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>> thank you, dolly fordol nearly 3 million coronavirus cases now confirmed in the u.s. as the daily death rate increases in a dozen states. texas shattering a record topping 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time and the testing crisis now unfolding. families waiting in line for 13 hours in arizona as icus at more than 50 hospitals across florida reach capacity. president trump pushing schools to re-open. >> we'll put a lot of pressure on open your schools in the fall. >> and officially starting the process to withdraw the u.s. from the world health organization. explosive allegations. new details from the book by president trump's niece, calling her uncle a cruel, lying cheat,
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saying the president was shaped by a father who was a, quote, high functioning sociopath claiming trump's own sister called him a clown after he announced his run for president. the white house fires back this morning. supreme court scare. the court revealing chief justice john roberts was hospitalized last month after falling and injuring his head. what we're learning about his condition. breaking overnight, mary kay letourneau passes away, the teacher who made national headlines convicted for sleeping with her sixth grade student. then she married and had two children with him. her story this morning. protests erupting over this disturbing case in indiana. viral videos appearing to show a pair of white men attacking a black man. >> let him go, dude. crime investigation. also, the new developments t the amy crefusi to cooperate. and an abc news exclusive. as the nba arrives in orlando to enter the basketball bubble, we're taking you inside the magic kingdom.
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your first look at disney world as it prepares to re-open this weekend even with a surge of cases in florida. the changes they're making for the safety of guests and workers, from the rides to the food and your hotel stay. and we do say good morning, america. we appreciate you joining us on this wednesday morning and a very busy one. how about down in florida where we see nba teams starting to arrive at disney, the orlando magic pulling into espn's wide world of sports to enter that nba bubble, t.j. >> yeah, robin. a lot going on in florida right now including walt disney world itself getting ready to re-open its doors to visitors on satuhead we have an exclusive o lofe >> it sure will.
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this is all happening as concerns grow about the coronavirus outbreak. the u.s. set a new record, more than 60,000 cases in a day. 37 states are seeing an increase in new infections as the situation grows worse in the south and the west. matt gutman starts us off in the coronavirus hot spot, arizona. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, george. we are seeing how the covid can impact every aspect of the public health system. there are over 120 members of the phoenix fire department out because of covid or being quarantined. that's nearly 10% of its entire work force, and that as icus here are filling up, and perhaps what's most disturbing is that it's impossible to assess how much covid there is in the community because if people even can get tested, many are waiting for ten days or more for results. this morning, the national surge in cases is triggering a testins nearing a shocking 30%, the
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mayor saying the lines for testing look like those in a developing country. >> we had 13-hour waits in phoenix. it was heartbreaking for me to watch residents who were aching, sick and sweating, coughing, trying to refill their gas tanks on the street because they had run out while waiting for a test. >> reporter: labs are backlogged and some testing sites are short on supplies. new hot spots in louisiana, texas and florida but the mayor telling us so far no federal help including one of the cotr oetation handles maryvalley. >> everybody's got n95s on. about 50% of all the calls this station does are covid calls.
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>> this man telling paramedics he has splitting headaches and a fever. like so many in this community, he's an essential worker. he's in construction. he's now headed to the hospital. this woman has just given birth to their infant son. >> what am i going to do? i don't know. >> reporter: as she speaks, she reaches for her pendant of st. jude which couldn't stop those tears. >> who's going to take care of you? >> my mom can help me out. it's hard but we'll go through this. >> reporter: cdc data shows latinos and african-americans are three times more likely to contract the virus than their white neighbors and twice as likely to die from it. this man says his grandmother was diagnosed and released from the hospital within hours. four days later, the 70-year-old matriarch succumbed to the virus. he worries that others in the community may face similar struggles. >> a lot of folks who are
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hispanic or don't speak the language or can't defend themselves such as my grandmother are scared and they don't know. >> reporter: this morning the daily death rate from covid-19 now increasing in a dozen states. 21 states now have reversed, paused or delayed re-opening measures. >> we want to re-open the schools. everybody wants it. the moms want it. the dads want it. the kids want it. >> reporter: still president trump saying tuesday that schools across the country need to re-open in the fall despite the surge in cases. >> we're very much going to put pressure on governors and %-p. >> reporter: and in florida where 56 icus are at capacity, the state is sending 100 nurses to miami. in san antonio, the military sending respiratory therapists there, and here in phoenix, the mayor telling us she has been speaking with fema. she says they need help here. cities like phoenix cannot handle covid just on their own, george. >> matt gutman, thanks very much. let's welcome back dr.
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ashish jha. he's director of the harvard global health institute. thanks for joining us. let's start with this debate about opening schools again. it seems to be heading in the same direction as the mass debate, more about politics than science and facts. how should we think about re-opening schools right now? >> yes, so good morning. absolutely the president is right. everybody, every mom, dad, wants the schools open. i have three kids. i desperately want schools open. the question isn't do we want schools open, the question is what do we need to do to keep schools open. and the single biggest thing we need do is keep the level of virus low in the community. if you try to open up schools in arizona or florida or texas you couldn't keep them open because there would be too many who get sick and teachers would get sick and staff would get sick and you'd have to shut down so i want to have a reason to debate driven by science that says let's do the things we need to do. we need to close bars. we need to close indoor large gatherings and have everybody wearing masks. if we start all that now i think
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there is a pretty good shot we can open schools and keep them open all fall. >> let's break down this debate over the death rate which is front and center right now as well. how is the u.s. doing overall? what's the good news? what should we be worried about? >> yeah, so the good news is overall as a nation our death rates have continued to fall and now they've stabilized but what we're missing in all of this, george, is we have a tale of two countries. we have places like new york where death rates continue to plummet because they were so high and now they're coming down but in all the hot spot states, whether it's texas or florida or arizona, death rates are starting to climb exactly as we worried about because first people got sick, then hospitals started getting full. now we're seeing death rates start to climb pretty substantially, and so over time, the national death rates will climb, but really what we need to do is look at each state and what they're doing and i'm really worried about what's happening in the hot spots.
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>> we're following them right now and one thing we're seeing is more community spread among younger people. what does that mean for the fall and the prospects for a second wave that could be even more dangerous? >> yeah, so the more spread there is and young people spreading the disease keeps the disease active and alive in the communities, and as we head into the fall and people start spending more time indoors just because the weather changes, we are going to see larger and larger outbreaks happening, and this is why it's really important to get on top of this during the summer before the fall arrives because the fall will be pretty tough and, remember, we will have the flu season to contend with on top of covid so i'm worried where the fall is heading. >> we've seen the president begin the formal process of leaving the world health organization. what are the consequences? >> yeah, this is very worrisome. you know, i testified last week in front of the senate and i acknowledge i believe w.h.o. has not done a perfect job in the outbreak, but when we leave the
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w.h.o. and withdraw funding, what happens is that other countries that rely on w.h.o. will have a harder time dealing with the virus. w.h.o. is running some of the biggest clinical trials in the world. we won't have a seat at the table. it's really harmful to americans as well as to global public health. i wish we weren't doing it. >> dr. jha, you always explain things so clearly, thank you. t.j.? we turn now to new details from that explosive new book by president trump's niece that his family fought to block. mary trump writing about a father who she claims shaped his son, the president, into a liar and cheater. cecilia vega joins us from washington with more. cecilia, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, t.j. good morning to you. the trump family sued and tried to block this book from publication but were unsuccessful. it comes out next week and abc has an early copy. in it the president's own niece breaks ranks, becoming the first member of his family to publicly turn against him. as mary trump tells it, her uncle, the the president of the
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united states, is a cruel, lying, cheat shaped by a father who was a, quote, high-functioning sociopath. the allegations laid out in "too much and never enough: how my family created the world's most dangerous man," a trained psychologist, mary trump, the daughter of the president's oldest brother says her grandfather, fred sr., destroyed donald trump teaching him to be tough at all costs, that lying is okay, and admitting you're wrong or apologizing is weakness and she says he short-circuited donald's ability to develop and experience the entire spectrum of human emotion and she adds, his ego is a fragile thing that must be bolstered every moment because he knows deep down that he is nothing of what he claims to be. she also alleges that donald trump paid a friend to take the s.a.t.s for him so he could transfer to the wharton school after two years at fordham. mary trump who would have been 1 at the time, offers no proof or
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attribution for the claim a white house spokeswoman dismissed it as completely false. at the white house president trump ignoring questions. >> mr. president, any reaction to your niece's book? any reaction to mary trump's book, sir? >> reporter: instead his aides fighting back. >> it's ridiculous, absurd allegations that have no bearing in truth. i have yet to see the book but it is a book of falsehoods. >> reporter: mary trump and her brother sued donald trump and his siblings over their grandfather's will and admits giving financial records to reporters. in recent decades mary trump hasn't seen much of her uncle but she did attend a white house dinner after he was elected. an election, mary trump says, the president's own sister, retired judge maryanne trump barry, thought was impossible. he is a clown. this will never happen she quotes the president's sister as saying. she calls these the cruel
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policies her uncle has carried out since taking the office and the white house says mary trump is doing this for the money and the president describes his relationship with his from as warm. t.j., he says his father was loving and not at all hard on him when he was a child. >> wow, all right, cecilia vega for us this morning. thank you so much. robin. >> okay, t.j., thank you. now we're going to -- the return of the nba. players began arriving at the walt disney world resort in orlando on wednesday but with the coronavirus spiking in florida, nba commissioner adam silver is expressing new concerns about potential health risks. janai norman has the latest for us and joins us this morning. good morning, janai. >> reporter: robin, good morning. it is happening. after a month's long time-out for so many sports basketball is almost back. fans are ready. players are ready, but as they head to the bubble in orlando the league's commissioner is concerned there will be more players testing positive for covid. a big step towards tip-off. nba players arriving at disney s desports
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entering the bubble and giving glimpses of what's inside. >> here's my room. >> reporter: orlando magic player evan fournier posting this behind the scenes tour of his room. the washington wizards posting images and giving details on the meals provided to their team and say the team nutritionist has worked with disney chefs to come up with the menu. their first night's dinner including shrimp cocktail, seafood linguine and pineapple upside down cake. but as players for teams arrived on site tuesday, some setbacks. an unnamed orlando magic player testing positive for coronavirus and team officials say he'll have to join the team at a later date. nba commissioner adam silver spoke tuesday about the potential leaks in the bubble. >> what would be most concerning is once players enter this campus and then go through our quarantine period, then if they were to test positive or we would have any positive tests we know we would have an issue. >> reporter: a few miles away, there is an issue brewing at the
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wnba's bubble at img academy in bradenton, florida, reports that the hotel has bedbugs and rodentti pictures of their disappointing bubble meals. they are addressing players' concerns and img is accommodating all player requests regarding these issues including moving players to other accommodations. robin. >> hopefully that will take place. quite a contract to what we're seeing with the nba. thank you, janai. espn reporter malika andrews joins us now from the nba bubble. malika, appreciate this. we heard what the commissioner said, the concern about a potential hole in the bubble so what is the situation like there, malika? >> yeah, robin, i mean, those concerns are very real because this is a monumental undertaking that has never been done before. but the way that this bubble is supposed to be built is that it's supposed to be able to withstand a handful of positive tests and adam silver has always
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said that if there were to be a large grp ye t to test positive, that might cause them to have to shut down. but that's what they're trying to avoid and what he is saying he's concerned about is if everybody coming into the bubble has had to test negative, where, if positive tests pop up, where would that contagion be coming there? >> can you give us a sense what have life will be like once everyone is inside that bubble? >> yeah, so players started arriving yesterday and will continue to trickle in today and tomorrow and i have been here for about a week now and for the first 24 hours, excuse me, 48 hours that players are actually in this bubble they're going to be subject to quarantine with food being brought to their door but once that 48 hours is up and they've registered two negative tests, they're going to be able to roam around campus and of course, play basketball, but they're also going to be able to golf. they're going to be able to swim. there are player lounges set up for them to have recreational
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activities and all of course keeping social distance. but then you have players like damian lillard who is saying, you know what, for me i feel more comfortable staying in my room with my playstation because that feels like it will be the safest option. >> we've seen about the health and safety protocol, like 113 pages, and even the nba is providing you, the media, with some health tech items? >> yes, yeah, i mean, in addition to all of the safety protocols, tech is front and center here in order to attempt to keep us safe. so every morning, we're supposed to take a reading of, one, a thermometer, and second this pulse ox and we're scanning these magic bands, and if these magic bands light up green, that means we are able
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the go into the arena, and there is no concern with the data we entered. if it lights up blue, that means that potentially there's something they need to take another look at because the data may not indicate that we're healthy. >> we want everybody to stay safe down there. malika, thank you very much for joining us. you take care. george? >> okay, robin. thanks. we're going to have more from inside disney world when we come back. an exclusive look as it prepares to open up on saturday. first let's go to rob. hey, george, the humidity is building here so time for your heat index forecast sponsored by dell.
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as we said, disney world is re-opening saturday. we'll give you an exclusive look how they're preparing for all those guests to start coming this weekend as orlando is still a hot spot for the coronavirus. we'll be right back.
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who has tt ngthat old school ring on his phone. i love that. >> george is old school or anthony. i can't tell the two guys apart at this point. i'll do my best to fill his shoes this morning. we are following a lot of headlines including the latest on the coronavirus crisis. the u.s. set a new record for daily covid-19 cases reporting more than 60,000 in a single day as cases have risen in 37 states, but new york, new jersey and connecticut now are requiring visitors from 19 states to quarantine, adding delaware, kansas and oklahoma to the list. we have learned the supreme court chief justice john roberts was hospitalized for a night last month after falling and injuring his head while walking for exercise. the injury did require sutures. doctors say it was likely due to lightheadedness caused by dehydration. good news for sports fans, mls kicking off the return of its season tonight in miami.
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you can watch it all live on espn at 8:00 p.m. eastern, but, robin, a lot of people happy to see live sports back. >> i'm not far from espn. just down the road from where i am here in connecticut. we have a first look now taking you inside disney world as they get set to re-open this saturday. the park is undergoing some major changes for the safety of the guests and employees as cases of the coronavirus surge in florida. will reeve is there in orlando for us and has much more. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, robin. cinderella castle behind me is getting a makeover behind me, and when it's done, it won't be the only thing that looks different around here as walt disney world prepares to open for the first time in four months. i spent the day going around the parks with cast members for a special preview. >> hi, guys. welcome back. >> reporter: this morning walt disney world preparing for a new era. >> hey, guys. thank you for social distancing. iconic orlando destination will begin a cautious and phased re-opening of its parks after being shut down for four months due to the covid-19 pandemic.
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>> we've really focused on ensuring that we have a very thoughtful and methodical re-opening strategy that's phased on various attendance levels that allow us to launch, learn and adjust. >> reporter: "gma" getting an exclusive look at some of the new health and safety measures the parks and resorts are putting in place for guests and employees. the re-imagined experience starting the moment visitors arrive. disney hotels have switched to mobile check-in. all you need is an app. it tells you your room number. and once you reach your room -- press unlock door, and hold my phone against the lock, and we're in. disney world will be limiting daily attendance. >> greatly reduced capacity, not just in the overall parks, but every one of our facilities. >> reporter: other measures include temperature checks at park entrances, mandatory face staff, ireased hand shind nitiz mobile ordering at restaurants to minimize physical contact. attractions will have added
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safety measures. here at kilimanjaro's safari guests will enter through these partitions and then when they are on the ride vehicle, there will be barriers between each row. signs around the parks will remind people to keep their distance. this is the entrance to avatar flight of passage, one of the most popular attractions as disney world. social distancing measures and safety precautions are in effect the distance extends to the attractions themselves. guests will still get to see their favorite characters but in new ways. in the parks. >> mickey. >> reporter: and at character breakfasts like this one. >> hi, mickey. >> reporter: but as coronavirus cases surge in florida, some are raising concerns about the timing. >> should walt disney world be opening right now? >> we believe very much we should be opening. again, we've focused on this. we believe we have the right protocols in place. >> who bears the responsibility for this process going as
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smoothly as it can? >> really our success is based on the sum of everyone working together to ensure that we really operate well in this new environment. >> reporter: the re-opening will be methodical. magic kingdom and animal kingdom en sat the other parks will open on july 15th. there won't be any of the usual big fireworks shows or parades that encourage mass gatherings. disney officials have been learning from their other re-openings around the world like in shanghai, hong kong and even at the disney springs complex here in orlando. robin. >> good to see all the precautions being taken, will. thanks so much. george. we get the latest on ghislaine maxwell, jeffrey epstein's longtime confidante who is behind bars this morning in a new york jail, a far cry from her lavish hideout in new hampshire. whit johnson has the latest. >> reporter: this morning, british socialite ghislaine maxwell waking up in the notorious metropolitan detention center in brooklyn, a stark
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contrast from this lavish 156-acre property in new shire e st thmdc was one of the most oubles of prisons.tu >> other than, you know, trying to stay below the radar, she had a lot of freedom. now she has no freedom. now she's going to be told when to get up, when to go to sleep. >> reporter: maxwell is the alleged co-conspirator and ex-girlfriend of jeffrey epstein, charged with helping him recruit, groom and ultimately abuse three unnamed teenage victims in the mid '90s. maxwell now behind bars just across the east river from the manhattan jail cell where epstein was found dead more than a year ago. he was awaiting trial on federal charges accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. his suicide sparking harsh criticism of the facility he was in. >> we are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply
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concerning and demand a thorough investigation. >> reporter: the guards on duty the night epstein died were supposed to check on epstein every 30 minutes, but did not. in the hours before he was discovered and those guards awaiting trial on charges of falsifying records and conspiracy. >> it's going to be very, very strict for her. after what happened with jeffrey epstein, they're going to be keeping an eye on her. they're going to be following every rule, every procedure. we're going to make sure, of course, no one can get to her. >> reporter: now, maxwell is scheduled for a court hearing by video on july 14th but we could learn a lot more this friday when her defense team is expected to file a motion asking for her to be let out on bail. prosecutors argue she is an extreme flight risk with at least 15 bank accounts and millions to spend. t.j. >> whit johnson for us, thank you so much. we turn to the investigation that's under way into allegations of a racially motivated attack caught on camera in indiana. more protests erupting there
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overnight as the fbi now joins the case. our alex perez with the details. >> reporter: overnight, protests erupting in bloomington, indiana. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: the fbi is now investigating after these disturbing viral videos appear to show a group of white men pinning a black man, 36-year-old-year-old vauhxx booker, against a tree saturday. >> let him go. >> reporter: the men hurling racist slurs at booker. he says they even threatened to lynch him. >> one of the individual yells to a friend to get a noose, not a rope but literally get a noose. >> reporter: the incident unfolding july 4th at lake monroe in bloomington where booker says he was headed to meet a group of friends to watch the lunar eclipse from a public beach. the men told him he was on private property. booker says he tried to calmly smooth things over with them and had actually started to walk away when he was attacked.
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>> i'm struggling to breathe. i can feel the weight of these gentlemen on top of me. a woman who is in the crowd yells, not to kill me. i realize she's literally talking about me, not to kill me, and i'm in a state of shock. >> reporter: booker's friend, brennan golightly, stepping in to intervene and recording the altercation on his phone, demanding the men release him. >> they had hatred, anger in their eyes. i believe they were -- if we had not showed up, i believe they were going to hurt vauhxx pretty bad. >> reporter: booker was able to escape but had a mild concussion, bruises and some patches of his hair ripped from his head. he called police to report the attack and says the indiana department of natural resources responded, but made no arrests. this morning investigators say they are still collecting evidence. the county prosecutor telling
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abc news, we anticipate receiving the case soon. we will thoroughly review and determine what charges are appropriate. federal authorities are investigating the case as a hate crime. the incident sparking protests e demonstration itself turning violent when a driver tried to plow through the crowd. that driver still on the loose. and booker says he truly believes what saved him was that his friends and onlookers, all of whom were white, refused to leave and demanded the attackers stop. t.j. >> alex perez, thank you. coming up here, that breaking news overnight involving the teacher who made national news for her relationship with her student. national news for her relationship with her student. my nunormal: fewer asthma attacks. less oral steroids. taking my treatment at home. nucala is a once-monthly add-on injection for severe eosinophilic asthma. not for sudden breathing problems. allergic reactions can occur. get help right away for swelling of face, mouth, tongue, or trouble breathing. infections that can cause shingles have occurred. don't stop steroids unless told by your doctor.
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back now w back now with breaking news overnight that mary kay letourneau, the teacher convicted of sleeping with her sixth grade student who later went on to marry and raise a family with him, has died of cancer at the age of 58. deb roberts has the story. good morning, deb. >> reporter: good morning, george. i have to say, to say this was a bizarre story is an understatement. mary kay letourneau captured worldwide headlines and sparked outrage with her stunning and some might even say unspeakable behavior. yet through it all, even after a prison term, she was unrepentant. >> did you know that this was something that was wrong or that society would see as wrong?
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>> i definitely knew that it was bizarre. >> reporter: mary kay letourneau, a former teacher, made national headlines after admitting to engaging in sex with her sixth grade student. her longtime friend and attorney telling abc, mary was one of a kind. she raised a beautiful and successful family and overcame great odds. she was fun, she was funny, she was brilliant, she was real. in 1996, the then-34-year-old married mom of four pleaded guilty to raping her student, vili fualaau, beginning when he was 12 years old. they maintained a relationship while she served seven years in prison where she gave birth to the second of their two children. >> when did you first feel any kind of attraction to vili? >> well, there was an emotional attraction. we just had bonded. we have similar interests. >> reporter: the couple married shortly after her release from prison. they spoke to barbara walters in
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2015. >> there is a story of us that has a life of its own, but it's not our story. >> reporter: letourneau revealed to a&e that she never had doubts about her life or her choices. >> am i sorry he's the father of my children and that we're married and this is the man of my life? no, i'm not. >> reporter: later divorcing in 2019, letourneau had been battling cancer for several months according to "people" magazine. letourneau was 58 years old. she leaves behind six children. george. >> deb roberts, thanks very much. coming up, t.j. has "play of the day." >> deb roberts, thksch. coming up, t.j. has "play of over a million walmartre associates doing their best to keep our nation going. because despite everything that's changed, one thing hasn't and that's our devotion to you and our communities. our priority will always be to keep you
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good morning. i'm reggie aqui. we're going to start with mike and look at yur your day. >> hi, everybody. we have some air quality concerns around gilroy, san martin. still smoke from the cruise fire down there. the rest of us are okay. the breezes relax today. they head back to the coast keeping you comfortable through san francisco. 70s, 80s and 90s for rest of us all seven days of the forecast. hi, frances. >> traffic is looking good. s of green. no major problems,t laidge llza on. traffic is backed up across the 880 overcrossing and we look at richmond bridge. minor slowing.
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there was a hit and run, but it looks good elsewhere. drive times are all greens. >> okay, thank you. coming up on gma, mom rage. how to deal with the anger so many women are facing during
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. breaking point. almost 3 million coronavirus cases now confirmed in the u.s. as the daily death rate increases in a dozen states. the testing crisis unfolding. families waiting in linethan 50a reach capacity. president trump pushes schools to re-open. >> we'll be putting a lot of pressure on opening your schools in the fall. >> officially starts the process to withdraw the u.s. from the world health organization. schools under pressure. dr. fauci saying if infection rates are low enough, schools should re-open by following safety measures. parents pushing back in some parts of the country. teaching weighing in, the latest this morning. the new developments overnight in the amy cooper case
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after that case that made headlines in may. officials charging her with aig to cooperating sayingpaid a ste poor peril. safety experts and urgent warnings as sales of backyard pools surge. what to watch out for and how to keep your kids safe this summer. ♪ and riva's vention. >> give me my notes. >> she's the naughty puppy taking over my work from home setup trying to eat my producer's sweater so it was time for zoom training helping her put her best paw forward. did she learn anything? >> stay. >> the riva results just ahead live as we say, good morning, america. >> good morning, america.
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thanks for starting your wednesday with us, robin, i think it's too late for daisy and cooper but not riva. >> not riva, not riva. we can't wait to see what lara has been able to do with little riva. you know, we've got to keep in mind she is a puppy and i've had a chance to see her in person taking little man lukas. they've had a couple of play dates and that's true puppy love right there. >> puppy playdates. who knew this was happening? we did get a trainer involved and saw that video of riva -- that's tugging on a sweater that our producer kelly didn't like that sweater anyway. she's pulling on that sweater while they're trying to film the segment but we'll see what happens. we got a trainer involved but results from riva are coming up. we begin with the news and latest on the outbreak of the coronavirus. the u.s. hit a roord of -- record of more than 60 thundershower new cases in a
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single day yesterday. matt gutman is in phoenix, arizona, a real hot spot with more. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, george. phoenix does show us how nearly every aspect of the public health system can be affected by covid. nearly 10% of the phoenix fire department is out because of the virus and the mayor here tells us that perhaps what's most disturbing is that because testing here has failed, they have no idea what the real case count here is. this morning, the national surge in cases is triggering a testing crisis. in phoenix where the covid positivity rate for swabs is nearing a shocking 30%, mayor kate gallego says the lines for testing look like those in a developing country. >> we had 13-hour waits. >> reporter: labs backlogged and some are short on supplies. >> i called and louisiana, texas and florida. cdc data showing latinos and african-americans are three times more likely to contract the virus than their white neighbors and twice as likely to die from it. this morning, the daily death
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rate from covid-19 increasing in a dozen states. still president trump saying tuesday that schools across the country feed to re-open in the fall despite the surge in cases. >> we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open. >> reporter: george speaking with dr. ashish jha on the trajectory for fall. >> how should we be thinking about re-opening schools right now? >> absolutely the president is right. everybody, every mom, dad wants the schools open. i have three kids. i desperately want schools open. the question isn't do we want schools open. the question is what do we need to do to keep schools open? and the single biggest thing we need to do is keep the level of virus low in the community. if you try to open them up in arizona or florida or texas you couldn't keep them open because there would be too many who would get sick. teachers and staff would get sick and you would have to shut down. i want to have a reason to debate driven by science that says let's do the things we need
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to do. we need to close bars and indoor large gatherings and have everybody wearing masks. if we start all that now i think there is a pretty good shot we can open schools and keep them open all fall. can open them and keep them open all fall. >> reporter: now, in florida, they are sending reinforcements, 100 nurses to miami. respiratory therapists being sent by the military. tucson and antonio but dr. jha said lots of places like phoenix near federal help. that's why the mayor has been talking to fema about getting that kind of help. george. >> okay, matt, thanks very much. to t.j. turn to the latest on flooding from the midwest to the south and new tropical system brewing off the east coast, and rob marciano tracking this all for us. good morning, rob. >> good morning, t.j. we had 160 severe weather reports yesterday. a lot of flooding as you mentioned. let's go to ohio which saw four inches in a short period of time. new in philadelphia there where cars had it
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and tuscaloosa, alabama where five inches in a short period of time submerging some of the cars there. you mentioned propagate activity and national hurricane center now just updating this to a 70% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone. either a depression or named storm and spin its way up the carolina coast, mid-atlantic coast and northeast coast tomorrow, friday and into saturday. we will have heavy rain with this. some wind and have to see how it develops. we think it will stay inland. if it stays off shore it could likely become strength. it could become fay and the northeast could use this rain. it's the wind or possible storm surge we could do without. we'll be watching. >> you'll watch. i know you'll track it. thanks very much. coming up, as pressure grows on schools to re-open, what dr. fauci, teachers and students are saying. also, pool peril. the sale of backyard pools soar and the warning from the american academy of pediatrics.
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looking good, amy, as always. i have a preview though of the disney plus special, "hamilton," history has its eyes on you. going to talk with lin-manuel miranda, also the show's director. many members of the original cast about its incredible success and got them all together and take a modern look as well at this historical musical so you'll get a little preview of that tomorrow. can't wait for that. can never wait, don't keep us waiting any longer for "pop news" with lara spencer and riva. >> hi, robin. good morning, everybody. yeah, lots to share with you this morning. you guys may remember matthew cherry. we interviewed him and his partner the morning after they won the oscar for the animated short, "hair love." well, the accolades continue for the former nfl player turned filmmaker. hbo max has just signed on for a 12-episode series based on cherry's story. it's going to be called "young
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love." hbo max senior vp billy wee saying "hair love" struck a chord with audiences of all ages and cherry telling fans on instagram, beyond excited to continue telling the story of a young black family we established in our oscar-winning animated short. no word yet on when "young love will remeir -- premiere, but it is happening, and we couldn't be happier for matthew cherry. couldn't happen to a nicer guy. summer vacation looking a little different this year but one company in nashville is a te ay.ta roctive option to star? tour buses supplied to country music stars. with so many tours being canceled this year, these penthouses on wheels are now available to be rented for epic family vacations. the buses are sanitized, they
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tell us before every use. they come with everything you'll need to travel in style, and even stay on board. luxury kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, fireplaces and professional driver comes with it so you don't have to worry about finding parking. pets are even allowed. so no one gets left behind. depending on the size of the bus, a bus accommodating 12 people, if you look it from nashville to miami is about $4,000 this summer. the buses have either bunk beds or sometimes bedrooms and multiple bathrooms. we thought that was a really cool idea. and we l as well. "people" magazine is searching for the world's cutest rescue dog. for the third year "people" is asking everyone to send pictures and explain why your rescue deserves the title. submissions will be accepted until august 10th, but do not wait. last year over 7,000 pups
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were entered, and here's why. the winner will receive a one-year supply of pedigree dog food, a 1 thousand dollar donation to the organization of your choice and photo shoot for "people" magazine and all the contest details will be in "people's" july 20th issue. or you can just go to contest. the winner announced right here on "good morning america" in september. needless to say i think riva the rescue is a major contender, however, i am one of the judges so she is not allowed, but you are -- just make sure you rescue -- that your dog is a rescue, and by the way, thanks for adopting. robin, little man lukas. i got to believe he's got a shot. >> oh, i don't know. ere mautiful, and but that's wonderful scues thrful i weaifor th. thank yo
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we'll check back with you a little bit later with the riva reinvention. lukas is getting ready for that. but in the meantime, lara, we have our "gma" cover story. we have the battle over schools re-opening as cases of the coronavirus grow. president trump is pressuring governors to re-open schools but many experts, parents and teachers are concerned most parts of the country are just not ready. stephanie ramos joins us now with more on this. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: robin, good morning. here in new jersey, governor phil murphy says schools will re-open in some capacity in the fall. each district is expected to develop their own covid-aware school plan, but will it include making kids and teachers wear m social distancing? working it out, but pridti urgingo re-open, even calling those who may want some
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to stay closed he's accusing them of playing politics. this morning, all eyes on dr. anthony fauci and the question of whether schools should re-open this fall. fauci saying if infection rates are low enough they should open by following safety measures. >> you've got to follow the guide loo guidelines, depending upon the level and penetrance of infection in the community. >> reporter: it's ultimately up to states and local jurisdictions to decide when and how to re-open schools. in new york, where covid-19 infections have slowed, governor andrew cuomo says there's been no decision made yet. >> we're not going to say, children should go back to school until we know it's safe. >> reporter: in florida where there were more than 7,000 new covid cases reported just yesterday, the state issuing an emergency order requiring all schools to open in august, at least five days per week for all students. wendy
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florida, doesn't agree with the decision. she's enrolling her three kids in online school for the fall. >> for me that's not acceptable because if you are actually saying, okay, let's go back and then let's see who gets covid, is it going to be one child? will it be 100 children? is it going to be thousands of children because all of florida is opening up. >> reporter: adam roth is a teacher in new jersey. he says he's eager to get back into the classroom, but student safety comes first. >> we are certainly teaching and we are guiding them doing it virtually but we know we can have that much greater of an impact on our student population if we are with them but in a safe environment. >> reporter: after hearing the president's push to re-open schools, six groups that represent parents and teachers, they released a statement saying to safely re-open schools, health experts should be relied on to figure out the when and that parents and teachers should be central in figuring out the how. they say not the president. george. >> crucial discussion. stephanie, thanks very much. we turn to new developments
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in the amy cooper case. she's the new york woman now facing charges for calling police on a bird watcher in central park, sparked accusations and outrage over racism, but in a new twist, the bird watcher, christian cooper, is choosing not to cooperate with prosecutors saying amy has been punished enough. janai norman joins us with the story. good morning, janai. >> reporter: video of their encounter went viral and amy cooper was judged in the court of public opinion. now that the d.a. filed charges, the man cooper called police on doesn't want to be involved. >> there is an african-american man, i'm in central park. he is recording me and threatening myself and my dog. i am being threatened by a man in bramble. >> reporter: the latest on this on camera confrontation that made headlines back in may. >> i'm calling the cops. >> please call the cops. please call the cops. >> i'm going to tell them there's an african-american man threatening my life. >> please tell them whatever you like. >> reporter: chris cooper an avid bird watcher was in central
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park when he came across amy cooper with her dog unleashed against park rules. >> i said to the young woman, i said, dogs in the ramble have to be on the leech at all times. >> reporter: he claims she refused and made that 911 call. the video has been viewed nearly 40 million times. now officials are charging amy cooper with filing a false police report, but the case has hit a snag. chris cooper, the victim, is not cooperating with the manhattan district attorney saying tuesday amy has already paid a steep price including losing her job adding that if the d.a. feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges but he can do that without me. cooper spoke about the incident on "the view" and said he accepted her apology. >> everything else that's happened to her, you know, i just -- i don't -- i'm uncomfortable with defining someone by a couple of seconds of what they've done. you know, it was a stressful situation. she had a moment of very poor judgment. no excusing that it was a racist
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act because it was a racist act but should that define her entire life? i don't know. only she can tell us if that defines her entire life by what she does going forward and what she's done in the past. i can't answer that so but frenzy is what makes me uncomfortable. >> reporter: amy cooper's attorney telling abc news his client will be found not guilty saying the rush to judgment by some in the cancel culture of this epidemic, will be proven as wrong as cancel culture itself. she lost her job, her home and her public life. now some demand she lose her freedom. it could create challenges for prosecutors and some people who are calling for criminal justice reform agree with cooper's decision arguing that charging amy cooper adds legitimacy to a flawed system. george? >> he explained himself very well. thanks very much. let's go to rob. hey, george, let's start with the fires happening out west.
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in southern california, we've got a new one in simi valley there where the 118 was shut down for a time with air support coming in, and douglas county, nevada, 18,000 acres burned and the flames last night. wind advisories. heat watch up and we'll start to bake and red flag warnings up and hazy, hot and humid conditions persist. that's for much of the country. 103 is what it will feel like in minneapolis, heat advisories there to new jersey and new hampshire. skyrocket pas e
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potentially distracted working at home. diane macedo has the details for us. good morning, diane. >> reporter: amy, good morning. the consumer product safety commission says drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 4. now one woman is sharing her story in hopes it will help others take pool safety seriously. ashley considers herself lucky. with camps closing because of covid-19 this pennsylvania mother of two managed to buy an above ground pool. >> i'm pretty sure we got the last above ground pool available in north america. >> reporter: according to industry estimates pool sales have increased more than 160% over last year. but with caregivers potentially distracted the american academy of pediatrics warns the risk of
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child drowning may increase. johns hopkins all children's hospital in st. petersburg, florida, reports a 150% increase in child drowning incidents compared to the same time period in the last two years. >> it's probably because with the parents working from home and trying to provide that supervision of their children while working it leads to more opportunities for children to get out of the house and get to a pool or body of water. >> it's every parent's worst nightmare. >> reporter: last month emily says she thought they are daughter was with her husband jordan who was working from home. to her horror she discovered she had actually wandered into the family pool. >> she was on her side. she was not breathing. >> reporter: she was without a pulse for more than 20 minutes. emily a former emt performed cpr with jordan until an ambulance arrived. >> i thought, this is never going to happen to us. >> reporter: doctors feared addie would have brain damage, but she was awake within 24 hours. her pediatrician calls it the quickest recovery she's ever
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seen. >> say, thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: and tells doing cpr made all the difference. >> she goes, you saved her life. you and dad saved her life. >> reporter: now they're hoping to rise awareness about pool safety. >> we use cpr. >> reporter: never leave a child unattended in or near the water. make sure there are proper barrier, covers and alarms on and around any pool or spa your child may have access to. >> one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child is teaching them to swim. >> reporter: advice this new pool owner says she's taking seriously. >> it's still a pool. it still has regular pool rules. >> reporter: one more tip experts also say drains are dangerous. so make sure kids stay away from those, and make sure the covers are to federal standard. thankfully in this story, we have a happy ending. addie is expected to make a full recovery, and she starts swimming lessons next month, amy. >> that is very good to hear, diane. thank you for that, important tips.
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♪ who let the dogs out welcome back to "gma." that song is playing for a reason. and, robin, you have someone spiawi y rht iha lite n he is my paw-ducer. yes, with me throughout the quarantine, and we've also will haved -- loved seeing lara's newest rescue pup, of course, riva during "pop news." lara, we like to say that riva likes to go rogue at times but i think people forget because of her size she's a puppy. she's just learning, isn't she, lara? >> she is, robin. she just turned 1 years old. she is a rescue dog. i'm sure a lot of owners can relate. as i pointed out just a puppy. we have gotten such great positive feedback not only from the "gma" team, but also from viewers who really want riva to
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sit here, but she's not lassie. she's not professionally trained so not always going to behave exactly as i wish she would and sometimes it's quite different than that, but there are simple tricks that i've learned that wanted to share with you that really do seem to help and bribery is one of them. take a look. >> you know, we're going to start calling it "pop news" with riva featuring lara spencer. >> fair enough. i'm fine with that. >> reporter: riva the rescue has been my ever present co-host since quarantine began. are you coming back to me soon? can you stop? why do you always do that? along the way she's picked up a love for doing things her own way. >> look what just happened to my script. she's at it once again. >> riva. >> give me my notes. riva. riva. honey, come on. i can see yoth re n h come here. okay.
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now, stay. ooh. no. we could both sit in the same chair, i guess. there's kelly. just trying to produce. >> reporter: even my producer kelly isn't immune to riva's, shall we say, charms. she loves full attention. i definitely need help and turned to trainer extraordinaire robert haussmann from dog boy nyc to see if it is possible to rehab some of my puppy's bad habits. sit, sit, sit. sit. is this a lost cause? >> no, never, never. >> most of our viewers think riva is hilarious and cute and there are people who think she is not well behaved. i think it's something in the middle. what advice can you give me? >> we want to make sure she's got some other occupation during showtime so what i would do is i would use something like this, right? it's a hollow toy, i fill this
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up to here with kibble for my dog and push peanut butter on the top. she can stay on camera and keep your notes and fingers intact. >> step one for reinventing ri. give her a task each morning to keep her occupied like finding her own breakfast. the goal is that riva's attention is on this and not stealing my notes. yes, she loves it. uh-oh. now i need one for cocoa. can you sit? can you sit? look at that. she has her ball and i have my notes. what do i do about this obsession she has with paper? >> the love for paper is love for your attention. i think she's learned that grabbing at your paper gets you to turn all your attention to turn to her. my dog ate my homework is adorable but also naughty and inconvenient. teach a stay. >> we'll start with just
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duration, stay. okay, you're counting your in your head, one, two, three, get up to three, get up to five, yes. >> reporter: tip two in reinventing riva, mastering the stay command. i admit it wasn't exactly a walk in the park at first. but with robert's simple tips, stay. stay. we were able to gradually increase her attention span. good girl, riva. the question is, will it last when i'm on camera? well, that is the question so i was going to demonstrate, robin, if you will. this is riva really listening and i wanted to say one thing robert taught me, if you're going to do the stay command because it does show who is boss, make sure you don't show the treats. you want them to stay and not just keep running after you for the treats so conceal the treats and ask them to stay and then you use the word, yes, ready.
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>> okay. >> ready? she actually looks like she's bored. ready? yes. now, sit. sit. sit. all right. i mean, listen, baby steps, people because i do want to also point out right over here next to her accomplice is a napkin that during commercial break riva did get into so as i said, work in progress. but we're getting there. >> but isn't it also about exercise as well? i know when lukas and riva have a play date and have you a nice yard and they run around a lot but that seems to help as well. the exercise for them. >> yes, absolutely. oh, look at that. young love.. you need to get them out and that's what i've been doing, getting up extra early and giving riva a walk before the show and that ball that's in my pocket.
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biscuits in it then peanut butter and gives her something to do rather than gnawing on my hand begging for attention. she's busy with this. today i thought during "pop news" she was pretty fantastic. >> she was. she really was. she was well behaved, and i do that sometimes with lukas. he has a squirrel with him right now. but it's also, come on, it's different for them to be on camera. they're so different when we're around them as opposed to being -- they just want your attention like that but i want to know, you know, how about bailey, how about brody? how about cooper? how about your dogs there in the studio? >> cooper would eat that little thing in about a nanosecond. it would not occupy him for long. >> he's an old man now. he's tired. >> these are hard plastic. i'm going to send them in. this has been a life saver. >> they're great.lyuni row itr.
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think e d er sng to do. we do vech laughg at how she, you kve d you're right. we want her with us. we want to see her on camera but can't expect her to always be perfect. they're animals. they're rescues, they're puppies and these little tips really, it's good for them to know as i said who is boss. >> you're the boss. you're the boss. but thank you for sharing that. >> sometimes. >> i got to tell you, yeah, right. but as you said, the most important thing here, these are rescues and they are so loving and we're learning as much as they are and thank you, lara. oh, one more? okay. >> one more. >> now you're showing off. you know what happens when you strut you stumble. we better go while she's being so good.
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guys. look what
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we are back with the green brothers, youtube sensations and best-selling authors and john wrote "a fault in our stars," and hank has new book ca "autifullylish
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endeavor." will reeve spoke to them about their success. >> good morning. toge they've ass edosnd podcas brothers john and hank green are creators second, brothers first. john, writer of "the fault in our stars" which became a hit movie -- >> what's your story? >> i was diagnosed when i was 13. >> not your cancer story. your real story. >> reporter: he's also the number one hype man for his little brother hank's new book, "a beautifully foolish endeavor." >> it's a story of young people trying to make their way in this weird, wild new world of ours. >> obviously hank didn't see a global pandemic coming when he was writing this book, but he did see something coming. i was astonished by the parallels between the world of the novel and the world i find myself living in right now when it comes to how we cope with isolation. when it comes to how we use technological tools to humanize one another.
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but also at times to dehumanize one another. >> good morning, hank. it's friday. >> reporter: their forray into youtube began over a decade ago as a sibling social experiment. >> good morning, john. >> good morning, hank. >> reporter: for a whole year, their videos were the only way the brothers spoke to one another. >> they started in 2007 because we weren't close and the hope was that through that project, we would become closer and, boy, did it work. i mean, now hank and i talk every day whether we want to or not. >> do you ever get competitive with one another? >> there is a certain amount of one-upsmanship where i want to make something different or has a better joke than the last video that john made. >> i don't feel envious of any part of hank's life. our videos have been viewed a
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lot over 13 years. our educational channels are much more successful. crash course of scishow have had over 2 billion views. >> justin bieber and what do you want your brother to know? >> i want him to know that he's brilliant and wonderfully talented, but most of all what makes me proudest of hank is his kindness and his generosity, often quiet, private generosity. >> and what would you say? >> i want john to know he's really effective, he's really brave and he's a really good dad and he's a really good person. >> reporter: for "good morning america," i'm will reeve, abc news. >> really good brothers. "a beautifully foolish endeavor" is out now. let's go to rob. hey, george, the breeze finally beginning to pick up here thankfully in connecticut and the new england coast. let's go over to old england and show you how windy it got there this week. gary and his two cocker spaniels, they got caught in a bit of a windstorm. th'sen ainere.
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i'm t that is on the beaufort scale, maybe a 6, 7, 8 or 9 but feed them enough treats as we learned in the last segment with lara they'll withstand just about any wind. that's how we are in the weather department as good morning. i'm mike nicco. warmer temperatures away are from the coast. that's where the sea breeze is going to keep us in the and now to the worldwide exclusive premiere of the ailef ivan." the heartwarming story of ivan, a 400-pound silverback gorilla who performs, but longs to be free, inspired by a true story and based on an award winning book with the same title. it's streaming august 14th. take a look. ♪ there's a time that i remember ♪
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♪ don't show up back with someone who is a force behind the camera. a ground breaker making her mark as a writer, executive producer and director for shows like "pose," "hollywood" and "the politician," janet mock with us. good morning to you. thank you for being with us and i guess the first question is can you believe it? look, i know it's always a point to try to get better representation, more stories for people of color, women of color, the trans people as well. you're now in a position of power, still underrepresentation in that particular realm, be you here you are in that position, and really the question is, can you believe it? you've been on quite a journey. >> i can't believe it. you know, the last three years of my life has been like a huge film school on set starting with "pose," you know, when ryan murphy our show runner called me and asked me to be a part of it. i had no idea that it would
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change my life in this way. i have been able to write for people who look like me. i have been able to direct actors who come from my communities. it has been an overwhelmingly humbling and honoring experience. >> people ask all the time how can you increase diversity, diversity of stories in hollywood? when people ask you that, is the answer, me, janet mock? because you are now in that position of power. is it kind of that simple to where you put someone in a position like you, and stories will trickle down and trickle out? >> i think so. i think that what's, you know, really important is to ensure that when we're telling stories about blac pe thatomthe communities. i think that the most, you know, powerful and impactful storytelling tends to be the storytelling that actually comes authentically from the communities that we're seeing on screen, television has such a
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power, as you know, to you know, allow us to invite people who are not like us into our homes so that we can share space with them, so that we can learn to love them. so that we feel with them, and that's something that i have noticed with the power of "pose," really has been this way to connect and build bridges of understanding between different kinds of human beings. >> you said the power of "pose" and i've used the word ground breaking probably a couple times already but i need to use it again for this show. all kinds of acclaim, people love it. it's a powerful, powerful show but you got a third season. you were less than two weeks into shooting the third season and had to shut down. where are we now on filming and when can we expect you to get going again? >> yeah, you know, as you said, i was directing a season three priere of "pose"hewe got an ex producer on the show and director it's really been, you
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know, the utmost importance is the safety of our cast and our crew. we will not go back until we can ensure there are new measures. there's this new normal coming in. that there's no doorknobs that we've properly clustered people in right and safe ways and the big ballroom scenes that are the trademark of "pose," to ensure that those background actors can still be in the room with us, and i think it will be a ways away before we can do that in our beloved city in the bronx. >> you have to do what you have to do, and a lot of fans of the show are excited to hear that the ballroom scene. "hollywood," do you still have pinch myself moments with the cast that you're working with and what you're getting to do now, jim parsons, queen latifah. all kinds of people you've been working with these days. >> really, i just sat at their feet and listened to them all the time. it was just being able to see my
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heroes, patti lupone, rob reiner, holland taylor and newcomers like the great big star that he is, jeremy pope to do what they do every single day, to hear stories from the sets of when harry met sally from rob reiner and patti lupone talking about playing evita and all of these great legends just there, and i soaked in all their brilliance, and i had such an honor to be able to direct and write them in two episodes. >> i'm sure they're talking about your brilliance as well. you're getting all kinds of emmy buzz. congratulations on everything you're doing and continue to represent. janet mock, an absolute pleasure. hope to see you down the road. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back, folks. ♪ walk away you know how
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>> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, host of the new series, "don't," adam scott. thus, "dancing with the stars" gives our couple a dance lesson. and we will meet a 70-year-old book lover who is our "good news story of the day." all next on "live!" ♪ and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! ♪ >> ryan: and good morning on this july 8th. we are kind of coordinated here. >> kelly: we are. i like when we do that. we do that completely by accident now. we used to -- we are in each other's heads is whate


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