This program is 28 minutes long
(Rockefeller Plaza, New York: Brian Williams) The worst snowstorm in years bombarding the eastern US noted; map shown.
(New York: Rehema Ellis) The state of emergency caused by blizzard conditions in New York City featured; details given about the cost of cleaning up the snow; scenes shown of the snowed-in airports, stranded travelers, deep snow in the streets and a collapsed roof in Edison, New Jersey. [Airline PASSENGER, snow plow operator John SALCEDO, PEDESTRIAN – react to the snowfall.] [Accuweather meteorologist Dr. Joe SOBEL- talks about the storm.] [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG- says we’re over the budget.]
(Rockefeller Plaza, New York: Brian Williams) The scope of the storm noted; map shown.
(Washington: Bob Faw) The impact of the snowstorm featured; scenes shown of traffic accidents, stranded Amtrak passengers, the collapsed roof of the Baltimore railway museum and mudslides in Tennessee. [Three MOTORISTS, train PASSENGER – comment.] [WRC-TV meteorologist Bob RYAN- comments on the storm conditions.]
(Rockefeller Plaza, New York: Brian Williams) Hundreds of flight cancellations at major airports, creating a nationwide backlog, reported; live scenes shown from Boston.
(Rockefeller Plaza, New York: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Chicago: Jim Avila) A human stampede at a crowded Chicago nightclub in which people were crushed to death featured; details given about the fight that triggered the incident and about fire code violations; scenes shown of injured people. [Club patrons Tonita MATTHEWS, Antonio FERGUSON, DJ Vaughn WOODS- describe the scene.] [Chicago fire department Commissioner James JOYCE- says the owner knew he was not to open the second floor.] [Northwestern Memorial Hospital Dr. Chris BEACH- explains how crushing causes death.] [Victim’s RELATIVE – comments.]
(Doha, Qatar: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The American stance on Iraq after a weekend of anti-war protests explored; details given about dissent among European leaders even with their declaration that Iraq must disarm; scenes shown of demonstrations around the world and of a U-2 spy plane, which Iraq has conceded may assist with weapons inspections. [European Commission president Romano PRODI- says the whole society has taken part in the demonstrations.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – comments on sending a signal of strength.] Indecisiveness among US supporters at the U.N. after chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix’s progress report noted. [Foreign policy expert Michael O’HANLON- comments on the complexity of the issue.] [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN- says the administration needs to reassess how its conveys its message.]
(Doha, Qatar: Tom Brokaw) A meeting between Senators John Warner and Pat Roberts and the emir of Qatar reported.
(Doha, Qatar: Tom Brokaw) An in-depth look at the American military command & control center in Qatar presented; scenes shown. [US Army Brig. Gen. Dennis MORAN- says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein would be afraid if he saw this technology.] [US Marines Col. Tom BRIGHT- says going to war is a personal business.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(New York: Virginia Cha) The government crackdown on Medicare fraud examined; details given about the difficulties in recovering money from the “invisible crime”; examples of fraud cases cited. [“License to Steal” author Malcolm SPARROW- calls Medicare a big, fat, rich, slow-moving target.] [Health & Human Services Inspector General Janet REHNQUIST- says there will always be Medicare fraud.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) A tapering-off of the winter storm predicted; map shown.
(Doha, Qatar: Tom Brokaw) The correct pronunciation of “Qatar” discussed. [University of Qatar Dr. Hassan al-ANSARI- offers three correct variations.]