Good afternoon. Brian is enjoying the rest of the week off, and I'll be in the anchor chair this evening.
Tonight on Nightly News we are going to drill down beyond the latest airline flight delay statistics. By themselves they are bad -- the worst in 13 years. But those numbers only tell part of the story. The Department of Transportation only tracks the on-time performance for flights, not for passengers. A flight delayed two-hours is bad enough, but if as a result you miss your connecting flight, your actual delay can be several hours if not a couple of days. Our aviation correspondent Tom Costello is going to try and put it all in perspective, and help us understand what we're all really up against this summer when we head to the airport.
Out West today it's hot -- record-breaking hot. George Lewis will report on some of the problems arising from the heat and drought conditions that are affecting large parts of the Southwest. We'll also look at the sharp rise in applications among legal immigrants looking to become U.S. citizens. Our correspondent John Yang will explain the various reasons behind the increase.
Our "What Works" segment will focus on car sharing programs that allow part-time drivers to have access to a car whenever they need it without big car payments or traditional rental contracts. The car sharing idea took root in the big urban centers, but now thousands are taking advantage of it across the country, saving money and helping the environment.
Without question, the most talked about story in our newsroom has been about -- talking. A new study has tried to answer the question of who talks more, women or men? Frankly as a man, I think the less said on the subject, the better, so I'll end the blog right here and ask you to watch our broadcast tonight.