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Cutting Room Floor 05/22/07

Cutting Room Floor 05/22/07



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Scott Haws Reporting

MOORE SICKO

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore is used to being in the spotlight, but he's never been on our Cutting Room Floor.

Moore says his latest documentary was supposed to be quieter... more reflective.

But it's not working out that way...

One critic thinks Moore's film about the American health care system, called "Sicko," could have even greater impact than his previous films, "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11."

It's also caught the attention of the U-S government.

It's investigating whether Moore violated the law by taking ailing Nine-Eleven rescuers to Cuba for treatment.

Moore wonders why the government is doing it now -- when it could actually help promote the film.

GORILLA ESCAPES

When you enter a nice restaurant...you expect to be greeted by the host or hostess....in this case...a 400 pound gorilla...

Take a look at this.... Bokito, an 11 year old male gorilla escaped from his zoo enclosure... by leaping over a moat.

He then walked down a trail filled with zoo visitors, grabbed, dragged... then bit a woman before going into the zoo restaurant.

Zoo officials slowed him down with tranquilizers.

As it turns out, this isn't Bokito's first offense.

He broke out of Berlin's zoo three years ago.

POTUS ‘08

Can't get enough of Mitt, Rudy or Obama?

Love those hard fought debates?

Can't get enough of those attack ads?

Then XM Satellite Radio has the station for you.

POTUS '08 will have the presidential campaign 24-hours a day, commercial-free.

The format will include original programming, rebroadcasts of the debates and free air time for candidates to speak directly to voters.

It'll debut next month with a sort of sneak preview format... then formally launch in September.

LUCKY CASHIER

A deeply-in-debt Ohio gas station clerk, finds a ten-dollar bill, buys the last lottery ticket on a roll at the store where she works and winds up a millionaire.

Kristina Schneider says she always jokes that the last ticket on a roll is the winner, and even tried to persuade a customer to buy it...

Kristina Schneider, Lottery winner: "I said you know its lottery law you get that last one on the roll you have to buy that one too. And he goes nah man; I didn't bring enough money today. And I said well I'm gonna have to buy it and he's joking around saying oh that's probably the big winner then. I'm sure I'll hear about it. So I bought it and it was."

Yes, it was.

The 32 year old single mother with nine maxed-out credit cards and 85-hundred dollars in debt for her associate's degree says she'll take 29 yearly payments of about 34-and-a-half-thousand dollars after taxes.

She says a lump sum payment would have left her "broke again in five years."

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