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Northeast / Blackout #735572

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 15, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The continuation of the blackout in the Northeast noted; satellite photo shown.

(New York: Carl Quintanilla) The impact of the biggest power failure in North American history featured; scenes shown of stranded airline passengers; details given about the passing of blame between the US & Canada. [Stranded PASSSENGER – comments.] [New York fire department John FILA†- comments on emergency calls.] [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG – comments on emergency personnel.] [Toronto, Canada, Mayor Mel LASTMAN†- suggests the US is dodging responsibility.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Animated map shown of the sequence of power shutdowns.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The theories on the cause of the power failure examined; details given about warnings about the archaic power grid and the impact of deregulation. [North American Electricity Reliability Council Michehl GENT†- says we know the event started in the Midwest; states we need mandatory, enforceable rules.] [Electric industry lobbyist William BRIER†- says the key issue is that the incident didn’t isolate itself.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Detroit: Mark Potter) The cascade effect of the power outage featured; scenes shown from Detroit, from Sandusky, Ohio, where people were stuck on amusement park rides, and from Cleveland, where there was a water crisis. [Detroit residents Betty LLOYD‡, Virginia OLLIE‡, airline PASSENGER, bride-to-be Nina ANGELOFF‡– comment on the inconveniences caused by the blackout.] [Cleveland Mayor Jane CAMPBELL†- says water becomes a health & safety issue very quickly.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Toronto: Peter Mansbridge) The power outage in Toronto, Ontario, in Canada featured; details given about the blame game between the US & Canada; scenes shown.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New York: Robert Bazell) The reactions of New York City residents to the blackout featured; photos shown of people trapped in a subway. [On the street, WOMAN, KID – comment.] [Documentary photographers Robbie & Robert BAILEY‡- comment on being trapped in a train.] [Tourist Tom HORNBUCKLE‡- comments on sleeping on the sidewalk.]

Williams, Brian;
Quintanilla, Carl;
Myers, Lisa;
Potter, Mark;
Mansbridge, Peter;
Bazell, Robert

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