This program is 29 minutes long
(Fargo, North Dakota: Lee Cowan) Senator Barack Obama’s clarification of his position on the Iraq war featured; statement from the Republican National Committee quoted. [This morning in Fargo, OBAMA – says he will talk to commanders and refine his policies.] [September 2007, OBAMA – says he won’t make promises on getting the troops out.] [Later today, OBAMA – blames Senator John McCain’s campaign for suggesting he was changing his policy.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(Mexico City: Kelly O’Donnell) McCain’s campaign updated; details given of his response to Obama’s comments and his effort to highlight his foreign policy experience; scenes shown from his trip to Latin America with wife Cindy, including a stop at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City and with the presidents of Mexico and Colombia. [In interview, McCAIN – defends his trip; comments on changes in his campaign; talks about choosing a running mate.]
(Santa Barbara County: George Lewis) The wildfires in California updated; scenes shown of smoke and flames near Santa Barbara, helicopters dropping water, buildings burning near Big Sur, firefighters spraying foam on homes; details given of the concern about nighttime winds called sundowners. [Avocado farmer Maderas OZLENS- comments.] Live aerial scenes shown of a fire in San Bernardino County.
(Studio: Scott Cohn) The jobs report examined; economic statistics cited; details given of job cuts for American Airlines and store closings for Starbucks. [EXPERT – raises the issue of recession.] [Unemployed Sara ANDRIALLA, Harper Group Jill ROSENFELD- comment on Sara’s job search.]
(Miami: Mark Potter) The daring “Operation Checkmate” mission to rescue hostages held for years in Colombia reviewed; scenes shown of the 3 Americans after their release, on the plane with US Ambassador William Brownfield, and arriving in San Antonio, the rescue helicopter and freed Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt reuniting with her children; animation shown.
(London: Dawna Friesen) The rematch between sisters Serena and Venus Williams in the finals at the Wimbledon tennis tournament featured; scenes shown of their semi-final matches. [WILLIAMSES – comment on their rivalry.]
(Bridgeton, New Jersey: Jonathan Alter) The story of German Sanabria†† of Bridgeton, New Jersey, an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who left a V.A. mental hospital and was killed by police officer Anthony Keller†, a former classmate of Sanabria, when he was found assaulting his stepfather with a steak knife presented; photos and scenes from Bridgeton shown. [Family MEMBERS – talk about German.] [Police OFFICER – comments on the incident.]
(Johannesburg, South Africa: Amna Nawaz) The path out of poverty for Andile Ndlovu, one of South Africa’s premier ballet dancers, featured; scenes shown of Ndlovu practicing and performing, a ballet class for young South African children. [NDLOVU - says a black person in South Africa is not supposed to do a white-dominated sport; says his goal is to be the best in the world; comments on his trip to train in Washington, DC.] [Mother Thembi NDLOVU- says he didn’t want to dance.] [Washington Ballet artistic director Septime WEBRE- says Andile’s story is unique.]