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More On Health Care ... And What About Megan Williams?

We are still trying to get our hands around the Pakistan story. We all remember how traumatized WE were after Sept. 11, so naturally we wonder about the Pakistanis trying to go to school and work everyday during this terror campaign.

What about the parents of those girls in that university cafeteria in Islamabad, where a suicide bomber attacked earlier this week? All universities are closed, for now. So what do all those students do now?

What does this mean? We're working on it, and we hope to bring you some distinctive conversations as soon as we can.

And health care reform/overhaul/fix it up, whatever you want to call it. Yes, we are spending a lot of time on this story but we think it's important. The decisions made today may affect the way health care is delivered and paid for in this generation and the next. We just think we owe it to you and ourselves to feel we have done what we can to let you know the principles and ideas shaping the debate.

Is it too much? Too little? Let us know. There is no rule here. (We could, literally, do a story every single day but ... then we think, okay, too much.) This is not a science, trust me.

And the cancer screening thing ...

I read the New York Times story on Wednesday and I thought, huh? I thought the word of wisdom was pretty simple — GET SCREENED. But now maybe not? Or, now maybe there's a concern about OVER treatment or mis-diagnosis? Wha?

I had to know more, so we called two voices with different perspectives. I hope you'll agree this was a passionate and useful conversation.

And, Megan Williams. I remember that story so well. It was almost too disgusting to report. Every time we talked about it, we had to issue a disclaimer saying the details are hard to listen to. To recap: the young woman, who is black, was having a relationship with a young man named Bobby Brewster, who is white, and something happened such that (she said) she was held captive by Brewster and his family and subjected to a very great deal of abusive and truly demeaning behavior. Torture, really. Seven people wound up pleading guilty to abusing her.

Now, Williams says — and this is so hard to fathom — that she made it up. The then-prosecutor says his investigation BEGAN with her statements, it did not end there and he has every confidence that the prosecution was valid. All the defendants made incriminating statements and supported the complaint, which is what led to the pleas.

We have no idea what to think, so we called one of the reporters who followed Williams' case from the beginning.

And because we cannot leave you devastated with this blog post, we just can't ...

A special in-studio performance to SWEETEN your day: Sweet Honey In the Rock. The group celebrated their 35th year with us, along with a special in-studio performance. And you know what? If you happen to be in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, you can check them out in person at the Warner Theatre.

Wish I could go ...