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Northeast / Blackout / New York, New York / Connecticut / Cleveland, Ohio #735474

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 14, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) A blackout across the northeastern US and parts of Canada reported; map shown of affected major cities; scenes shown of pedestrian & vehicular traffic in New York City.

(New York: Jim Axelrod) The impact of the blackout on New York City featured; details given of the reassurance by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it was not caused by terrorism; scenes shown of traffic gridlocks in New York City and Cleveland. [New York City RESIDENTS – react; recall September 11.] [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG – says we have a plan to deal with this emergency.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The enormous region covered by the blackout noted.

(Studio: Anthony Mason) The effect of the power outage across the Northeast featured; details given of the blackout’s impact on major cities, air travel, the New York Stock Exchange, and telephone communication; scenes shown from New York City.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The reaction of federal government agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, to the blackout featured; scenes shown from New York City.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Columbus Circle, New York City: Mika Brzezinski) Travel problems caused by the power outage in New York City featured; details given about the shutdown of subways and jammed tunnels & bridges; scenes shown. [New York City RESIDENTS – react.] Concerns about looting & crowd control noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) President Bush’s trip to California noted.

(San Diego: Bill Plante) The White House reaction to the blackout featured; details given about Bush’s plan to attend a fund-raising event in San Diego and the establishment of Chief of Staff Andrew Card†† as the point of contact between Bush and his staff on the West Coast and officials in New York. The selection of Card because Vice President Dick Cheney is on vacation discussed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(New Haven, Connecticut: Pei-Sze Cheng) The effect of the blackout on commuters from New York City to New Haven, Connecticut, featured; scenes shown from Union Station in New Haven. The areas affected by power outages in Connecticut discussed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(New York: Jim Acosta) Reactions of people in New York City to the blackout featured; scenes shown from Times Square. [On the street, several PEOPLE – comment.]

(Studio: Dan Rather; Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The absence of both the president & vice president from Washington, DC, at this time discussed.

(Studio: Erin Moriarty) How New York City medical facilities are coping with the emergency featured. [Surgery patient’s daughter Sinovie ABRAMSON‡- comments on her mother’s surgery just before the blackout.] [Roosevelt Hospital EMPLOYEE – says there seems to be a plan in the hospital.] [MAN – comments on cooperation.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The combined coverage of the blackout from CBS Special Events and CBS Evening News noted.

(79th & Amsterdam intersection, New York City: Richard Schlesinger) The cooperation of private citizens in dealing with the situation in New York City featured; scenes shown of citizens directing traffic. [Teacher Kathy DINESON‡- talks about directing traffic.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) What is known so far about the power failure recapped; scenes shown from New York City.

(Cleveland, Ohio: Scott McFarland) Telephone report on the situation in Cleveland presented; details given about a potential water crisis and about people trapped on rides at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

(Studio: Dan Rather) The shutdown of nuclear power plants in New York & Ohio noted.

Rather, Dan;
Axelrod, Jim;
Mason, Anthony;
Attkisson, Sharyl;
Brzezinski, Mika;
Plante, Bill;
Cheng, Pei-Sze;
Acosta, Jim;
Moriarty, Erin;
Schlesinger, Richard;
McFarland, Scott

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