COMMENTS: Feature Round-up

Almost all of the rest of the day's coverage was devoted to feature stories…

Airtech International was the target of Armen Keteyian's Investigation on CBS. Keteyian claimed an Exclusive on the USArmy's suspicions about Airtech, the leading manufacturer of raw materials for hi-tech composite aerospace plastics. Keteyian quoted suspicions that Airtech has paid kickbacks to supply "non-conforming products" that fail to meet specifications. Airtech's defense was that it was cleared of wrongdoing in a 2006 federal investigation into supplies for civilian aircraft. The company did not address the continuing probe on the military side.

NBC sent Mark Potter to the border between New Mexico and Mexico for an In Depth look at the narcotrafficking wars that have killed 40 people so far this year in Palomas, the city on the southern side. The Palomas Chief of Police applied for political asylum in New Mexico because of death threats and armed Border Patrol agents have been assigned to guard the school buses that take American children who live in Mexico across the fence to class in Columbus NM. They fear the buses may get caught in gangland crossfire.

Part three of CBS' The War on Cancer had Emily Senay, the in-house physician for The Early Show profile the $144m research program funded by the National Cancer Institute on nanotechnology. The plan is to fabricate medicines that are 80,000 times narrower than a human hair. The inside of the particle would be filled with toxic tumor fighters; the outside would be coated with proteins that would only be received by cancer cells: "The goal is to spare normal tissues and avoid side effects common to most chemotherapies."

ABC's Bob Woodruff made a six-year-old boy cry on A Closer Look. He asked Hunter Morgan where the bomb came from that shattered his father's legs and rattled his brain. The factual answer was Iraq. The emotional answer was tears. Counselors at the Camp COPE project are helping the boy deal with his post-traumatic stressed-out father. The child keeps a Grumpy Journal to document his emotions. Father Scott read one entry aloud: "Dear Journal, My bad days are with my daddy. Love, Hunter." That made the father cry too.

Ann Curry from Today almost cried but did not in NBC's Trading Places series about adult children and aging parents. She recounted the terminal cancer that killed her 78-year-old father Robert, the corny joker and navy veteran. Curry recounted his parting words: "I could feel the wind changing. It is time to turn this ship around." She concluded that living through his death taught her "the lesson that is passed from generation to generation--how to live and how to die with honor and love and, in my father's case, with laughter, with a lot of corny jokes."


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