ABC Evening News for Friday, May 13, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Map shown of military base closings & realignments.
(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The Pentagon recommendations that 33 major bases be closed featured; scenes shown from the historic Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut. [New London, Connecticut, city manager Richard BROWN- says southeastern Connecticut takes its identity from the submarine base.] [Barbershop owner Joe PARATELLA, Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN, Seacoast Shipyard Assn. Neil ROLDE; Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mayor Evelyn SIRRELL; North Dakota Senator Tim JOHNSON- react to the base closing plan.] The multi-billion dollar savings for taxpayers noted.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) GAO report on how many civilian jobs are recovered when bases close outlined on screen.
(San Francisco: Bill Redeker) The conversion of military bases for commercial projects featured; details given about what has happened in San Francisco since the closing of The Presidio base & Glenview, Illinois, following the shutdown of the naval air base; scenes shown from San Francisco of the buildings being refurbished, including the conversion of the hospital to production facilities for Star Wars director George Lucas & from Glenview, where the naval base has been developed. [Contractor Scott HIBBARD, Projects Village of Glenview director Don OWEN; Austin, Texas, former Mayor Kim WATSON- comment on the changes.]
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