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TODAY's Takeaway: Anchors share dreams, girl steals bike (back)

Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM ET

On TODAY: Honest 'burglars' tell their tale, "I Have a Dream" turns 50 and a Vancouver girl steals her own bike.
On TODAY: Honest 'burglars' tell their tale, "I Have a Dream" turns 50 and a Vancouver girl steals her own bike.

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."

Video: The civil rights leader’s most iconic speech is turning 50 today, his poetic words marking a turning point in U.S. history. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

The TODAY team contributed their #DreamDay wishes, completing the statement "I have a dream that _________," as part of an NBC News initiative. Check out what they had to say.

Video: From quality education to equal pay for women and men, and politicians putting their differences aside, the TODAY anchors, along with Tony Robbins, Snoop Lion and Steve Harvey, share their wishes for Dream Day.

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.

Video: Football players Thomas James, Anthony Biondi, Kell’e Gallimore and Jelani Bruce of William Paterson University were surprised to find themselves in the news after they paid for items they took from a local store, not knowing the store was actually closed.

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!’”

Video: The police say it’s a bad idea, but it worked for one Vancouver woman, who found her stolen bike on Craigslist, met the man selling it, and rode away on her “test drive” without ever looking back. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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.

Video: Whether or not healthy individuals should use genetic testing has been somewhat controversial, but for others, running tests is a strategy to help beat the disease before it strikes. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

5. We asked for your most adorable they-dress-themselves photos, and you delivered! readers sent in shots of their little ones in their own fashion creations, wellies, capes and tutus included. Consider our hearts melted.

Three-year-old Joshua Latham of Red River, N.M., strikes a pose in a tuxedo T-shirt and wellies.
Rebecca Latham
Three-year-old Joshua Latham of Red River, N.M., strikes a pose in a tuxedo T-shirt and wellies.

Tomorrow on TODAY:Mike Tyson addresses comments he made that he's "on the verge of dying" due to his struggles with sobriety.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!