TODAY's Takeaway: Viewers write #DearCongress, Bullock talks 'Gravity'
1. Do you have something to say to Congress about the government shutdown?
We asked that question this morning after a divided House failed to reach a resolution on a short-term funding measure, and viewers weighed in – en masse – using the hashtag #DearCongress.
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2. Gracie Johnson, 13, survived a Colo. rockslide that killed five hikers – including her father – because her dad threw himself into harm’s way to shield her.
“Her dad is a real hero,” Chaffee County sheriff deputy Nick Tolsma told TODAY this morning. “He saved her life.”
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3. As part of TODAY’s new Fact or Fiction series – which aims to help viewers hone their news judgment skills –Matt presented Natalie, Al and Sean Hayes with two different stories, and asked them to guess which was fact – and which was fiction.
Viewers and fans on the plaza joined the contestants in deciding whether Extreme Ironing or Upstart Academy was malarkey.
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4. Sandra Bullock stopped by the studio to talk about her latest flick, “Gravity,” in which she plays an astronaut stranded in space. When Matt asked about the grueling filming process, the star called it an "unnatural experience."
"It was actually the perfect setup for feeling lonely, feeling lost, feeling frustrated,” she told him. "Once you started using it, instead of fighting it all the time, it made it what it was."
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5. One mother is giving more than 1,700 sick children a reason to smile. Robyn Rosenberger crafts capes to give children with terminal illnesses a chance to feel special – to feel like superheroes.
“She doesn’t just deliver capes, she bolsters children,” one child’s mother told TODAY. “It’s Robyn that turns them into superheroes.”
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!