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TODAY's Takeaway: Elizabeth Smart, Pinterest wedding, Spanx jeans

Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM ET

Today's top highlights: Elizabeth Smart talks to NBC special correspondent Meredith Vieira; Glen James, a homeless man from Boston, found and returned a backpack with more than $40,000 &worth of cash; New Spanx jeans are modeled.
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Today's top highlights: Elizabeth Smart talks to NBC special correspondent Meredith Vieira; Glen James, a homeless man from Boston, found and returned a backpack with more than $40,000 worth of cash; New Spanx jeans are modeled.

1. Ten years after a brutal nine-month kidnapping ordeal, Elizabeth Smart joined NBC special correspondent Meredith Vieira to revisit the chilling scene where she was held captive.

“There was a point that I stopped crying,’’ Smart says in a Meredith Vieira Special that will air at 10 p.m. EST Friday on NBC. “It’s not just because I didn’t feel pain any more, not because I didn’t feel sorrow. It was just to keep going. I mean, it just was to survive, to live.”

Video: Ten years ago, Elizabeth Smart was rescued after a 9-month kidnapping ordeal during which she was chained in the woods and repeatedly raped by her captors. She tells NBC News special correspondent Meredith Vieira that the experience “shattered” her.

2. One good turn deserves another: A homeless man who became a hero in his hometown of Boston after turning in a backpack full of $40,000 is benefiting from another good deed, one that he inspired.

“I noticed a lot of hundred-dollar bills, and I said ‘Oh my goodness, this has to get back to its rightful owner,’” Glen James recalled to NBC’s Kerry Sanders.

Now, an online campaign has raised more than $148,000 to repay James for his kindness!

Video: Glen James, a homeless man from Boston, found and returned a backpack with more than $40,000 worth of cash and traveler’s checks. A stranger from Virginia launched an online campaign to reward him, and people around the world donated $148,000. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

3. A dream come true? Spanx is now fused together with jeans! 

TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas takes a look at the shapewear's hotly anticipated skinny jeans, as well as some other slimming denim for fall:

Video: The shapewear retailer officially entered the denim market this past week with the launch of its first denim legging collection. The pants are slimming and curve-hugging, as TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas explains.

4. One man turned his girlfriend’s Pinterest dreams into reality.

Amanda Roman wasn't yet engaged when she created a page full of wedding ideas, but it turned out that her boyfriend was secretly paying as much attention to Pinterest as she was — and even created a surprise wedding for her based on her pins.

Video: Ryan Leak from Dallas snuck onto his girlfriend Amanda Roman’s Pinterest board, where she catalogued her dream wedding, to plan their real nuptials, including all the details: flowers, decorations, and even her dress. He proposed to her on a surprise trip and they married the same day.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!


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