This program is 28 minutes long
Note:Local weather map & bulletin on screen from at 5:31 to the end of the broadcast
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A new bill before Congress that would keep women soldiers off the front lines noted. Note: local weather map on screen.
(Pentagon & Baghdad: Martha Raddatz) The issue of women in combat examined since 19,000 women are on duty in Iraq; casualty statistics cited; details given about the new legislation that would ban women from support units that would put them near combat. [Two female SOLDIERS - describe what happened in combat.] [Top SOLDIER- says there are no front lines here.] Statement from Representative Duncan Hunter on the bill & the response from Army vice chief of staff Richard Cody quoted. [Retired general ANALYST- outlines the impact the legislation would have on the service.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) ABCNews exclusive interview held with former Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison when the abuse of inmates occurred; abuse photos shown. [With Ted Koppel, KARPINSKI - says Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller gave them instructions on what abusive techniques to use; states it is convenient to blame her as a "disposable" reservist.] The full interview on "Nightline" noted. Note: local weather map on screen.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Insurgents' detonation of at least six car bombs in Iraq reported; scenes shown from the site of a bombing in Baghdad; casualty figures cited.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A third day of violent anti-American demonstrations in Afghanistan following a report the Koran was desecrated at the Guantanamo Bay prison reported; scenes shown from Kabul.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A final debate in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over President Bush's controversial nomination of John Bolton for the post of US Ambassador to the U.N. reported. [Senator George VOINOVICH- outlines the charges of arrogance & bullying against Bolton, who is the poster child for what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be.] Note: local weather map on screen.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The extraordinary criticism of Bolton by a fellow Republican & the likelihood the full Senate will confirm Bolton's nomination discussed.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The impending Pentagon announcement of the closing of more military bases noted; statistics on the country's 425 bases cited with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld quoted.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Announcement by the White House about its response to yesterday's security scare in which a small plane violated Washington, DC, air space reported; scenes shown of the plane on the ground & people evacuating buildings.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The closing of the Henry Hudson Highway in New York City when a retaining wall collapsed spilling debris on the road reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A closer look at a mass murder hate crime introduced. Note: local weather map on screen.
(Studio: Brian Ross) ABCNews investigation that found racial overtones to the July 2003 shooting at a Lockheed Martin aircraft plant in Meridian, Mississippi, presented; scenes shown of the plant where six workers were murdered by long-time employee Doug Williams, including all the bodies of slain victims; details given about documents in which plant workers had warned management of Williams' threats against blacks. [Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy SOLLIE- says he can't say it was racially motivated.] [Black worker Aaron HOPSON, black MAN- say Williams threatened to kill "niggers" on the "bad list."] Lockheed management's downplaying of any racial discrimination at the Mississippi plant noted.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Further coverage of the story on "Primetime Live" noted.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Retail sales figures cited.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Findings of an ABCNews/"USA Today"/Stanford University Medical Center poll on pain relief outlined on screen. Note: local weather map on screen.
(Washington: Lisa Stark) The search by scientists for the next great painkiller examined; diagrams shown; details given about the variety of research on drugs from the paralyzing puffer fish's toxin & the chili pepper & of efforts to improve old drugs like the addictive OxyContin. [Eli Lilly & Co. vice president of neuroscience discovery Dr. Darryle SCHOEPP- says we are trying to understand the pain pathways.] [WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. COO Donna SHUM- talks about the puffer fish toxin.] [Pain Therapeutics President/CEO Remi BARBIER- talks about pain medicine advances.] [Chronic pain patient Gwenn HERMAN- comments.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Tonight's premiere of the sixth Star Wars movie "Stars War Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" noted; statistics on merchandising cited. Note: local weather map on screen.
(New York: Dan Harris) The marketing forces of the Star Wars saga examined; scenes shown of examples of the host of products, many designed for kids as young as three. [ANALYST - says the Stars Wars toy brand has the biggest license toy brand of all times.] [At Toys R Us, KID, ADULT - ask for Star Wars stuff.] [Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Susan LINN- criticizes George Lucas for making a movie for young kids that they cannot see.]