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this morning, breaking news. the man who made a chilling 911 call telling authorities his entire family had been killed in their mobile home is now charged with eight counts of murder. we have the latest. labor day getaway. the summer comes to an end with holiday travel on the rise, even as the jobless rate hits its highest level in a generation. what do these mixed messages signal? the beatles, revolutionized music. rock banld revolutionized video games. now, they're coming together. what will this mean for the fab
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four's legacy. and it was five years ago today that we launched this broadcast. today, we look back at the ups and downs, the highs and ls today, we look back at the ups and downs, the highs and ls and everything between. captions paid for by abc, inc. good morning, america. >> good morning. it is saturday, september 5th. >> and happy labor day weekend to all of you out there. hope you're hitting the road safely this weekend. get a little break. and this marks the official -- or unofficial end of summer. >> right. >> so, we're taking a look at travel and labor numbers coming up. what was supposed to be a harmless presidential pep talk to the nation's schoolchildren, on tuesday, it ignited a fierce debate on lesson plans and political propaganda. the president's live address, as we say, tuesday. but some parents are pressuring schools not to show that speech to students. we'll talk to some of those parents. also this morning,america's
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first internet rehab program is open. they claim to be able to help patients unplug and detox. but the treatment comes at a steep price tag. we'll ask the program's dector how it all works. >> and we're going to introduce you to a man who is trying to change the way elephants are treated in captivity. because of their size, elephants are difficult to train and sometimes dangerous to their handlers. now, this trainer is trying to replace force with a little tlc. and it seems to be working. first, ron claiborne starts us off with the day's headlines. >> we begin with the arrest of a surprise suspect in the murder of eight people at a mobile home in georgia. the man under arrest is the person who called 911, to s he had found the bodies. more from abc's andrea canning. >> reporter: it was a frantic and heartbreaking 911 call, made by 22-year-old, guy heinze junior. >> my y whole family's dead. my dad. my ma'am and my uncle.
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>> reporter: but in a twist, police now believe it was heinze, who hurded his relatives at this georgia trailer park last weekend. >> two pieces of information came forward to us. we took those two pieces of information, compared it to the whole ofll the evidence collected, all week long. that led us to believe that guy heinze jr. is the responsible person. >> reporter: heinze said he discovered the eight bodies when he came home. and it appeared they had been beaten. he even pleaded for help. but just hours after officers arrived on the scene, heinze was charged with evidence tampering, lying to police and drug posssion. still, they didn't suspect him right away. friday, they finally had enough evidence to add eight counts of first-degree murder to the list of charges. police also wouldn't confirm that he acted alone. >> i can tell you i'm not ruling out any other suspects. >> reporter: the family spokesperson said he was floored by the news. but for now, the focus is on
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burying the dead at a joint family funeral thi afternoon. for "good morning america," andrea canning, abc news. a $100,000 reward is being offered for the arsonist who started the massive wildfire near los angeles. hundreds of firefighters honored to two l.a. county firefighters who died when their truck rolled down a steep mountain road. whoever started the blaze could be marge charged with murder. and 2,000 students at washington state university have come down with the h1n1 or swine flu during the first two weeks of classes. no students have been hospitalized. but officials are encouraging those who are sick to isolate themselves as much as possible. and the white house has issued a rare and harsh rebuke to israel for its plans for settlements in the west bank. the obama administration has called for a halt to building as a precursor to a middle east peace talks. and a federal appeals court
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has ruled that former attorney general john ashcroft can be sued by people who were detained as material witnesses after 9/11. the three-judge panel called the detention policy repugnant to the constitution. ashcroft said he should be immune from such lawsuits. finally, it was one real up and down day for one ohio firefighter. joe froelich made 100 skydives in a single day. first look at the headlines. back to bill and kate. raise awareness from the dangers of smoke inhalation. >> did he eat anything all day? >> we'll know tomorrow. >> it takes 15 minutes to get up. you take a little rest. go up. jump out. >> 100 times have been skydiving. >> do you jump? >> it was my old hobby. not anymore. >> he has a kid now. >> get a kid and suddenly, doesn't seem like a great idea. good morning, the two of you.
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big news, of course, we still are keeping an eye on the wildfires in los angeles. it's about 42% contained. 14000 acres have already burned. it's been burning for more than a week. it continues to be dry and hot, which, of course, does not help the firefightin efforts. for today, as you can see, it continues to be warm. 90s inland. 80 along the coast. that trend will change by tomorrow. just north of here in the pacific northwest, completely different story. low system moves in. temperatures in the 60s. gusty winds.
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thanks so much. more on your saturday outlook later on in the show. kate? >> okay, mary. t>>,llwe this lai weekend, there's more people out of work than in 25 years. the unemployment rate stands at 9.7%. but the pace of job loss is slowing down. that has some economists thinking we may be turning a corner. abc's financial correspondent, bianna golodryga is here with re. >> that's right. 216,000 jobs were lost in the month of august. it's another bad month for the workforce. but the job market if not getting better is getting less bad. nearly 15 million americans are out of work. and there's little relief in sight. here's what the white house is saying. that unemployment will get to around 10% and hover around 10% for another year. construction and manufacturing
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were the hardest hit. but look atai retrs they've cut substantial fewern previous. he.t's a good sign right this tells a story. the job losses peaked in january of this year. that's when more than 700,000 americans lost their jobs. but the losses have been steadily declining since. the ultimate goal is you go back to job creation. but economists see this has a good first sign that the economy is stopping that freefall we were in. that's cold comfort fb the people out of work. nearly 15 million americans are out of jobs right now. so, what do we need to look for before we see a complete turnaround? here's what the experts are saying, when employers are hiring temp workers, that's a good sign we see hiring resume they account for 70% of the economy. when they open up their wallets again, the rest of the economy will follow suit. we were talking about this yesterday morning. retailers saw their best month in august since last september. that's a good sign.
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>> small, little steps. thanks very much. another positive economic indicator, more people are planning to hit the road this holiday weekend. squeezing in a last-minute getaway before the end of summer. although, the last few holidays have seen a decline in travel. this labor day, people are choosing to go away again. john hendren joins us from arlington, virginia, with more on that. happy labor day, john. >> reporter: good morning, bill. vacation travel is one of the first things americans give up when times get tough. but this weekend's travel forecast suggest times are changing. as the economy slufred, americans skimped on holiday travel. >> the recessi is clearly taking a bite out of fourth of july travel. >> getting ready for a busy travel day. >> reporter: with the sluggish economy, fewer people are traveling this holiday. but something happened on the road to labor day weekend. holiday drivers, more at ease with the economy, are merging back on to the nation's roadways. this labor day weekend, the
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american automobile association says 39 million travelers will hit the road. >> there are some good news sign there's. >> that's more than last memorial day and the july fourth weekend, traditionally a much busier holiday. even though labor day falls late this year and many kids are already in school. this weekend's travel is still down 13% from last year. but it's expected to be the third-strongest labor day weekend this decade. >> this is good news that labor day is falling so late. and still, you're talking about almost 40 million people are traveling. >> reporter: economists point to rising stocks, rosier economic forecasts, a lower gas prices and a federal cash for clunkers program that put 700,000 new cars on the road. >> what do you want to do when you buy a new car? you want to get in it and drive somewhere. >> reporter: americans drove 10 billion fewer miles in the past year. but that figure bottomed out in march. and in june, was up 2% over the previous year.
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more spending on hotels, eads to restaurants, and even at retailers. >> you did have some americans who decided not to travel for memorial day or fourth of july. and they're looking at this as a last-minute getaway. >> reporter: that has millions of americans filling their tanks and saying, roadtrip. americans market their optimism by the mile. with more of us on the road, it's a sign that maybe we're turning a corner. >> okay. john hendren, thanks. let's go overseas to a place where a long history of bloody conflict. last month, 51 american service members were killed in deadliestmongst since thet the insion in lalate 2001. wi the warar in its eighth yea now, t the mounting death toll s me in w washingngn debating whether sendining in more troro disaster.tion or a ripe for here's abc's nick schifrin. > r reporter: this is therim reality of eight years of war. re a americansre coming home
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in caskets than erer bebefo. d the r is likel to b become eve deadly.. coanders arere onn t verge of rereestiting thousandsore troops toto fightincreaeasingly b securisituation. roadside bombs seen inin these taliban videos have increased four-t. ananthe taliban are moving into increalyeaful arareas. >> therere's aensese of urgency. time it on our side. >> reporter: but adding more troops does not necessarily cure the problem. cluchlist george will,ong an advocate for the war, recently called for a full withdrawal. that is a popular sentiment. the number of americans who want to reduce troops is almost double the number who want to increase them. >> the question is for how long? how much longer? >> reporter: afghanistan is called if graveyard of empires because no foreign force that's fought here has actually won. the u.s. commanders believe adding more troops will improve the security situation because of how the troops will be used. protecng the population, instead of hunting the taliban.
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>> where foreign forces have had a large footprint and failed, in no small part has been because the afghans concluded they were there for their own imperial interests. and not there for the interests of the afghan people. >> reporter: that's the opposite of what happened yesterday, when a u.s. air strike accidentally killed dozens of civilians. that kind of incident turns locals against the u.s., making the war more difficult to win. but it's not only afghans that need to be convinced. if americans have to put up with increased troop levels, they have to accept increasingly large risks. back in this country, many kids are already back in school. lots more headed back on tuesday. and that is the day president obama's set to give an online speech to the country's schoolchildren that's causing quite an uproar. abc's rachel martin has details. >> reporter: what s supposed to be nothing more than a presidential pep talk, is now
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being billed by some conserve 2i6 critics as presidential propaganda. >> he is not to sit in on this speech. and hs not going to sit there and write an essay. >> reporter: the firestorm started when the white house released suggested lesson plans to go along with the president's address to students. in them, the administration recommended that students write a letter about how they could, quote, help the president. >> when a president talked to students about the value of education, this shouldn't become a tool for the right wing. >> reporter: the white house has since amended those lesson plans. but it appears that some damage may have already been done. school districts in at least six states have said they will not air the president's address. some say it's just too hard to fit it in on the first day of school. but others knicksed the obama address because of pressure from parent ps ipt's not the first time a president hazarded the nation's students. only are ronald reagan did it in 1988. and some educators say the
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chance to hear a message from the president, any president, is the ultimate teachable moment. >> this is a golden opportunity for us to see and to show our kids how important education is that the president is taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to them directly. >> reporter: individual school districts will decide for themselves whether their students will hear that message live or recorded, or at all. rachel martin, abc news, washington. robert phillips is one of those concerned parents. and he joins us from atlanta this morning. robert, thanks for getting up. we appreciate your time. we understand you have three boys. one is a seventh grader. he's the one you're keeping out to avoid this speech. why? >> it's not so much about the speech as it was about the lesson plan that was dictad by the administration aides to the department of education. and that changed the tone from it being focused solely on education to being focused on doing what president obama says.
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now, whether you agree or disagree with what he says, it still shouldn't be something that children are steered in that direction for. i think it's great that the president wants to take an active role in education. certainly, steps need to be made to decrease the dropout rate. you know, promote the importance of a quality education. but again, it was the tone struck by those menu of activities. >> some of the other activities on the list, what do you think the president does? what would you do if you were president? what would you tell the country if you were giving a speech? it seems to be that sort of thing. and i wonder how different it is from a speech like this. take a listen. we messed up the tape. do we have jfk loaded up? let's try it one more time. >> ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your
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country. >> how is that sentiment from president kennedy's first inauguration different from saying, how can we as american kids, help our president? our country? et cetera. >> i don't believe that speech was made to a captive audience in the classroom. as well as having the teachers -- having the children write down, why is it important to do what the president says? why should you listen to him? should you be doing? what do your teachers need to do to help the president? it's that kind of tone that, frankly, makes me question whether the administration understands and respects the limitations of their power. you know, as far as i'm concerned, my children are offlimits. >> you're philosophically opposed regardless of the president? president reagan has done this. george w. bush read to clams. you're opposed to that, as well. it's not a political party thing? >> it's not a political partisan
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viewpoint. and i don't think the objectives are politically partisan-based. the concern is -- and i don't want to use indoctrination because that's been passed around. but you don't -- i don't think that it's helpful to children to be taught to unquestionly accept what the president tells them. if you get into th habit, you have to wonder where it goes. in addition, they want to back the language on the objectives. they said, okay. we will require you. take out the president obama thing. press secretary gibbs responds to concerns, dismisses them out of hand as being from silly season. and that struck me the wrong way, as well. >> okay. robert phillips, we appreciate your side of this. thanks, once again. >> it was a pleasure. thank you for having me. let's switch gears now. the beatles sang "can't buy m love." that might be true. but 40 years later, they're
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finding ways to make a lot of money. here's abc's miguel marquez. >> reporter: if you liked beatle mania one, you're going to love beatle mania two. the entire beatles catalog, 12 albums released between 1963 and 1970, digitally remastered to sound better than ever. but wait. there's more. on the same day as the albums' release, the beatles do the previously unthinkable, when their music and likeness to a video game. the beatles rockband. when you were growing up, you heard this music? >> yes. >> of course. >> reporter: and so, you love the muc? >> yes. >> i like it. >> reporter: but you like video games more? >> a little bit more. >> reporter: rockband, like its competition, guitar hero, is huge in the gaming world. this version will actually let you be the walrus. ♪ lucy in the sky with diamonds ♪ >> reporter: but the beatles have previously resisted such
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forays into new media. >> it's the deepest the beatles have allowed us to go into the music. so, it's a big deal. >> reporter: even the ad for the game, shows the band emerging into the modern age, literally. it was jus over 40 years ago, enwhhe picture for one of the beatles' mosten famous albums, "abbey ouroad," was snapped her. on this north london crosswalk. but with a video game, a show, and memorabilia out the wazoo, some old-school fans are wondering if the fab four are just getting fabulously wealthy. >> it's money, isn it? >> it's good money. it's a new revenue stream. it's a new revenue stream in an era w whehe othth renue streaeas ardedecrsing. it's a a genssidea. >> r repter: there's one thing th they can't do.
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buy beatles music on itunes or anywhere online. but if industry music rumors are to be believed, that may be changing, too. another beatles revolution. for "good morning america," miguel marquez, abc news, london. >> there would be no debate if the music wasn't>> really goll >> really good. and fun to play. we'll be right back. xxwywxwywxwywxxwypiwaawaçawas@wl
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this is a abc7 news update. >> good saturday morning, everyone. i am suzanne kennedy.
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d.c. police are on alert for a potential surge in crime. there will be increased patrols in the city with more officers on the street. traditionally, the labor day weekend tends to be one of the most violent in the disaster. we have a check on the forecast. warm this weekend but not too hot, and not too timid. 67 right now at reagan national, a lot of sunshine out there, baby-blue skies -- not too humid. the high temperature today of 87, mostly sunny. low 80's.
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♪ celebrate good times come on ♪ those were some good times. this is -- it's a little self-serving. we apologize up front. but it's been five years. we have to take a look back every once and a while, assess. >> fifth year anniversary. rocking out with college kids. and oh, and the competition. >> remember that? >> it's been fun. they said it couldn't be done, us staying on the air for five years. that's the first show. >> that's the very first show. >> man. >> i was laughing. but i was actuaually in a >> that's right. theyay that's a good omen, right?
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ke rain on your wedding day, right? >> that's right. good morning, america. i'm bill weir. this is kate snow. great to have you withth us. it's saturday, september 5th. we're looking at internet addiction. at one point does your enjoyment of surfing the web cross over into obsession? a dangerous addiction? this morning we look at the first live-in internet detox program. also, six-ton beasts, coming up. 11 feet tall. they've been tamed and trained by this man. he's trying some groundbreaking techniques. treating the giant animals with a gentle touch. >> we learn the same thing with ron. good morning, ron. >> good morning. >> kind and gentle works. >> it does work. good morning ain, bill and kate. good morning, everyone. police have made an arrest of guy heinze, who called 191 to
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report the death of his family members. he's being charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. he had been charged with evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession. and security guards working for a private contractor at the embassy in afghanistan, have been fired. their supervisors are being replaced. photos surfaced showing the gourds in various states of undress and drinking. and thousands of troops are patrolling the streets of a western chinese city, after five people died in protests, over a series of attacks with hypodermic needles. the police blamed the arrest between. that was back in july. and the obama administration says it will make public the names of people who visit the white house for business reasons. that's a reversal of a long-standing white house policy. but personal visits to the first family will still remain private. and shuttle astronauts have a spacewalk planned for later today, to prepare the international space station for arrival of a new module.
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this will be the third spacewalk of this mission. and finally, it was the march of the penguins at the milwaukee zoo. the birds are back on display after a four-month renovation of eir me. the hum bolt penguins are among the most popular exhibits at that zoo. that's a quick look at the headlines. now, to marysol with weather. >> thanks so much. beautiful day in the northeast. temperatures just above average. no humidity. great day to take advantage of labor day weekend. by contrast, the midwest, rainy, chilly. some places could see around two inches of rain, in and around the ozarks. florida, you'll see rain. my clicker is sleepy this morning. in the pacific northwest, it will continue to b currently, it is 53 in fairfax, 57 gaithersburg, 55, and the played at 63.
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highs thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by frosted miniwheats. kate? >> okay, marysol. we're obsessed this weekend with a story about obsession. addiction, actually. take a listen to 19-year-old ben alexander. >> i was aware that it was -- when it started to get out of hand. but i kept telling myself, oh, i can control it. and things like, oh, i can miss just one more class. and then, i'll stop. >> sounds like ben might be talking about drugs or alcohol. but he's actually talking about online video game, called world of warcraft. ben says it was his way out of depression. but it took over his life. and ben is in treatment now, at a first-its kind home for internet addicts. it's called restart. and dr. hillary cash joins us from seattle. good morning, doctor. >> good morning. >> you hear ben describe his
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adirection there. i have to say, when we started talking about this story yesterday, we were somewhat skeptical. people think, this isn't real. this internet addiction. how real is it? >> well, it's very real if you judge by the signs and symptoms of it. they look very much like the signs and symptoms of any other addiction, including gambling. people lose control of themselves. they can't stop. and they continue playing in spite of negative consequences. >> is it just gaming? or can it be e-mail, facebook? >> all that stuff that's tied in with the internet and with video games in general. operates on a principle called intermittent reinforcement, which is how gambling operates. and it keeps us very hooked. >> you have a center that comes with a pretty hefty price tag. $14,000 for treatment. what do you get for that money? what, exactly, do you do? >> it's 45 days. without access to the internet. so, during that time, the brain
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is allowed to what we call detox or really start getting wired back to normal. we offer a program which is teaching the people who come there the life skills that they are probably lacking in, in order to be successful in their adult lives. >> right. and are people going -- i'm trying to picture what would happen. do they go through withdrawal, like they would if you took them off of heroin? >> the body doesn't go through the same painful processes, when it does when it goes through chemicals. but the psychological experience is one of agitation, irritability, depression, restlessness, and some people report actual physical symptoms of nervousness, shakiness, upset stomach. >> we're looking at 19-year-old ben alexander, who is your first
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inpatient treatment there. as a parent, i wonder what the lesson is here. do you think -- what would be your message to parents? we should be cutting back our kids' use of video games and the internet? does that help or ds that hurt? >> the main thing that parents need to understand is that children's development, their normal, healthy development, is really not assisted by screen time. now, if parents will delay up until about age 7, their kids playing video games and getting on the internet, then those early, very critical years of development, can progress normally, with the kids being given a lot of interaction with parents and other children. being allowed to play imaginatively, with blocks and so forth. and then, after that, to just strictly limit time and content. >> just one last quick one, if i could. the $14,000 are the means to come see you, is there anything someone could do on their own to break a habit like this?
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to break an addiction? >> if people are able to do it, if they begin cutting back their screen time and really aim to play or spend time on the internet, no more than two hours a day. and i'm not talking about work-related things. i'm talking about personal time. >> that's a lot, though. two hours. >> two hours is a lot. but there is research that shows once you start spending more than two hours of time, over the course of a day, you're much more likely to get into an addiction. and show those signs and symptoms we're talking about. >> dr. hillary cash. very interesting. thanks so much. >> my pleasure. and we'll be right back. >> coming up on "good morning america," big love. how a lot of attention and a little tlc is changing the way humans interact with elephants in captivity. and happy anniversary. a look at some hits.misses. some mies. some of our favorite moments, as "gma" weekend celebrates five years on the air.choo
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big oil. special interests. washington lobbyists. compared to kids who missed out on breakfast. they've gotten their way for years, protecting record profits. that'why they're spending millions, to kill the clean energy bill. they don't want things to change. we need more renewable energy that's made in america... theyand works for america change. creating 1.7 million jobs. cutting carbon pollution. and reducing our dependance on foreign oil. let's get passed the old lies. tell congress to pass a clean energyill that works for america the elephant is the largest animal living on earth. some of them weigh more than a school bus. when you weigh less than a
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couple hundred pounds, how do you get them to do what you like? for years, elephant trainers have subscribed to the it's better to be feared than loved school. but there's been rethinking to that particular approach. and abc's stephanie sy explains. >> reporter: observe elephants in the wild, and you can imagine why the multiton beasts are very difficult to train, even in captivity. there have been dozens of incidents in recent years of elephant ace tacking their handlers, including at the pittsburgh zoo, where in 2002, an elephant crushed a trainer to death. >> you see it all over the media every now and again. elephants stop and they turn on the people that are working with them. so, there just has to be a different way. >> reporter: enter horse trainer, jesse peters, who dresses like a cowboy. but talks like a shrink. >> instead, we have to think like the elephants. we have to think like a horse. and we have to understand how their society interacts with each other. >> reporter: peters was brought
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into the pittsburgh zoo for a groundbreaking experiment. to use the famous perelli method of horse training on elephants. >> steady. >> it's been so amazing to see how the theory book, to know what we know about prey animals, almost translates straight over to the elephant world. >> reporter: horses and elephants, he says, have their own personalities, just like people. dominant, playful, easily spooked. derstanding different horse analogies and how they interact with humans, has been the key to training steeds, not with whips and rods. but with care and empathy. to start, the elephant handlers practice the techniques on horses, and even themselves. firm by not forceful prodding. body gestures and facial expressions were the trick. a determined look and some winger wiggling was all it look for links to obey my commands.
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there she goes. and the trainers took the skills they used with the horses and applied to the elephants. we have to work on their feet. we have to give them baths. they have to be able to tall rate. >> reporter: thiessen noticed that elephant maintenance became easier. >> very good. >> reporter: trainers who d been using old-school methods of fear and aggression, found the elephants were more responsive when they started band bonding with them. >> you're looking at the relationship first to and foremost. so, the relationship is more important than getting this task done. >> reporr: i even got to try my hand at it. as i approached victoria, a diva-ish 10-year-old, i remembered to stay calm, confident and loving. move up. >> you want him to stop, take a step forward. >> reporter: stop. look at that. >> look at you. >> reporter: look at that. unbelievable. a 4,000-pound animal, tamed by a
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tasty carrot, and a few kind words. for "good morning america," stephanie sy, pittsburgh, pennsylvania. >> i hope our bosses were watching that. we like to be treated the same way. with carrots. >> carrots, not sticks. coming up, we're five years old today. and we're going to celebrate a little bit. >> stiverybodybody. while i was building my friendships, my family, while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet, crestor does more than lower bad cholesterol, it raises good. crestor is also proven to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries. crestor isn't for everyone, like people with liver disease, or women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant. simple blood tests will check for liver problems.
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people always ask me, what time do you get up? >> uh-huh. >> and do you ever get used to it? >> 3:00 a.m. and no. >> no. five years today, we started this little weekend broadcast. and humorous now, as we look back.
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good morning. it is saturday -- >> good morning, bill and kate. >> good morning, everyone, at home. >> good morning, america. it is saturday, september 4th. welcome to our maiden broadcast of "good morning america" weekend. my colleague and co-anchor, kate snow, is right in the bull's eye of the storm this morning. and has the latest. good morning, kate. >> good morning, bill. >> imagine if you can, sunbathing on a beautiful resort beach, when a 20-foot wall of water comes out of the sea and washes away the entire resort. >> bill, we heard the bells tolling, as they do. >> it's been about 50 hours since the devastating terrorist attacks in this town. and the sidewalk memorials here continue to grow. sadly, the body count will follow. >> the man once called the butcher of baghdad, was executed. >> let's go to the big story of the day. the gulf coast. millions of americans bracing for the wrath of hurricane katrina.
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well, if you happen to be in new york, come to times square. we have hot dogs. celebrate our anniversary. stick ar this is an abc7 news update. >> good morning. it greather -- it is
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7:56. a nationals employee is recovering after being stabbed in the chest during a fight in a kitchen in the service tunnel on the lower level. he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. police are still searching for that suspect. and a reminder. if you plan on using metro, they closed three stations along the blue and yellow line, and they include pentagon city, crystal city, and reagan national airport. free shuttle bus service will be available all weekend long. adam is standing by. >> a little bit warmer. you will see an increase in the temperature. but, luckily, the humidity will be kept at bay. the winds will keep that in check. it will not be too hot. 67 right now at a rate, national -- at reagan national.
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we will see a lot of sunshine this afternoon with some added cloud cover by labor day. 65 in front royal, 62 in leesburg, mount airy is a warm spot at 71, and prince frederick is at 63. fair weather scattered clouds this afternoon. 87 is the high temperature, a little bit above our average. tonight, 60's downtown, 50's in the suburbs. highs are where they should be this time of year. there could bee could b
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