This program is 30 minutes long
(New York: Kevin Corke) A deal to sell Bear Stearns to JPMorganChase after the government bailed out the lender featured; details given about the specifics of a weakening economy and the government plan for an economic stimulus package and several interest cuts. [On talk shows, Secretary of Treasury Henry PAULSON - says the right decision was made.] [President BUSH - says it is important not to over-correct.] [Sam Advisors LLC William SMITH- cites the ripple effect on the economy.]
(Studio: Lester Holt; New York: Steve Liesman) The nature of the Bear Stearns investment "bank" as compared to commercial banks, the reasons for the concern over Bear Stearns and the likelihood of a historic cut in federal interest rates discussed.
(New York: Mike Taibbi) The collapse of a crane at a construction site in New York City updated; scenes shown from a residential neighborhood in Manhattan of the damages; details given about the surge in high-rise construction as well as an increase in accidents. [NYC police commissioner Ray KELLY- says we are looking for three missing people.] [RESIDENT - cries.] [Retired contractor Bruce SILVERBLATT- talks about the crane not being braced against the building.] [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG- defends the crane inspection.] [Manhattan borough president Scott STRINGER- calls this a meltdown.]
(Atlanta: Michelle Kosinski) The impact of a tornado on downtown Atlanta on Friday featured; scenes shown of the damages, the start of cleanup efforts and from rural areas; map shown of sites of recent urban tornadoes. [Four WITNESSESES - describe what happened.] [WeatherPlus.com Gary ARCHIBALD- says Mother Nature does not care.] [Tree cutter Bill HARKLEROAD- reacts.]
(London: Stephanie Gosk) The increasing demonstrations led by monks in Tibet against Chinese rule that has spread to other provinces featured; scenes shown from Lhasa of rioters and police; details given about the tense mood on the streets. [From Lhasa, NBC's Bo GU- describes the situation with armed soldiers keeping people out.] Statement from the Dalai Lama that this is cultural genocide noted.
(Studio: Lester Holt; Baghdad: Richard Engel) The reporter's reminiscenced about the start of the US invasion of Iraq, why American troops are needed on the ground to sustain security gains, the challenge of militarized factions in Baghdad and the reaction of American troops to the disconnection of Americans from the conflict discussed.
(Angola, Louisiana: Kerry Sanders) The legal justice issue of when solitary confinement in prison becomes cruel and unusual punishment examined; scenes shown from the Louisiana State Penitentiary where the worst of the worst inmates are confined, including Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, who have been in solitary since 1972 for murdering a prison guard Brent Miller. [Defense attorney Nick TRENTICOSTA- says it has been 36 years.] [Via phone, WALLACE - says it's "just cruel and unusual punishment."] [Miller's WIDOW - says she wants justice.] [Former prison inmate Robert KING - comments on his time at Angola.] Statement from prison officials about conditions for Wallace and Woodfox quoted.
(Gretna Green, Scotland: Ned Colt) The flocks of birds flying over Scotland featured; scenes shown of the flying magic carpet of starlings; details given about the bird problems in the US and Europe. [Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Jenny TWEEDIE, two BIRDWATCHERS - call it an incredible spectacle.]