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The Friday factor

The above "factor" holds that anything could change on a Friday afternoon. I'm speaking of our best-laid plans for tonight, which so far include coverage of Secretary Gates at Walter Reed, coverage of politics, and an update on the Gulf recovery. We'll also offer a true public service tonight as part of our "Trading Places" series -- we hope our piece does what the Department of Veterans Affairs has been unable to do: put out the word about a great program. We'll also preview something a lot of us will be watching on Sunday night. I just completed my Oscar vote office pool ballot this morning, so do let me know if you need to know the winners.


MAKING A DIFFERENCE
It's Friday night, and our regular segment tonight will deal with the following question: When we look back on our times from a distance of a decade or so, will it someday seem like we're living in a primitive age by not having common access (in our public spaces) to a crucial tool needed to save lives? I'll leave it at that in describing tonight's story, which is a tribute to the efforts of a woman who suffered an awful loss.

That brings us to the end of another broadcast week. Have a good weekend. Please join us tonight for the Friday edition of NBC Nightly News.