CBS Evening News, March 10, 2005


>>Schieffer: GOOD EVENING. I’M BOB SCHIEFFER. AND TONIGHT WE TURN A PAGE AT CBS NEWS. I’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THAT LATER. BUT FIRST, LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT WILL ALWAYS COME FIRST HERE, THE NEWS. THERE’S APPARENTLY BEEN A BREAK TONIGHT IN THAT MYSTERY OVER WHO KILLED THE FAMILY OF A CHICAGO FEDERAL JUDGE. WE’LL START THERE. ALSO TONIGHT, WE’LL COVER THESE STORIES.>>Reporter: I’M JIM STEWART IN WASHINGTON. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ARRESTED TWO ALLEGED MAFIA HIT MEN WHO ONCE SERVED AS NEW YORK POLICE DETECTIVES.>>Reporter: BILL CLINTON IS OUT OF SURGERY, BUT HOW’S HE DOING? I’M ELIZABETH KALEDIN, WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT HIS POST-OP PROGNOSIS.>>Reporter: I’M VINCE GONZALES AT THE JACKSON TRIAL, WHERE HE’S IN EVEN MORE TROUBLE THAN WHAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT. Captioning sponsored by THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and CBS THIS IS THE “CBS EVENING NEWS” WITH BOB SCHIEFFER REPORTING FROM CBS NEWS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK.>>Schieffer: WHEN THE HUSBAND AND MOTHER OF CHICAGO FEDERAL JUDGE JOAN LEFKOW WERE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH LAST WEEK, THE POLICE SUSPECTED A WHITE RACIST WHO HAD ACTUALLY THREATENED HER IN THE PAST. BUT HE APPARENTLY IS NOT THEIR MAN. THE POLICE NOW BELIEVE THE REAL KILLER IS DEAD, BY HIS OWN HAND. HERE IS CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT CYNTHIA BOWERS.>>Reporter: WHEN A POLICE OFFICER PULLED OVER THIS VAN ON A SUBURBAN MILWAUKEE STREET LAST NIGHT HE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING THE DRIVER BART ROSS WOULD KILL HIMSELF OR PROVIDE THE BIGGEST BREAK YET IN THE LEFKOW MURDER CASE.>>IN PROCESSING THE CRIME SCENE, WE CAME ACROSS A NOTE WRITTEN, PRESUMABLY BY THE VICTIM, WHERE HE IMPLICATED HIMSELF IN THE MURDER OF MICHAEL LEFKOW AND DONNA HUMPHREY.>>Reporter: THAT NOTE APPEARS TO CONFIRM JUDGE JOAN LEFKOW’S WORST FEAR: THAT HER WORK COST HER HUSBAND AND MOTHER THEIR LIVES. IN THE NOTE, THE 57-YEAR- OLD CHICAGO MAN SAYS LEFKOW’S RULING AGAINST HIM IN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE, “COST HIM, HIS FAMILY, HIS JOB, AND HIS HOME.” POLICE ALSO FOUND BULLETS IN HIS VAN, THE SAME .22 CALIBER USED IN LAST WEEK’S MURDERS AND A SEPARATE NOTE TO A LOCAL TV STATION SIGNED BY A “BART ROSS,” DESCRIBES BREAKING INTO THE LEFKOW HOME AROUND DAWN TO KILL THE JUDGE. BUT THE PLAN FELL APART, WHEN HER HUSBAND CAME UPON HIM HIDING IN A BASEMENT UTILITY CLOSET, HE WROTE, HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT SHOOT HIM, AND LATER, THE JUDGE’S MOTHER. POLICE ALSO BELIEVE ROSS IS THE MAN SPOTTED BY A NEIGHBOR LEAVING THE LEKFOW HOME THE DAY OF THE KILLINGS. IN HIS NORTHSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD, BART ROSS WAS KNOWN AS A QUIET MAN, BUT ONE ON A DOWNHILL SPIRAL,>>HE WAS A MAN OBSESSED THROUGH THE YEARS AND THE OBSESSION SHOWED ITSELF EACH TIME INCREASINGLY.>>THE NOTE ALONE IS NOT DEFINITIVE EVIDENCE THAT WE HAVE OUR OFFENDER.>>Reporter: POLICE HOPE TO MATCH ROSS’S DNA AND FINGERPRINTS TO EVIDENCE FOUND AT THE SCENE. THEY HAVE ALL ALONG BELIEVED THE KILLINGS WERE LINKED TO THE JUDGE’S WORK. FEDERAL JUDGE CHARLES BRIEANT, WHO WAS ONCE TARGETED AS A RESULT OF HIS WORK ON THE BENCH, TOLD US YESTERDAY THAT HE’S ALWAYS BEEN MOST WARY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO REPRESENT THEMSELVES, PRO SE LITIGANTS. PRO SE LITIGANTS VERY READILY BECOME PARANOID. THE COURT IS IN LEAGUE WITH THE OTHER SIDE, THE LAWYER ON THE OTHER SIDE IS CROOKED.>>Reporter: SO THOSE SEEMINGLY INNOCENT CASES COULD CONCEIVABLY BE AMONG THE MOST DANGEROUS.>>YES, EVERY ONE OF THEM.>>Reporter: POLICE SAY THEY HAVEN’T CLOSED THE BOOK ON THIS CASE, BUT IT DOES SEEM JUDGE JOAN LEFKOW WILL NEVER GET THE CHANCE SHE SAID SHE WANTED: TO LOOK THE KILLER IN THE EYE AND ASK WHY. BUT PERHAPS TONIGHT SHE AND HER FAMILY ARE CLOSER TO FINDING PEACE OF MIND. BOB?>>Schieffer: I NOTICED THE POLICE CHIEF SAID THE NOTE ALONE ISN’T ENOUGH EVIDENCE BUT THEY SOUND LIKE THEY’RE PRETTY SURE.>>Reporter: OUR SOURCES TELL US THEY FEEL THEY HAVE THE MAN AND THAT D.N.A. AND FINGERPRINT STUFF IS IN THE LAB NOW AND YOU CAN BET IT’S BEING EXPEDITED, BOB?>>Schieffer: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CYNTHIA. AN EVEN MORE BIZARRE STORY TONIGHT COMING OUT OF SOME ARRESTS IN LAS VEGAS. A ONE-TIME DETECTIVE WHO FOUNDED AN ORGANIZED CRIME UNIT IN NEW YORK CITY AND ANOTHER FORMER COP HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH BEING MAFIA HIT MEN. OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CORRESPONDENT JIM STEWART IS IN WASHINGTON WITH THAT STORY. JIM?>>Reporter: BOB, EVEN THE GODFATHER COULDN’T HAVE DREAMED THIS ONE UP. U.S. PROSECUTORS ALLEGE THAT TWO RETIRED NEW YORK CITY POLICE DETECTIVES WHO WORKED ORGANIZED CRIME CASES WERE ACTUALLY PAID MAFIA HIT MEN THEMSELVES WHO CONTRIBUTED TO EIGHT MURDERS. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS HAD EVEN GONE ONTO TO BECOME A HOLLYWOOD ACTOR BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ROLES, AS A MOBSTER. U.S. ATTORNEYS SAY LOUIS EPPOLITO, KNOWN HERE AS THE CHARACTER “FAT ANDY” IN THE MOVIE “GOODFELLAS”, WAS ARRESTED EARLIER TODAY IN LAS VEGAS WHERE HE HAS LIVED SINCE RETIRING. EPPOLITO WAS PICKED UP AT THIS LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT ALONG WITH HIS FORMER PARTNER STEPHEN CARACAPPA. PROSECUTORS SAY THE MEN DID MORE THAN JUST MURDER FOR THE MOB.>>CARCAPPA AND EPPOLITO WERE PAID HANDSOMELY FOR SELLING OUT THE FILES OF THE N.Y.P.D.>>Reporter: CHARGES AGAINST THE MEN INCLUDE EIGHT MURDERS, TWO ATTEMPTED MURDERS, ONE MURDER CONSPIRACY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, AND AFTER THEIR RETIREMENT AS DETECTIVES, DISTRIBUTING DRUGS. PROSECUTORS ALLEGE THAT IN 1987 LUCHESE CRIME FAMILY UNDERBOSS ANTHONY CASSO HIRED THE TWO DETECTIVES FOR $4,000 A MONTH TO ACT AS HIT MEN. ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE THE DETECTIVES ALLEGEDLY HELPED KILL WAS THIS MAN, JAMES HYDELL, A MEMBER OF A RIVAL CRIME FAMILY. MOB BOSS CASSO, NOW IN PRISON, ONCE EVEN TALKED ABOUT HIS OWN ROLE IN THAT MURDER WITH “60 MINUTES” ED BRADLEY.>>Reporter: WAS IT JUST ONE SHOT TO THE HEAD?>>I SHOT HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES. I DIDN’T TORTURE THE KID. I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I SHOT HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES. THE KID DIED.>>Reporter: CASSO TOLD INVESTIGATORS YEARS AGO THAT THE TWO DETECTIVES HAD BEEN ON HIS PAYROLL BUT THE CHARGES NEVER WENT ANYWHERE UNTIL NOW. IT’S NOTEWORTHY THAT EPPOLITO WAS ONCE THE 11th MOST DECORATED COP IN NEW YORK HISTORY AND AFTER RETIREMENT WROTE A BOOK TITLED: MAFIA COP: THE STORY OF AN HONEST COP. BOB?>>Schieffer: THANK YOU, JIM. PRESIDENT BUSH IS BACK ON THE ROAD SOUNDING AN ALARM AGAIN BUT THE FINANCIAL FUTURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND HE STEPPED UP THE PRESSURE TODAY ON CONGRESS TO FIND A LONG TERM FIX.>>IF YOU SEE A PROBLEM, MEMBER OF CONGRESS REGARDLESS OF YOUR PARTY YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO COME TO THE TABLE. YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SIT DOWN AND COME UP WITH A PERMANENT SOLUTION. WE DON’T NEED A BAND AID SOLUTION FOR SOCIAL SECURITY.>>Schieffer: THE PRESIDENT IS ON A TWO-DAY TOUR OF FOUR RED STATES, STATES HE WON IN NOVEMBER. BUT EVEN IN FRIENDLY TERRITORY, HE’S FINDING THAT HIS PLAN IS GOING TO BE A HARD SELL. JOHN ROBERTS IS IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, AND HAS OUR REPORT.>>Reporter: DAVID BRONNER KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT RETIREMENT SECURITY. HE RUNS ALABAMA’S STATE PENSION, ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN THE NATION. HIS TAKE ON PRIVATE ACCOUNTS IN SOCIAL SECURITY?>>DUMB IDEA. BASICALLY WHAT YOU’VE GOT IS, YOU’RE TAKING A PROGRAM THAT HAS A PROBLEM AND YOU’RE CREATING YOUR OWN CRISIS.>>Reporter: IRONICALLY, BRONNER’S A FAN OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT. PUTTING THE STATE’S MONEY IN EVERYTHING FROM STOCKS TO HOTELS AND GOLF COURSES HE GREW ALABAMA’S STATE PENSION FROM $500 MILLION TO MORE THAN $26 BILLION.>>THIS IS THE HOTEL THAT WE’RE BUILDING IN A TOWN CALLED HOOVER.>>Reporter: BUT BRONNER ARGUES, THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL GUTS SOCIAL SECURITY’S CASH FLOW AND ADDS INDIVIDUAL INVESTMENTS ARE FAR DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HE DOES. SO YOU’RE SAYING INSTITUTIONAL INVESTING IS ONE THING, PERSONAL INVESTING IS ANOTHER.>>ABSOLUTELY, BIG DIFFERENCE.>>Reporter: REPUBLICANS DISCOVERED THOSE SAME CONCERNS IN RECENT POLLING, AND WE FOUND THEM AT MONTGOMERY’S FARMER’S MARKET CAFÉ. OLDER AMERICANS, LIKE CAROLYN HOWTON WHO VOTED BUSH, WORRY THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WON’T INVEST WISELY.>>I DON’T THINK THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL IS GONNA HAVE THE EXPERTISE.>>Reporter: THE LEVEL OF SKEPTICISM ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL IN ALABAMA WOULD SEEM REMARKABLE. AFTER ALL, HE WALKED AWAY WITH 63% OF THE VOTE HERE IN NOVEMBER. HIS VISIT IS MORE THAN JUST A PEP RALLY. HE NEEDS TO CONVINCE EVEN PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED HIM, THAT HIS PLAN IS THE BEST PLAN. IN THIS STATE, WHERE ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE DRAW SOCIAL SECURITY, THERE’S ALMOST UNIVERSAL AGREEMENT IT NEEDS SOME KIND OF FIX, AND MANY VOTERS ARE WILLING TO PUT FAITH IN THE PRESIDENT. ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF THE IDEA OR ARE YOU AGAINST THE IDEA?>>IF “W” WANTS TO DO IT, I’M SURE IT’S GREAT.>>Reporter: BUT AMONG THE PEOPLE PRESIDENT BUSH MUST RELY ON TO GET HIS PLAN THROUGH, FAITH IS NOT ENOUGH.>>I’M NOT CONVINCED OF ANY PLAN. I’M NOT CONVINCED OF THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN OR ANY OF THE OTHER PLANS.>>Reporter: NO QUESTION, PRESIDENT BUSH IS DOING ALL HE CAN TO GIVE SKEPTICAL REPUBLICANS POLITICAL COVER. BUT UNTIL HE GIVES THEM MORE TO CHEW ON THAN JUST TALK ABOUT PRIVATE ACCOUNTS, THEY SAY THEY’RE GOING TO STAY ON THE FENCE. BOB?>>Schieffer: YOU KNOW, JOHN ALL WEEKEND THE DEMOCRATS WERE SAYING IF THE PRESIDENT WOULD TAKE THE IDEA OF PERSONAL SAVINGS ACCOUNT OFF THE TABLE THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH THEM ABOUT THIS, DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CHANCE HE’LL DO THAT?>>Reporter: I DON’T THINK HE’S WILLING TO DO THAT, ONE OF THE ADVISORS SAYS PRIVATE ACCOUNTS ARE ON THE TABLE AND WILL STAY ON THE TABLE.>>Schieffer: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DAN. A SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY ALREADY HAS A VERSION OF WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH WANTS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY: PERSONAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS. AND LATER IN THE BROADCAST, WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW IT’S WORKING. RIGHT NOW WE WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON’S SURGERY AT A HOSPITAL HERE IN NEW YORK. AFTER THE PROCEDURE TO REPAIR A COMPLICATION FROM HIS RECENT HEART BYPASS OPERATION, DOCTORS SAY THEY EXPECT MR. CLINTON TO BE WELL ENOUGH TO GET OUT OF HIS HOSPITAL BED TOMORROW AND WALK. WE HAVE THE DETAILS TONIGHT FROM MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT ELIZABETH KALEDIN.>>Reporter: THE FORMER PRESIDENT ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL BEFORE DAWN. HIS SURGERY LASTED ABOUT FOUR HOURS AND DOCTORS SAY IT WAS A SUCCESS.>>HE IS AWAKE AND RESTING COMFORTABLY.>>Reporter: AFTER HEART BY-PASS SURGERY IN SEPTEMBER MR. CLINTON DEVELOPED AN UNUSUALLY SERIOUS BUILD-UP OF FLUID AND SCAR TISSUE BLOCKING 25% OF HIS LOWER LEFT LUNG. DR. JEFFREY GOLD A HEART AND LUNG SURGEON, EXPLAINS WHY IT CAUSED HIM DISCOMFORT AND WHAT SURGEONS DID TO FIX IT.>>Reporter: WHAT IS THE PLAN IN ORDER TO GET THE SCAR TISSUE OUT?>>TO USE THE SCOPE PLACE IS GENTLY BETWEEN THE RIBS TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE LOCATION OF THE SCAR TISSUE. THEY WOULD THEN PASS THROUGH A SIMILAR PORT A SMALL GRASPING INSTRUMENT DIRECTLY THROUGH, TRY TO CAREFULLY IDENTIFY THE SCAR TISSUE AND SLOWLY REMOVE IT PIECE BY PIECE.>>Reporter: OKAY, THEY WERE INITIALLY HOPING TO REMOVE IT WITH THIS ONE INSTRUMENT, FOUND OUT THE SCAR TISSUE WAS TOO THICK AND HAD TO GO TO PLAN B. WHAT WAS THAT?>>PLAN B WAS TO MAKE A SMALL INCISION ON THE SIDE OF HIS CHEST, POSSIBLY SLIGHTLY UNDER HIS SHOULDER BLADE, AND THEN OPEN IT PERHAPS AND INCH OR AN INCH AND A QUARTER BETWEEN THE RIBS AND DIRECTLY LOOK AT VISUALIZE THE LOWER PART OF THE LUNG THE ABNORMAL AREA, AND THEN CAREFULLY TEASE OUT THE ABNORMAL TISSUE, REMOVE ALL THE SCAR TISSUE, ALLOWING HIS NORMAL LUNG TO RE-EXPAND.>>Reporter: MR. CLINTON’S BIGGEST PROBLEM IS EXPECTED TO BE PAIN IN HIS RIBS FROM HAVING THEM SPREAD APART. BUT OTHER THAN THAT HE’LL MAKE A FULL RECOVERY. JUST YESTERDAY HE WAS PLAYING GOLF IN A DRIVING FLORIDA RAIN, DOCTORS SAY IT WON’T BE LONG MAYBE FOUR TO SIX WEEKS, BEFORE HE’S BACK ON THE LINKS AGAIN. ELIZABETH KALEDIN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.>>Schieffer: IN IRAQ TODAY, POLITICAL LEADERS REACHED A COMPROMISE THAT SHOULD ALLOW FORMATION OF A NEW GOVERNMENT WHEN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OPENS NEXT WEEK. BUT THE VIOLENCE GOES ON. TODAY’S WORST ATTACK WAS A SUICIDE BOMBING AT A SHIITE MUSLIM MOSQUE IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF MOSUL. IT HAPPENED DURING A FUNERAL: ABOUT 50 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, AND 100 MORE INJURED. THE MOST SEVERELY HURT WERE TAKEN TO A U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL. ALSO TODAY, IN BAGHDAD, GUNMEN AMBUSHED AND KILLED TWO DISTRICT POLICE CHIEFS. ALSO TODAY, A GROUP REPRESENTING MUSLIMS IN SPAIN ISSUED A FORMAL ISLAMIC EDICT DENOUNCING OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE FIRST SUCH ACTION BY MUSLIMS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THIS FATWA, AS IT’S CALLED, CONDEMNS BIN LADEN FOR TERRORIST ACTS LIKE LAST YEAR’S TRAIN BOMBINGS IN MADRID. AND IT URGES MUSLIMS EVERYWHERE TO FOLLOW SUIT. COMING UP ON THE “CBS EVENING NEWS,” DO PRIVATE SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNTS ACTUALLY WORK? WE’LL TAKE YOU TO A COUNTRY THAT HAS HAD THEM FOR NEARLY TWENTY- FIVE YEARS, IN TONIGHT’S “INSIDE STORY.” BUT FIRST, CBS NEWS HONORS FALLEN HEROES. ROGER TURNER. HE WAS STUDYING TO BE AN ACTOR, THEN DECIDED TO JOIN THE MILITARY. HE WAS A GOOD ARTIST, AND LOVED TO SKETCH. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING, HE LOVED BEING WITH HIS FAMILY, AND WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIS DAUGHTER START KINDERGARTEN. KILLED IN A MORTAR ATTACK, A PHOTOGRAPH OF HIS WIFE AND KIDS WAS FOUND INSIDE HIS HELMET. OR SAFETY BELT? WOULD YOU PUT MY
LITTLE BROTHER IN A CAR WITHOUT HIS CAR SEAT? WOULD YOU PUT ME IN A
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I WOULDN’T. HEY DAD, BY THE TIME I GO TO
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WITH FORMULA 409.>>Schieffer: AMERICANS ARE GOING DEEPER INTO DEBT, THE GOVERNMENT TODAY SAID HOUSEHOLD DEBT ROSE 11% LAST YEAR. FOR ANYONE OF THINKING OF DECLARING BANKRUPTCY TO AVOID PAY THE THEIR DEBTS THE SENATE TODAY VOTED TO MAKE THAT HARDER AND THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO DO THE SAME. THE COST OF BORROWING MONEY TO BUY A HOUSE KEEPS RISING. MORTGAGE RATES HAVE HIT A SEVEN- MONTH HIGH. STOCKS CLOSED MIXED TODAY. THE DOW GAINED 45 POINTS. THE NASDAQ LOST A POINT AND A- HALF. AS YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT BUSH’S PLAN FOR OVERHAULING SOCIAL SECURITY WOULD ALLOW WORKERS TO INVEST SOME OF THEIR PAYROLL TAXES IN THE STOCK MARKET. THE SOUTH AMERICAN NATION OF CHILE ALREADY HAS A SIMILAR PLAN. SO WE SENT CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT TRISH REGAN DOWN THERE TO FIND OUT HOW IT’S WORKING. IT’S TONIGHT’S “INSIDE STORY.”>>Reporter: HERE IN THE HEART OF THE ANDES MOUNTAINS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A FULLY PRIVATIZED SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM. 48-YEAR OLD HECTOR ESPINOZA IS ONE OF THE 3.6 MILLION CHILEANS WITH A PRIVATE RETIREMENT ACCOUNT. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF IT?>>I HAVE THE CHANCE TO CONTROL MY RETIREMENT.>>Reporter: IN 1980, CHILE’S TRADITIONAL PAY-AS-YOU-GO SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM WAS ABOUT TO GO UNDER. IN RESPONSE, THE GOVERNMENT CREATED A PROGRAM THAT REQUIRED WORKERS TO SAVE FOR THEIR OWN RETIREMENT THROUGH PRIVATE INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS. 10% OF EVERY PAYCHECK MUST NOW BE DEPOSITED INTO AN INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT, AN A.F.P. AS IT’S KNOWN IN SPANISH. WORKERS HAVE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL 2.3% OF THEIR WAGES TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, HEALTH AND DISABILITY INSURANCE. THE MONEY IN THE ACCOUNT GROWS TAX-FREE UNTIL THE WORKER RETIRES. WITH ANNUAL RETURNS TOPPING 10% SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN, ADVOCATES OF PRIVATIZATION DEEM CHILE A SUCCESS STORY. NEARLY $60 BILLION WORTH OF RETIREMENT ASSETS HAVE BEEN PUT TO WORK RIGHT HERE IN THE CHILEAN STOCK MARKET. SUPPORTERS OF PRIVATE ACCOUNTS SAY ALL THIS INVESTMENT IN LOCAL COMPANIES HAS HELPED FUEL AN UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC BOOM.>>Reporter: CHILE’S FORMER LABOR SECRETARY, JOSE PINERA, DESIGNED THE PROGRAM.>>I BELIEVE IT GIVES PEOPLE OWNERSHIP, FREEDOM, CHOICE. IT IS SUCH AN AMERICAN SYSTEM.>>Reporter: BUT CRITICS SAY IT’S A SYSTEM WITH SERIOUS FLAWS: QUE PIENSA DE LA AFP?>>NO ES ALGO QUE VALE LA PENA.>>Reporter: MANY OF CHILE’S POOREST WORKERS, LIKE THIS TOMATO FARMER, TOLD US THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO PUT AWAY 10% OF THEIR PAY. NEARLY HALF OF CHILE’S WORKFORCE IS SELF-EMPLOYED, MANY ARE SEASONAL WORKERS WHO RARELY DECLARE INCOME, PAY TAXES OR CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR PENSIONS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE LITTLE TO RETIRE ON, OTHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT’S GUARANTEED PAYMENT OF $150 MONTH. STILL, MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO CONSISTENTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR ACCOUNTS LIKE HECTOR ESPINOZA, SAY THE SYSTEM WORKS.>>I HOPE TO PUT MORE MONEY IN THE SYSTEM TO GET A BETTER PENSION.>>Reporter: BUT THAT PENSION DEPENDS ON THE CHILEAN MARKETS SUSTAINING THEIR IMPRESSIVE RETURNS. STILL, HECTOR SAYS, THE RISK IS WORTH IT BECAUSE FOR HIM AND MILLIONS OF CHILEANS LIKE HIM, OWNERSHIP OF A RETIREMENT ACCOUNT MEANS OWNERSHIP OF THEIR FUTURE. TRISH REGAN, CBS NEWS, SANTIAGO, CHILE.>>Schieffer: YOU’RE WATCHING THE “CBS EVENING NEWS.” COMING UP, FIREWORKS AT THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL: THE JUDGE THREATENS THE SINGER WITH JAIL. THIS ALLERGY SEASON, ASK YOUR DOCTOR
ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT– SINGULAIR. WHILE MANY SEASONAL ALLERGY
MEDICINES BLOCK HISTAMINE, SINGULAR WORKS DIFFERENTLY
BY BLOCKING LEUKOTRIENES, AN UNDERLYING CAUSE OF
SEASONAL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS, AND ONE PRESCRIPTION SINGULAIR
HELPS RELIEVE A BROAD RANGE OF SEASONAL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
FOR A FULL 24 HOURS. SIDE EFFECTS ARE GENERALLY MILD
AND VARY BY AGE, AND MAY INCLUDE HEADACHE,
EAR INFECTION, SORE THROAT AND
UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION. TK ABOUT “BTER.” WHEN SOMEONE SAYS
SOMETHING’S BETTER, IT’S USUALLY JUST THEIR OPINION. SO IF YOU SUFFER FROM
ACID REFLUX DISEASE… FREQUENT HEARTBURN… AND I TOLD YOU PRESCRIPTION NEXIUM HEALS ACID RELATED DAMAGE IN THE ESOPHAGUS BETTER, YOU’D WANT PROOF. AND NOW YOUR DOCTOR HAS THAT PROOF. RECENT MEDICAL STUDIES PROVE NEXIUM HEALS THAT DAMAGE BETTER THAN THE OTHER LEADING PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE. NO WONDER THEY CALL NEXIUM THE “HEALING PURPLE PILL.” SO CALL YOUR DOCTOR TODAY. AND ASK IF NEXIUM IS RIGHT FOR YOU. BECAUSE IF LEFT UNTREATED, THE DAMAGE COULD GET WORSE. OTHER SERIOUS STOMACH CONDITIONS MAY STILL EXIST. THE MOST COMMON
SIDE EFFECTS OF NEXIUM ARE HEADACHE, DIARRHEA
AND ABDOMINAL PAIN. HEY, WITH NEXIUM, YOU DON’T JUST FEEL BETTER, YOU ARE BETTER. AND BETTER IS BETTER.>>Schieffer: AT THE TRIAL OF POPSTAR MICHAEL JACKSON, THE FOCUS TODAY WAS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE MAIN WITNESS ACCUSING HIM OF CHILD MOLESTING. ARMOLESTING HIM TWICE AFTER THEY DRANK ALCOHOL. VINCE GONZALEZ IS IN SANTA MARIA CALIFORNIA TONIGHT WITH THE STORY.>>Reporter: ANOTHER HIGH SPEED S.U.V. RACE DOWN A CALIFORNIA FREEWAY: IT MUST MEAN A CELEBRITY COURT CASE HAS TAKEN A TWIST. THIS IS MICHAEL JACKSON’S MOTORCADE RUSHING TO THE COURTHOUSE AFTER THE JUDGE IN THE SINGER’S MOLESTATION TRIAL THREATENED TO THROW THE KING OF POP IN JAIL. THAT’S BECAUSE JACKSON WAS A NO SHOW AT COURT. LEAD DEFENSE ATTORNEY TOM MESEREAU TOLD THE JUDGE JACKSON WAS AT THIS HOSPITAL WITH A “SEVERE BACK PROBLEM.” THE JUDGE DIDN’T BUY IT AND GAVE JACKSON AN HOUR TO GET TO COURT.>>THIS JUDGE WAS ANGRY.>>Reporter: JACKSON MISSED THE JUDGE’S DEADLINE BY A FEW MINUTES. THE USUALLY WELL-DRESSED SINGER SHUFFLED IN WEARING WHAT APPEARED TO BE PAJAMA BOTTOMS AND A T-SHIRT. HIS TRIAL RESUMED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. JURY SELECTION WAS DELAYED LAST MONTH WHEN THE SINGER CHECKED INTO ANOTHER HOSPITAL WITH THE FLU. NOT UNUSUAL, SAYS CBS CONSULTANT AND JACKSON BIOGRAPHER J. RANDY TARABORRELLI. YOU WERE NOT SURPRISED.>>PEOPLE IN MICHAEL JACKSON’S CIRCLE ARE NOT SURPRISED AT WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM KNOW HE CAN’T HANDLE STRESS. HE’S PRONE TO PANIC ATTACKS.>>Reporter: JACKSON’S MEDICAL PROBLEM CAME THE DAY AFTER HIS YOUNG ACCUSER FIRST TOOK THE STAND. BUT IT MIGHT BE MORE THAN JUST THE TRIAL STRESSING THE SINGER OUT. CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED HE’S GOT A FINANCIAL CRISIS ON HIS HANDS TOO. APPARENTLY STAFF AT HIS NEVERLAND RANCH STAGED A SICKOUT BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T BEEN PAID IN WEEKS. ANIMALS IN THE SINGER’S ZOO MA HAVE TO BE MOVED. HIS LAWYERS HAVE REPORTEDLY NOT BEEN PAID IN MONTHS.>>OUR INFORMATION IS THAT MICHAEL JACKSON WAS UP ALL NIGHT LONG LAST NIGHT DEALING WITH HIS TROUBLES AT NEVERLAND HE ONLY NEEDS $150,000 TO STRAIGHTEN OUT THIS MESS AT NEVERLAND.>>Reporter: BUT THE SINGER IS APPARENTLY HAVING TROUBLE RAISING THE MONEY. IN THE COOPLT YAUNG CUESER SPOKE OF JACKSON TOUCHING HIM INAPPROPRIATELY BUT DHAFS ALL OVERSHADOWED AT WHAT WAS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE.>>Schieffer: AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF THIS SORT OF THING, “FORBES” MAGAZINE IS OUT WITH ITS LIST OF THE TOP TWENTY BILLIONAIRES. SOME FAMILIAR NAMES AT THE TOP: MICROSOFT’S BILL GATES IS NUMBER ONE, WORTH $46.5 BILLION. AND AT NUMBER TWO, BERKSHIRE- HATHAWAY’S WARREN BUFFET, WITH, GIVE OR TAKE, $44 BILLION. I’LL BE BACK WITH A FINAL WORD, IN JUST A MINUTE. [dog barks] (TV announcer)
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FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE. SO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT
WAYS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR HEART. THE HEART PROTECTION
STUDY PROVED ZOCOR, ALONG WITH DIET,
SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE RISK OF BOTH HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
IN PEOPLE WITH DIABETES. ZOCOR IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING PEOPLE
WI LIVER PROBLEMS, WOMEN WHO ARE NURSING, PREGNANT,
OR MAY BECOME PREGNANT. MUSCLE PAIN OR WEAKNESS
COULD BE A SIGN OF A RARE BUT SERIOUS
SIDE EFFECT. ZOCOR MAY INTERACT WITH OTHER
MEDICINES OR CERTAIN FOODS, INCREASING YOUR RISK OF GETTING
THIS SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT. SIMPLE BLOOD TESTS ARE NEEDED
TO CHECK FOR LIVER PROBLEMS. IF YOU HAVE DIABETES,
ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF ZOCOR CAN HELP PROTECT YOU, AND GO TO ZOCOR.COM
TO GET YOUR FREE BOOK. IT’S YOUR FUTURE. BE THERE. TO HELP PREVENT
A HEART ATTACK, 81 mg. IS THE DOSE OF ASPIRIN
DOCTORS RECOMMEND MOST. SO ST. JOSEPH
ONLY MAKES THAT DOSE. ♪ THE RIGHT ATRIUM’S
WHERE THE PROCESS BEGINS ♪ ♪ WHERE THE CO2 BLOOD
ENTERS THE HEART ♪ ♪ THROUGH THE TRICUSPID VALVE
TO THE RIGHT VENTRICLE ♪ ♪ THE PULMONARY ARTERY
AND LUNGS ♪ ♪ ONCE INSIDE THE LUNGS
IT DUMPS ITS CARBON DIOXIDE ♪ ♪ AND PICKS UP
ITS OXYGEN SUPPLY ♪ ♪ THEN IT’S BACK TO THE HEART
THROUGH THE PULMONARY VEIN ♪ ♪ THROUGH THE ATRIUM
AND LEFT VENTRICLE ♪ TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. ASPIRIN’S NOT RIGHT
FOR EVERYONE. ST. JOSEPH. AMERICA’S ORIGINAL.
JUST FOR THE HEART.>>Schieffer: FINALLY, TONIGHT WE BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER AT CBS NEWS. ONLY A VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVE HELD THIS JOB, AMONG THEM WALTER CRONKITE, WHO WAS MY HERO WHEN I WAS A YOUNG REPORTER– AND DAN RATHER, MY FRIEND FOR 40 YEARS. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE ASKED TO FOLLOW THEM. DAN WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE REMARKABLE BODY OF WORK HE HAS COMPILED OVER FOUR DECADES, BUT I’LL REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS LOVE OF THE NEWS AND THE FIERCE DETERMINATION AND COURAGE TO GO WHEREVER THE NEWS WAS BREAKING. I WISH HIM THE BEST. THIS IS A DAUNTING ASSIGNMENT, BUT I ACCEPT IT BECAUSE WE HAVE A PROUD TRADITION AND A TERRIFIC NEWS TEAM. MY FRIEND, THE GREAT WATERGATE REPORTER BOB WOODWARD WAS ASKED THE OTHER DAY WHAT HIS MINDSET WAS WHEN HE AND HIS PARTNER, CARL BERNSTEIN, EMBARKED ON COVERING THAT STORY. WOODWARD SAID, “WE DIDN’T HAVE AN AGENDA AND WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW IT WOULD END, WE WERE JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED.” THAT’S WHAT WE’LL TRY TO DO: FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED AND TELL YOU ABOUT IT IN CLEAR AND CONCISE LANGUAGE. IF WE DO THAT, AND DO IT WELL, YOU’LL TAKE IT FROM THERE. I’M NOT EXACTLY A NEW FACE. MANY OF YOU HAVE KNOWN AND TRUSTED ME OVER THE YEARS. I TAKE THAT AS A HIGH COMPLIMENT AND I PROMISE YOU THIS, I’LL NEVER TAKE THAT TRUST FOR GRANTED. THAT’S THE NEWS. WE’LL SEE YOU RIGHT HERE TOMORROW.■ Captioning sponsored by THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and CBS Captioned by Media Access Group at WGBH access.wgbh.org

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