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The Alexandria Project, Chap. 15: The Alexandria Project Makes the Evening News

Apr 26, 2010, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Brian Williams stood center stage in the NBC Nightly News studio, as always impeccably dressed and at ease in a conservative business suit. He shared a last quiet joke with the intern straightening his tie, and then on cue turned to the camera. As always, he read the day's headlines from the teleprompter with a serious expression. Then, with a warm and slightly wry smile, he alluded to the "Making a Difference" segment that would close the broadcast. As always, he concluded with the signature phrase, "Nightly News begins now."

"As the last bar of theme music faded at 00:42 on the now reversed timer, Williams looked directly into the camera, ready to read the lead story of the day. Right on schedule, his script started to scroll down the teleprompter, and Williams began to read in an appropriately earnest voice.

""Good evening. We begin tonight with the shocking story of how the U.S. Government has hidden the threat of global collapse from the American People."

"What the hell was going on here, the normally unflappable Williams wondered. This story hadn't been on tonight's script..."

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