Friday, November 28, 2008

A Good Samaritan you'll want to know...that story tonight on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric



"Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts."
-Philip Roth

President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.


Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News from CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor in for Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric

Good afternoon. This is Jeff Glor, filling in for Katie.

We’ll begin the broadcast tonight with more on the Mumbai Massacre. As fighting raged into a third day… so far, more than 150 people have been killed and at least 370 have been wounded in India’s financial capital…and it’s far from over. Our Celia Hatton is on the ground in Mumbai with the very latest.

We're also learning a lot more tonight about the American victims in Mumbai...and also some amazing survivor stories. Seth Doane has that side of the story. And Mark Phillips looks at the reignited tensions this crisis is causing between nuclear powers, India and Pakistan, and what it means for U.S. interests.

Also tonight, it’s Black Friday and the shoppers started out early this morning to get the best bargains. But as Michelle Miller reports, the excitement over the holiday specials proved fatal at one store where a worker was trampled by a stampede of unruly shoppers.

In other news, we’ll look at an outrageous disability scam. Would you believe 97 percent of retired railroad workers in one community file for and actually receive disability benefits? Sharyl Attkisson looks into the suspicious claims as she Follows the Money.

Also, tonight, a new class of homeowners on the brink of foreclosure. Ben Tracy tells us how Middle Class Americans with good credit are now finding their homes are worth far less than their mortgages.

And finally, we meet a Good Samaritan in a station wagon. A generous man who helps people who run into trouble along a stretch of highway…and it does it, just because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. That’s our Assignment America.

I hope you’ll join us. Have a wonderful evening and a terrific weekend. Jeff

Here’s a look at one of the stories we are working on for next week’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News The internet can be a source for information and hope...after a Cancer diagnosis. But some patients are going online and getting scammed. What you need to know before searching for medical treatments on the internet...Next week, only on The CBS Evening News.

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Due to Sports Programming, Randal Pinkston will anchor a WEST Coast only broadcast of the CBS Evening News

In addition to the latest news, here are some of the stories we are working on:

TERRORIST ATTACK: Celia Hatton will report on the latest from Mumbai in India on the terrorist attacks which have left more than 150 people dead - including Americans = and scores more injured.

Bagdhad LATEST Elizabeth Palmer will give the latest from Iraq in the aftermath of the Iraqi Parliament’s historic vote to take over complete control of the country’s security from American forces by 2011.

MORTGAGES: We'll show how house sales are down; that owners are desperate to sell and buyers can get a great deal on price and mortgages….. IF they can get one.

FOLLOWING THE CANDIDATES: At this time a year ago, Barack Obama was considered a long shot for the Democratic presidential nomination, and John McCain had fallen to the back of the pack in Republican primary polls. We all know how that changed...dramatically for both men. And covering each campaign -- every day -- for CBS News were a pair of "off air reporters." Our Jeff Glor debriefed them on the year that was.


Due to Sports Programming, Kelly Wallace anchors a West Coast only broadcast of the CBS Evening News

In addition to the latest news, we are also working on these stories:

WAR WIDOWS: A group of young war widows created an online support group to help them come to terms with their painful losses. With time their virtual supporters turned into real life friends. Correspondent Hattie Kauffman goes to Santa Monica California, where she shows us how three of the widows decided to share with the rest of the world how this unusual online community helped them get through the darkest days of their lives.

COLLEGE CUTBACKS California high school students are racing to meet a Sunday (11/30) deadline for applying to the California State University colleges. As correspondent Bill Whittaker tells us, CSU Admission was always a sure thing for kids with a B average, but not this year. CSU will be admitting 10,000 fewer freshmen this fall -- joining public universities nationwide that - because of the economic situation - are cutting their budgets by reducing admissions, raising tuition and offering fewer classes.

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Join Dave tonight with Actor Tom Arnold… Plus musician Faith Hill!


Chris Wragge and Erika Hill anchor Priya David reports the news and Lonnie Quinn brings us the weather.

Along with the top news of the day, we will also have the following stories:

HITTING HOME ECONOMIC PLAN: Jill Schlesinger, Executive VP of Strategicpoint Investment Advisors, explains what consumers need to know about President-Elect Barack Obama’s economic bailout plan and how it is likely to affect their them.

HEALTHWATCH--YEAR-END CHECKUPS: Dr. Holly Phillips will be live in the studio to give us her top recommendations for end-of-the year medical procedures especially for people who have extra money in their flex accounts that needs to be spent.

JUST PERFECT --JEANS:Jeans - It's one question that can confound women, how do you find the perfect pair of jeans? Anya Sarre, Head Stylist for both The Insider and Entertainment Tonight has some great tips for finding the best jeans for a lot less, and for dressing them up for the Holidays.

SATURDAY BARGAINISTA--HAIRCUTS FOR KIDS: Parents can save themselves time and money by cutting their children's hair right in their own home. Cozy Friedman, Founder of Cozy's Cuts For Kids is here to show us how you can cut your children's hair at home, and it doesn't involve putting a bowl on their head.

RETAIL SALES Retail analyst Dana Telsey talks about Black Friday, when merchants hope to go from red ink to black, and what further discounts shoppers can expect during the holiday season.

CUTTING CORNERS - COOL NEW WEBSITES: -'s Regina tells us about some cool new Web sites you might not have heard of, but should be logging into. This Cutting Corners segment is meant to save you money and time.

SECOND CUP CAFE - AMERICAN IDOL TOUR: - Former American Idol finalists Chikezie Eze (Season 7), Diana DeGarmo (Season 3), David Hernandez (Season 7) and Kimberley Locke (Season 2) are coming on to perform a couple of Holiday tunes from their upcoming live tour, American Idol Stars in Concert for the Holidays.

HOLIDAY BUZZ - MOVIE PREVIEW - A look at the movies being released this holiday season.

CHEF ON A SHOESTRING John Greeley of 21 Club - Once a glamorous speakeasy, today the "21 Club" is one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City. Executive Chef John Greeley joins us to prepare a three course meal using all those Thanksgiving leftovers. His menu includes:

Carrot and Cheddar Cheese Soup with Dill Croutons
Turkey 'Croquettes' with Mixed Greens and Cranberry Sauce
Bartlett Pear Upside-Down Cake

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Here’s an early look at what’s coming up Saturday on a SPECIAL 2 hour 48 HOURS MYSTERY, Drawn to Murder:

On the morning of February 11, 1987, the half naked body of 37-year-old Peggy Hettrick was found in a field in Fort Collins, Colorado… Police canvassed every house near the crime scene, talking with businessmen, housewives and neighbors who all said they had seen nothing suspicious. But police were quick to zero in on Tim Masters, who lived a stone’s throw from the field. Masters, then a 15-year-old with not a lot of friends, but no history of trouble, usually cut through that same field to catch the school bus. Tim’s footprints were in the field… but he hadn’t reported a thing. Upon searching the residence, police discovered all sorts of graphic drawings - mutilation, dismemberment. But at the time, that simply wasn’t enough evidence to arrest Tim Masters.

Years passed and the case went cold… until 1997 when one cop would find an ally to put a new spin on the best evidence the police had. . . Tim’s drawings. More than a decade after the crime, Masters went to prison in 1999 …sentenced to life behind bars without parole… for a grisly murder he swears he didn’t commit. Then, a starting revelation would challenge the conviction. Was there a much more likely suspect? Now, after years of hearings and petitions and unsuccessful appeals, a judge could make a ruling that would set Masters free. Who REALLY killed Peggy Hettrick?

A SPECIAL 2 hour 48 HOURS MYSTERY airs Saturday at 9pmET/8CT

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GOOD NEWS STORIES: Throughout the broadcast, we’ll profile three people who are making their communities and the world a better place to live. We begin, Cleveland, Ohio, with Armen Keteyian and the story of Ted Ginn Sr. who was a janitor in the day and school security guard at night in the Cleveland Public Schools. He volunteered after school as an assistant coach to the school football team. Then about a dozen years ago, he pushed to be named head coach of the Glenville High School's football team even though he didn't have any of the required credentials.

He ended up leading the football team to State and Division championships. But Ted Sr. never trained as a coach and doesn't even know if he's a good "coach" in the traditional sense. What he ingrains in his players is a sense of who they can be because he was just like them. He had been a football star but what he never had was a great education. He decided to change that for the next generation.

A few years ago, Ted was approved to start a Magnet school as part of the Cleveland Public School System. The magnet school accepts and caters to "at risk boys." It's called the Ginn Academy. And in the few years it's been open, his at risk teens have been scoring higher than the kids in the other public schools--not just on the football field but in the classroom as well.

At his academy, he's taken the skills he used to motivate his teams to victory, to get the troubled young men who come thru his door to value education, do well in school, and even strive to do better in life than Ted Ginn Sr. -- which seems like it might be a very tall order...

Then we go to Springfield and Boston, MA where Russ Mitchell has the story of Peter Phelps. When he was 79, Phelps was diagnosed with lung cancer, and his doctor told him that he was not likely to survive. He found a clinical trial going on in Boston and thought he’d give it a try. But, sensing that he wasn’t going to Boston live, but rather to die, he gave away everything he had, and showed up at the doctor’s with nothing but the clothes on his back. It was then that he discovered that the trial did not include hospitalization, nor room and board, and Phelps found himself homeless. But then, a non-profit organization called Hearth discovered him and got him housing in a building for the elderly.

Once resituated in a home, Peter began to rediscover his passion: painting. Soon, his neighbors began admiring his work and he began to hold classes on how to paint, and how to make beaded jewelry. He also donated 80 paintings to Hearth which sold them at a fundraising auction and raised some 6000 dollars.

Finally we go to Roslyn, NY where Charles Osgood has the story of Jourdan Urbach, a 17 year old violin prodigy who has raised more than $1.4 million for the non- profit charity he founded, Children Helping Children.

SUNDAY ALMANAC: A page from our Sunday Morning Almanac ...November 30th, 1954 . . . 54 years ago. . . a day of vindication for Chicken Littles everywhere.

WESTERN ART: Western Art is big business with paintings and sculptures of cowboys and Indians selling for big bucks - millions for some. Jerry Bowen went to the biggest western art auction in the country, the Coeur d’Elene Art Auction in Reno, Nevada, that took in nearly $37 million dollars - a sales record. Bowen profiles two of the best known living western artists, Howard Terpning and Harley Brown.

SILENT FILMS: David Edelstein on a different kind of movie.

HARVEY MILK: Dateline: San Francisco, CA: Thirty years after the murder of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, a new film is chronicling his rise to power as one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials. John Blackstone reports.

TURKEYS: Tis’ the season for presidential pardons and a new lease on life for the Thanksgiving turkey. Bill Geist follows the most famous beneficiary of executive clemency to its new home, Disneyland.

SHERYL CROW: Grammy Award winning musician Sheryl Crow talks with Rita Braver about her successful career and life on the road with her 19 month old son.

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This year, for the annual books and authors edition of Face the Nation, we are going to look at the historic Presidential Election, the Transition and discuss the issues that an Obama Administration is going to face. Our guests: Bob Woodward, author of "The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008; Fareed Zakaria, author of "The Post-American World"; Jane Mayer, author of "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals; and Michael Eric Dyson, author of "April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America. There will be, as always, a final word. That's all on Face the Nation this Sunday with Bob Schieffer..


THE CHEATERS - 60 MINUTES and The Washington Post reveal how online poker players suspecting cheating were forced to successfully ferret out the cheaters themselves. That’s because managers of the mostly-unregulated $18 billion Internet gambling industry failed to respond to their complaints. Steve Kroft and The Washington Post’s Gilbert Gaul report.

THE SILVER STAR - Monica Brown, only the second woman to ever win the Silver Star since World War II, describes saving two wounded men during a firefight she wasn’t supposed to be near -- while she was only 18 years old. Lara Logan reports.

MICHAEL PHELPS -- He swam into history at the Beijing Olympics and now the 23-year-old phenom tells CNN's Anderson Cooper what his life is like as hundreds of endorsement opportunities roll in to make this U.S. Olympic superstar a marketing millionaire.


Here’s an early look at some of the stories we are working on for Monday’s broadcast of The Early Show.

Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Russ Mitchell will anchor the EARLY SHOW from New York. Julie Chen anchors from Los Angeles. Jackie Johnson will bring us the weather. Dave Price is on assignment.

HILLARY CLINTON EXPECTED TO BE NAMED SECRETARY OF STATE -On Monday, President elect Barack Obama is expected to name Senator Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state. While the decision has been swirling around for certainly brings to light the tough and often tumultuous relationship between the one-time democratic rivals. We’ll tell you when you can expect to hear this announcement and bring you the latest on Obama’s decision for his cabinet.

WEBCAM SUICIDE FAMILY - With his webcam trained on him, Abraham Briggs Jr., a teenager from Florida, died in his bed of a drug overdose while others watched over the Internet, last week. Some of those watching urged him to take more drugs while others debated whether he had taken enough to kill himself. Hours passed before someone finally notified authorities that he appeared lifeless. We’ll be speaking to the family of Briggs.

CYBER MONDAY HIDDEN DEALS - Did you head out shopping on Black Friday? Well this Monday, you can get the best deals right from your own home. We’ll tell you why this cyber Monday may be the best way to save money on gifts this holiday season. We’ll show you where to find the hidden online discounts and get extra coupons.

AVOIDING HOLIDAY MISHAPS - While many associate the holidays with Christmas carols and New Year's countdowns, it's also a prime time of year for serious -- and occasionally deadly -- holiday mishaps. We’ll give you ten easy ways to avoid holiday mishaps, and make sure you and your family are safe this season.

TONY BENNETT PERFORMS LIVE! - Back in November of 1968, the legendary Tony Bennett released his first and up until now only holiday album titled snowfall and it quickly became a staple of any holiday music collection. Now 40 years later, he's teamed up with the Count Basie Big Band for a new collection of holiday classics. Bennett will be joining us in the studio with a live musical performance!

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