This program is about 1 hour long
(New Orleans: Susan Roesgen) The yearly hurricane season prediction featured; details given about the 2006 predictions. [NOAA Conrad LAUTENBACHER, lead forecaster Gerry BELL- outline the numbers and this active era for hurricanes.] The conditions for hurricane development and the lack of optimism in New Orleans about hurricane readiness discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with LSU public health research center Ivor Van Heerden about readiness in New Orleans for a hurricane. [VAN HEERDEN- says a category 3 storm would put the city under water because the levee is not high enough and has weak walls; outlines what needs to be done: levees and coastal restoration; comments on the city's plans.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The raw data on damages on the Gulf coast from Hurricane Katrina and other storms outlined on screen.
(Beirut: Nic Robertson) The fighting in Lebanon between the government army and the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Fatah Al Islam featured; scenes shown from the site of the standoff between the army and the militants, a U.N. convoy, the wounded Palestinian refugees and those readying to flee; details given about the militants' aims to radicalize Palestinians to attack Israel and US interests in the Middle East. [El Kheir Hospital Dr. Ahmad EL KHEIR- comments on the lack of hospitals in the camps.] The limited extent of support from the Palestinians for the militants and the potential for the spread of violence to other refugee camps discussed.
(Washington: Candy Crowley) The backing down by the Democrats on a timetable for withdrawal attached to an Iraq spending bill; the fee for speeches last year for former Senator John Edwards and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; the response of Republican presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee to the dissing of President Bush by former President Jimmy Carter; how Senator Barack Obama's wife Michelle sees her role in his campaign and the war of words between Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney reported.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) CNN's coverage of the presidential candidate debates in New Hampshire noted.
(Studio: Erica Hill) The attacks in Iraq; Russia's denial of the extradition of former KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoi in the radiation poisoning murder of former Soviet spy Alexander Litvinenko and a coyote attack in New Jersey on a five-year-old boy reported. The firestorm over a Colorado high school yearbook showing photos of students drinking and smoking drugs discussed; photos shown.
(Washington: Kelli Arena) The Website WhosaRat.com that posts pictures of police informants and agents featured; details given about the issue of the right to privacy versus the public's right to know. [In shadow, whosarat's Chris BROWN- speaks against the rats.] [Justice Department's Ron TENPAS- outlines a witness story.] [Judge John TUNHEIM- offers a suggestion.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Jeffrey Toobin) The need for informants to make criminal cases for prosecutors as in the John Gotti case and how the Website puts people at risk by putting information out to the public discussed.
(Washington: Tom Foreman) The reasons for the high gas prices examined; details given about the problems at US refineries leading to shortages. [Three MOTORISTS - wonder about the prices.] [CNN's Ali VELSHI- says the culprit is refining.] [GasPriceWatch.com Brad PROCTOR- comments on the refineries.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A "Planet in Peril" segment on Greenland featured; scenes shown of the island's ice sheet that is melting due to global warming; details given about the potential for rising sea levels. [NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Eric RIGNOT- offers perspective on the water loss; states global warming has to be taken seriously.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Greenland: Jeff Corwin) The situation in Greenland, the land of the midnight sun where the ice is melting, discussed; scenes shown from Ilulissat; details given about the movement of the ice sheet as it melts.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Senator Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, profiled; scenes shown of Michelle Robinson Obama, a CHicago lawyer. [M. OBAMA - says "no comment."] ["Chicago Tribune" Christi PARSONS- offers views on Michelle and her view of politics.] [From "Oprah," B. OBAMA - jokes.] [On "Good Morning America," M. OBAMA - comments.]
(Studio: Erica Hill) A bomb plot at the time of the funeral for Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell; a shootout at a bank heist in Chicago; FDA approval of the new birth control pill Lybrel and a new discount airliner called Skybus reported.