This program is 29 minutes long
(Baghdad: Randall Pinkston) The appeals court ruling upholding the death sentence for former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for his role in the Dujail executions featured; details given of the response from Amnesty International and Iraqi Shiites. [Saddam defense attorney Isam al-GHAZZAWI- predicts Saddam’s execution will ignite a full-scale war.] The White House reaction discussed; scenes shown of President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush arriving in Texas with their dog.
(Washington: Thalia Assuras) Senator Joseph Biden’s opposition to Bush’s consideration of a troop surge featured. [BIDEN – calls for putting pressure on the Iraqi government to end the sectarian violence.] Biden’s intention to run for president in 2008 noted.
(Los Angeles: Bill Whitaker) Retailers’ hopes for a post-Christmas recovery following the mediocre holiday shopping season featured; statistics on returns and Visa spending cited. [Glendale Galleria spokesperson Janet LaFEVRE- says we anticipate people will exchange something and use gift cards to upgrade to a better item.] [2 SHOPPERS - comment.] [National Retail Federation Scott KRUGMAN- says retailers are going to pull out all the stops.]
(New York: Michelle Miller) The increased risk of hip fractures from heartburn drugs, including Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, examined; details given of how acid reflux medications may block the absorption of calcium. [University of Pennsylvania Dr. Yu-Xiao YANG- cites study results for people over age 50; notes the increased risk of dying after a hip fracture.] [University of Virginia Medical Center Dr. David PEURA- says he will counsel patients to continue taking these medicines.]
(Cincinnati: Cynthia Bowers) The progress at Cincinnati’s Taft High School after Cincinnati Bell provided computer labs, internships, college scholarships and tutoring by Bell employees featured; statistics on graduation rates and attendance cited. [Student Upton DARDEN- recounts the problems when he started in 2001.] [Cincinnati Bell CEO Jack CASSIDY- says we had to do something.] [Student David DARDEN- says it’s a big encouragement.] [Principal Anthony SMITH- lists the secrets for the school’s success.]
(Studio: Russ Mitchell) Figures on Cincinnati Bell’s financial investment cited. Tomorrow’s segment previewed.
(Columbus, Mississippi: Wyatt Andrews) Financial losses for independent pharmacists from the Medicare prescription drug program featured; details given about changes in insurance reimbursements; map shown of small pharmacies that have shut down. [Medical Arts Pharmacy owner Don WALDEN- says his life earnings have gone out the window; comments on pressure from chain pharmacies to sell his business.] [Customer Patty BERGEN- explains why she likes Walden’s store.]
(New York: Katie Couric) The Metropolitan Opera’s efforts to bring opera to the masses featured; scenes shown of “Madame Butterfly” playing on the Jumbo Tron in New York City’s Times Square; details given of plans to stream performances on the Internet, reduce prices and broadcast performances at movie theaters. [Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter GELB- says opera should be an experience for everyone.]