This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Bob Orr) The investigation into poison-laced letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama reviewed; threatening letter excerpt quoted. [BLOOMBERG - comments on continuing his gun control efforts.]
(Studio: Maurice DuBois; Dallas: John Miller) The danger from these letters and what might be expected next discussed.
(White House: Major Garret) President Obama’s plan to nominate James Comey, a counterterrorism official under former President George Bush, to replace Robert Mueller as FBI director featured; details given about his role in blocking efforts by White House chief of staff Andy Card and White House counsel Albert Gonzalez from bullying ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft into extending the warrantless wiretap program. [In 2007, COMEY – explains why he was prepared to resign over the power struggle between the White House and the Justice Department.] Comey’s involvement in the Martha Stewart and Lewis "Scooter" Libby cases noted.
(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The mass closing of public schools in Chicago due to the declining student population and the budget deficit featured; scenes shown from Courtenay elementary school; details given of concerns about safety in areas with gang activity. [Parents Sunny ATWOOD, Jeanette TAYLOR - react.] [Chicago Board of Education Andrea ZOPP- says we cannot continue to operate when we have too many schools for the number of students we have.] School closures in Philadelphia and Washington, DC noted.
(Studio: Maurice DuBois; Washington: Margaret Brennan) The setback for the administration with the announcement from the largest opposition group that it will not attend peace talks set up by the US and Russia and the plan for Ambassador Robert Ford to step down discussed.
(College Park, Maryland: Chip Reid) The job prospects for recent college graduates examined; findings of a survey on projected hiring and the rise in salaries for business majors vs. those in the humanities and social sciences cited. [University of Maryland graduate Khaldun TAIB- reacts to getting a job offer.] [Bond Beebe managing partner David DORSEY- notes students are talking to 10 or 12 firms.] [Student Karen VIDANGOS- comments on the need for internships.]
(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The spike in cases of valley fever, which is caused by soil fungus in California and Arizona, due in part to the drier, dustier conditions examined; statistics cited; details given about the deaths of prisoners in the San Joaquin Valley from the disease. [Wine maker Todd SCULLY- says he is in constant pain.] [Valley Fever Center director Dr. John GALGIANI- notes there are serious problems when the fungus stays in the lungs or moves to the brain, bones or skin.]
(New York: Jim Axelrod) A new documentary about the “Ghost Army” made up of artists, designers and audio technicians who used sights and sounds to dupe the Germans during World War II previewed; historical footage/photos shown; details given about the later artistic endeavors of veterans Jack Masey, Bill Blass and Arthur Singer. [MASEY - recounts working with inflatable tanks and vehicles in the “rubber army.”] [Film maker Rick BEYER- says you want to preserve that quirkiness so that people will understand the full range of World War II.]