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Northeast / Blackout #735587

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 15, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The status of the power outages on Day 2 of the blackout reviewed.

(Columbus Circle, New York City: Jim Axelrod) The impact of the blackout in the Northeast featured; scenes shown of chaos at New York City airports, gas lines, and people sleeping on sidewalks; details given of the consequences for the economy. [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG – says we have a lot to be proud of.] [At La Guardia Airport, blackout victim Christie BROWN†; New York City cab driver Eric OFUSU‡; at bus station, victim Alecia CRUZ†; PEOPLE - comment on difficulties they are encountering due to the power outage.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Englewood, New Jersey: Jim Acosta) The problems caused by the lack of basic services featured; scenes shown from Cleveland, which suffered a water shortage, of gas lines in Detroit, and of damage caused by looters in Ottawa, Canada. [Cleveland Mayor Jane CAMPBELL†- says water becomes a health & safety issue very quickly.] [Detroit drivers Larry TOMYCHAL†, Shanda ALLEN†- comment.] [Ottawa police department Chief Vince BEVAN†- comments on looting incidents.] [Englewood, New Jersey, resident Linda ENGELBRECHT†- wonders why some people have electricity and others don’t.] [Cell phone user Jonathan COLLINS†- comments on the lack of cell phone service.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The facts & theories about the cause of the power failure examined; details given about the power industry’s rules, which are not mandatory. [North American Electricity Reliability Council Michehl GENT†- says we’re going to get to the truth.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(New York: Anthony Mason) Problems with the aging US power grid featured; details given about the inadequacy of transmission lines; animation shown to illustrate the cascading effect of power plant shutdowns. [Former Energy Secretary Bill RICHARDSON†- says we have a real crisis in our grid.] [Cambridge Energy Research Associates Hoff STAUFFER†- explains why transmission lines have not been upgraded.] [Energy industry consultant Carl DANNER†- says yeaterday’s blackout took 9 seconds.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Stock Market Report.

Rather, Dan;
Axelrod, Jim;
Acosta, Jim;
Attkisson, Sharyl;
Mason, Anthony

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