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NBC apologizes for plane crash skit

Tue., Aug. 29, 2006

NBC expressed regret Monday for an Emmy Awards comedy skit that included a mock plane crash and aired on the network the evening of a fatal Kentucky jetliner accident.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the many families who lost loved ones in the plane crash in Kentucky on Sunday and to the entire community that has suffered this terrible loss,” NBC said in a statement the day after the ceremony.

“In no way would we ever want to make light of this terrible tragedy,” NBC said. “The filmed opening during the Emmy telecast was meant to spoof some of television’s most well-known scenes. The timing was unfortunate, and we regret any unintentional pain it may have caused.”

The prerecorded skit was broadcast as part of the live Emmy ceremony just hours after a commuter jet taking off in Lexington, Ky., crashed into a field and burst into flames, killing 49 people. The segment, which opened the Emmys, started with host Conan O’Brien boarding a private plane to Los Angeles.

The plane then pitched violently and a crash was implied but not shown.


Gerald Ford home after procedures

Former President Gerald Ford was discharged from the Mayo Clinic on Monday, nearly two weeks after being admitted for tests and undergoing a pair of heart procedures.

Ford, 93, flew home to Rancho Mirage, Calif., with his wife Monday afternoon, Mayo spokesman Lee Aase said.

Ford received an implantable cardiac pacemaker last week to regulate his heartbeat. Later in the week, he underwent angioplasty, with stents in two of his coronary arteries to increase blood flow.

Ford’s office issued a statement thanking Mayo staff.

“The Fords also wish to thank the American people for their prayers and countless messages of good wishes,” the statement said.


Foster child’s death investigated

The foster parents who reported a 3-year-old developmentally disabled boy missing were charged Monday in his death, and the foster father was accused of burning his body.

Liz and David Carroll Jr. are accused of leaving the boy in a closet in their home just east of Cincinnati while they went to a family reunion in Kentucky on Aug. 4, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said.

Investigators believe Marcus Fiesel was dead when the couple returned home two days later, Deters said. David Carroll took the boy’s body to rural Brown County and burned it, Deters said.

Authorities were searching Monday in rural Brown County, southeast of Cincinnati, for his remains, Deters said. He declined to discuss other details of the investigation that led to the indictments.

The couple reported the boy missing from a suburban park Aug. 15, saying he wandered off after Liz Carroll passed out because of a heart condition.


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