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TODAY's Takeaway: Boy, 8, describes avalanche, Lena Dunham tees up 'SNL'

March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM ET

Phoenix Scoles-Coburn remembers being buried in snow, Mark Kelly teams up with his twin brother to help NASA and Lena Dunham's set to host "SNL."
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Phoenix Scoles-Coburn remembers being buried in snow, Mark Kelly teams up with his twin brother to help NASA and Lena Dunham gets set to host "SNL."

1. Last week Erin Scoles watched as an avalanche barreled into her Montana backyard, burying her two children. This morning she and her family told TODAY about the harrowing ordeal.

“I tried to lick and like, bite, my way out because I was too close together to get my hands out,” her 8-year-old son, Phoenix, told Matt.

Video: Mom Erin Scoles watched as an avalanche barreled into her Montana backyard, burying her two children. The family joins TODAY to reveal how they survived the harrowing incident.

2. “Girls” creator Lena Dunham is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, but she told Savannah one of her “SNL” dreams already came true. Last September the show parodied her HBO show in a sketch.

"It was one of the best things that's ever happened to me," she said.

Video: Actress Lena Dunham sits down with Savannah Guthrie to talk about hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, and about her character on her hit show “Girls.” Savannah pitches Dunham some ideas for cameos Savannah could make on “Girls.”

3. Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are helping NASA identify what could happen to humans on a mission to Mars in a unique study. This morning they told the TODAY anchors all about it:

Video: Mark and Scott Kelly, the only twins ever to have flown in space, are poised to make history again by participating in an important NASA study analyzing the effects of a year in space on the human body.

4. Musician Mike DelGuidice fronted a Billy Joel cover band for 15 years — until the real Piano Man asked him to join his band. He told TODAY he's always wanted to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll.

"That's a dream that starts when you're young and it never goes away," DelGuidice said.

Mike Delguidice of Big Shot speaks with Harry Smith on TODAY.
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Mike Delguidice of Big Shot speaks with Harry Smith on TODAY.

5. Happy birthday, Willard Scott! The TODAY legend turned the big 8-0 today, and the anchors blew him a birthday kiss from the plaza. To celebrate the milestone, TODAY.com picked eight things you should know about Willard.

Willard Scott poses as the first Ronald McDonald.
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Willard Scott poses as the first Ronald McDonald.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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