This program is 29 minutes long
(Pentagon: David Martin) President Bush’s plans to increase the size of the Army and Marines to handle the demands of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan featured; details given of the views of Marine Corps commandant James Conway and Army chief of staff Gen. Pete Schoomaker. [Voice of BUSH – says Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will give a recommendation on how to proceed.] [December 17, former Secretary of State Colin POWELL- says the active Army is about broken.] Where the additional troops will come from discussed.
(Baghdad: Randall Pinkston) The sabotaging of electricity in Baghdad by insurgents featured; map shown of cut transmission lines. [Iraq Reconstruction Special Inspector General Stuart BOWEN- says they are seeking to isolate Baghdad from the grid and introduce more chaos; notes the problems from attacks on the grid and threats to the repair team.]
(Washington: Bob Orr) The FDA’s call for tougher warning labels for over-the-counter painkiller drugs, including ibuprofen, acetaminophen†† and aspirin, examined; details given of the possible side effects. [University of North Carolina Dr. Paul WATKINS†- notes the dose that can relieve pain is close to the dose that can cause serious problems.] [Public Citizen Health Research Group Dr. Peter LURIE†- says it should have happened decades ago.]
(Studio: Katie Couric, Jon LaPook) How these drugs can cause fatalities and how to minimize the risks discussed.
(White House: Jim Axelrod) First Lady Laura Bush's treatment for skin cancer and her decision to keep it out of the press featured; scenes shown of her bandaged shin. [White House press secretary Tony SNOW†- says it’s no big deal.] [NYU School of Medicine Dr. Elizabeth HALE†- says there is a very low chance of any consequence from a squamous cell cancer.]
(Studio: Katie Couric, Jon LaPook) Squamous cell cancer and how to recognize skin cancer discussed.
(Hood River, Oregon: Jerry Bowen) The dwindling hopes for rescuing climbers Jerry Cooke and Brian Hall from Oregon’s Mt. Hood featured; scenes shown of rescuers on the mountain; details given about the pictures found on a camera near the body of dead climber Kelly James; map shown of the approach of a new winter storm. [Hood River County Sheriff Joe WAMPLER- says he is concerned about how long somebody can last out there.] [Sister Angela HALL- says our faith remains steadfast.]
(Boston: Sharyn Alfonsi) The shortage of schools for autistic children featured; details given about the New England Center for Children in Boston, which offers daily therapy; scenes shown of students, including Patrick Ruzzo. [Patrick’s parents Bob and Susan RUZZO- comment on Patrick’s progress and the system.] [New England Center for Children Vinnie STRULLY- says there are hundreds of parents begging them to take their child.]
(Dallas: Lee Cowan) Pageant owner Donald Trumps’ decision to give Tara Conner a second chance to retain her Miss USA crown after her party lifestyle was revealed featured. [TRUMP – says Tara is a good person.] [Talk show host David LETTERMAN- jokes.] [CONNER – cries.] [WOMAN – says everybody deserves a second chance.] [Pageant dress seller Dorothy NORCOTT- says sometimes a bad example is a good example.]