged in this case. the pew research center says in 2007, 40% of muslim-americans said that they experienced discrimination, and that number went up to 48% in early 2017. and, guys, the family's attorney says they have been able to independently corroborate that child's story. >> some troubling numbers there. faith, our thanks to you. time now for a check on weather. rob marciano, i think i heard
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you utter that four-letter word that starts with "s." don't tell me. >> s-n-o-w, yeah, that four-letter word. for some people this is the white stuff falling in mammoth mountain. six inches of snow, yeah. we're getting towards that time of year where we get early season west coast snowstorms and look at that. this is truckee. some fall foliage with the snow as well. with these snows and valley rains, there is wind that is coming through, and that's going to be a problem through northern california and through parts of southern arizona, and also through parts of colorado where there is a fire burning there. but with this also comes eventually some rain and snow and that should help the fire situation. we will take it. that's a check on what's ha th this weathercast sponsored by starbucks, which we've already had this morning.
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welcome back to "gma." and the efforts to address diversity in higher learning. the so-called invisible man on campus may be the one of color. and now there's work to change that. abc's zachary kiesch is here with more. good morning to you, zachary. >> reporter: good morning to you as well, linsey. very important story. as you mentioned, the dynamic, the makeup of college campuses has dramatically changed, but the teachers in front of the classrooms have largely remained the same. now, that's been problematic on a number of different levels specifically when it comes to young men of color and graduation rates.
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now leaders understand that you can change those outcomes by bringing more people into the fold, more professors who are relatable. from the hills high above the pacific ocean at pepperdine university in southern california, dr. harvey jean feels like he's found his purpose. a businessman turned professor, he's passionate about the impact he's having on the next generation and has never been happier. >> it makes you light up. >> yeah, i have the best job in the world. i wouldn't trade it for anyone else. >> reporter: black men like like dr. jean-denis are outliers on college campuses all across america. classrooms are the most diverse they've been yet, teachers of colors, black, hispanic and native american account for 2% or less of full-time professors at postsecondary institutions according to 2018 data collected for the national center for educational statistics. while each student's needs and journey is unique, relatability has never been more
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important. you talked about being a youngster and being bused to some of the best schools in boston. >> yep. >> did you ever have any black male teachers at those schools? >> no. >> reporter: and that didn't change as his studies progressed. dr. j.d. is part of the ph.d. project, an organization that aims to change the complexion of academia. the network encourages more scholars of color to pursue ph.d.s. it also provides mentorship to make sure that men like harvey will stay on track. >> i guess like the way he approached me was like a very comforting type of feel like almost like a father type of figure, i guess you could say, and it made me feel like -- it was comforting just seeing someone who i could relate to. >> reporter: the phd project was designed to change the pipeline of talent from the inside out. the project now includes more than 1,400 members. 800 of them are black men. in the year since their
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beginning their research draws a direct correlation between diverse faculty and the ability to recruit and retain students of color. >> kind of a full life cycle of, you know, committing, inspiring and then eventually giving back. >> reporter: had a really great time out there at pepperdine university with dr. j.d. and some of the students. one of the points that they continued to reiterate is the idea of expanding what students think is possible. right? showing them different examples. the other point that they brought up was that it's not just students of color that benefit from this. all students benefit from diversity of thought and diversity of experience. guys? >> that representation in leadership positions can go a long way for sure. zachary kiesch. we appreciate your reporting. coming up on "good morning america," how businesses are making sure they're stocked up for the busy holiday season. will you even be able to get all your gifts? we'll be right back. we'll be right back. people with moderate to severe psoriasis,
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back now on "gma" and the challenges for retailers hoping to stock up on the items you want for the busy holiday shopping season. now some are even taking the supply chain issues into their own hands. abc's deirdre bolton has more. >> reporter: the pandemic is affecting every industry including global shipping. >> we're in a crisis mode here. in the national supply chains. >> reporter: loaded cargo containers stacked on ships bobbing off the coast of los angeles and long beach. >> we have 62 vessels, container vessels waiting to get into the port of long beach or los angeles. in normal times that number is zero, maybe one or two at best. >> reporter: major retailers like walmart, target, home depot
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spending big bucks, up to 200% more than before the pandemic to charter their own ships increasing the chances of getting goods in time for the important holiday season, but even those chartered ships must still use the same ports. >> it's one of these things that was sort of orchestrated chaos to begin with. >> reporter: even when the ships are able to dock, there's a shortage of port workers and truckers. experts say every stage of the international assembly line is breaking down in its own unique way. >> you know, everything from worker shortages to covid problems to raw materials, it just really sort of compounds up and down the line. >> reporter: the ceo of columbia sportswear puts it this way -- >> the supply chain really globally is built to be just in time, and when you have a disruption with the size of the pandemic, obviously there's going to be problems with bringing it back up to speed. >> reporter: as for smaller businesses and some special order products, there are no
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guarantees. >> i can't guarantee that it is going to come in any time soon or come in at all. >> reporter: business owners and industry experts say, shop early this year, and if you see the perfect gift now, just buy it. linsey? >> it really is problematic, and i was thinking i better start doing my christmas shopping. >> earlier every year. >> deidre, thank you. we'll be right back with our "play of the day." >> deed, thank you. we'll be right back with our "play of the day." after you saved me so much dough on insurance with that "parker promo” i devised a promo for you. here's the deal parker, state farm offers everyone surprisingly great rates. yeh, right. pepperoni pocketz, atomic brownie, cuckoo crustiez... there's no promo. just great rates. and a side of ranch. you're the man, man. when you want the real deal...like a good neighbor, state farm is there. some people have joint pain,
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♪ i'm on the edge of glory ♪ ♪ i'm on the edge of glory ♪ we are back with our "play of the day" and one soccer wonder kid shows his stuff. take a look at this right now. it's a great video. that's 6-year-old jackson cooke eluding his defender, look at that with some pretty fancy moves. then heading on down the field to score from outside the box. >> look at that. >> the pint-sized prodigy has been scouted by some of the top teams in the english premier
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league and he's already been offered an -- >> i love that celebration. look at that. he knows he's good. >> at just 6 and they're already offering -- i mean, start them young these days. >> unbelievable. ready to join "ted lasso." >> "gma" is now two hours on saturday. coming up, the push to vaccinate america's youth and when pfizer shots could become available for 5 to 11-year-olds. plus, our "gma" cover story, dave chapelle and the backlash over claims of harmful and transphobic and homophobic remarks. then "deals & steals." we'll be right back. homophobic. then "deals & steals." we'll be right back. start liz: good morning, i'm liz kreutz. this event celebrates india's independence from the united kingdom in 1947, and is the
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premier south asian festival in the bay area. there will be live music, lots of food and drinks, and a parade. this runs from 9:00 to 5:00 on paseo padre parkway. and it's the first weekend of goo at the zoo in oakland. it will be a spooky animal themed scavenger hunt and instead of trick-or-treating at the zoo this year, staff members will hand out pre-stuffed goodie bags to all the kids. you must reserve tickets in advance. that's happening every friday, saturday, and sunday this month. tonight, the giants will try to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the dodgers in the national league division series. kevin gausman faces julio uriez in game two. it was a chilly day at last night's game, right? lisa: it was, but today we have
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some sunshine and lots of sea lions here. 55 in oakland with the doing -- with 52 in half moon bay. a little bit of fog, sunshine, and chilly 40's from napa, nevada and fairfield. we warm up today, but are just shy of average and breezy downtown. liz: up next, playoff fever. thousands of giants fans will be heading back to oracle park today, hoping the orange and black can take a 2-0 lead against the dodgers.
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. >> and the giants win game one of the national league division series. liz: giants fans are looking forward to tonight pivotal game two against the dodgers. last night, the orange and black flanked l.a. to take a one at oracle park. now the giants are looking to go up 2-0 later today. good morning on saturday, october 9. you are watching abc 7 news at 8:00 a.m., live on abc seven, hulu live, and wherever you stream. i'm liz kreutz, and let's start with a look at the
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forecast with lisa arden. lisa: 40's now and the

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