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Monday night's show airs from Las Vegas ! We are in Las Vegas as part of the FOX News Channel's thanks to all the viewers for making FOX No. 1 and to celebrate our 10 years on the air. As you know, all the shows have been going around the country to try and thank viewers.
We have a special show planned for you tonight, including an interview with international star Celine Dion! Last night we interviewed her before her show and then went to her show. She is truly amazing. Not only is she so unbelievably talented and has been so successful around the world for so many years, but she is just downright nice. She is very easy to talk to... as you will see tonight. Her show was captivating. She has to be extremely fit to dance and sing for two hours. You can also tell that she is an artist who appreciates her fans. Periodically during her show, she stops and talks to her many fans and she sings the songs the crowd has come to hear. Her show is in Caesar's Palace and the concert hall was built to meet her show needs, including providing the stage with 55 percent humidity to make it easier to sing for so long. She plans to end the show December 2007, so if you want to hear her sing, you'd better hurry up! You have 13 months.
Incidentally, before the interview, I met her husband Rene and talked to him for a long time. He is fascinating. We had a long talk about the music industry. If you think about it, the music industry sure has changed in the last 20 years — for instance, from albums to CDs to downloads and how these changes have created new challenges for artists.
Bottom line: Tune in tonight, see Celine and Wayne Newton and much more — plus, the top news of the day.
On Friday night we did our show from Reno, Nevada. We were in Reno because we are working on a special to air in a few weeks. FOX does not have a bureau in Reno, so for our show at 10 p.m. ET, we had to improvise. So, where and how did we do the show? We rented a hotel room big enough to accommodate our show needs.
As you might imagine, we did not have a lot of choice — nor time to conduct searches and make a decision. I have attached pictures of our Reno set. Yes, it's a hotel room with — you guessed it — a hot tub. This is the first time I have done a show from a hotel room seated next to a hot tub (of course, you could not see the hot tub on air — we aren't that nuts. And, at least it was not heart shaped!) In addition to the room pictures posted — which include the hot tub — I could not resist taking a picture of what hangs over the hot tub. This is Nevada. Check out the pics and you will see… and yes, "never dull."
On Thursday, I was e-mailing back and forth to Adam Housley all day long. He was in Southern California covering the wildfires and I wanted frequent updates from the scene to better prepare me for our show Thursday, which included much on the wildfires. During the course of our e-mail traffic I asked Adam to take some pictures and send them to me to post. He could not do it Thursday because he was so busy on the scene with live shots, but did send them on Friday. Since I was on the road Friday, I could not open his pics — so I simply forwarded Adam's pictures to New York City to be posted. They are posted today and I still have not been able to open them. The first time I will see them is when you do: When I log onto www.gretawire.com later today.
As noted above, our show tonight is from Vegas. We arrived in Vegas Sunday afternoon and got a personal tour of Caesar's Palace. Ceasar's, as you might imagine, has some very fancy rooms for its "high rollers." We took a tour of the high roller suites and I shot some still pics of the suites that I will post tomorrow. Some of the high roller suites are 10,000 square feet! Yes... huge! One suite had a wood-paneled room with a pool table and bar... another had beautiful aquariums... two had private swimming pools... each had multiple bedrooms... there were fresh flowers in each, etc. Yes, these rooms are very nice — check the pics tomorrow.
Below are the usual posted e-mails. Many are about the segment we did on the Duke lacrosse players rape case Friday night. I want to emphasize one thing: I posted each e-mail I read on the topic as I read them. (I later read more of them and did not post the others since there were so many.) The reason I tell you how the ones posted got posted is because I want you to know that I was not pushing a particular agenda in posting them: 100 percent of the ones I read (so far) have been critical of the way DA Mike Nifong is doing his job.
Note: We have many times invited DA Mike Nifong to appear on our show, but he has declined to do so. If he agrees to appear, I will give him a fair interview and a chance to explain his actions. Maybe I have this wrong and I would like to hear from him, but at this point, with what I know, I am stunned by his actions. I have never seen a DA take the actions he has or not taken some he should have. I would welcome the chance to have him change my opinion or enlighten me if I have it wrong. I don't like to be suspicious or critical of prosecutors — there are many very good ones with very important jobs. At the same time, if there is a "bad apple," the community should be protected.
Now for e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
I think Vickie Lynn Hogan is Anna Nicole Smith. I'm not a 100 percent, but somewhere I heard her birth name mentioned during all of her recent tragedy and I thought why change such a pretty name to start with.
Kitty Hawk, NC
E-mail No. 2
I think that Nifong knew the stripper on a "professional" basis who accused the Duke students of rape prior to the alleged assault. I think he set the whole thing up to advance his political career. This hypothesis is as good as any given the news that he hasn't spoken to her about her alleged attack. Why would he? I believe he paid her or offered her something else important to her if she would bring false charges.
I don't know if this is true — but it does make about as much sense as anything else in this case. Mike Estes
San Antonio, TX
E-mail No. 3
Mike Nifong is the most blatant example of abuse of power I have EVER witnessed! His case against the Duke lacrosse team members is 100 percent politically motivated, having NO basis in fact. This man should not simply be stripped of his license to practice law, he should spend a nice stretch of time in jail. This is outrageous!
E-mail No. 4
My idea is to file a bar complaint and also while the criminal trial is going on, file a lawsuit in civil court if that is possible for malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Nifong. He does not sound like he is following the normal rules of discovery and criminal procedure.
E-mail No. 5
I think it is quite obvious why Nifong hasn't spoken with the "victim." He obviously has no plans to take it to trial. I'm sure shortly after the elections either the "victim" will say she is not willing to testify or that the charges are being dropped.
E-mail No. 6
Maybe the prosecutor did not get into Duke...
E-mail No. 7
Nifong is trying to hold the black vote of nearly 70 percent for him at the election. He has only won the primary.
E-mail No. 8
It is time to impeach Nifong and to charge him with malfeasance in office. The defendants should sue Nifong, and possibly the accuser, for defamation of character, slander and libel based upon what is being revealed.
E-mail No. 9
It would seem that Nifong has perverted the grand jury system and as he said “it makes no difference what the evidence is all that matters is that the jury is on your side” or words to that effect.
If this abomination goes to trial and he selects the jury that he wants these three young men will be jailed for life.
It is a shame but it happens all the time (or so I have read) when innocent people are put in jail by power seeking prosecutors who care nothing for their oath of office or if people are innocent but only about putting people in jail.
Charles D. Nelson
E-mail No. 10
I, like you, am not only appalled, but am incensed regarding the conduct of the prosecutor, Nifong, regarding the Duke case. I cannot believe that here in the U.S., three young men, who are to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, have their livelihood as well as their reputations and life hanging in the balance on an unstable, untruthful woman's accusations, without any proof at all. It is unthinkable to me that this prosecutor has not even had a conversation with this woman about her allegations. We are not naive and know, as I have said all along, that Nifong is stringing this case out until after the elections. Every citizen as well as the news media should be outraged over such disgusting tactics and should demand that this man put up or shut up and dismiss this case. It is outrageous to think that nothing can be done over such an injustice in a supposedly just country. We all should demand immediate action in this case or our Constitution should be ripped up and thrown in the trashcan. Where are our demands? I hope these young men if found not guilty can sue the justice system as this is a travesty. The prosecutor should be disbarred before the election. If there is anything citizens can do, please let me know.
E-mail No. 11
I don't know if you noticed how uncomfortable Woody Vann became when you suggested someone report Nifong to the state bar. No one will, because it wouldn't do any good. Attorneys here behave badly because they know they can get away with it. Before anyone can investigate Nifong, they will have to investigate the State Bar and probably every publicly funded entity in this state.
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