by Lester Holt
Greetings from New York. Tonight on Nightly News we'll be covering yet another powerful hurricane churning its way across the Caribbean. "Felix" is now a category 3 storm, and like "Dean," will steer clear of the United States and take a track toward Mexico and Central America. Are we seeing a repeat of the 2006 hurricane season, where weather patterns caused each Atlantic hurricane to bypass the U.S. Gulf coast? We'll ask NBC Weather Plus meteorologist Gary Archibald who will be joining me with the latest update on "Felix."
Labor Day is the traditional kick-off of the presidential campaign season, but our Kevin Corke is talking to seasoned political experts who remind us this is not a traditional campaign season. Kevin will tell us how a compressed primary election calendar is turning this fall into what some see as the "home stretch." But are voters paying close attention yet? We'll get some insight on that question as well.
Our Jane Arraf in Baghdad has a story of a U.S. Army officer who for much of her deployment was the only female Major in her brigade, and who has seen more combat then many of her fellow soldiers. It's another example of the blurry distinction between the "front line" and "rear-area" in Iraq, that has put many women in de facto combat roles.
When I was in the 9th grade my biggest goal in life was to get to the 10th grade. But these days, more and more American high school freshman are actually being required to declare a major. NBC's Mark Potter will explain why the trend is catching on, and why some in the academic field say it's a very bad idea.
We hope you'll also stick around tonight to find out why our very own Ron Mott was the toast of the town in one community in North Dakota recently, and why he has returned with a new appreciation for, of all things, tractors.
I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend so far. Thanks for checking-in and we'll look for you later on NBC Nightly News.