Midmorning With Aundrea - June 4, 2019

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Midmorning With Aundrea - June 4, 2019

Midmorning With Aundrea - June 4, 2019

Break away from your everyday with Aundrea Self!

Today, we take a look at a breakthrough in utero fetal surgery to repair spinal bifida.

And we meet a lady who claims she can talk with animals!

And this week marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied D-Day invasion at Normandy that turned the tide of World War II.

We visit a few veterans of the battle to hear their incredible stories.

>> i'll seal you from normandy a cycl it' recycle.

It's good for the environment.

But it's costing towns a lot of money.

We'll show you why.

And, we're on the road with one of our favorite storytellers, steve hartman.

Plus, veterans share their memories of d- day.

Midmorning starts right now.

Iis a it is an incredible surgery that happened when allee mullen was 20 weeks pregnant.

Doctors diagnosed her baby with spina bifida this in-utero surgery to repair the baby's spine-- comes with serious risks-- especially for the mom.

Mike clark reports.

Allee mullen takes care of critically ill boys and girls at upmc children's hospital.

Back in january the pregnant pediatric intensive care nurse was wheeled into the operating room at upmc magee women's hospital becoming the first patient in pittsburgh to undergo in utero fetal surgery to repair spinal bifida.

Dr. stephen emery/ fetal medicine specialist: "it's a devastating diagnosis.

Fetal medicine specialist dr. stephen emery from magee and pediatric neurosurgeon dr. stephanie green from children's hospital teamed up for this delicate surgery.

They told me many factors made ali the perfect first candidate including her health and where her baby was positioned.

Dr. stephen emery/ fetal medicine: "but i think the main factor fo allee is that she's, she's a nurse in the picu children's hospital and she takes care of these kids.

She knows what spinal bifida is."

With spinal bifida the baby's spinal cord and backbone don't close, exposing it to amniotic fluid and causing severe damage.

Dr. green says studies show babies operated on in the womb do better than waiting to have the corrective surgery after birth.

Dr. stephanie greene/ pediatric neuro-surgeon: "that can be the differenc between not walking and walking.

They had half the incidents of hydrocephalus or water on the brain that requires surgical treatment and they had improvement in a radiographic condition that can sometimes cause death in in infancy in these children."

Alle mullen /picu nurse: "if we were going to do this w might as well do it here in pittsburgh."

After considering the risks alle mullen /picu nurse: "there is a bright side to all o this."

Alle focused on what was best for her baby.

Alle mullen /picu nurse: "this was the best decision fo us.

We did a lot of talking and research and doctors and praying and family was praying and researching and everything and it just really was the best decision we could have made."

That trust brought joy.

Two months later allee's baby arrived kicking right away.

Dr. emery with the play by play.

Dr. stephen emery/ fetal medicine: "as i looked at her toes an she was she was pulling up her feet and flexing her toes which means that there is neurologic function there and that was a huge relief."

Alle mullen /picu nurse: "the first thing that came ou of his mouth is she's kicking her legs and we were all so excited."

The baby's back was completely healed and the neurological exam looked promising.

Dr. stephanie greene/ pediatric neuro-surgeon: "she had normal movement i her legs except she can't point her toes down quite all the way with one foot.

To be fair based on the anatomic level she shouldn't have had movement below her knees.

So that's fantastic."

Alle mullen /picu nurse: "it was awesome.

It was an then hearing dr. emery tell everyone who is in the or that day that they're part of history and they are."

A history making big sister aniston very happy and forever tying this little peanut and her family to their doctors.

Ali and kevin named their daughter emory green honoring the doctors they trusted.

Dr. stephen emery/ fetal medicine: "it's a real honor.

It's a leve of gratitude that they exhibit toward towards us that is just very profound, you know they named their daughter after us."

Dr. stephanie greene/ pediatric neuro-surgeon: "it's really emotional it's as dr emory said it's it's the highest honor i could imagine somebody giving me."

Alle mullen /picu nurse: "they've really made difference in our lives and i'm excited to see how many more lives they're going to make a difference to who.

I'm really excited i can't wait to see all the things that she's going to do and the lives that she's going to touch."

Recycling is good for the environment.

But all that paper and plastic isn't worth what it used to and that has cities and towns nationwide holding the bill.

Meg oliver reports.

"pizza box is fin -- pizza's no good."

"this is th number one problem -- plastic" "hula hoops ar not recyclable."

"dunkin donut cup not recyclable" "paint roller are not recyclable" "nothing abou this is recyclable" much of what people put in the recycling bin can't actually be recycled.

And that's become a costly problem.

Communities across the country used to make money on recycling but that changed when china stopped taking much of our paper, cardboard and plastic.

Now places like lowell, massachussets are paying to dispose of it for the first time.

"we could be o the hook for $500,000."

Crews in lowell are now checking bins and giving warnings or even tickets for violations.

"one will get ticket, one will get rejected, neither will be picked up."

Leaders in one florida community were also forced to make changes.

"the price o processing recyclables increased from $53 a ton to approximately $96 a ton."

Because of that&.

Sunrise city is now sending all its trash and recyclables to a waste energy plant&to be burned in a process that generates electricity.

Cities that still collect recycling pay more when consumers leave contaminated or non-recyclable items in the bin... because all of it has to be sorted in a facility like this one.

"we want t recycle clean and loose paper, cardboard, bottles and cans.

When in doubt, throw it out."

Tips that can save time... and money.

Meg oliver, cbs news, new york.

There is much, much more than football under those texas friday night lights.

Ifou'r if you're planning to fire up the grill for dinner tonight, here's a chance to pick up some pointers from texas high school students.

As mireya villarreal shows us, they're bringing bbq to a whole new level.

"what's texas brisket for us?

Student: "barbeque!

Me: "barbeque.

Chef mike erickson is using bar-b-q to teach some big life lessons& in this small texas town.

Me: "are we don developing flavors?

Student: no.

Me: no, because we still have to apply heat."

At burnet high school& students cook in a state-of-art kitchen, worth a quarter of a million dollars, to create what some would consider... the holy grail of texas grilling.

Mike: "these guy look great!"

"you don't hav to be the biggest kid.

You don't have to be the smartest kid.

You don't have to be the richest kid.

You can have an ugly drum smoker welded next door and you can go to the houston livestock rodeo or our state championship and win grand champion chicken.

And for some young people... that's a dream."

Everyone in here& is part of the under- dawgs& a high school varsity bar-b-que team that won the regional championship last year.

Mireya: "football is king we all know that about texas .

And so when you tell people you're a part of the barbeque team, what's the reaction you get?"

Eric: "i didn' even know, until caden told me, that we even had a bbq team until i joined..."

Brandon: "th reaction that i most often get is 'we have a barbeque team?'

In just three years, the number of varsity teams across texas has grown to 102.

Dishes like brisket, ribs and beans are judged on taste, texture and presentation... ... and the competition is as hot as their grills.

The team places eleventh at their annual statewide tournament after doing practice runs like this all year long.

Mireya on ribs: "this is reall good and yeah, really juicy" sativa : 'it's really good.

It's got a pretty smoke ring."

Mireya: "wha makes the perfect rib for you?"

/ sativa: i mean, flavor's big but the texture of it.

If it's like rubbery it's a big no."

Most of this team is made up of seniors planning to attend different colleges.

So... right now... they're savoring every moment together.

Mireya: is it just about barbeque or is it a little bit deeper than that?

Brandon: i enjoy our teamwork and the stuff that we do as a barbeque team.

// i get the same feel as with football.

The difference is it's more personal."

Mireya villarreal... cbs news... burnet, texas.

An perf in an imperfect world, steve hartman found someone with a passion for the perfect sentence.

You can put an exclamation point on that.

Here's tonight's "on the road.

Imagine you're out walking, shopping, or doing some other gerund, when out of nowhere& nat "this is my grammar table &a woman on the street prepositions you.

Nat ellen "over is preposition.

Under the table, under is a preposition."

What would you think?

Nat to kid "people must be ver impressed when you know this kind of stuff ."

You might think, whom is this crazy lady?

Who sees grammar as such an imperative - that she sets up a table just to talk about it?

Bite ellen "because i lov grammar so much.

Steve: you couldn't think of anything more interesting?

Ellen: but it's the anchor, like right now we're using words.

This wouldn't even be happening.

We'd just be looking at each other."

By day, ellen jovin runs a company - training people in business communications.

But her real passion is linguistics.

She has a huge library grammar and stylebooks - from arabic to zulu.

To share the knowledge - and have some fun - last year she began setting-up her grammar table around new york city, where she lives.

And it went so well, she is now taking the table to the collective noun that is america.

Nat ellen "it' been so much fun that i'm taking it on the road around the country."

We caught up with her here in new hope, pennsylvania - where ellen spent the day reminding people how to diagram sentences& nat ellen "i be you remember this."

&explaing when to use who and whom& nat ellen "whom and do you know why?"

&and counseling people on their comma addictions.

Nat ellen "ar you a comma user?

Man: yes, i am.

I probably overuse them.

Ellen: lately i've had a little more of an urge to leave them out, sometimes."

She even answered something i've always wondered about.

Does the period áhaveá to go inside the quotation mark - or can it go outside, sometimes?

Bite ellen "steve how about, 'the story steve did on the grammar lady was "interesting."

Where does the period go there?

Because i'm using 'interesting' in like an ironic way.

Ellen: yes, i understand that completely , but it always goes inside."

But ellen says her favorite part is settling grammar disputes between husbands and wives.

Nat ellen " resolve that, and i feel good about that."

She says it has been very enlightening.

Bite ellen "in m experience, usually if a couple comes up, usually the woman is right.

I mean, in my limited experience .

Steve: i'm grammarless right now."

She hung me out like a dangling modifier.

But you can't help but love her passion.

And a lot of people do appreciate her mission.

This guy at a red light just had to know, right then and there, do you always capitalize after a colon.

Nat ellen "if it' only a piece of a sentence, definitely no cap."

That made her day.

Nat as car drives off "bye.

One more convert, in ellen's ever- growing army of grammar defenders.

Nat ellen to girls "and the you will be intensely popular, because people love to be corrected on their grammar& ."

Next lesson - sarcasm.

Steve hartman, on the road, in new hope, pennsylvania.

When we come back - wish you could understand what your pet is thinking?

One woman says she in t chi in the childhood stories of dr. doolittle, he talked with ease to animals.

In california, alys martinez reports that one woman says - she can do the sxame.


Pet psychic lydia hiby is getting into lucy's mind...helping her communicate with her owner about her wants, needs and likes.

Lydia hiby/animal communicator 16:28:27 "everyon has the ability&" .

Hiby's been talking to animals for 34 years... lydia hiby/animal communicator 16:29:22 "peopl are skeptical but now its getting more and more accepted.

I can give people information that didn't know" most time people say i didn't know that" barbara cleveland /pet owner 16:24:49 "it wa very special and i could see where she had a wonderful feeling about lucy's feeling about the world."


After lucy, hiby moved on to lucas who told hiby to pass on some important information to owner barbara cleveland.

++ kathy o'connor/preside nt santa barbara equine assistance and evacuation team 17:27:20 "it amazing how accurate she is and how much she knows about our animals."


Part of the profits raised from the animal readings will benefit the santa barbara equine assistance and evacuation team--a local organization that takes in evacuated animals during disasters.

Is e of it is one of the most popular instruments in marching bands.

And it stands alone in the orchestra.

This week tuba players are in iowa to make beautiful music together.

Shannon moudy has the story.

Nat: tuba music kevin wass "gorgeous, gorgeous facility the voxman music building at the university of iowa.

The quality of the facility is what drew us here."

For the past week here at voxman -- beginners -- nat: tuba notes and experts -- kevin wass "my students from texas tec are here and they were getting off the bus and they said, 'oh my gosh, there goes steve mead!'

He's one of their idols."

Have been making beautiful music together.

Nat: tuba music kevin wass "these are world-clas artists from all around the world who've chosen to come here to iowa city."

The tuba and euphonium convention brings them together every other year.

It's the first time the international event -- has been in iowa.

Deanna swoboda "it's an opportunity t reconnect with your tuba euphonium family."

A family reunion -- deanna swoboda "it's a beautiful soundin instrument.

It's the bass voice of the brass family."

To celebrate a sound that often stands alone.

Kevin wass "there's only one tuba in symphony orchestra."

It may not be as popular as the violin or the piano -- but it's easy to see when beautiful music -- deanna swoboda "spread the passion and joy o music-making."

Nat: tuba music brings people together.

Shannon moudy, fox28 news.

Nat: final notes play a delaware woman who says she was severely beaten at a resort is telling her story in public for the first time.

We want to warn you, these pictures may be disturbing.

Tammy lawrence- daley says in january, she was attacked by a stranger inside the resort where she was staying in the dominican republic.

Dana jacobson has reported on travel safety for months.

Pkg script: it's very difficult, very difficult reliving.

Tammy lawrence- daley was on vacation with her husband at the majestic elegance resort in the dominican republic when she says she went downstairs alone one night in search of a snack.

I could hear footfalls behind me // and before i could turn around, he plowed into the back of me.

The man, tammy says, was wearing a resort uniform.

She tried to fight him off, but after he strangled her she lost consciousness.

When i came to it was to him beating me.

About the head.

Kicking me and beating me.

It was hours before people at the resort found her in an underground crawl space.

She was brought to the hospital with severe facial injuries.

After months of physical and emotional recovery she says she is finally sharing her story as a warning to others.

You just have a feeling of safety and a feeling of paradise, but this can happen, it has happened and it will happen again.

Dj: by a show of hands, have any of you felt uncomfortable or unsafe while traveling?

All: yes dj: have any of you had an issue with safety while traveling?

All: yes .

We recently sat down with jen ruiz, jeanmarie campbell and nneya richards, who are all frequent solo travelers for pleasure and work.

I've had times where i've put things up against the hotel door just so i would feel comfortable going to sleep at night in a hotel.

And it's not just at hotels and resorts.

I personally was attacked by an uber driver on the way to the airport in argentina.

Jen ruiz says while on vacation in argentina her driver pulled over on the side of the road, forced himself on her, and kissed her.

She never reported it.

I really had a sense of shame associated with it where i blamed myself.

Tammy says she's blamed herself too.

I just, if i didn't go down there by myself it wouldn't have happened.

I wouldn't have put my family through that.

Tammy's attacker has not been found.

She says the police investigation led nowhere and the hotel has not taken any responsibility for what happened.

I really hate how they handled everything.

Dj: should these companies be more accountable?

Jm: we sort of vote with our dollars.

Will we stay at that hotel?

Will we use one car service or another?

Nr: i think you're totally right about us voting with our dollar and holding these companies very much so accountable.

Dj: if these things keep happening traveling as women, how do we fix this?

Nr: i think we fix this, yeah, by sharing our stories, speaking out // so a lot of women can feel a lot safer.

Meriesf memories of dday from the soldiers is wk ma this week marks the 75th anniversary of d- day - the invasion that liberated europe and turned the tide of world war two.

More than 160- thousand troops stormed the beaches of normandy in 1944.

Mark phillips spoke with some veterans of that epic battle about their memories -- still vid after all these years.

Think of this as an early video blog.

Youtube, 1944 and soon we were down at the docks and there we found units of the hundred and first airborne division who were carrying everything that we could carry by hand, boarding landing craft.

The voice is jack lieb's, a world war two newsreel camerman.

When he wasn't filming some of the war's most important moments to be shown to movie audiences back home he was taking home movies with a personal camera to show family and friends.

8:28 and these are units of the 101st airborne division aboard our landing craft amusing themselves.

And i don't have to tell you who this man is imitating.

He was a notre dame football player at one time and i was told later on thwas killed in the action.

Any d-day anniversary is significant.

The one coming up this week -- the seventy-fifth -- may well be the last one which veterans of the landings can attend.

Returning veterans have always been part of these events.

Five years ago, charlie wilson came back to utah beach where he landed in his tank.

20;16;59;04 m: the point was not to stay here?

20;17;00;27 c: that's right.

Get off this dang old beach and get outa here.

And never look back.

He says he'd like to come back for this anniversary too, but at ninety-three now, his family says the trip would be to hard, even with his spirit.

I would still go back today cuz, any kids listening?, i could still kick butt if i had to.

This is the general area where i was.

Leslie cruise had parachuted into normandy the night of the invasion.

He came back last time to try to finally come to terms with the death of a comrade in arms who, leslie felt, had taken the shell meant for him.

So it is somewhat closure.

18;32;36;16 m: does it make you feel a little bit better about--close a chapter on... 18;32;39;15 c: yes.


The d-day landings were a major turning point in the war, but what these anniversaries prove is that at their heart, they are a collection of intensely personal stories.

Mp cbs news london..

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