News for this August 17th, 20 years ago was about Hurricanes, donor cards, trials of the century and Shannon Faulkner.
Starting with news of Hurricane Felix, stalled off the North Carolina coast, creeping along at 3 miles per hour and with top winds of 75 mph. Meteorologists were perplexed and residents along the outer banks were nervous and evacuating. It was a waiting game, at least for the time being.
The fracas over the Mark Fuhrman Tapes was dying down as the OJ Simpson trial lumbered along. Judge Lance Ito was going to carefully listen to the 12-hours of potentially racially charged tapes before making a decision on their admissibility in the courtroom.
The scandal over a Harvard Business School Dropout, who was alleged to have bilked the government out of some $120 million in a Medicare scheme involving more than 40 health clinics was bubbling to the surface. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami pressed charges against Akioshi Yamada, who set up clinics, hired recruiters to bill for services that never occurred or were unnecessary, provided equipment that wasn’t needed – a whole host of scam items.
The ongoing saga of Shannon Faulkner and the formerly all-male Citadel Military Academy was back in the news. Faulkner, the first female cadet to enroll in the academy, took ill during the first day of intensive military training. She was taken to a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina where doctors were hoping to find out why she hadn’t recovered.
All this, and a lot more for August 17, 1995 as reported on The CBS World News Roundup.