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i guess moseby's right after all. he always is. captioning made possible by abc cable networks group captioned by the national captioning institute, inc. 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 for the coming economy? the beatles, revolutionized music. rockband revolutionized video games. now, they're coming together. but what will this latest hit mean for the fab four's legacy? and it was five years ago
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today that we launched this little broadcast. today, we look back at the ups and downs, the highs and lows today, we look back at the ups and downs, the highs and lows 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. a lot of people hitting the road. this morning, we're looking at how travel numbers may give us positive sides of the economy. and also, how labor numbers are looking these days. 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 one of those parents. also this morning, america's 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. $14,000. we'll ask the program's director how it all works.
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and when do you cross over from affection for the internet to addiction? >> actual problem. we're also going to introduce you to a guy who's trying to change the way elephants are treated in captivity. because they're so huge, elephants have always been kind of difficult to train. they're dangerous for their handlers. but this trainer is trying to replace force with tlc. seems to be working. and happy anniversary, partner. ron. it's been fun for five years. you're going to start us off with the news. >> that's right. >> good morning, everyone. 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 say 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 whole family's dead. my dad. my mom and my uncle. my cousins.
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>> reporter: but in a twist, police now believe it was heinze, who murdered 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 of all 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 that it appeared they had been beaten. he even pleaded for help. >> he's breathing. he's having trouble breathing. >> reporter: but just hours after officers arrived on the scene, heinze was charged with evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession. 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 burying the dead at a joint family funeral this afternoon. for "good morning america,"
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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. those deaths mean that whoever started the blaze could also be 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 school 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 of israel for its plans for expansion of settlements in the west bank. the obama administration has called for a halt to settlement building as a precursor to a middle east peace talks. and a federal appeals court has ruled that former attorney general john ashcroft can be sued by people who were detained as material witnesses after 9/11.
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the three-judge panel called the detention policy, quote, repugnant to the constitution. ashcroft had argued he should be immune from such lawsuits. finally, it was one real up and down day for one ohio firefighter. 100-consecutive skydives in a single day. he started at 7:00 in the morning and stopped at 8:00 at night. he's doing it for the awareness of dangers of smoke inhalation. >> he's a firefighter. >> as long as you get somebody to pack your chutes for you, why not? >> as spoken from a skydiver himself. >> not anymore. gave it up. >> exactly. good morning, the two of you. wildfires in los angeles. 42% contained. roughly 148,000 acres have burned. it's been very dry. it's been very windy. and that has not helped the firefighting efforts. i can tell you a little bit changes today. inland, along the california
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coast, temperatures in the 90s. along the coast, temperatures in the 80s. inland, temperatures in the 90s. humidity comes into play for tomorrow. for the north and the pacific northwest, a completely different story. a low system moves in. it will be rather chilly. heavy rain, gusty wind thanks so much. more on your saturday outlook later on in the show. kate? >> okay, mary. well, this labor day weekend, there's more people out
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of work than at any point in the last 25 years. the nation's unemployment rate stands at a staggering 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 more. good morning, bianna. >> good morning, kate. that's right. 216,000 jobs were lost in the month of august. but the job market is getting, if not better, at least less bad. nearly 15 million americans are out of work. and there's little relief in sight. the white house is predicting that unemployment will top 10% by year's end, and hover just below 10% for another year. the areas hardest-hit, construction, manufacturing. but if you look at retailers, they actually cut substantially less workers than they have in previous months. that's a sign of optimism. look at this graph right here. this tells a story. the job losses peaked in january of this year. that's when more than 700,000 americans lost their jobs.
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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 for 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 again. they account for 70% of the economy. so, when they start fully opening up their wallets, bill. the rest usually follows. a good sign came yesterday, when we got retail sales numbers from the last of august. >> slow, steady steps, bianna. that's good news. here's another positive 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.
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good morning, 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 slumped, americans skimped on holiday travel. >> the recession 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 travavining g th hidayay. 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 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
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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: in fact, if mileage driven by americans is viewed as its own economic indicator, it's on the rebound. 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. more driving eventually leads to more spending on hotels, 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, road trip. americans mark their optimism by the mile.
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and with more of us on the road, it's a sign that maybe we're turning a corner. kate? >> okay. john hendren, thanks. let's go overseas to a place with a long history of bloody conflict. last month, 51 american service members were killed in afghanistan, making august the deadliest month for u.s. forces there since the invasion in late 2001. with the war in its eighth year now, the mounting death toll has some in washington debating whether sending in more troops is a solution or a recipe for disaster. here's abc's nick schifrin. >> reporter: this is the grim reality of eight years of war. more americans are coming home in caskets than ever before. and the war is likely to become even more deadly. commanders are on the verge of requesting thousands more troops to fight increasingly bad security situation. roadside bombs, seen in these taliban videos, have increased four-times. and the taliban are moving into previously peaceful areas. >> there's a sense of urgency. time is not on our side. >> reporter: but adding more troops does not necessarily cure the problem.
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columnist george will, long an advocate for the war, recently called for a full withdrawal. and a severely reduced objective. 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? how many more troops? at what cost? >> 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 those troops will be used. protecting the population, instead of hunting the taliban. >> 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
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the war more difficult to win. but it's not only afghans that need to be convinced. if americans are going to put up with increased troop levels, they have to accept increasingly large risks. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. back in our money, now. 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. and that is causing quite an unexpected uproar for the white house. abc's rachel martin has details. >> reporter: what was supposed to be nothing more than a presidential pep talk, is now being billed by some conserve being billed by some conservative critics as presidential propaganda. >> i'm also going to send a letter that he is not to sit in on this speech. and he's 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
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recommended that students write a letter about how they could, quote, help the president. >> when a president talks 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 nixed the obama address because of pressure from parents. it's not the first time a president has addressed the nation's students. ronald reagan did it in 1988. and george h.w. bush in 1991. and some educators say the 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,
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washington. and robert phillips is one of those concerned parents. and he joins us from atlanta. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, bill. >> i understand in your son's school, they decided to make it a voluntary presentation on wednesday, a day later. but you're still holding your son out of school that day. why? >> we made that decision on secretary gibbs, robert gibbs' response to parental concerns that they were some symptom of silly season. it's apparent that the administration doesn't get the parental concern that they are overreaching on this. and again, it's not just about the speech. but also the objectives. and although they walked back some of the verbiage on that speech, they dismissed any parental xrconcerns. and that struck a discord with me.
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>> we showed how presidents reagan and h.w. bush spoke. dick gephardt was the top democrat in the house. and he said, i they should not be producing paid public advertising for the president. are you a republican, sir? >> no, sir. if i had to blake a political affiliation, it would have to be libertarian. >> okay. but i wonder if it's ever okay for a member of the highest -- the elected system we have here, is for the president to inspire the children. >> i think it's a great idea for the president o inspire the children. they should be engaged in education and increase its success for every student involved. there's psas. cameo appearance on "sesame street." it's a different issue, when you couple a presentation of a 15-minute or 20-minute speech, to a captive audience, followed
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with activities, not just concentrated on education goals. but supporting the president's message, whatever it may be. >> but it's optional in your particular school. they're not accountable. and the lesson plan were suggested questions. it's hardly -- you know, they're locking these kids in a room and trying to brainwash them. >> i think each person has to draw their own conclusion where presidential powers and influence is. and it doesn't seem this administration understands its limitations. you know, as far as i'm concerned, my kids are off those limits. >> okay. well, we appreciate you giving your side of that. robert phillips, thanks so much. >> i appreciate the time. take care. >> kate? let's switch gears now. the beatles, you know the song they sang, "money can't buy you love." it may be true. but 40 years later, they're 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
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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 they lend 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 music? >> 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 forays into new media. >> it's just very unusual. it's the deepest the beatles have allowed us to go into the
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music. so, it's a big deal. >> reporter: even the ad for the new game, shows the band emerging into the modern age, literally. it was just over 40 years ago, when the picture for one of the beatles' most famous albums, "abbey road," was snapped here. on this now famous north london crosswalk. but with a new box set, video game, a vegas show and high-end memorabilia out the wazoo, some d-d-hohoolol fans s are wowoerif the fab four are just getting fabulously wealthy. do you think they're selling out? just making money? >> probably, yeah. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. it's money, isn't it? >> it's good money. it's a new revenue stream. it's a new revenue stream in an era where other revenue streams are decreasing. it's kind of a genius idea. >> reporter: there's still one thing that they can't do. buy beatles music on itunes or anywhere online. but if industry music rumors are to be believed, that may be changing, too.
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♪ you say you want a revolution ♪ >> reporter: another beatles revolution. for "good morning america," miguel marquez, abc news, london. >> the whole debate would be moot if the music wasn't really great. >> couldn't it be both? couldn't it be that they're selling out and we still love to play rockband? you can have both, right? >> you can have both. you can. >> thank you. we'll be right back. coming up on "good morning america," web rehab. a new program promises to cure internet addiction. we'll talk to the director about its detox treatment. and hear from its very first patient. and the elephant whisperer. with a few carrots and a lot of love, this man charms and cajoles his way into the hearts of elephants.
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♪ celebrate good times come on ♪ oh, that's a winning shot. this is humorous. a little bit of five years in the making. we've been doing this for five years now, this saturday. some of our -- i don't know if it's our greatest hits. >> sure. they are. good times. you can't forget anniversaries. hasn't your spouse taught you anything? >> that's right. that's right. we had a good time. >> we've had a good run. and five years ago this morning, kate was down in florida for hurricane frances. mary was there, as well. >> look at your shaggy do. wow. >> boy, have i aged. >> we all have. >> little did we know what
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adventures would come our way, with the honor of being on this show. we want to share a few of those with you. thank you for watching us these years. and thank all those who support us. >> absolutely. good morning. i'm kate snow. this is bill weir. it's saturday, september 5th today. also, talking about something a little more service this morning. internet addiction. just the mention of it sparks debate. is it real? is it a real thing? do you know when you're hooked? we're going to look at the first live-in internet detox program. it is not cheap. $14,000 price tag. we'll talk to the person who runs it. >> that should be fascinating. also, 6-ton beasts, up to 11 foot tall. they've been trained with beatings. now, there's new elephant training going on. a kinder, gentler. we'll talk to some of the groundbreaking trainers coming up. first, ron claiborne has the headlines. good morning, ron.
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>> guy heinze jr. is being charged with 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. the embassy fired the guards for lewd conduct. 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. china ease police chief have blamed muslim uighurs. that was during unrest between uighurs and ethnic han chinese 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
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family will still remain private. and shuttle astronauts have a spacewalk planned for later today, to prepare the international space station for the arrival of a new module. 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 their home. the humbolt penguins are among the most popular exhibits at that zoo. penguins, not pigeons. that's a quick look at the headlines. oh, ron, we still love you. good morning, everyone. officially the last weekend of summer. temperatures just above average. not a lot of humidity. going to be beautiful. unfortunately, not the same story in the midwest. elsewhere in the nat
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thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by frosted mini-wheats. 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 an 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 co-founder, from hille cash, joins us now from seattle. good morning, doctor. >> good morning. >> you hear ben describe his addiction there. i have to say, when we started talking about this story
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yesterday, in our editorial meetings, 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. so, 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 addicted to e-mail? addicted to facebook? that sort of thing? >> 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? the way they would if you took them off of heroin? >> the body doesn't go through the same painful processes, that it goes through when it has to go detox from 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 inpatient treatment there. as a parent, i wonder what the lesson is here.
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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 does that hurt? >> the main thing that parents need to understand is that children's development, their normal, healthy development, is titily not assisted by screen 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? to break an addiction?
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>> 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. bubut there is research that shs 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. some misses. some of our favorite moments, as "gma" weekend celebrates five years on the air. just trying to look our best. eh, gonna take more than looks.
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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 multi-ton 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 into the pittsburgh zoo for a groundbreaking experiment.
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to use the famous parelli method of horse training on elephants. >> very good. steady. >> it's been so amazing to see how the theory book, between 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. understanding 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 but 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. there she goes.
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the trainers then 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 tolerate. move up. good. >> reporter: thiessen noticed that elephant maintenance became immediately easier. >> very good. >> reporter: trainers who had been using old-school methods of fear and aggression, found the elephants were more responsive when they started bonding with them. >> it's a different way to look at working with the animals. you're looking at the relationship first to and foremost. so, the relationship is more important than getting this task done. >> reporter: 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 her to stop, take a step forward. >> reporter: stop. look at that. >> look at you. >> reporter: look at that. >> look at you. >> reporter: unbelievable. a 4,000-pound animal, tamed by a tasty carrot, and a few kind words. for "good morning america,"
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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. >> stick around, everybody. 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 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. you should tell your doctor about other medicines you are taking,
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the promise of biomedical research and the maryland jobs it provides. it's not just the future, it's life. people always ask me, what time do you get up? >> uh-huh. >> and do you ever get used to it? and the answer -- >> 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 here 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. good morning to you, kate. and greetings here from baghdad.
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>> don't reference it at all. and in breaking news. >> you make it look very easy. >> oh, god. >> what do you think? >> who is the momma's boy? >> that's easy. >> nice acoustics. [ singing ] >> just keep going. ♪ a little ditty, about jack and diane ♪ >> don't take anything for granted. keep campaigning hard. >> i have such deep roots. and this is not something that is easily developed. >> come on. give us it now. ♪ once there was a way to get back homeward ♪ >> he's good. the boy's good. i love it. how does it feel? >> it's great. i'm going to wear it every weekend. >> how do you eat a burrito through one of these things? [ whistling ]
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