Miracle at the mine

October 13, 2010 2:00:10 PM PDT
I'm told I said "what a night" three times on our 11 o'clock newscast last night.

I suspect I did.

Maybe because it was.

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The first miner emerged - alive and well - during our newscast, and we stayed with it throughout most of our 35 minutes on the air. Nightline then took over, with an expanded, one-hour long show.

It was, I will quickly acknowledge, wonderful to cover such a "good news" story. And it's still unfolding. There are, as I write this, about a dozen miners still underground, waiting to be pulled up and out. They're being rescued with no small amount of help from Americans in terms of technology and know how - at a time when the U.S. could use some world-friendly P.R.

We're covering the rescues again tonight; there should be a handful of miners left underground by the time we hit air. And ABC News has a one-hour special at 10 p.m. about the rescues.

So many great stories emerging as the miners emerge. Here's one that tickled us today: There's a report out of England that the miners are now scoring big from companies trying to hop on their bandwagon. They've reportedly been offered free trips to Greece, thanks to a Greek mining company. Steve Jobs of Apple is reportedly sending each of them an iPod, and a restaurant in Chile is offering them a year's worth of free sushi.

And Elvis Presley Enterprises, the company that runs Graceland, has invited one of the minors - a die-hard Elvis fan - to come to the Memphis shrine. The company also sent him some of Presley's songs to play while he was trapped.

Also at 11, we hear the price of LCD televisions is about to drop dramatically because of a glut of them coming to market. And so if you've waited to buy that flat screen TV, now might be the time to think about it. Tim Fleischer tunes into the story for us.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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