This program is 28 minutes long
(Islamabad: Richard Engel) The political showdown between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto featured; details given on police clamping down to prevent Bhutto’s demonstrations; scenes shown of Bhutto being placed under house arrest and charging the police line. [BHUTTO- says millions are “fed up with tyranny.”]
(Washington: Tom Costello) Merck paying almost 5 billion dollars to settle class-action lawsuits against it for heart attacks and strokes related to its drug Vioxx; terms of the settlement outlined; Merck statement quoted. [Wife died due to Vioxx Monty HUGGINS†, plaintiff’s attorney Shelly SAMFORD†, Harvard Medical School Dr. John ABRAMSON†- comment.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; New York: Jim Cramer) Reasons for the downturn in the stock market examined; oil prices discussed.
(San Francisco: Peter Alexander) California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declaring a state of emergency due to the massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay reported; details given on environmental concerns; scenes shown of the spill and cleanup. [National Park Service Chris POWELL- comments on environmental issues.] [SCHWARZENEGGER- says he wants everyone working together.] [Save the Bay David LEWIS- says this is a huge setback.]
(Flamanville, France: Martin Fletcher) France’s use of nuclear power featured; details given on the heated debate over nuclear plants in the US; scenes shown from Flamanville, France. [Areva Nuclear Recycling Plant Eric BLANC- comments on waste storage.] [Maryland Public Information Research Group David KOSMOS- says nuclear power is dirty and dangerous.] [Several PEOPLE – offer views.]
(Los Angeles: Chris Jansing) Problems with health insurance companies canceling policies due to paperwork mistakes featured; several “horror stories” presented; internal Health Net documents suggesting the company rewarded employees for revoking policies shown; Health Net statement quoted. [2 dropped POLICYHOLDERS, ATTORNEY, America’s Health Insurance Plans Susan PISANO†- comment.]
(Flat Rock, Illinois: Lee Cowan) The story of Sam Davis, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam, presented; historical photos, Davis’ award ceremony, and the “Forrest Gump” scene it was used in shown. [DAVIS – remembers getting his medal; talks about the attack on his unit and rescuing 3 soldiers while badly injured.] [Davis’ best friend Donald SMITHENRY- says he still has nightmares about the attack.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Further information on NBC Website noted.