Thursday, December 4, 2008

Can you trust the internet to rate your physician? That story tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric



"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. "
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In 1892, Italy raised the minimum age for marriage for girls - to 12.


Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast from Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric:

Hi everyone,

Automakers made an encore appearance on Capitol Hill today, pleading with the Senate Banking Committee to approve a bailout, and their request has grown to at least $34 billion. Ford CEO Alan Mulally said his company acknowledged making big mistakes, as did GM CEO Rick Wagoner, who said "we made mistakes, which we're learning from." Will they get the money? Sharyl Attkisson has the full story.

Also, I'll speak one-on-one with Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli, who promised today to begin to repay taxpayers for any loans by 2012.

Meanwhile, what's in a name? Anthony Mason asks whether Detroit simply has too many auto brands - especially when you can see the exact same car being sold under two or more different brand names.

Of course you want to find the best doctor when you’re sick, but is turning to your PC to find an M.D. the best way to go? There’s no shortage of websites that rate physicians. But who’s doing the ranking? Dr. Sanjay Gupta continues our series Second Opinion: Medicine Online.

Finally, in this economy, even the rich can find themselves in financial jams. Ben Tracy visits the pawn shops in one of the country's swankiest neighborhoods, Beverly Hills, where folks are putting up jewelry, artwork, even their Ferraris as collateral.

See you tonight, Katie

For more information on these stories, please click on the following links:

The $34B Apology
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U.S. Weighs Plan To Lower Mortgage Rates
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How To Steer Clear Of Medical Traps Online
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And here's an early look at one of the stories we are working on for Friday’s broadcast: These days, most companies are cutting back....but we'll tell you about one business that did something so big for its employees this year--it actually changed their lives! You won't want to miss...ASSIGNMENT AMERICA, that story Friday night only on the CBS Evening News.

If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us:

Join Dave tonight with Actress Tina Fey, Comedian Frank Caliendo… Plus musical guest Tim Montana!


Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith, 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.

Along with the top news, we are currently working on the following stories:

ACTOR JAMES FRANCO IN A NEW GAY BIOGRAPHICAL FILM - Many actors strive for the year James Franco is having. This summer he received rave reviews and stellar box office for the stoner comedy "Pineapple Express." Now the Oscar buzz has began for his role as Harvey Milk's lover and confidante in the new film "Milk." “Milk” is a biographical film about the first gay man elected to a political office. We’ll talk to Franco about what it was like playing a gay man, why this movie is so personal to him, and how he felt about the controversial scenes with actor Sean Penn.

HEALTHWATCH: NEW RESEARCH ON HAPPINESS - in Friday’s healtwatch: some happy news! New research says happiness is contagious. Your friend, spouse, neighbor or even someone you're separated by three degrees can affect your happiness. Psychologist Jennifer Harstein will join us to tell us about this new research.

JK ROWLING’S NEW BOOK - The latest magical tome by J.K. Rowling has started to fly off bookstore shelves. Rowling was launching "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" on Thursday with a tea party for 200 school children at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, where she lives. The author is donating royalties from the book to a charity, which hopes it will raise millions to help vulnerable children.

THE PERFECT GIFT: FOR YOUR MAN! - We all know how men love gadgets and Friday in our ongoing series "The Perfect Gift" David Gregg, Sr. Editor of deals for will show us some of the best ones around.

NEW SINGER SHARON LITTLE PERFORMS LIVE - Don't let the last name fool you, there’s nothing little about the lyrics and sound of up and coming singer/songwriter Sharon Little. With a debut album and nationwide tour, 2008 is proving to be a big year for the Philadelphia native. She'll be in our studio to sing "Follow that Sound" from her album - “Perfect time for a Breakdown.”

If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us:

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