tv NBC Nightly News NBC October 27, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
on the broadcast tonight, miracle pill. first it was heart attack prevention, then stroke. now, would you believe cancer? tonight, the latest news about the health effects of the modest but mighty aspirin. stocks soar on wall street, but where else is that good news and how will main street feel it? new outrage about what she said, what he did and the toll bernie madoff took. these days the people have cameras. was he a drug addict? the portrait of michael jackson
painted in court today. the portrait of michael jackson painted in court today. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. when they write the history of modern medicine including the costs of the exotic medications, all our fancy weapons against illness it might be that the most simple medication in our arsen arsenal, the most modest product in the medicine cabinet may be the best and most cost effective. that's aspirin. it's almost hard to believe it's all we ever took for headache or aches or pains. that was before we discovered its uses in heart attack prevention, stroke prevention and just now the news is breaking tonight about its use against colon cancer. put it this way. a bottle of generic aspirin, $4.29. medical research, tens of billions of dollars. a household item that could prevent a range of illnesses, priceless. that's how we begin tonight with
our chief science correspondent robert bazell. >> reporter: it is more powerful evidence that one of the oldest and cheapest medicines on earth may be one of the most beneficial. british researchers studied people like keith reiger who inherited a gene which puts him at very high risk for colon cancer. he and his father had colon cancer. two of the three children inherited the gene. one died at 22 from colon cancer. in the study, 861 people with lynch syndrome took either two three milligram tablets of aspirin or a placebo. scientists followed them for two years after they stopped taking the aspirin. >> we reduced by 60%. >> reporter: because the same gene plays a role in the more common form of the disease, researchers assume that aspirin might help the general population reduce colon cancer
risk. but aspirin is not without its own potential side effects. >> there are also risks, particularly increased risks of serious gastrointestinal bleeding. >> reporter: the ancient greeks used the precursor of aspirin taken from willow trees. the current form was first sold in 1899. it costs pennies and reduces fever, pain, inflammation and cuts the risk for heart attack, stroke and, we now know, cancer. aspirin is such a wonder drug that ads remind people the main use is pain relief. >> no, no. i'm not having a heart attack. it's my back. >> trust me. it works great for pain. >> reporter: keith and his family, even those without the gene, now take aspirin. they and doctors say it should never be a substitute for colonoscopies which can more dramatically cut the risk for the deadly disease. robert bazell, nbc news, new york. now we turn to wall street where today this is what passed
for good news. the deal last night to save europe from collapsing into a heap of debt. the dow was up 339. nasdaq gained just under 88. s&p up almost 43 points. the dow jones industrial average is now up 13% from its low earlier this month which all brings us to david faber from cnbc. i know you're not here to defend wall street, but here's the question. this disconnect, how many people will get hired in this country because the dow is on a good run and had a good day? how does that wash over into the rest of the economy? when are we going to feel it? >> we won't feel it for some time, if we feel it at all. something else we heard which was potentially good news was the report on the growth of the u.s. economy. 2.5% is how much the u.s. economy grew in the third quarter of the year. that was better than anticipated given we were worried we were headed into another recession.
that's not fast enough to actually generate real jobs. and so that continues to be the question. an up stock market creates confidence in the ceo suite perhaps. that gets them feeling better about opening a new plant and it creates more wealth, maybe more consumer demand a la spending. demand could also create jobs as well. >> david faber from cnbc, thanks, as always. speaking of disconnects, the man who got filthy rich in a ponzi scheme at the expense of so many people and so many charities is back in the news tonight. his family is as well and many of the people who suffered so much are outraged that the madoffs are now once again getting so much attention. the story from nbc's ron aallll >> reporter: judith and ray baker now live on pension and social security. gone is $2.5 million invested
with bernie madoff. >> we are resentful of the family looking for sympathy. >> oh, god. >> reporter: when madoff faced the judge for the ponzi schemes, his victims gathered at the courthouse. their outrage clear. >> i think the only thing he's sorry about is he got caught. >> reporter: many feel victimized again as the madoffs do television interviews talking about their own tough times while launching books with their side of the story. >> we took pills and woke up the next day. >> reporter: madoff's estranged wife ruth talking about how the couple tried to commit suicide and bernie madoff in a jailhouse interview. >> so he's happier there than he was on the outside. >> reporter: mrs. madoff tells her story live on "today" monday. >> i don't think anything the madoffs say you can believe in. they have been proven liars. >> it just makes me ill. it really does. >> reporter: richard and cynthia
friedman are still trying to figure out how much they lost. today reaction to the interviews is spiking on social media. with more madoff victims venting. did they try to smother themselves in a big bag of money, writes a woman in california who said she lost millions. welling and baker received a small amount of compensation money but they are in the minority. most victims can only hope the madoffs' books raise more money that finds its way to them. ron allen, nbc news, new york. >> protesters across the country and americans who are sympathetic to the occupy wall street protest movement are tonight rallying around a 24-year-old iraq war veteran who was seriously injured during a violent confrontation with police in oakland, california, on tuesday. our report tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> medic!
[ screaming ] >> reporter: in oakland tuesday, 24-year-old marine scott olsson was hit by what witnesses say was a police projectile. friends rushed to his aid. >> we asked him his name multiple times. >> what's your name? >> he wasn't responding. we took him to the medic. >> reporter: olsson, who survived two tours of duty in iraq was critically injured with a fractured skull. >> i was shocked that in this country they would do that to a peaceful protester. scott was out here protesting peacefully. >> reporter: oakland police tactics have come under scrutiny. >> we want to make sure there is a thorough and complete job and a complete comprehensive review done of the incident. >> reporter: like other veterans and thousands of protesters, friends of olsson say he was demonstrating against a wide range of issues. >> he just expressed his conviction that the corporate greed and the wars in iraq and afghanistan needed to come to an
end. >> reporter: now the story is across the country. >> march with oakland! >> reporter: in new york, they shouted "oakland" as hundreds marched to city hall. portland to los angeles. >> scott olsson is a hero for standing with the people. >> reporter: tonight in many cities the occupy movement appears energized. scott olsson's family arrived here in the bay area from wisconsin to good news. he's been upgraded to fair condition. meantime the demonstrators will hold a vigil for olsson tonight. >> it's bracing to hear the call for a medic in the states for a guy who survived combat overseas. miguel almaguer, thanks. the protest slogan from the '60s, the whole world is watching, has never been as true as it is now. pictures from inside the protests that the news media show often originate from social
media. while police are getting called out for their behavior, remember, we can now see more of their behavior than ever before and they are under close scrutiny as nbc's mike taibbi reports. >> reporter: in washington, d.c., a disabled man is pulled from his wheelchair and dropped on the ground. his head wound bleeding profusely and later requiring stitches. police say he was cited for public drinking and assaulting a police officer. the camera only saw what it saw. >> he's in a wheelchair. what's going on? >> reporter: in utah last thursday a group of football fans go into the hakka and are pepper sprayed by police. at the start of new york's occupy wall street protests, a police inspector fires his pepper spray at a clearly nonviolent crowd. a woman standing on her own property while taping a traffic stop arrest -- >> this is my friend.
i'm just recording what you're doing. it's my right. >> reporter: is arrested when she refuses to move. >> i'm observing and they are arresting me. in other words. >> reporter: while there may not be more of these incidents, more without question are caught on tape. that raises next level issues in the age old interactions between law enforcement and the public. >> for the first time in our history, 80% of the population are carrying video cameras in their pockets with them on smartphones. >> reporter: law enforcement officials know it and they are using the same technology and social media for their purposes. after rioters looted london and other british cities this past august and attacked police with homemade explosives officials turned to former new york and l.a. police commissioner bill bratton who said use that video against the lawbreakers. >> we are in the age of big brother. he's here. 1984 arrived in 2011. >> reporter: bratton said it drives him crazy when cops go
after citizens shooting video. >> if you're doing the right thing what do you care if they are filming it. >> reporter: it's true civilians are arming themselves with tasers, mace and pepper spray and much of the video only shows what's been true about how legitimate police work looks. >> we have an expression -- lawful but awful. unfortunately certain police actions when they have to use force to make a lawful arrest don't look good. >> reporter: about some of the cases, the woman arrested for taking video from her front lawn had the charges against her dropped. the nypd inspector who fired pepper spray at the nonthreatening protesters was transferred. the two cops who pulled the man from his wheelchair have faced no charges and are back on the job. >> great reporting tonight. mike taibbi, thanks, as always. still ahead, as we continue tonight, is it possible michael jackson was nothing more than a hopeless doctor-shopping drug
addict? that seemed to be the portrait of him painted in court today in l.a. and making sure the most important day in a kid's life really feels that way. eaning de, the abrasives in the toothpaste actually create those micro fine scratches in the denture, and that's where bacteria can grow and thrive. these are the very bacteria that can cause bad breath. dentists do recommend that you soak your denture in polident. polident doesn't scratch the denture surface, and it kills 99.9% of bacteria that are responsible for causing bad breath. by using polident and soaking your denture every day you can feel confident your dentures fresh and clean. by using polident and soaking your denture every day i grew up bell bottoms in the '80s? not pretty. then she found them. she loved them, so i washed them in tide with downy and they're still soft and fresh. right? i'm blogging. really. i'm talking. that's my tide. what's yours?
it's bring your happiness to work day. campbell's microwavable soups. in three minutes -- the deliciousness that brings a smile to any monday. campbell's -- it's amazing what soup can do. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader.
the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ we're back now with the trial of michael jackson's physician conrad murray. his defense team is nearly done presenting the case they hope will sway the jury to come back with a verdict of not guilty on manslaughter charges. today, there were two final witnesses, both medical experts
and the defense presented a portrait of michael jackson very different than the star we all saw on stage. our report tonight from nbc's jeff rossen in los angeles. >> reporter: it is dr. conrad murray's final push and today science was the star. the defense presenting its strongest evidence yet. dr. paul white on the stand. the self-described father of propofol. he literally wrote the book on it. >> if, in fact, murray had administered the drugs he described in his conversations with the police department and the doses he described i would not have expected michael jackson to have died. ♪ >> reporter: the defense argument that michael jackson, a worldwide superstar was actually a secret drug addict. not only hooked on propofol but painkillers, too, and dr. murray had no idea. >> i believe there is evidence he was dependent upon demerol. >> reporter: murray's lawyers
blame another doctor for his addiction, his dermatologist arnold klein. according to medical records he received more than 20 injections of demerol from april to june of 2009, often getting several shots in a single week. one just three days before his death. >> you would consider this very high use? >> very high. >> reporter: dr. klein denied the allegations. on cross-examination, the prosecutor fought back. >> are you board certified in addiction medicine? >> no. >> reporter: they sparred for more than an hour. >> let me try again. would you diagnose michael jackson as addicted to demerol based strictly on these documents in my hand? yes or no. >> probably not. >> reporter: the defense could rest as early as tomorrow with closing arguments monday. the fate of dr. conrad murray, the legacy of michael jackson sitting in the hands of seven men and five women. jeff rossen, nbc news, los
angeles. up next from the waters off southern california, two whales and a kayaker and a photo so spectacular we feared it might be fake. the employee of the month isss... the new spark card from capital one. spark miles gives me the most rewards of any small business credit card. the spark card earns double miles... so we really had to up our game. with spark, the boss earns double miles on every purchase, every day. that's setting the bar pretty high. owning my own business has never been more rewarding. coming through! [ male announcer ] introducing spark the small business credit cards from capital one. get more by choosing unlimited double miles or 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. what's in your wallet? yeah, i toog nyguil bud i'm stild stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't un-stuff your nose. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your stuffy nose. [ deep breath ] thank you! that's the cold truth!
you know what else is early? medicare open enrollment. now through december 7th. can i stick with my old medicare plan? sure! or find a new plan with better coverage, less cost, or both. medicare plans give you free cancer screenings and wellness visits and 50% off on brand-name prescriptions when you're in the doughnut hole. it's part of the healthcare law. so it's time to look, compare... and choose the right plan for you. learn more at 1-800-medicare or medicare.gov. and choose the right plan for you. wait a second... with olay challenge that. new regenerist wrinkle revolution... relaxes the look of wrinkles instantly, and the look of deep wrinkles in 14 days. ready, set, smooth... regenerist. from olay. but for some of us with overactive bladder, our pipes just don't work as well as they should. sometimes, i worry my pipes might leak. but i learned there's something more i can do. now, i take care with vesicare.
once-daily vesicare can help control your bladder muscle and is proven to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of frequent urges and leaks day and night. if you have certain stomach or glaucoma problems, or trouble emptying your bladder, do not take vesicare. vesicare may cause allergic reactions that may be serious. if you experience swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, stop taking vesicare and get emergency help. tell your doctor right away if you have severe abdominal pain, or become constipated for three or more days. vesicare may cause blurred vision, so use caution while driving or doing unsafe tasks. common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, and indigestion. so why wait ? ask your doctor today... ... about taking care with vesicare.
in turkey today, more than four days now after that quake killed over 500 people, rescue people earlier this week saved a two-week-old girl pulled an 18-year-old man from the rubble alive as medical workers lifted him to the stretcher. onlookers were cheering. we continue to learn from the u.s. census about who we are and how we are changing. this week we learned in large part because of the bad economy americans aren't moving around the country much. u.s. mobility is at its lowest point since world war ii. in a separate study showing a boom in the asian-american population in the last decade. now more than 17 million people
in this country. while the largest asian-american communities are in california and new york they are growing fast in a number of other states as well where you may not expect it from the southwest to new england. the u.s. government has given bp the go ahead to start drilling in the gulf of mexico again for the first time since the oil well disaster that killed 11 people and caused untold environmental damage. the approval clears the way for drilling to start again any day now on an exploratory well. it's a thousand feet deeper than the original well. what we don't know is how a black lab puppy ended up on top of a moving freight train but everything ended up okay. a south carolina family was waiting at a crossing when they saw him. they called 911, followed the train for six miles before norfolk southern had the engineer stop the train.
the puppy was rescued by the fire department, was given to the family that saved him. tonight he has a new home and a new name, boxcar hunter. he's three months old and the family is urged to keep an eye on him given his previous track record. in the era of photoshopping we were suspicious this next image was too good to be true. after extensive checking by our team in southern california we learned a freelance photographer hired to take pictures for the tourism folks in santa cruz county got two humpback whales breaching next to a kayaker. they reentered the water slowly and the kayaker was fine. we can only alum the photographer and his client were pleased with the results. when we come back, making a difference for kids one very special birthday at a time. but i am a voter.
so washington... before you even think about cutting my medicare and social security benefits... here's a number you should remember. 50 million. we are 50 million seniors who earned our benefits... and you will be hearing from us... today and on election day. ♪ come soups that you'll love getting to know. new slow kettle style soups from campbell's. extraordinary taste sensations crafted from premium ingredients. slow kettle. new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. new from campbell's. do you have an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem? are you taking warfarin to reduce your risk of stroke caused by a clot? you should know about pradaxa. an important study showed that pradaxa 150mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no need for those regular blood tests.
pradaxa is progress. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. don't take pradaxa if you have abnormal bleeding, and seek immediate medical care for unexpected signs of bleeding like unusual bruising. pradaxa may increase your bleeding risk if you're 75 or older, have kidney problems or a bleeding condition, like stomach ulcers. or if you take aspirin products, nsaids, or blood thinners. tell your doctor about all medicines you take, any planned medical or dental procedures, and don't stop taking pradaxa without your doctors approval, as stopping may increase your stroke risk. other side effects include indigestion,stomach pain, upset, or burning. if you have afib not caused by a heart valve problem, ask your doctor if pradaxa can reduce your risk of a stroke. for more information or help paying for pradaxa, visit pradaxa.com. [ male announcer ] how could a luminous protein in jellyfish, impact life expectancy in the u.s.,
real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. when you're a kid and for some adults who i know aren't 50 yet there is nothing like your birthday because it's your day and nobody can take that away from you. but in this economy, some birthdays aren't all that great for some kids because parents can't afford to do what they'd
really like to which is where tonight's making a difference report comes in. here is nbc's john yang. >> reporter: twice a week ashley boydgan gathers volunteers in a church kitchen to make birthday cakes for children they will never meet. the group is calleded sweet blessings and they don't just make any cakes. with decorations hand crafted with icing and tools from a workshop each is customized to match the child's interests whether they play the violin or video games, are football or baseball games. the recipients are special, too. each is from a family in crisis or suffering from a life-threatening disease. >> i think some of these children will grow up remembering these special cakes all their lives. >> reporter: she started sweet blessings. >> i got a feeling i was supposed to be spending more time making a difference and
less time making a living. >> reporter: all made by volunteers like 11-year-old meredith. >> it might not not help them grow up big and strong but it will help them have some self-confidence. >> reporter: connie is a prosecutor. before sweet blessings she never decorated a cake like this. >> it's hard to imagine there are children who don't get birthday cakes. >> reporter: social work rs picked recipients from among their cases and make the deliveries. >> it really opens doors to communication and makes that relationship much more positive. >> reporter: the volunteer bakers and decorators never see their real final product. >> oh! check it out! what do you think? >> it's cool. >> reporter: a special moment on a child's special day. >> thank you. >> reporter: john yang, nbc news, lexington, kentucky. >> happy birthday, buddy.
>> that's why we call it making a difference. that is our broadcast for this thursday night. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. before that even i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." before that even i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com