Good afternoon from New York. Brian has the day off and so I'll be anchoring the broadcast tonight.
Here in the newsroom we've just watched embattled Durham, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong -- the man who pressed the rape case against those Duke lacrosse players -- offer an apology and announce his intention to resign his office. Nifong today faced a Bar Association disciplinary panel today over his handling of the case. Today's hearing included tearful testimony by Reade Seligmann, one of the players who was once charged with the rape of an exotic dancer. The case was ultimately dropped against all of the accused players, and so today it was Nifong on the hot seat. A seat apparently hot enough to force this afternoon's announcement. Ron Mott is covering today's surprise development for us.
If you have ever sat up all night with a manual trying to figure out why your computer keeps crashing, hoping in vain that each "reboot" will do the trick, than I'm sure you can appreciate what the astronauts on the international space station and engineers on the ground have been going through. The computers in question control the station's positioning in space, which is a pretty big deal. This would be the point I would run down to the computer store and buy a new one, which is pretty much what they've decided to do. They'll ferry some new computer parts to the station on a Russian rocket. Meantime we've been keeping a close watch on today's space walk where astronauts are stitching up that small rip in a thermal protective blanket on the space shuttle. NBC's Tom Costello will update all of this on the broadcast this evening.
Our Tom Aspell looks at what's next following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza strip from Fatah.
We're also learning more about the mental and emotional wounds of war suffered by American troops serving in Iraq. Our Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski is on that for us.
And a 50-year-old time capsule, which included a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, was unearthed in Tulsa, Okla., today. Apparently water-proofing techniques back then aren't what they are today and so things didn't turn out quite like they had been planned. You'll see what I mean.
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