This program is 28 minutes long
(White House: Kelly O’Donnell) The public reaction to Ford’s death featured; scenes shown of people filing past the casket, Ford’s children greeting mourners, dignitaries including President and First Lady Laura Bush, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush with their wives, widow Betty Ford. [3 PEOPLE – explain why they came.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) NBC News coverage of the funeral service tomorrow noted.
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The anger in the Arab world, especially among Sunnis, over the cell phone taping of the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein examined; scenes shown of protests; video shown of Saddam with the noose around his neck being taunted. [“Al Quds” newspaper editor Abdel Bari ATWAN- says the execution was a PR campaign disaster.] [Brookings Institution Michael O’HANLON- explains why Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rushed the execution through.] The violence against US and Iraqi forces noted; scenes shown from a combat support hospital in Baghdad. [28th Combat Support Hospital Maj. Bill WHITE- states the violence won’t end soon.] The reporter’s personal experience highlighting the sensitivity over the execution taping noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) The death of Pfc. Howard Johnson, Jr. when his convoy took a wrong turn in the first days of the war recalled.
(No location given: Kerry Sanders) How Johnson’s family is doing 4 years later featured; photos and portrait shown; scene shown of the playground named after Johnson. [Parents Gloria and Rev. Howard JOHNSON – talk about their son and how they are coping; express views on the war.]
(La Junta, Colorado: Leanne Gregg) The impact of the snowstorm in the West updated; scenes shown of people shoveling snow, a collapsed building, stuck cars, livestock; animated map shown of the blizzard’s movement. [La Junta, Colorado, residents Greg GALINA, Frank WOOD, MAN, National GUARDSMAN, Kansas MAN – comment.] [Weatherplus.com meteorologist Kristen CORNETT- notes the rarity of 2 powerful systems in a week.]
(New Orleans: Martin Savidge) The incident on the bridge where James Brissette and Ronald Madison were killed reviewed; scenes shown of officers shooting; audiotape of police communication played; police statement quoted. [In shadow, shooting victim Susan BARTHOLOMEW- says they shot with no warning; says her arm was shot off.] [Madison’s brother Lance MADISON – says all hell broke loose.] [Witness Lawrence SMITH- describes the shooting of Madison.] [Police Chief Warren RILEY- says let the judicial system run its course.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) The new laws that took affect on January 1 reviewed; details given of laws involving passports, the minimum wage, tax deductions for charity, school bullying, cell phones, fax ads, wine, and trust funds for pets. [US Customs and Border Protection Jayson AHERN, Brookings Institution Thomas MANN, bullying law advocate Kenneth CLARK- comment on the new laws.]