Friday is always the featurest day of the week. On this day all three networks turned to poverty. CBS' closer Assignment America took Steve Hartman to "the worst neighborhood in Albany NY" where he profiled Dr Bob Paeglow, who runs an inner city clinic from which "he takes absolutely no salary." NBC's Michelle Kosinski was in Miami, where the city government decided not to shut down a downtown shantytown built by the homeless: instead it offered trash collection, job placement and affordable housing rehabilitation. "Now the city is working on getting them a mailbox."
And in a preview of her 20/20 special on poverty in Camden NJ, ABC's Diane Sawyer (subscription required) offered A Closer Look profile of a four-year-old boy. Her cameras followed Ivan Stevens for a year, including his first day of school, where he aced his 1-2-3s but stumbled on vocabulary: when asked to identify the three main meals of the day he was unable to answer, because he so often goes hungry.
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