This program is 29 minutes long
(San Diego County: Miguel Almaguer) Another runaway Toyota incident in which a Prius sped out of control on a San Diego highway reviewed; 911 call from Jim Sikes played; animation shown of California Highway Patrol officer Todd Niebert offering instructions. [SIKES - describes what happened; says he will never drive the car again.] [911 dispatcher Leanne PARKS- says he was panicked.] [NIEBERT – says he was trying to stop as best he could.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Park Ridge, Illinois: Phil LeBeau) Toyota’s continuing troubles examined; details given about the recalls for loose floor mats, sticking gas pedals and anti-lock brake problems. [Kelley Blue Book James BELL- says possibly Toyota doesn’t know what the situation is.] [Toyota spokesperson Mike MICHELS- states the modifications are effective.] [“Consumer Reports” David CHAMPION- says the data has not uncovered an electronic issue.] The estimated financial loss for Toyota noted. The discounts and incentives being offered by Toyota dealers discussed.
(New York: Rehema Ellis) The guilty plea from Robert "Joe" Halderman in his extortion of TV host David Letterman examined; photos shown; statements from Halderman and Letterman quoted. [HALDERMAN - apologizes.] [Halderman’s attorney Gerald SHARGEL- explains the plea bargain.] [Last fall, LETTERMAN - admits having sex with women on the show.] [“New York Times” national media reporter Bill CARTER- assesses the impact on Letterman’s career.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Criticism of the Keep America Safe campaign of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney that is designed to expose the American lawyers who are defending terrorism suspects featured; Internet ad demanding the identification of the “Al Qaeda 7” shown; details given of the response from the Justice Department. [CHENEY – says that type of person is unlikely to put in place policies that keep us safe.] [Former prosecutor Kenneth STARR- says the lawyers deserve commendation; cites the example of John Adams.]
(Studio: Robert Bazell) The alarming rate of Alzheimer’s disease cases examined; statistics cited; details given about the failure of the experimental drug Dimebon and the impact on minorities. [Patient Charles CANNON, wife Pearline CANNON – comment on living with the disease.] [Alzheimer’s Assn. Dr. Maria CARILLO- explains the increased prevalence among African Americans and Hispanics.]
(Laurel, Maryland: Norah O’Donnell) The USA Warriors program, in which veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan play ice hockey, featured; scenes shown of veterans skating and amputees on sleds. [Retired Army S/Sgt. Michael CAIN, S/Sgt. Brett GRAVELINE, Sgt. Joe BOWSER- comment on the program.] [Co-founder Army Sgt. Drew HILL- says he wanted a team without volunteers to baby us.] [Physical therapist Anne MOORE- says it’s that invisible element of hope.]