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darr remembering elizabeth. family, friends and political figures pay tribute to the life of elizabeth edwards, who lost her six-year battle with cancer tuesday. the story of her final days and we'll hear from closest to her. angry democrats. left-wing members of his party threaten to rise up and block it. we'll ask a top white house adviser what happens now. breakdown. a cruise ship with more than 100 americans on board loses an engine on the way back from antarctica. we'll bring you the latest on the rescue efforts early this december morning, december 8th,
the rescue efforts early this december morning, december 8th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good wednesday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm harry smith. good morning, everybody. >> good to have you with us this morning. of course 24 hours ago we sat here at this desk and told you elizabeth edwards had stopped her cancer treatment. turned out she had much less time left than thin could have guessed. her three surviving children we're told were at her side as was her estranged husband. the family put out a statement saying we have lost the comfort of elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family. >> for more, now to cbs news correspondent elaine kiki in chapel hill, north carolina. good morning. >> good morning, harry. behind me is the edwards family home where elizabeth edwards surrounded by family and friends
eventually lost her battle with cancer tuesday morning. >> we're all going to die. and i pretty much know what i'm going to die of now. but, i do -- i do want to live as full and nominal a life as i can from this point on. >> elizabeth edwards endure ad brave battle with cancer for over six years n. her final interview in september, a candid edwards acknowledged the difficulties of her sickness and troubled marriage. >> everybody he's been through what i've been through in my marriage or through disease, have days they pull the covers right back up over their heads and stay put. >> reporter: her life brought measures of triumph and tragedy. she was a successful lawyer, activist and mother of four children but in 1996, the unthinkable happened, she lost her 16-year-old son, wade, in a car accident. then eight years later as her husband john's campaign for the
presidency ended, she learned she had stage three breast cancer. >> cancer doesn't care you have young children who need their mother. >> reporter: she fought the cancer into remission but in 2007 during her husband's run for president it returned. this time, it was not curable. >> it's important that the american people have the opportunity to have a president like him and i -- i can't deprive them of that. >> she stood by john even after the private agony and public humiliation learning of his affair with a campaign member inch i made a very serious mistake. >> reporter: when edwards publicly admitted he had fathered hunter's child last january she made the difficult decision to separate. >> you know, there were parts that really primarily pain but in the end, you know, you reach for the things that are going to give you comfort, the beautiful things, you know, your children, the people that you love. >> reporter: through all of her struggles, elizabeth chose to fight for those less fortunate. >> millions of americans living
without health care coverage. >> reporter: a fight the president acknowledged saying our country has benefited from the voice to the cause she gave to building a society. her life was marked by her resilience and in her novel titled that she made it clear her legacy will live on through her children. >> i do know when ther sdae older and telling their own children about their grandmother, they will be able to stay that she stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. >> reporter: elizabeth edwards was 61 years old. funeral arrangements are pending. harry? >> elaine quijano in chapel hill, north carolina, thank you. joining us two friends of the family, jennifer palmieri and glen bergen field. we thing that for you joining us this morning and please accept our condolences. jennifer, let me start with you. elizabeth, from everything we read was clearly in charge in these last weeks and days of her
life. >> uh-huh. >> what did she want most and what did she want others to get and understand? >> uh-huh. well, she really wanted to not just -- she wanted to leave behind a message to not just her family and friends and we were grateful to be able to have a lot of time with her the past few days but for the people that she had met along the way that had read her books and that's why she wanted to pog that message she did on her facebook page, even at the end of her life, to reassure people she still felt that living a life that was filled with hope and really believing in resilience gave meaning to her life and she said to me, i know that being resilient and helpful doesn't mean you're going to have more days. it doesn't. if you're fighting cancer. but, it does mean that the days you have are going to be better and, you know, she thought that was the challenge of life, to make the most of the days that you had.
and she felt very good about that. >> glenn, let me ask you, you were friends with edwards going all the way back to law school. what do you think elizabeth's most important trait was? >> well, i want -- one thing about what jennifer was just saying, one of the rchgs elizabeth did for all of us what sort of prepare us while she was going through what she was going through, the difficulties of preparing herself to die, she was getting us all ready, as well. i think we'd all been at the house the last few days and we've all been talking about exactly that, how it is she took that burden on herself and did it like everything else that she did in her life, without any complaint at all. >> jennifer, it is so interesting because it's clear, as we said at the beginning, she seemed to be in charge of all of this. we understand john was there. was she at peace with that? >> i mean, i can't speak for her about -- about their relationship. but, they, i guess i would say they were a fam heley and, you
know, they were separated but the family, with the children, stayed intact and they will remain a family and when a family put a statement out yesterday, they noted elizabeth, we don't have her physical presence anymore but she will always remain the heart of this family. >> glenn, just for a moment, if you could talk about her legacy. because she did mean an awful lot to a lot of people and one of the, things that jennifer was alluding to was just this whole notion that she wanted it understood she did not lose her battle with cancer. >> yes. and i think she didn't lose her battle with cancer. she didn't lose her battle with -- with all of the troubles that beset the rest of us. i think her legacy is exactly that, that you keep going and elizabeth seemed unafraid of anything i ever saw. i've known her since, as you were suggesting, since 1974, since the first week of law
school. and i just haven't seen her afraid. and she's faced into the most horrendous thing we can all think about, the loss of a child. and she's done it with grace and i've seen her many times where people have just come up to her and just put a head down on her shoulder crying and she manages to reassure that no matter what the difficulty is that one can go on. in this life. that's her legacy, as far as i'm concerned. >> glenn bergenfield and jennifer palmieri thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us this morning, appreciate it. >> sure. >> thank you. turning our attention to politics, president obama has issues this morning with fellow democrats threatening to scuttle his agreement to extend bush-era tax cuts. our senior white house correspondent bill plante has the very latest for us this morning from the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. democrats are furious. they think the president gave away the store. he says he had no choice.
in a news conference tuesday, the president said he agreed to the compromise because he didn't want the american people to be collateral damage in a political fight. >> i think it's tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers. unless the hostage gets harmed. then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. in this case, the hostage was the men people. and i was not willing to see them get harmed. >> reporter: the deal includes a two-year extension of the bush-era tax cuts for everyone, including the highest earners. it extends unemployment benefits for 13 months for the long-term jobless. and cuts everyone's social security tax by 2 percentage points for one year. republican leaders argue the compromise makes good economic sense. they point out that the deal extends several tax credits from the president's stimulus package, including the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit. >> i think the vast majority of my members will be supporting
it. >> reporter: liberal democrats and allies in the senate say president obama broke his pam contain promise to block any extension of the bush tax cuts for wealthy americans. following a spirited meeting late tuesday, liberal democrats expressed their outrage. >> i don't think that the president should count on democratic votes to get this deal passed. i mean, i think there are a lot of people who are concerned that it wasn't a very good deal and that more needs to get done. >> reporter: but, the president threw down a challenge to democrats who say that he has not done what he promised to do. >> take a tally. look at what i promised during the campaign. there's not a single thing that i've said that i would do that i have not either done or tried to do. and if i haven't gotten it done yet, i'm still trying to do it. >> reporter: bottom line, this deal probably won't pass unless the democrats get some changes. erica? >> bill plante at the white house this morning, thanks. also joining us this morning, david axelrod, senior adviser to the president g. to have you
with us this morning. we saw the president really on the offensive yesterday. as bill noted, a lot of concern this bill will, in fact, not pass and plenty of folks have come out noting their resistance to it. senator bernie sanders going to far to say he will do everything he can to block it. senator reid saying its a framework. what's on the agenda today to help get those passed and get those votes? >> well, look, erica, any compromise is, by definition, is going to have things that each side don't like. that was true here. the republicans fought -- the thing they valued the most were these tax cuts for the wealthiest americans and welty estates. the vast majority of the tax cuts in the package are aimed right at the middle-class. and here's the reality of the situation. if we don't act, on jan van 1st, taxes are going to go up by $3,000 on the typical family in this country. if we don't act, two million
people will lose their unemployment insurance as of the end of this month. that is just an unacceptable price to have a political standoff. no one can tell you, on our side of the aisle, that we had two votes on this to eliminate the tax cuts for the wealthy. we couldn't -- we couldn't pass that bill. and we're not going to have a better chance to do that after january 1st. so, we're looking at a long kind of political kabouki dance that would ultimately end in a compromise not nearly as good as this and meantime taxes would go up on people across this country thing people thrown off their unemployment insurance. that's just not a good idea. i think people will think about this and focus on the consequences of naks and we'll get something done. >> you're confident it will pass. a lot of things remain undone at this point especially in the waning days of a democratically controlled congress, don't ask,
don't tell, of course the s.t.a.r.t. treaty, any of those other things going to be tackled or even accomplished before there is this change of power? >> well, we certainly hope so. i don't think the american people sent their representatives and senators here to sit around these weeks. they want them to get the business of the country done. and those are important pieces of business, important for our national zurt. obviously, the tax cuts are important for our economy. just yesterday, by the way, economists across the board revised their predictions for economic growth and job creation upwards significantly based on this tax package and i their assumption it would pass and energize our economy. so, we've got a lot of work to do in the next few weeks and we expect them to move forward on all of these matters. >> a busy period before the holidays, david axelrod, thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> lots of news to get to this
morning. good morning, jeff. >> good morning to you. a cruise ship that broke down during a rough storm is limping home this morning. 160 people are on board the clea 2 returning to argentina yesterday when high seas knocked out an engine. our correspondent elizabeth palmer has more. >> reporter: the captain said nearly 160 trips to the antarctic peninsula, he had never seen such weather. it lost power and communications, after a 30-foot wave washed over the deck and took out windows on the bridge. none of the passengers, all of them american, were injured. the ship was sailing from the antarctic peninsula back to argentina through the drake passage, one of the roughest stretches of water in the world. this video was filmed from another ship, the national geographic explorer, which saw the snip distress and stopped to monitor the situation. crew members were able to rig a line to send a sat satellite phone over to the crippled ship.
the chilean navy is sailing to the rescue but reportedly still many hours away. meanwhile, the ship, on reduced engine power, is slowly making her way back to port. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. a hearing scheduled next week for wikileaks founder jaulian assange. he is held without bail in a british jail this morning. he's wanted in sweden to face sex crime allegations. the latest documents released by wikileaks shed more light on the controversial release of lockerbie bomber abdelbaset ali mohmed al megrahi. britain threatened enormous repercussions if he died in jail. another cable titled "david letterman" aelst of influence said satellite broadcasts of american shows like letterman are doing more to persuade saudi
lennon also said there was, quote, plenty of time to explore the things he wanted to do. 16 minutes past the hour. a moment of silence at 10:15 here in new york, the exact moment he died. >> strawberry field. >> dave price, good morning. >> good morning. the snow continues in places like buffalo, where your parents are located, just a bit of news. they have sold their home and moved into an ig low, their forwarding address coming your way. let's take a check. it just goes on and on and on but coming to an an end. winds still out of the north and west, today it should die down, good news but places like randolph, new york, 40 inches of snow. and again, just around syracuse, eve been seeing some snow for 90
plus hours. blowing snow continues, here are the totals for today. just keep that in mind, everyone. the southeast still chilly once again, a clipper system rolling really quickly places like jackson, you could see some snow flurries, maybe a flake or two hitting the ground and some showers heading closer to the gulf. meanwhile, out in the pacific northwest, this storm moving right now. four to eight inches above 4,000 feet. interior sections of the pacific northwest and rain right along the coast but this is going to be a stormmaker for the midwest and east coast through the
>> at 7:17 our first look at the weather. erica, harry mplts thanks, dave. >> still ahead the desperate search for a missioning virginia girl caught on surveillance tape as you see here with a man police believed kidnapped her and killed her mother. we'll have the very latest on the attempt to find them. also stores work hard to get you you to spend especially this time of year. we'll show you exactly what they do and how to beat them at their game. that's coming up on "the early show" on cbs.
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>> welcome back to "the early show," everybody. have you already bought too many christmas gifts? >> i have not bought a single one. i am in trouble. there is shopping in my future. >> you are in deep stuff. >> i know. >> there may be a reason for that. the reason you haven't gone to the store is because you know you're going to go and spend too much money. >> that's exactly it. >> well, the reason behind that is the stores have put this down to a science. they've got it down to a science. >> they are after me and my
money. >> coming up, susan koeppen will give you the five shopping secrets that will keep your money in your pocket, where you want it to be, as you go into the mall or the big department stores. >> that's also why i haven't gone shopping yet, waiting for the tips from her. also the peak flu season doesn't start until next month but health officials are warning are everyone should get a flu shot and there is still plenty of time for you to do that. dr. jennifer ashton is here to tell us why those shots are so important and, also, some important tips keeping your family healthy this winter. first, a desperate search under way for a 12-year-old virginia girl, missing since her mother was found dead in their home. jeff glor is joining us with the latest. the details on this story are chilling. >> indeed, erica. good morning once again. police are investigating the des of tina smith as a homicide and they believe smith's boyfriend has her daughter. police are searching for 12-year-old brittany mae smith missing five days now. her mother, 41-year-old tina
smith was found slain in her roanoke county home monday. smith's 32-year-old boyfriend, jeffrey easily is now suspected of taking brittany. they released the photo of the two leaving a walmart friday where easily used tina smith's credit card. his own family is now pleading for him to bring brittany back. >> if you would just take her somewhere and drop her off, call 911, or give me a call, come to the house, do whatever you need to do. we'll help you you work this out. >> reporter: easily and smith met online and authorities say he moved in with her in october. but an online exchange last friday between mother and daughter indicated some troubles at home. on brit me that's myspace page smith wrote it her daughter everything happens for a reason, britt. he responded, i love you, two, trust me, everything will work out an amber alert was issued monday. easily drives a 2005 silver
dodge neon. police say she may have left with him willingly hinting at some kind of relationship but warn she still may in danger. police should know the cause of her death later today. >> thanks. roanoke county police chief ray lavinder joins us this morning from roanoke, virginia. good to have you with us. what's the latest this morning, any further leads that may have come in overnight or given you a better indication where brittany may be? >> no, ma'am, we haven't received anything overnight that we feel would be helpful to us. >> we saw that walmart video. we see what appears to be vit brie in the video with jeffrey easily. do you believe they are, in fact, together? >> we really don't know at this time. it's been almost a week since we've had any -- any information that they have been together or been seen. and it gives us a great deal of
concern. but, at this point in time, i think we have to go on the theory that they're still together and they're still in that gray dodge. >> there's been speculation what the actual nature of their relationship is. is there any further information on them this morning? does that walmart video, did that show you anything in particular that gave you a clue as to their relationship? >> no, it didn't give us anything that would indicate any type of a relationship. >> is jeffrey easily a person of interest in the death of tina? >> we haven't really concentrated on that homicide. our main objective at this point is to find the 12-year-old girl and i think once we find her, that'll open a lot of doors for us. and we can concentrate on the homicide investigation. >> i know as part of your investigation to find brittany you've monitored social networks and put pleas out for information on myspace, twitter, facebook. are you learning anything from
some of those social networking sites, from some postings there? >> no, that's kind of a frustration for us. we haven't been able to get the cooperation from some of the social media centers like facebook and -- that we would like to have and we feel like there may be some helpful information there but we simply have not gotten the cooperation we would like at this time. >> as jeff mentioned there were online exchanges perhaps alluding to a difficult time between brittany and her mother, teen nachlt do we know, at all, what happened with the two of them, was there any strain on the relationship before brittany disappeared and her mother was found dead? >> we don't have any information that that relationship was strained. as far as we know, you know, the mother and daughter were doing some shopping or some errands together on friday morning. so, we really don't have any
positive information that anything like that was going on. >> what a tragic story and no matter how you look at it. we hope perhaps in seeing some of the information some people may come forward this morning who may have seen brittany. thanks for your time this morning. >> thank you. 36 minutes past the hour. up next, we are exposing five shopping secrets stores use to make you spend more money.
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consumers will spen an estimated $447 billion this holiday season. stores have figured out how to make you spend even more. "early show" consumer correspondents susan koeppen has a lesson in the secret science of shopping. good this morning. >> good morning, harry. the shoppers out there probably think they have shopping down to a science but stores really have it down to a science. they get you to buy stuff you didn't know you wanted to buy. i went out with an expert who showed me how stores get us to spend. from the music to the lights, when it comes to holiday shopping, department stores leave nothing to chance. >> when you walk into a store, nothing is by accident. >> nothing is by accidents at all. >> john long is an expert in the science of retail. he took me to bloomingdale's in new york city, where i learned how stores entice shoppers to spend. >> there is a lot of science behind what we buy and how we buy.
>> secret number one, appeal to the senses. this pot of boiling cinnamon is here for a reason. >> walking by, i smell the cinnamon and i think, you know, what i need to go by a pot. >> that's right. >> or a pan. >> that's right. >> or a baking dish. >> that's right. i need something for my kitchen. >> secret number two, one to show, one to go. when a retailer prewraps gifts for you. >> it means you'll be in and out of the store pretty quickly, your shopping experience will be a simple one. >> show and go can increase sales up to 50%. secret number three, the end cap, putting merchandise at the end of an aisle. >> it's a way of creating desire. >> pi putting these items out here, people are walking by, how much will that increase sales? >> typically, up to 50%. >> secret number 4, stack 'em high and watch 'em fly. creating a display of items from floor to ceiling. >> it does appeal to a customer, it does catch their eye. they wonder what's special about it. they want to look at it and immediately piques their
curiosity. >> it can increase sales from 50 to 100%. secret number five, the solution sale. putting a variety of items together that can increase sales more than 100%. so, if you walked into the store and you came in to buy a bowl, are you leaving with more than just the bowl, do you you think, if you see this display? >> most likely. that is really the idea, to create a very tempting and exciting display that gets consumers to think about buying additional pieces. >> tempting, tantalizing and making it easy, all the science really sells. >> merry christmas! >> and to keep from buying things you don't want, experts say write a list and stick to it and have a budget, don't spend more than you planned. harry? >> to show everyone at home while you are the great consumer advocate, you are not trainable. >> i was sucked in. as soon as i walked into bloomingdale's i saw things. >> four things you bought on
impulse buys. >> right. >> and why? >> so, we have this little make-up bag back here there. was a huge display of this make-up bag. it is actually a pretty pricey bag, a tori burch, i loved it and had to have it so. the gumballs, huge display of gumballs it looked so cute and colorful and who doesn't want gum, right? >> nobody i know. >> then i have this plate cookies for santa. this was a classic trick in the department store. it was in a display in the middle of the aisle. i walked by, saw it and the scarf looked warm and fuzzy and cozy. >> i think you neat it. >> it's for a man, do you want it? >> or maybe we can give it to dave. an impulse worth acting on. the flu season is coming up. is it too late to get a flu shot? we'll tell you. this is "the early show" on cbs. hey guys. sorry we're late. milk looks warm. finally got the whole gang together. maple brown sugar, strawberry delight, blueberry muffin.
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in this morning's healthwatch, getting your flu shot. you may not have known it, this is national influenza vaccination week. this year for the very first time health officials are urging nearly everyone to have a flu shot. dr. jennifer ashton is here to tell us, i didn't realize there was a national flu vaccination week until today. >> that's right. the flu season goes really through the end of march into april. it is not too late, really in the beginning of it. >> just in the start. that was my question, generally hear bit in the fall and everybody is freaking out and everybody has to dpet your shots and it was fairly quiet this year. >> right. >> but not a reason to avoid it. >> correct. this year the cdc recommended pretty much everyone over the aiks of six months old get vaccinated. the only difference, the qualification in the six months to nine years age group if it's the first time children are getting a flu shot they will need two doses separated by four weeks, everyone else, 9 and over can get one dose, the mist, the
injectable form, you can get it now. >> and there's plenty of it this year, we should point out. >> exactly. 160 million doses. >> only one dose this year. you don't need a separate h1n1. >> correct. what we see in terms of flu activity it's been quiet so far, luckily, erica, just high cases in the south, georgia, among school-aged children and a little in alabama but caution it is very early in the season t. takes two weeks to get the immune protection after you are vaks it that sod far too late tom get vaks it thatted. you can still get the protects. >> is there something different for people 65 and older. >> there is. it is four times stronger than the other dose. that's important for people 65 and older because their immune system can take a bit weaker, they take more of the flu antigen as we call it to get the protection. you can ask your doctor if you are 65 and over for that. >> you mentioned cases are popping up in georgia, last year
h1n1, a dominant strain. is there a dominant strain showing up. >> there is, this year the cdc, they track this weekly is seeing mostly h3n2, that's the strain, also strain b ever that type. but h1n1 in is still out there, good news it is in the vaccine. >> quick easy tips daily to protect ourselves. >> wash your hands cover your nose and mouth if kaufg and if you are sick or child is sick stay home, you are not doing yourself a favor or anyone else. >> thank you. we'll be right back with more. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. >> announcer: cbs healthwatch sponsored by campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. oe of vitamins, fiber, or minerals. and who brings you more natural colors than campbell's condensed soups? campbell's.® it's amazing what soup can do.™ i couldn't sleep right.
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>> that is good energy. >> yes, sir. >> chilly morning, great way to stay warm, come down to the plaza. jump up and down and scream. >> dress up like a -- >> a reindeer or christmas tree. >> something. looks good. >> anything else. we'll take all of them. welcome back to "the early show," everyone. a lot to get to this hour including more on the life of elizabeth edwards who, of course, lost her long battle with cancer yesterday. we'll be joined this hour by two friends that have known the family many years, both at the edwards home this week. they'll let us know how the family is getting along this
morning. >> also come willing up and on a much lighter note, we have more perfect presents for any budget, right? >> love this. >> we went from 100. >> yeah. >> to 50. >> 25 now? >> now at 25. $25 or less. you'll have to take our word for it, even though we can't show them to you just yet. >> the big reveal. >> we will open these boxes in a few minutes and you will be so pleased. >> so pleased that you'll want to buy every single one of them. first fe want to give you a check of the news. jeff glor standing by where it is nice and toasty. >> i will pay you good money if you can score me one of those ants ler hats. >> all right. we're on it. >> all right. will sthu that could be arranged. >> good. >> you have to wear it, though. >> i will, i will. the white house trying to win over democrats angry over the tax cut deal he made with republicans. vice president biden meeting with house democrats later today, house democratic leaders met last night frustrated by the agreement that extends tax
breaks for all americans. one lawmaker said he won't recommends it to colleagues and another called it a bad deal not skillfuly negotiated. >> i don't rng the president should count on democratic votes to get this deal passed. i mean, i think there are a lot of people concerned that it wasn't a very good deal and that more needs to get done. >> this morning, presidential adviser david axelrod told erica he thinks the deal will pass because there may not be a better one out there. >> we're looking at a long kind of political kabuki dance that would ultimatety end in compromise not nearly as good as this meantime and taxes could go up on people across this country and people would be thrown off their unemployment insurance. that's just not a good idea. >> the president says extending the fight might be good politics but bad for a the economy. a cruise ship with 160 people that broke down is limping home this morning. it was returning to argentina
yesterday when a storm clocked out an engine. the luxury cruise ship was caught in extremely high seas and winds of 55 miles an hour. you can see the video. the breakdown caused what's described as serious handling limitations. a nearby ship did offer some assistance. none of the passengers were injured and the navy of argentina says the situation is under control. dramatic details of a close call at boston's logan airport last month. jetblue flight 1264 in the upper left your screen just landed with 91 passengers the night before thanksgiving. it was to taxi left to its gate but by mistake it turned right. that put it dangerously close to a runway just as another jetblue flight in the lower portion of your screen moving toward the middle was speeding up, about to take off. a quick-thinking controller thankfully ordered flight 1264 to stop. >> jetblue, 1264 hold right there. jetblue 1264, hold, hold.
>> because the plane did not actually cross the runway, the faa does not consider it a renway enkurgs. more bitter cold weather across the northeast this morning and snow in randolph, new york, they have more than 40 inches of snow since sunday and it's still snowing. more lake-effect snow warnings have been issued in the northeast today. four minutes past the hour right now. back outside. not snowing right here but still not very warm outside. . price? >> no. no. but, jeff, that applause is for one of taun gnaw wanda's greatest sons making us proud today. ladies and gentlemen a survivor of years of lake-effect snow, jeff glor. how about a hand for him? [ cheering ] >> i don't know, jeff, hearty people up there in buffalo and taun wanda and cheekt waug gau and erie and areas in between up to watertown. good news, it is going to die off today. the winds will lessen.
keep in mind, still a breeze coming out of the north and west and calling for up to eight inches of snow in some areas, where, in some locations, in that region, you've already received 40 inches of snow in the past several days. ohhh! let's widen the picture and travel around the rest of the country, we'll go to the great lakes and journey downward towards the gulf. you will see chilly weather once again today, temperatures in the 20s and 40s, as you head down to south florida, you are going to top it off in the 60s, a clipper system is going to roll on through bringing showers to places right around new orleans and maybe snow to areas north of there. i'm just talking about snowflakes for the most part. we've got a storm system in the pacific northwest that's going to be a snowmaker as it works its way across the country. more on that in just a little while. in the meantime, that's a look
>> announcer: this weather report sponsored by macyeast. >> from perth, australia, it is very much summer right now. that's a quick look at your weather picture. erica? >>. >> thanks. just ahead more on the life and legacy of elizabeth edwards. we'll be joined by two of the family's long-time friends. this is "the early show" on cbs. q
joining us this morning from chapel hill, north carolina two close family friends who visited the home this week. good to both of you this morning and our condolences. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> ellis, i want to begin with you, actually in kindergarten, i understand with wade, the edwards' son who tragically died at age 16 yet you maintained a very close bond with both mr. and mrs. edwards. tell usz what was that like about you and what did you notice why it was responsibility for elizabeth edwards to stay close to her son's friends? >> it was extremely important. their house was the place that we all went to growing up. we hung out there.
and there was a lot of interaction with both john and elizabeth. but, elizabeth was always there and loved to engage in conversation and so when wade passed, that important piece of guys just showing up at the house, walking through the unlocked door and just simply hanging out was a piece that she never wanted to let go of. and we didn't, either. and so, one great thing that was established is that after wade passed, every thursday night there, would be a pizza party over there with the guys and the girls that had hung out there before, just to be with john and elizabeth. and that was something that everyone really cherished and i know for me personally, when i went away to college, every time i came back into town, that would be on the to-do list, to go by there and see her. and that relationship lasted all the way up, you know, through yesterday. >> you paid such a beautiful
picture of this warm, welcoming household. christina, there were, as i understand it, a fair amount of people in and out over the past few days there to provide some comfort, some support. what was the feeling like within the hoemg this week as people were coming to say good-bye and to say thank you? >> i think it's sad for all of us because there will never be another elizabeth and we all miss her. but, she's been working for a long time to sort of prepare the children, especially, but to help prepare all of us. and, you know, there's been -- there's been good spirits as people share memories of elizabeth and there are a lot of memories of elizabeth and share stories. and she was, she was who she is when you see her on television, when people have met her, she was a character. she was smart and engaging and funny and there are a lot of stories and we've all been sharing those and we took our strength from her. and so, we've all been grateful to get to share that together.
>> christina mentioned the preparation that has been going on for some time as we've known, for -- for the three surviving children, cate, emma claire and jack. ellis, how are they coping at this point, especially the two youngest? >> you know, i think that they're doing well, given the circumstances. what's really amazing, having been at the house these past few days, is that the strength that whether it starts at jack and emma claire and goes, you know, through cate and john and her brother and sister who were there, and all of us who were there, is that all of our strength really, the foundation of it, has come from elizabeth. and it's amazing to see somebody who is the one suffering and who passes as the one who has been the foundation of all of the strength and courage to kind of get help, you know, people get through these past couple of
days. >> christine -- >> but that was kind of her nurturing, you know, that was who elizabeth was. i mean, she was, of course, a second mother to all the guys growing up. but she had that kind of maternal nurturing instinct with everyone she came across with. i think that's why people across the country are really feeling this attachment with elizabeth and such a great loss, because a lot of folks out there had this attachment with her. >> and that does appear to be what her legacy will be. christine, anything else you would like to add? i know you traveled extensively with her on the trail during the campaigns and her cancer was often a focus of what people would talk to her about. >> that's true. and i remember talking to her about -- we had wonderful times and fun times on the bus and, but after events it was the only time i've ever seen her late was that she would stay until she talked to every last person who
wanted to talk to her. and i asked her once if that was hard because so many people wanted to talk about their own -- their own touches with cancer or family connections? and she said, how do i not do that? you know, if i can provide strength for someone else, then -- then i owe that to people who want to come talk to me and provide strength to me. and that's sort who have elizabeth was and -- and she -- she wanted to give that back to people. >> christine reynolds, ellis roberts thanks for being with us this morning and sharing your memoriess. >> thank you. >> yes, thank you. >> we'll be right back. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. ooh, a brainteaser. how can expedia now save me even more on my hotel? well, hotels know they can't fill every room every day. like this one. and this one.
all this week we've shown presents for every budget. showed you gifts at $100 or less and by friday wonderful tree gifts. this morning everything we have in these boxes is for $25 or less. an here to show us is elaine griffin, contributesing design editor for "better homes and gardens" magazine. better go to the newsstand and get that right now. good morning. how are you? >> good morning. >> i'm so excited to finds out what is underneath each one of these packages. >> we have seven fabulous gifts here, all under 25 buck sgls i'm
going to start with this one. and this is? >> for the man in your life. we've done research men actually prefer the sudsee to the until abouty. >> okay. this is beer? >> it's actually from samuel adams called infinium ale, very champagne-like. so, you can toast it. it comes in this great .750 mil meter bottle. top of the morning to you. >> that works. >> i like this. >> it doesn't taste anything like champagne but looks awfully good in that glass. >> it looks great. >> doesn't it. >> for once, i wouldn't mind drinking that. >> here we go. what's next. >> and for the kids in your life, i'm crazy about these. >> what is that? >> they are crayon rocks. >> how cool is that? >> they are soy-based rocks invented by a physical therapist and help you develop your grip
which helps you have prettier handwriting instead of like chicken scratch. it is $24 for 64. >> look at that. looks good, right? >> we'll sell that at chistie's when you die. >> here we go. >> next up. it's called a butterfly in a jar from jimmy and no butterflies were harmed. >> wait. >> -- in the making of this toy. >> is that -- is that -- is that -- that's not a real butterfly. >> no. we have four different varieties. you can find these at lowe's and they are battery operated. >> you push that and -- >> uh-huh. >> like in a mason jar with holes and everything? >> it's fabulous. i think my cats would like that, as well. >> here we go. are you ready? >> ready. >> okay. crockpots are fabulous but if you live in a tiny apartment or are single, who has space for an enormous crockpot on their
countertop? this is called the mini slow cooker from proctor silex, 15 bucks, what's not to like. >> that's pretty good, if you're single. >> i just got married. >> what's this? >> love this! this is for the man or woman who has everything. they are called haikubes, for haiku, like scrabble. >> so, after dinner? >> yeah. >> you scramble the words. >> you do. for 25 bucks from chroniclebucks.com do you remember the rules. >> seven syllables. >> moving right along whoimplts do you think you are talking to. are you ready? >> i am crazy about this. remember the '80s slap bam. >> yes. >> you put your nano ipod in it. >> see. and what happens? >> so, it's a watch and you've got your tunes. love this and it's 25 bucks from
given technologies. no relation dot com. >> last but not least. >> last but not least for the gardener in your life, it's a seven-in-one gardening tool from true temper, $15 at ma'am sonny.com. >> look at this thing. >> it does everything. >> wow. >> a blade on it. the whole thing is one foot exactly. >> exactly. >> right? it's a trowel. what we call this part is a trowel so that when you're planting your bulbs, you can dig deep in there and be able to place them in. >> fabulous. you can get the seeds, also, heirloom vegetable seeds from yankee harvest dot com. >> it could be the time of the year when you get those seed catalogs in the mail. >> exactly. >> we used to call that pornography for farmers. there you go. this is really good. i'm very, very impressed. thank you very much. we'll go back and try some of that beer again in a second.
man: the forecast -- plenty of sunshine through today with seasonable temperatures. we should reach our normal high by this afternoon. hey, ellen! what are you doing? not much -- just brewing up some dunkin' donuts coffee. want some? [ whoosh! ] i'd love some. one taste, and you'll understand. delicious dunkin' donuts coffee.
on the plaza this morning, including stolen headgear. very nice. >> borrowed. >> borrowed. i'm on borrowed time. >> looks good. >> you know, if this news thing doesn't work out for you, i think they can use a backup reindeer nimplts fronts of the sled. >> your nose is not red. that's rudolph's position. >> i could -- >> it took him years to get tlimplts maybe a dancer, or prancer. >> are or vixen. >> thank you, harry. >> the first baby-boomers about to hit 65, who vowed they would never grow old. coming up, we'll ask if puzzles
and brain teasers are, in fact, effective ways to keep our memories, of us of a certain age, fresh and sharp. >> i think so. my father-in-law, big dave loves sudoku. >> big d. >> sharp guy. >> we'll ask a scientist. >> also is it better to gift or regift? you have to tell if you regift? seems every year one present you don't like. what do you do with it? what if someone is a serial bad gifter, can you tell them just don't bother? all those answers this morning as well you actually have to buy presents for, even those you don't know well. i need this segment. i'm so challenged bit. >> my wife is all over this right now. >> really? i'm going to call her later. >> she is a professional christmas gifter. >> very good. >> also this morning we'll take the holiday party you normally go to and give it a twist. >> yes. >> katie lee is here this morning. she's going to be making avocado orange pomegranate salsa for
your holiday party and how about asian tuna meatballs. >> tuna and meatballs. >> you are kidding me? >> yummy. >> she says they are yummy. >> i'm in. >> first, though, dave has a final wednesday morning check of the weather this morning. good morning. >> do you need the antlers? >> no, i do want to let jeff know, after all these years, you are a chronic bad gift giver, i just want to give you that feedback, i want to -- and thank you very much. this is the best gift you've given me in years. >> it was nice of you to let all america know that. >> i think that's how you stem the tide. we'll find out in a while. >> you have to give it back to me to give it back to her. >> done. done. let's check the weather and see what's going on across the country. hello to everyone at operation christmas child dot com. [ cheering ] >> these kids are great. you can log on, choose a gift pack. this year 250,000 gifts are going to kids like in haiti, as well, who have never received a
christmas gift before. thank you for the work you do. and hello to my friends from westport, connecticut right here. >> good morning. >> nice to see you. bundled up? >> yes, we rimplts that's good. it will be cold. let's go to the maps right now and see what is happening across the country. cool air continuing to funnel into the north sdaest and lake-effect snow continuing to roll on through. another four to eight inches around the 'cuse, to the north and west. but that lake-effect machine is going to begin it die down today. cool air in the southeast, as well. another chilly day down there. and that should be a quick moving system and we're watching a storm system form in the pacific northwest a snowmaker heading into the weekend across a fair a. the country. that's a quick look at
[ cheering ] >> if you are going to be on tv, you need to square your shoulders. that's a quick look at your weather picture. harry, inside to you. >> we continue our senior moment series with our print partners at "usa today" looking ahead to next months when the first baby boomers turn 65. as we get older a popular way to keep our minds fresh, to do puzzles like crosswords or sudoku. newer willologist dr. allen mast zur rec is here to tell us how much these activities really help. good morning. >> good morning, harry. >> when we do a puzzle, when i do the "times" crossword, what's going on in my brain? >>s you said all of these puzzles do help to some degree
and we are estimating about 78 million of us baby-boomers are going to be entering the mid-60s by next year. this is a big problem we're going to have and all want to maintain memory. >> sure. >> puzzles, crossword puzzles playing cards doing various word games sue due co, are all very useful. >> in what way? simplts what happens the brain is what we call plastic can, change and mold even as we get older still the ability to learn new things. we call this nedz uroplasticity not of course made of plastic but changes in brain chemistry and size that come from from doing the new tests. puzzles are one way of doing that. way found in my practice i've done computer interactive games, computer interactive exercises where individuals will actually do it with the computer and the computer will adjust its abilities to your abilities. >> oh, okay. all right. you don't have to be intimidated, necessarily. on the other hand, while this may make us feel good, doesn't the most recent science suggest
it doesn't do any good whatsoever in trying to stave off the effects alzheimer's disease. >> like everything in the medical community there is always a debate. coffee is good one week, bad the next week and good again the following week. there is a plet remarks a whole group of research studies that have shown that brain training, cognitive training, is helpful in maintaining memory. now, the question is does it he prevent alzheimer's, that's really the question, that's being studied. my feeling is, if it helps, if you helps you in your day-to-day life maintaining brain function, it's got to be a no-brainer, a good thing. >> the other thing that comes out in all of these studies, though, while all of these kind of activities may be admirable in some way, probably advisable. the thing long term that keeps us sharpist our interpersonal relationships. >> correct. absolutely. i tell this to patients all the time if you don't have time to do the crossword or jumble or saw due co, you have to get out
and have lunch with your friends. have that social interaction. how many of us know hour parents, grandparents spending time in the house watching television, not interacting with one another. by the way, that's another reason why i'm using this computerized interactived game call cognifit -- it is useful because it interacts with the individual if he doesn't have the social network. >> the opportunity to get out and bimplsts different than a crossword puzzle, basically on paper. if the difficulty of the challenge of the exercise can be adjusted, then that is an interaction that you're having with the computer. obviously, a human interaction like we're having now is more preferable but if you can't that interaction is excellent. >> i feel smarter just having this conversation. appreciate it. thank you very much. for more on puzzles and brains and everything else you need to know before you turn 65, go to "usa today.com" or check out our website earlyshow.cbsnews.com
erica? prfk last christmas, i gave you my heart ♪ >> this morning in our holiday etiquette series finding the right gifts and dealing with those you don't want anyway. according to ebay 80% of the people who receive gifts don't like at least one of them and almost half either sell or re-gift those items. here with sage items -- >> good morning. >> i find this so stressful who do you give to, how much do you give, what do you spend, money or is it not. this is about et kwut, not about -- but faelg. >> etiquette is a word that scares people because it's french. i'm trying to understand what's wrong with etiquette, it's not a sexy -- like you are talking about the right fish fork and snobbism. it really isn't that at all but about making people feel good. >> obviously when you give someone a gift you want them to
like it and feel g. part of the problem is knowing who you have to give gifts too. who should be on our list this year, besides family and friends? >> besides family and friends, i -- i think that you have to tip or give a gift and i really shouldn't have said tip, to anybody who works with your kids. so, if your kid, for example, takes a school bus, it is nice to give the bus driver something. that would not be a job that you would want to have. kids screaming and -- so on. >> yeah. >> but that could be a cash tip. >> your tutor. >> or tutor. if they're helping your kid do better, a big gift. you know, i think if your kid is not doing so well and there's no help, then, you know, a gift is good. now, with a teacher, you're supposed to, some schools have philosophies nothing over $15 or everything should be and made or by the child. now, i have -- i have always hued to the rules there but, you know, sometimes i've gone to
school with my little home-made thingy and there are people with chanel bags pulling out the gifts. >> you can't compete with. >> as long as it comes from the heart, i would say -- >> exactly. >> do you give a gift to your boss? >> you have to be careful. you should give a gift to your boss if you like your boss, i think. when you gift up, a new term, you you don't want to give something so lavish, they think -- >> you're overpaid. >> exactly sxwloo and you said you shouldn't have mentioned "tip" before but there are people you tip. who is it better to give a tip to or cash gift, more like service people like your hairdresser or your babysitter? >> right. well, i think a babysitter is -- somebody who's in your house and, if you know them very well and you know that, you know, they need the money, maybe say here's a gift certificate or get yourself something that you like. or, you know, i know you need this. but, if it's somebody who you
know quite well who's like a hairdresser or who perhaps waxes parts or -- or, um -- you know, any of the people who touch you, i think a gift. >> an actual gift. >> also, don't forget, they know you very well. >> yes. >> don't are forget, you tell them things, you may not remember because the pain is so acute of the -- >> buy their affection. >> we have questions from viewers, actually, this one i think a lot of people can relate to about getting a gift you don't als like. which i think we might have. >> hi, my name is aman today. what i want to know how do you decide weather to gift someone a tip over the holidays or whether you give them a gift. >> you answered that question a little bit talking about people in your home, people who know you well. >> right. >> i think we had another question, i'm not sure if we have it cueed up from a viewer who wrote in asking what you do if someone every christmas she
says gets my husband and i clothes that are way too big for us. ho you do i tell them without being offensive. >> i don't think that's a toughy. i don't like confrontation at all i think you can call that in-law and say, mom, george and i just have been on diets and we've lost so much weight, you know, i think we're mediums, not extra larges, that's not talking about taste, just a matter of size. >> this will help you buy. >> quickly before -- >> taste is a -- >> before we let you go, you have three rules about regifting inventory so you know where it came from. >> so you don't re-gift the giver who gave you you the gift. that's recycling, too much, even al gore wouldn't do. >> that don't false advertise or pretend it is from somewhere it's not and you say be selective. >> if it's really an icky "noel" encrusted sweater. >> no one wants it. >> but it will keep somebody -- >> it will be good for your bad
re-gifting party. lisa, good to have you with us. >> thanks. >> as lisa told me earlier, always write a "thank you note ". >> always. how hard is that? >> announcer: this portion of "the early show" sponsored by big lots for. all your holiday shopping needs, think extreme value. think big lots. >> we tend to eat and drink a lot more this time of year so if you are throwing a holiday party, do yourself and friends a favor, serve something light. our katie lee is here with simple and flavorful holiday recipes. good morning. >> good morning, harry. >> what are we doing here. >> we always hear the same tips about holiday parties, you know, they say eat before you go to the party. >> drink water. >> all that. nobody listens. especially not me. i like mass quantities. i like to eat a lot, it's the holidays. instead we'll have all healthy food so we can eat as much as we want and our guests will never know the difference. >> i'm sitting here looking at a bowl of chips but i'm going to
guess maybe this is not just a bowl of chips. >> those are baked chips to go with our dip. we also have veggies to go with our dip. >> better off with veggies. >> this is an africa do pomegranate orange salsa. this is bright, fresh flavors of the season. we have a greek yogurt roasted red pepper dip. >> that is, good really, really good. >> glad you like it. a white bean and rosemary dip and i tookd a baked sweet potato and put it in the food processor. >> these are peppers. >> you didn't try that the beans. >> i'm not going to. >> put it on toasted multi-grain bag get and we have these cute crustinis, lots of pro taken and fiber that will help fill you up at the party. how do you like it? >> good, too. this whole section, very good.
>> bright and colorful. you don't feel you are missing anything, do you? >> very good section. what's next. >> next sue kuehne pinwheels. >> how did you make those. >> i used a manned o lin but decided to do that before. >> you mean that thing with that super-sharp blade. >> you can sloois your finger but use a knife. goat cheese and light cream cheese. i'll give this to you to start mixing. this is chopped frozen spinach drained nicely some. basil and some sundried tomatoes that really add a lot of flavor. >> a lot of flavor. >> garlic and a pinch of salt. >> yeah. >> so, that gets all mixed together and ends up looking like thamplsts so let's build one of these harry, move that bowl for me. >> all right. >> you take your sue kuehne and put a little bit of this spread on it, just like that. now you're going to roll it up. >> all right. >> so just start rolling. >> rolling. >> they become these cute little pinwheels. >> right. >> and they taste delicious,
they look very elegant and there's nothing in this that's bad for you. how do you like it? >> that's good, too. >> good. >> you would ever know it was low-fat? you get cheese and everything. >> so far, this may be your finest segment ever. >> asian tuna meatballs delicious really popular at parties but often laden with heavy sauces. i took fresh tuna put it in my food processor, you can see it gets the same consistency as grounds beef. egg, bread crumbs mix it all up, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce. >> right. >> ginger. >> liking it. >> are you liking that? >> what's that. >> this is some greated onion. >> okay. >> mixed altogether and make little meatballs like normally. roll it in sesame seeds just like this. >> okay. >> onto an oven sheet at 500 degrees for seven minutes. >> seven minutes. >> make these ahead of time and you can pop them in before.
>> these are done. >> these are done. >> i store it with store-bought mango chutney. yummy, nice and light. tell me if you like that. if i'll pass your test. he does like it? yes? okay. whatever, harry. >> i think they're good. >> i can't win them all. >> it's all right. >> cauliflower soup you have told me you are not into. >> not going to happen. >> i like to make it and serve it in espresso cups. >> very cute. >> that way, it's a lot easier. >> and crabcakes instead i do a crab salad, in an endive leaf and that way there's no fat and there's no extra bread. and then for drinks, make yourself a spritz zer so you can drink as much. >> a little club soda and white wine. >> there you go. way to go, dude. >> delicious. >> happy holidays. >> happy holidays and eat as much as you want. >> so good. >> i'll stick to the tu tuna meatballs. >> i'll have everything down there. katie lee, appreciate it. you can find these recipes on
♪ imagine there's no heaven ♪ it's easy >> central park a place near and dear to john lennon. 30 years ago tonight, that john lennon was murdered outside his apartment building here in new york city. he may be more popular now than he has ever been as a whole new generation is embracing lennon's genius. >> we asked chris carter to tell us why john lennon sgees life, death, and music still mean so much to so many. ♪ there are places i remember ♪ all my life ♪ though some have changed >> what we lost is the greatest
songwriter of our generation. ♪ all we are saying ♪ is give peace a chance >> john lennon affected more people in a short period of time than anybody else i can think of. his loss, i think, overall, it just -- it shook every member not only of the entertainment business but pop culture, society, everybody in america. ♪ imagine all the people >> this was just like, boom, out of nowhere. and that's why so many people, you know, went to the dakota and just grieved together and it was just this incredible sea of fans, young and old. ♪ let me take you down 'cause i'm going to strawberry fields ♪ >> i think about how -- how john would be today, so many things we never got to hear from john.
the possibilities were endless. you know, those were all taken from us. >> and i think the loss, you know, we'll never be able to -- i don't think you can ever get that back, that feeling that you got from listening to john's music. ♪ and the world will live as one ♪ >> the dakota, where he was murdered just outside busloads of people still come there every day just to come and take a photo, go to central park to the strawberry field. >> and "imagine" the "imagine" plaque in central park, it is true, every time you go by there it is packed. >> if you get a chance today, check out that interview, his last, the one with "rolling stone," the version was released some of the comments were extraordinary. what he says, what he kind of anticipates. >> and it was the interview done