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TODAY's Takeaway: Samaritan empowers homeless man, Giada talks on-air slice

Nov. 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM ET

Bride recalls heartfelt wedding dance, Giada talks on-air slice and Patrick McConlogue offers expertise.
Bride recalls heartfelt wedding dance, Giada talks on-air slice and Patrick McConlogue offers expertise.

1. When software engineer Patrick McConlogue saw a homeless man on the street, he offered him a choice: $100 or lessons in writing computer code. Leo Grand chose the lessons, and his life immediately changed.

“You give a man a fish, you feed him for a day,’’ McConlogue told Savannah. “You teach a man to fish, and you watch him change the world."

Video: Software engineer Patrick McConlogue taught a 37-year-old man living on the streets how to write computer code, changing his life completely. Now Leo Grand is looking for a home, a job, and a place to present his custom-made carpooling app. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports and Grand and McConlogue visit TODAY.

2. Andrea Stocking, a bride whose father died from pancreatic cancer before her wedding, received a surprise during the father-daughter dance: Her brothers and grandfather danced in his honor. The video has (quite understandably) gone viral

“All of America apparently loves to watch me cry,” she told Natalie when she came on TODAY to talk about the video, shot two years ago — and drop some big news. 

Video: A bride, who lost her father before her wedding, received a special surprise during the father/daughter wedding dance: her brothers and grandfather sang and dance in his honor. Now, the video has gone viral and the family visits TODAY to talk about its impact.

3. The wife of an 85-year-old military veteran who was detained in North Korea last month spoke out in an emotional interview, expressing concern for his health

"One day is as hard as another,’’ Lee Newman told TODAY. “He just needs to be home, and we want him home for the holidays."

Video: Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran, is being detained in North Korea after taking a vacation trip there. His wife Lee hasn’t spoken with him in a month and says she and her family want him home for the holidays.

4. TODAY has highlighted the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for a decade now, and this morning Kerry Sanders joined some of the children who have benefited from its care in Memphis to celebrate 10 years of success.

Video: The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital celebrates a decade of finding cures and saving lives on TODAY.

5. Ouch! Giada De Laurentiis joined Tamron in the Orange Room to talk about her weekend mishap — slicing her finger live on air during a Food Network Thanksgiving special.

“I think everybody kind of freaked out,” a bandaged Giada told Tamron before offering up safety advice.

Video: After cutting her forefinger during a live cooking segment on the Food Network over the weekend, chef Giada De Laurentiis is in the Orange Room to help teach viewers how not to make the same mistake at home.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!