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good morning. south carolina smackdown. a decisive win for hillary clinton in the palmetto state, beating bernie sanders by nearly 50 points as the race now heads into super tuesday. >> we are going to compete for every vote in every state. we are not taking anything and we're not taking anyone for granted. >> meantime, on the republican side, the insults are flying, turning increasingly juvenile. >> he's flying around on hair force one, and tweeting. >> thank god he has really large ears. the biggest ears i've ever seen. because they were protecting him. >> voters in 12 states set to go to the polls on tuesday. is it trump/clinton showdown in november all but a done deal? we're live on the campaign trail.
gunned down on her first day. a tragic shooting in virginia. >> i just want to be clear, do we have officers involved in a shooting? >> we have three officers that have been shot. >> an officer shot and killed her first day on the job, two other cops injured. what police are saying this morning about the suspect. world cup crash, olympic skier lindsey vonn with a horrific fall in the middle of a race on saturday. today, despite that fall, and a fracture, she's back in action. and ready for oscar. glitz and glamour will be on full display tonight at the 88th academy awards. will leo finally take home his first oscar and how will host chris rock address the controversy sur rounding the lack of diversity. we're counting down to it all, sunday, february 28th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," live from
studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm jeff rossen alongside the ladies as we love, dylan dreyer and sheinelle jones. are you rooting for leo tonight? >> you know what, i hadn't thought about it. >> it is really impressive. the film is really cinematic feat as you learn about all of the -- everything that went into it. and for what he put into that role, it is really an impressive performance. >> they're up for best picture, best director, best actor, so we will see how that goes. we want to start with our other top story, the other battle, the battle for the white house. hillary clinton's huge win over bernie sanders in south carolina saturday, clinton winning 74% of the vote. bernie sanders just 26%. this morning, mrs. clinton says she's not taking anything for granted as sanders vows he's far from out of this race. plenty of activity on the republican side as well. we have full coverage and analysis for you. we begin with nbc's kristen welker covering the democrats in
south carolina. hi, kristen, good morning. >> reporter: jeff, good morning to you. secretary clinton and senator sanders will set their sights on super tuesday states today. but this race has fundamentally changed after clinton broke all expectations with her overwhelming defeat of sanders here saturday night. today, secretary clinton is starting a new phase of her campaign. >> thank you so much, south carolina! >> reporter: after her lights out defeat of bernie sanders saturday night. >> tomorrow this campaign goes national! >> reporter: clinton now on her strongest footing yet, after beating sanders by more than 50 points in the palmetto state. >> we are going to compete for every vote in every state. we are not taking anything and we are not taking anyone for granted. >> reporter: sander sanders, whn a plane to minnesota as the devastating results came in, vow ed to fight on.
>> tuesday, over 800 delegates are at stake. and we intend to win many, many of them. >> reporter: perhaps the most worrying sign for sanders as they head into super tuesday, clinton captured nearly 90% of african-americans here, an even larger percentage than barack obama won in 2008. clinton seeming to pivot to the general election with this less than subtle swipe at donald trump. >> we don't need to make america great again. america has never stopped being great. >> reporter: but there are still clouds that hang over clinton's campaign. underscored on friday when a veteran pressed former president bill clinton about the benghazi attacks in 2012. >> wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. do you -- do you have the courage to listen to my answer? don't throw him out. if he'll shut up and listen to my answeanswer, i'll answer it. >> reporter: aides to president clinton point out in a video shows that he allowed that protester to go on for nearly two minutes before he cut him
off. meanwhile, secretary clinton heads to the super tuesday states of tennessee and arkansas today. senator sanders heads to oklahoma and colorado. jeff? >> busy sunday. kristen welker, thank you so much. with south carolina behind us, all eyes are now on super tuesday. and that's when hillary clinton and donald trump could both take a major step toward becoming their party's nominees. here is the breakdown by the numbers. a look at why this is such an important day. residents of 12 states and american samoa will vote on tuesday. among those states, texas, tennessee, massachusetts, vermont, and virginia. >> on tuesday, along more than 20% of all available delegates are at stake here. >> and, of course, it is about the delegates. texas has the most delegates up for grabs on super tuesday. 222 delegates for the democrats, 155 for the republicans. >> the big question leading up to super tuesday, can anyone stop donald trump at this point? marco rubio and ted cruz, they're on the attack, while the republican party is reportedly
scrambling to figure out what to do if the billionaire does become the republican nominee. nbc's hallie jackson in oklahoma city this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. this morning donald trump is sending a warning to the republican establishment, he's tweeting, quote, lightweight senator marco rubio to say anything to hit trump, accusing him of pushing for that. he's also reminding them of the loyalty pledge he signed not to run as a third party. all of this as rubio picks up yet another establishment endorsement this one from tennessee senator lamar alexander. the brawl between the republican rivals now appearing to broaden party wide. after a sudden endorsement, a quick good-bye. >> get in the plane and go home. go. it's over there. you go home. >> reporter: chris christie taking off, but it is the insults flying between donald trump and marco rubio. >> he's flying around on hair force one and tweeting. >> thank god he has really large ears. the biggest ears i've ever seen.
because they were protecting him. >> a guy with the worst spray tan in america is attacking me for putting on makeup. >> reporter: rubio matching his on stage hits with online ones, his campaign launching trump slams.com with super tuesday just 48 hours away. trump on top looking to all but lock up the nomination. >> a lot of outsiders are coming in because they like what i say. >> the states are giving the control of the party of lincoln and reagan and the conservative moment and the united states over to a con artist. i'll stay in this race as long as it takes. >> reporter: maybe all the way to a contested convention, rubio ready for it, even as establishment republicans worry his tough new tone may be too late. the new york times reporting a frantic scramble to try to slow trump down. the attacks against him escalating. >> now, it doesn't hurt that he inherited $200 million from his daddy. that's a very good way to get
rich, pick the right daddy. >> reporter: ted cruz overnight releasing his tax returns and rubio has too, putting pressure on trump to do the same. >> this is a man who prides himself on not getting scared of anything, so what is it he's scared about handing over his tax returns? >> tax returns don't mean anything about work. just so you understand. and you never give a tax return when you're being audited. >> reporter: the front-runner on defense, but in polls, still dominating. and the republican candidates will, of course, be blanketing super tuesday states today. and watch where they are to get a little bit of a sense of strategy. ted cruz after oklahoma here where the wind has been sweeping down the plain will head to texas. he's spending a lot of time there tomorrow and tu lot of ti there tomorrow and tuesday. it is his home state. he has to win. you have marco rubio in virginia today, where it looks more favorable for him than some of those deep south states where we'll find donald trump. he's rallying in alabama. guys? >> hallie jackson, thanks so
much. >> chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press" and joins us from washington. good morning. >> good morning, erica. >> there is so much to talk about in terms of super tuesday and numbers. one thing that we can't seem to ignore here is what this race has become. these really juvenile insults, like playground talk, have you ever seen anything -- this is the race for the highest office in the land. has it been this bad? >> race for the highest office in the land and having the lowest moments possible. it is completely devolved. you have to ask yourself there was a cringeworthy moment at the debate when the three of them, cruz, rubio and trump, three front-runners, and so talking over each other and it lasted for about 30 seconds and i sat there, i couldn't picture any of them taking the oath of office on the steps of the capitol. none of them looked presidential. to see that, i watched all that stuff yesterday between trump and rubio. i mean, literally we're making -- the only thing missing was a your mama joke. and, you know, you say this and want to laugh about it, but it was incredibly uncomfortable.
it is a total insult-a-than. >> there is a lot of talk and reports that there is infighting win the republican party, they're trying to figure out what to do if trump becomes the nominee. marco rubio saying he'll take this fight for the nomination to the convention floor. senator mitch mcconnell saying, quote, he'll be dropped like a hot rock if he's the nominee. what is the plan in the raine party? >> they're paralyzed. part of the problem is neither rubio nor cruz have done the insider leg work to make these republican insiders comfortable, rallying around either one of them. obviously rubio seems to be the one that has more potential to get all of this establishment support behind him, but there seems to be a hesitance on that front as well. he's not getting influx of cash. you're not seeing a flood of endorsements. it is a trickle. it is a total paralysis. and i think that now you have a party that you have leaders that are now worried that the party is going to completely splinter because you do have a number of
conservative intellectuals saying they will never support trump. and, of course, if that happens, that ends up guaranteeing hillary clinton victory in the white house. so the party is in desperate straits right now. >> as hallie jackson reported, trump is tweeting this morning again, taking to twitter, his favorite platform and he just actually tweeted again, i am the only republican who will get large numbers of dems and independents crossover and states that no other republicans can get. is there some truth to that, though? >> there is truth -- yes, there is truth he will make some states more competitive than a traditional republican nominee. he is going to overperform if he's the nominee in a pennsylvania, perhaps even a massachusetts, a connecticut, new jersey. i don't think he can carry any of those states, though. instead of a republican losing those states by 10, maybe trump loses them by five. but the problem is for every improvement he makes in the north, with, say, working class white voters, he loses hispanics
in a place like arizona, georgia, north carolina, that's where the electricoral vote com in the democrats favor. >> we could talk about this all morning. we have to move on. the good news is you have more coming up, chuck. we'll catch you in a little bit on "meet the press." chuck's guests -- >> again, a little more on "meet the press," chuck's guests will include donald trump, bernie sanders and ted cruz and a reminder on super tuesday, nbc is the place to be. join lester holt, chuck todd and savannah guthrie for live coverage and analysis for the races on that crucial day. it starts at 10:00, 9:00 central. some tragic news to report overnight, three officers shot, one of them killed while they were pursuing a suspect in virginia. sheinelle has more on that. >> jeff, good morning. it was officer ashley guindon's first day on the job after being sworn in on friday. as the community mourns her loss, a suspect is in custody this morning. just after 5:30 p.m., prince william county police were called to respond to a domestic shooting in wood bridge,
virginia, arginia, a suburb jus of washington, d.c. >> we're really assessing the situation inside the residence, our officers were shot. >> one officer down two. i don't know where the suspect is. >> 13051. 13051, lashmere court for doe midwestic. >> we have three confirmed hits. >> i want to be clear, do we have officers involved in a shooting? >> we have three officers that have been shot. >> reporter: neighbors in the typically quiet neighborhood were shocked. >> i look down the street, and i sa a whole bunch of officers around someone and the ground. >> we had a total of three officers that were shot and wounded in this incident. all three have been transported to fairfax hospital. >> reporter: one of those officers, ashley guindon, was just sworn in on friday. later, a somber facebook update by the prince william county police, announcing that guindon had died from her injuries. >> one of the officers involved in tonight's incident has
passed. >> reporter: just one day on the job. >> she was sworn in yesterday and her shift was -- this was her first day working. so it -- the whole thing is just tragic. >> reporter: the gunman was taken into custody unharmed at the home where the initial shooting took place. his identity has not yet been released. ashley guindon had previously served in the u.s. marine corps and has family members in law enforcement. such a tragic loss. jeff? >> sheinelle, thank you. a church service will be held in heston, kansas, tonight as residents gather to pray for the victims of thursday's shooting rampage. one of those wounded in the gunfire is 21-year-old melissa torres who spoke ex-exclusively with nbc news about the terror of that day. >> we heard about five shots outside, five big bangs. >> the married mother of two had just begun her shift at excel industries when she came face to face with a gunman. >> at first i kept thinking this isn't real, this isn't
happening, this can't be happening, and i realized i was shot, i seen blood gushing from my hand and i just kept thinking, i have to run, i have two daughters. >> a bullet fractured melissa's hand, a bullet fragment pierced her hip. she says she is grateful to be alive but her peace of mind has been shattered. three stabbing victims are in stable condition this morning after a southern california ku klux klan rally turned into a bloody brawl. protesters had gathered when six kkk members drove up. police say as soon as they stepped out of their car, demonstrators attacked. fists started flying. and so did knives. one member of the separatist group even used a flagpole as a weapon. in all, five people were injured, four transported to the hospital. there were also 12 arrests. dylan is here with a check of your sunday forecast. good morning. >> good morning, guys. nice warm day all across the country. temperatures will continue to soar, especially back through the plains. want to point out l.a. where we have got the oscars later on
today and hollywood, temperatures look nice and mild. we should be in the mid-70s on the red carpet. mostly sunny, light winds about as good as you can get out that way. we have got this warm air pouring in from the south. it is going to feel more like spring. denver should make it up to 63 today. 70 in wichita. 17 degrees above average. down along the gulf coast, temperatures running in the 70s. up and down east coast, 60s. through raleigh, atlanta, 59 degrees today in new york city. so temperatures will remain above average. we do have this front, this will cause a couple of lighter showers and snow showers. especially through the northern great lakes where it is cooler. otherwise, it is not good sunday morning. look at the sunshine. another beautiful day as we get started on this sunday. you'll notice we're going to see a good mix of sun and clouds. not as cool as yesterday. the temperatures up a little bit from where they were. 70 today in the south bay.
mid 60s in the peninsula. trivalley 70s. sunshine expected across the bay today. warmer temperatures for tomorrow. that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thanks so much. as you know, a huge night in hollywood tonight as the stars turn out for the 88th academy awards. tonight could see some firsts as well as some controversy. nbc's joel gar julio has more. >> good morning, jeff. how are you, guys. the stage is set, red carpet rolled out and we're hours away from hollywood's biggest night. the glitz and glam was overshadowed by controversy this year, sure to play into chris rock's hands. >> tell me the difference between stupid and illegal. >> the movies. the moments. >> this is super cool. >> the never-ending marathon of a-listers parading down red carpet. award season comes to a crescendo tonight as the oscars
are finally here. >> let's do this. >> reporter: all eyes now on host chris rock as everyone is waiting to see how he handles the controversy clouding this year's show. 20 actor nominees, all white, the second year in a row. the usually outspoken comedian has been silent on the matter. >> right now i'm concentrating on the movies. the subjects that are big in hollywood. >> reporter: despite the drama off screen, two actors emerged as odds on favorites. for the women, it is brie larson who plays a kidnapped mother in "room". >> i'm scared. >> i know. >> reporter: for the men, it is "the revenant's" leonardo dicaprio. after a near awards season sweep, momentum is finally on dicaprio's side. the 41-year-old has been up for best actor four times before, but he's never won. critics say this is his year, thanks to his harrowing performance in "the revenant." is there any way we do not hear leonardo dicaprio's name sunday
night? >> he's got it sewn up, locked, write his name on the envelope now, it is happening. >> reporter: his director alejandro inarritu is favored to win in his category. if that happens, it will be the first time a director takes home back-to-back oscars in 65 years. playing rocky for a seventh time, sylvester stallone is duking it out in one of the closest races of the night. >> show me something. >> i think stallone will win an oscar. isn't that great? 39 years ago, rocky won best picture but he lost best actor for playing rocky balboa. 39 years later, he's back. >> reporter: as for the best supporting actress category, everyone is pretty much has a shot. we're more likely to hear alicia vikander or kate winslet. >> you're going to fix it now. >> reporter: it is a three way race for best picture, leading up to the academy awards, the producers guild picks the big short. >> i love my job. >> you hate your job. >> i love my job. >> reporter: the screen actors
guilt went with spotlight. >> get the system. >> it is time, robbie. >> reporter: and the revenant reigned supreme with the directors guild. ever shifting favorites, setting the stage for an unforgettable night. so what does vegas think about tonight's oscars? according to online gambling.lv, it comes to best picture, the revenant leads with 3 to 1 odds. spotlight number two with 7 to 2 odds and big short is 7 to 1. as for best actor, it is a virtual lock for leo. he's the overwhelming favorite with 1 to 3 odds and eddie redmayne could be his competition with 9 to 1 odds and in case you're wond are how matt damon is doing in this, his odds are 29 to 1. >> he was great in "the martian". >> he was fabulous. it is the year of leo, though. >> i see that as a potential to make money, bet on damon and make some cash if he wins. >> big if. still to come on "today," erin andrews set to take the stand in her $25 million hotel
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good sunday morning. your time is 6:26 on this beautiful day. we want to start you off with a live look at san jose. clear skies and a little bit cool out through but nice, actually. i'm vicky nguyen standing by with anthony slaughter. things look mild out there. >> yeah. we have a few clouds out there. here is the sunrise. you can see the sun coming up over the horizon. we have some clouds out there. it won't be an overly sunny start to the day but we'll see plenty of sunshine this afternoon. 66 in san francisco. 67 for the north bay today. close to 70 for the east bay and seam deal for the south bay. temperatures soar the next couple of days. we're talking about mid 70s.
some places close to 80 by the middle part of the week. we're talking about rain this week, vicky. we'll talk more about the shower chance as we move toward the next seven days. see you at 7:00. another freeway shooting in the east bay. this one left a man dead and shut down part of interstate 80 for hours. it happened early yesterday morning. investigators say someone in a car pulled up next to a jeep suv near the hill top exit and opened fire. the driver veered down and crashed down an embankment. he died at the scene. officers say it appears the driver was targeted and it was not a random shooting. they need the publics' help to identify the shooter and the cars involved. a major announcement. party leaders decided to endorse attorney general pamela harris for the open senate seat that will soon be vacated by barbara
box per. >> support me in the bid for the united states senate and let us continue to lead our nation. i would be honored to have your support. >> the attorney general also highlighted the importance of keeping a democrat in the white house. vice president joe biden delivered the keynote address and highlighted the successes of democrats in everything from the environment to the economy. and while in the bay area, vice president biden focussed on an issue close to him. eliminating cancer. he toured the research facility at uc san francisco and held a round table discussion there alongside his wife. the vice president is spearheading a $1 billion white house initiative to find a cure for the disease. biden's son beau died of brain cancer last year. one of the key priorities of the initiative is to identify any regulatory barriers or red tape that is slowing down the research for cancer cure. coming up at 7:00 in today in the bay. if you're not a huge sports fan,
your only 19 years old. you seem very self-possessed for a 19-year-old, a teenager. how are you dealing with all this sudden fame and all these awards and this boy's life and what's eating gi ining gilbert w are you handling it all? >> wow, i'm not even sure. try to spend a lot of time with my friends, my family, just stay at home a lot and mainly keep to myself, you know, meet new people every once in a while, but it hasn't been that tough. it's not even real to me yet, so it's hard for me to answer that question. >> that is mini leonardo dicaprio appearing on "today" back in 1993, he was just 19 years old back then. not long after that, he was nominated for an oscar for his role in "what's eating gilbert
grape." he lost out that year for tommy lee jones for "the fugitive." up for it again tonight, never won an oscar, that's what everyone's watching. on this sunday morning, the 28th day of february. the crowd worthy of the statuettes themselves for standing in the cold with us. >> not bad. >> dylan, thank you for a lovely day. >> what's making headlines on this sunday morning. hillary clinton sailing into super tuesday, one day after that decisive win over bernie sanders in south carolina. meanwhile, marco rubio and ted cruz, doing everything they can to slow down donald trump before tuesday. >> as we mentioned, leonardo dicaprio, first oscar nomination back when he was 19. tonight is his fifth nomination. he's the odds o favorite to win for his role in "the revenant." experts say it's a three-way
race between "the revenant," and the big short. >> and stephen curry hitting a reek dig lusridiculously long s tying for the record for threes in a game with 12. he also broke his own record for threes in a season, wow. >> and a little more sports news, lindsey vonn back on the slopes after a nasty fall while racing in a world cup super g event. she did suffer a hairline fracture of her knee, and we're glad she's okay this morning. >> we're still on a high after our shoot with rascal flatts. there were so many funny moments, in fact, too many to fit into the piece we showed you yesterday. >> don't worry, we put those outtakes on today.com. if you want a good laugh. >> so great. >> i'm a little jealous. can we do it again?
>> yes, let's plan a girl's trip. >> i think a girl's trip is in order. >> we're going to work on that and the outtakes. >> perfect, we'll watch for that. we want to begin this half hour with what is sure to begin a dramatic day for sports reporter erin and is. this morning, she's on the verge of testifying in her $25 million peeping lawsuit. nbc's kristin dolgren has more. >> reporter: week one was full of dramatic moments, including erin andrews having to leave the courtroom as the jury watched that now infamous video taken by her stalker. monday morning, the jury could hear from both the stalker and andrews. the vid jury has seen the video of erin andrews naked in her hotel room. >> why don't we start with the first one. >> reporter: now in a much different late as she sues her stalker along with the nashville marriott for $75 million, claiming the hotel granted barrett's request for a room
right next to her, a claim marriott and the franchise hotel owner deny. barrett altered the peep hole to andrews room and recorded her getting dressed. >> a lot of her time is about her talking about what happened to her what her emotional reaction is, what her damage is and what her personal injuries have been. >> reporter: andrews expected to testify about her embarrassment after barrett posted the video. >> 600 million people conservatively viewed that video. >> she kept saying, everything i've worked for is done. >> reporter: her father already testified about the agony. >> she couldn't get through the day without fear and, um, anxiety. >> reporter: on monday, andrews' mother is also expected to take the stand, and the jury could hear from stalker michael
barrett in his taped deposition. barrett already pleaded guilty to stalking and shooting videos of andrews in at least three states. he served 30 months in prison. now barrett's deposition could reveal details about how he knew where andrews was staying and what role the hotel itself may have played. >> one of the questions for the jury is what should have been done and what did they not do. >> the hotel maintains that barrett went to extraordinary lengths to manipulate the system and that the convicted stalker is solely to blame. the defense expected to present its case later this week, guys. >> kristin dahlgren, thank you so much. >> dylan has a final check of your weather. >> it's warming up. bismarck north dakota hit 73 yesterday. that's the warmest it's ever been in february across the entire state. >> wow. >> they'll be back in the 40s today but still it was a good run yesterday. >> it was a win. >> farther to west, we've got this storm system making its way into the pacific northwest. some rain, heavy at times, right
along the coast, and some mountain snow. we will still see a couple inches of rain, then the area of low pressure develop also through the rockies. we'll see lighter snow in denver. that will continue to move through the plains. we could see a brief burst of snow up through chicago but it doesn't look like it will accumulate all that much, then we'll watch out for a chance of isolated stronger good sunday morning to you. beautiful skies over san francisco bay right now. and that's just what's to come as we head through the day. we'll lock at the temperatures later on this afternoon near 70 for the south bay today. the east bay at 69. near 70 degrees in the north bay today. we have warmer temperatures on the way. we'll talk more about that coming up at 7:00. and that's your latest forecast. >> all right, dylan, thanks. still to come, our sunday stories, from pets running for
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after having your dinner, i think i want to stick around a while and that really meant something to me. i never had an experience like that and it just let me know that what i'm doing is much more important than just food. in this heated presidential race, it often feels like the candidates are fighting like cats and dogs. it is fitting that there is a cat and also a dog running for president. >> i love how we're playing the nbc politics music. nbc's blake mccoy tells us, these candidates are very serious about their caucuses. >> reporter: she's an unlikely candidate for president. >> good girl. >> reporter: but this year, maybe that's not surprising. >> she kind of figures all the other candidates are dogs, so why not run a real one. >> reporter: lucy lou, 9 years old, a border collie from rabbit hash, kentucky. lucy holds elected office already, mayor, a position she literally bought. >> they charge you a dollar to
vote, you can vote as often as you want, we encourage drinking at the polls because people are more loose with their money. >> reporter: it started as a fund-raiser for their little town and since inflated lucy's ambiti ambition. she filed official paperwork with the federal election commission to swap this white house for an even bigger one. 100 miles away, lucy has some four legged competition. meet limberbutt mccubbins, a 6-year-old gray tabby from louisville, who also wants to be president. >> fill out a quick form and next thing you know, you're running a cat for president. >> reporter: what started as a joke between high school classmates has taken on a life of its own. >> he has wide appeal then? >> absolutely. he's an every man's cat. >> he wants to be the next washington fat cat. >> reporter: so how is a voter to decide? a pet presidential debate, of course. to my right, we have lucy lou, who is running as an indepawdent
and to my left, limberbutt mccubbins running as a democat. where do you stand on medical catnip? the ben carson low energy approach today. lucy lou, do you believe dogs and cats should be able to move freely between people's backyards or should we build walls to keep them out? okay, controversial response. thank you for that, lucy. let's hear it for the candidates. >> reporter: still undecided? don't fret. neither candidate will actually raise enough money for get enough signatures to be on the ballot. instead, their candidacies are ones with a cause. for limberbutt, it is getting more young people involved in politics. >> not too many 18-year-olds can say they ran something for president. >> reporter: for lucy lou, the money she raises will help restore the historic town she calls home. >> lucy's legacy will be that
she made people love rabbit hash as much as she does. >> reporter: candidates running on a pawsitive message. >> no fur was flying during that debate. very civilized. >> oh, my goodness. >> you thought there weren't any left. >> leave it to you to find one. >> the campaigns are in jest, as blake said, but for good causes. in fact, lucy lou's campaign is using its funds now more than ever to help rebuild the community's general store after a fire destroyed it earlier this month. >> the polls are open now. don't have to wait for election day. who would you vote for? lucy lou or limberbutt mccubbens. we'll find out why the cat is called limberbutt later. head to today.com to vote now. >> can we do a jeff rossen report? >> we want to know about the name. over to dialen ylan in the room with today's plaza fan. >> i'm joined by steven depet re, easier name, from staten
island, new york. i thought i was productive working this morning. what did you do so far today? >> i ran a fund-raiser race for ms to the top of the rock. >> top of the rock. 66 floors up. let's go. you just need some water here. >> yeah. >> right? i mean, good for you. and the proceed goes to ms. thank you for being here. still to come, sheinelle's grandparents give her a look back at their family history during black history month. >> but first, these messages. to the couple who set aside the whole day to sell their old car and buy a new one... oops. nana's got the kids til 9... but it's only 2. guess you'll just have to see a movie... ...then get some dinner. what a pity.
back now on a sunday morning as we continue our special series looking back, moving forward. when you think of black history month, you probably think of people in the history books like dr. martin luther king or rosa parks. >> sometimes it is the people you may not have heard of in smaller towns who are living history as sheinelle found out. >> yes, sometimes the trailblazers are in your blood line. these people behind me, these on the monitor these are people in my family tree. this week i talked with my oldest living relatives, my grandparents. more specifically, my 92-year-old grandfather dr. val brown sr. who for 45 years practiced medicine in my hometown of wichita, kansas.
for decades, he was one of a few african-american doctors in the city. >> reporter: it was 1949, truman was president, the first emmy awards were held, world heavyweight boxing champ joe louis retired. and in wichita, kansas, my grandfather opened his first medical practice. >> when i would go to the office, it was crammed full and you had to sit on the stool outside. >> reporter: my grandfather was one of the few african-american physicians in the town and in those days african-americans weren't readily admitted into hospitals so he did it all. >> everybody managed their own patients. dad even did tonsillectomies, he delivered babies. >> they call him on saturday or sunday and he would sit down on the bed and talk to them and hold their hand, pat them, for maybe an hour, whatever it took to calm them. >> at one time, blacks were not allowed to go to the hospital for extractions. we would pull teeth, full mouth
extractions, at home. i would give the general anesthesia. >> do you remember when things started to change? >> it was kind of gradual. i would talk to another doctor about something else, and he said, you know, colored folks can go to such and such a hospital now. and that's the way you found out about it. >> so it was never some big announcement, like this is what we're going to do? >> no, no, no. because once you announce it, then you admit it was going on before. >> what makes my grandfather's story so unique is not just that he was one of the only black doctors in town, or that his son later followed in his footsteps. but that they traced the paths of this man, dr. grant gratz brown, born in 1872. he was a county coroner, physician, and my grandfather's father. he died when my grandfather was a toddler. >> he was fantastically bright.
>> hepoke fluent spanish. so he had a large spanish practice. >> there was an article at his death that 1500 people attended. it also mentioned there were 50 white folks, so that obviously bespoke a lot for people to come into that neighborhood. >> most interesting thing was after he died, he had a notebook, a diary. i could follow his days at school. the things he wrote in the diary about problems that he had in class. >> somebody told me that when you were growing up they called you little doc. >> they was going to be sure i was a physician. so i wouldn't spread out and become something else. >> over the course of my grandfather's career, he cared for 8,000 patients. >> they called him a gentle
giant. you can go to walmart or some place and somebody will grab him and hug him, oh, my doctor, you delivered me. >> do you ever sit back and think, my father was a doctor, i'm a doctor, one of my sons is a doctor. >> i never felt it was i was a trailblazer. maybe other people did. it was just a trail, that's all. a trail that i enjoyed. >> if i had to come up with a takeaway for this segment, it is to remind us to talk to your loved ones and share stories. in addition to my great grandfather's diary from 1899, he wrote that while he was a medical school at howard, i found this postcard of all of the babies my great grandfather delivered in one year. look at this. and then i found this, this is a prescription he wrote for one of his patients, my great grandfather, it says cayenne pepper. almost like -- use real ingredients. but it just -- it was an amazing
experience to talk to my family and that's just, you know, my grandfather's side. my grandmother wrote our family history for all of the grandkids. it is one of those things where if you're watching, call your grandparents, call your parents, talk to each other, have a conversation. >> i love that story. i really do. >> and bring cameras if you're you. >> there you go. >> thanks for sharing that story that was great. still to come on "today," harry smith taking us inside a once abandoned bus station that is now a bustling restaurant. first, these messages. incredible bladder protection from always discreet that lets you move like you mean it now comes with an incredible promise. the always discreet double your money back guarantee. always discreet is for bladder leaks and it's drier than poise. try it. we're so confident you'll love it, we'll give you double your money back if you don't. incredible bladder protection. double your money back guarantee. that's always discreet.
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trip down south. >> i started reading about the gray, six months or so ago. somebody told me about the savannah bus station they turned into a restaurant. cool idea, right? that's just part of the story. mashima bailey has a way with food and it makes the gray one of the hottest new restaurants in the country. how would you describe the cuisine of the gray? >> it is southern soul food, european swirl. >> reporter: which means it is down home ingredients prepared by a highly trained and highly motivated chef. i can confirm the praise is warranted. >> i just want to make sure that i'm being honest with myself and being honest with the food that i'm cooking. >> reporter: reservations on the weekends can be hard to come by. people want to eat here, but they also want to see the gray. a newcomer bought the long abandoned bus station and didn't
really know what he was going to do with it. >> i told my wife, i think i'm going to put a restaurant in. she said, you've officially gone crazy. i started the design work the next day. >> reporter: an audacious makeover, part restoration and innovation leaving no doubt to what this has been. >> if we could salvage it in its form, we would. just to have the shape of the dog and the original greyhound is -- that's beyond. >> reporter: the past is present here. what was back here? >> so we're walking into what was known when the station opened as the colored waiting room. >> reporter: during jim crow, blacks were only allows in through the back door. >> everyone notices it, but me, you know? >> reporter: all of this may seem like an unlikely strategy for success. the old bus station, soul food
with style, savannah. >> to be a successful entrepreneur, i think one of the key strengths you need to have is complete and utter naivete, not recklessness, but naivete. >> reporter: the ability to believe that the grey can be more than good. >> great in a year. it takes time. like wisdom. >> reporter: you have to sit on the soul for a while. >> has to simmer. could be a flash in the pan. i want to prove we're not that. >> so go to grey. it looks so good. you get inside, and you say this is worth the trip. >> not a flash in the pan, huh? i love it. >> you were listening. >> i was listening and watching. harry, thanks. tune into "meet the press" this morning. chuck's guests donald trump, bernie sanders and ted cruz. >> speaking of presidential candidates, let's check in on the results of our pet election here. 55% for lucy lou. 45% for our favorite limberbutt
good sunday morning to you. it is 7:00. we want to start you off with a live look at san jose from our camera atop communications hill. thank you so much for waking up with us. i'm vicky nguyen. let's get a check on the microforecast with anthony slaughter. >> we have clouds streaming by this morning. we have a cold front to the north that will produce more cloud. even maybe some driz at the coastline this morning. once we get toward 11:00 or noon we'll see the clouds fade away. there's the cold front to the north producing showers this morning across places like eureka. for us here at home starting off a little gray i