Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Retail thefts on the rise...why this is a growing trend tonight on The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric



”> My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.
-Woody Allen”

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.


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

Good afternoon, everyone. This is Harry Smith filling in for Katie.

The Obama team is reporting today that transition officials had “no inappropriate contact” with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. As you know, the governor is accused of trying to sell the Obama Senate seat to the highest bidder. But will this internal report be the last word on President-elect’s involvement in the matter? Ben Tracy has the full story and I'll talk with Jeff Greenfield about what today's new disclosures really mean.

For holiday travelers, today brought another round of misery. While planes, trains and automobiles are back in motion in the Pacific Northwest, a new round of snow and ice in the Midwest snarled traffic and caused hundreds of flight cancellations. Cynthia Bowers reports on how our economic struggles make the messy weather even more crippling.

Next: it's another sign of our struggling economy. In these tough times, more people are turning to desperate measures. Shoplifting is on the rise, and, according to one measure, nearly all major retailers have seen an increase in retail thefts. Randall Pinkston has the story.

And more than ever, Americans are turning to the government for help. One of every ten now relies on food stamps to make ends meet. Byron Pitts goes inside the growing problem of hunger across the United States.

Finally tonight: One woman's mission to save her daughter took her to the ends of the earth - running marathons. And she's still racking up the miles helping others. Mark Strassmann tells the remarkable story.

I hope you'll join us tonight, Harry

For more on two of the stories noted above, please click on the following links:

Travelers Face Tough Road This Holiday
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Biden: "No Inappropriate Contact" In Blago Report
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And, here’s a look at one of the stories we are working on for Wednesday’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News In this slumping economy, many Americans are getting help with their mortgage payments from an unlikely source. The surprising number of homeowners taking on boarders…that story Wednesday 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: evening@cbsnews.com

Joining Dave tonight are: Comedian Jay Thomas; actor Mickey Rourke and musical guest Darlene Love


Harry Smith, Russ Mitchell, and Debbye Turner will anchor the EARLY SHOW from New York. Dave Price will bring us the weather. Julie Chen and Maggie Rodriguez are on assignment.

In addition to the top news of the day, here are some of the stories we are working on

HEALTH WATCH PORTION CONTROL - They're everywhere. And they don't seem to be going away, those holiday desserts…and right along with them, holiday weight gain. A recent National Institutes of Health study found most Americans gain a pound each holiday season. Although that may not sound like much, consider it the pound that keeps on giving -- most people never lose the weight, and instead continue accumulating holiday pounds year after year. Indulgence is part of the season. But with a cautionary eye to portion size and nutrition, you can have your cake and eat it too. We’ll speak to a nutritionist about why portion control is so important and how big of a difference it can make on your waist this holiday season.

LAST MINUTE GIFTS AND STOCKING STUFFERS - This is the last in our “Perfect Gift” series. We will look at some last minute and stocking stuffer gifts, for your whole family. Jen Falik, a lifestyle expert, will join us to show you where to find low cost but, unique gifts that are perfect for stockings!

ADAM SANDLER INTERVIEW - When it comes to big screen comedies, no one is as consistent as actor and comedian Adam Sandler. His latest is the family film "Bedtime Stories", where he plays a man who must make up fables for his niece and nephew. Harry will chat with Sandler about the new movie and talk to him about what it’s like being a father of two.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS: GEORGE JONES - For over 50 years country music superstar George Jones has been making hits and winning awards. He has been called “the greatest living country singer ever”…and is being awarded at the Kennedy Center Honors this year. Our own Julie Chen got the chance to sit down and talk to him about the recent award, in an exclusive interview.

THE FIRST FILM ABOUT KWANZAA - We will preview the new film “The Black Candle,” which is the first feature film about Kwanzaa! In addition to movie clips, we’ll also have a discussion about the traditions of this holiday.

GREEN CHRISTMAS TREES - Christmas is less than a week away, and many Americans will be celebrating the holiday opening presents under their Christmas tree. But have you ever stopped to think if your Christmas tree is environmentally friendly? CBS news' science and technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg will give you valuable tips on how to make sure all of your decorations, including your tree are as “green” as they can be.

KATIE LEE JOEL: NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - Leaving out milk and cookies for Santa has long been a Christmas tradition, but Santa must get bored with those tired store bought cookies. Luckily for us, our Katie Lee Joel has brought some great holiday cookie recipes that will definitely get you on Santa's *nice* list. She will show you how to make Christmas wreath and Mexican wedding cookies, as well as cranberry-pistachio biscotti and cookie-and-cream truffles….all of which are sure to spice up your Christmas plates for Santa this year!

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

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