TODAY's Takeaway: Anchors share dreams, girl steals bike (back)
1. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech, TODAY welcomed individuals who heard the legendary address firsthand to recount their emotional memories.
Edith Lee-Payne, who took a Greyhound bus with her mother from Detroit on that day in 1963 to celebrate her 12th birthday with King, remembered the experience this morning.
“It was so incredible to see so many people from all walks of life all standing together in unity,” she told Al on the National Mall. "So they'll have the same kind of hope that I have for what we’re facing in today’s society."
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2. When the manager of a small New Jersey store got a call that it had been broken into, he was surprised to see the supposed burglars actually paid for everything they took — tax included!
The honest shoppers, freshmen football players at William Paterson University, were rewarded with free merchandise by the store’s managers for their honesty, and spoke this morning about the incident.
“We thought it was a trick!” they laughed with Matt, Savannah and Tamron.
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3. Speaking of well-intentioned thieves: Meet Kayla Smith. She was devastated after her bike was stolen last week, and lost hope that she’d ever see it again — until she spotted it on Craigslist.
So, fittingly, she stole it back. Smith met the seller, took it for a “test drive” and rode away without looking back.
“I was feeling like an NFL player,” the Vancouver woman told TODAY. “Like, I just scored a touchdown! I was like, ‘Yeah!’”
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4. Health professionals debate whether or not healthy individuals should get genetic testing; some think it’s unnecessary while others believe it’s a strategy to help beat disease before it strikes.
NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who reports on the subject for TODAY, revealed a snapshot of her own genetic code this morning, inviting her parents, siblings and children to explore their family’s genes together.
5. We asked for your most adorable they-dress-themselves photos, and you delivered! TODAY.com readers sent in shots of their little ones in their own fashion creations, wellies, capes and tutus included. Consider our hearts melted.
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And that's TODAY's Takeaway!