TODAY's Takeaway: New Studio 1A, Navy Yard shooting, Miss America responds to racism

Samantha Geimer hopes Polanski is "well," Miss America responds to racist tweets and the anchors pose for selfies. TODAY
Samantha Geimer hopes Polanski is "well," Miss America responds to racist tweets and the anchors pose for selfies.

1. Welcome to the new Studio 1A!

Along with a new host and new logo, TODAY introduced our new studio this morning – complete with a snazzy digital-meets-broadcast space, the Orange Room. 

What do you think of the new digs?

2. Tragedy in Washington: Navy Yard shooting rocks D.C.

Former naval petty officer Aaron Alexis sprayed an office building with bullets at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, killing at least 12 people in a rampage that paralyzed part of the nation’s capital, authorities said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. Tune in tomorrow on TODAY for the latest on this developing story.

3. While Savannah, Natalie, Al, Willie and Carson broadcast from the revamped studio Monday morning, Matt was live from Colorado, where floods have left more than 1,200 people unaccounted for.

Matt spoke with friends and family of Wesley Quinlan, a teen who jumped into the flood last week after his girlfriend, Wiyanna Nelson, was swept away. “They were my best friends,” said Emily Briggs, who was with Wesley and Wiyanna when the floods hit. “I feel like I watched them die.”

4. After three decades of silence, Samantha Geimer is speaking out. The woman who was at the center of sexual abuse charges against director Roman Polanski is now 50 and the mother of grown children.

“How do I feel about him? I hope he is well,” she told Savannah. "I was 13, that makes it rape. But I didn’t experience it that way.”

5. The crowning of the latest Miss America has generated a lot of hate on social media.

After she won over the crowd on Sunday night (thanks to a strong platform and fantastic Bollywood dance number), Twitter lit up with comments suggesting Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to win, was a foreigner or even a terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda.

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6. Let's face it: The world has gone crazy for the selfie (including Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and the pope). To celebrate the Orange Room’s debut, Carson Daly led an experiment: What if everyone took a selfie at the same time?

The result: #WorldwideSelfie trended nationwide (thanks, in part, to our anchors’ photography skills)!

7. Did you miss the TODAY Book Club meeting with first-time author Samantha Shannon? No problem! Catch up by watching Natalie interview "The Bone Season" author along with club members.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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