by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
Tonight we are covering flooding in the Midwest, the war in Iraq, the mortgage market (see Chris Colvin's superb post) and a fascinating story about Mother Teresa. On the environmental front: did you ever think about those wire hangers we bring home from the cleaners? You will after you see Roger O'Neil's report tonight.
The sad, sorry embarassment to the City of New York that is the Deutsche Bank building continued to cause damage today, both to humans and the psyche of this city: Two firefighters were injured in a scaffold collapse at the site today. The building needs to come down.
Imagine my surprise, watching the Colbert Report last night (okay, so I received a tip that I might want to watch last night's broadcast because my name might come up) and seeing this. Our regulars know how I feel about the military -- anything connected with the military -- so when Stephen hit me with the proposition, I could not say no. It quickly escalated on The Huffington Post -- on the verge of anarchy and general hilarity -- and it has come to a very funny and very satisfying conclusion. And our veterans and their families are the better for it, I'm happy to say.
To those who've written lately about my friends Ann Curry and Richard Engel, thanks. I'm proud to call both of them friends and they are every bit the quality people you'd imagine them to be. We are blessed to know them and work with them both.
I've got to bring a French photographer on our next family vacation. I don't know what it is, but people just LOOK better in their photos.
Please read the biography of my friend Medal of Honor recipient Richard McCool. I hope you can join us tonight for the Thursday edition of Nightly News.