This program is about 1 hour long
(Washington: Steve Centanni) The day’s developments in the investigation reviewed; details given on Italian security consultant Mario Scaramella’s exposure and Litvinenko’s accusation that the Kremlin targets its critics; scenes from London and photos of Litvinenko shown.
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) The suspicion that Scaramella was involved in the murder plot noted. [Scaramella’s friend Gerrard BATTEN- says Scaramella is a victim.]
(Baghdad: Steve Harrigan) The latest violence in Iraq reviewed; details given on the 3 deadly car bombings at a Baghdad market, the empty oil tanker crash into a bus stop, and the capture of dozens of terror suspects in Baqubah; scenes shown of the market, emergency vehicles, and wreckage.
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s memo proposing major strategy changes prior to his resignation and Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim’s rejection of the suggested international Iraq conference cited.
(Fox Weather Center: Chris Knowles) National forecast given; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Beirut: Dana Lewis) The Hizballah supporters’ protests in Beirut to overthrow the Lebanese government reviewed; scenes shown of protestors, barbed wire, demonstrators in tents; details given on the fears of sectarian violence. [Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad SINIORA- says violence does not solve the problem.]
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for Hamas leaders to resign and the possible early elections for the Palestinian government noted.
(Los Angeles: Anita Vogel) The popularity of outsourcing tedious tasks to businesses like Gofer Girls errand service in Los Angeles examined; details given on the criticism of the habit. [Realtor Pamela RICH, author Joe ROBINSON- comment.]
(No location given: Ashish Joshi) The latest developments in the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko reviewed; details given on Italian security expert Mario Scaramella’s radiation exposure and background, Litvinenko’s widow’s health, the health officials’ inspection of easyJet and British Airways planes. [Italian journalist Anna Lisa PIRAS- talks about the charges against Scaramella in Italy.] [Nuclear scientist Paddy REGAN- describes how Polonium 210 is transferred.]
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) The availability of Polonium 210 on the internet noted.
(Washington: Julie Kirtz) The possible presidential campaigns from Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and Governor Tom Vilsack reviewed. [On “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” OBAMA – says if he decides to run he will begin next year; talks about the reasons for running.] Pictures shown of Democratic hopefuls.
(New York: Todd Connor) The black community leaders’ outrage over Tempe, Arizona, police officer Chuck Schoville’s offer not to ticket 2 black men who were pulled over if they would rap about littering featured; ”Tempe Street Beat” footage shown. [National Action Network Reverend Jarrett MAUPIN- speaks about dealing with racial issues.]
(Boston: Molly Line) The debate over businesses’ use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season examined; scenes shown of shoppers; details given on the Coalition to Save Christmas in Massachusetts. [“Wants to save Christmas” Robert MARLEY- says people are trying to eliminate Christmas.] [MA Retailers Association Jon HURST- comments.]
(Washington: Rudi Bakhtiar) President Bush’s scheduled meetings with Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and Iraq’s Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi to curb the sectarian violence in Iraq previewed. [In radio address, BUSH – talks about what failure in Iraq would mean.] National Intelligence director John Negroponte’s comment on the key to stabilizing Iraq’s democracy cited.