60 Minutes

Season 44 Episode 33

May 6, 2012 - The Raptor, Cleaning Up Whitley County, Michael Phelps

Aired Sunday 7:30 PM May 06, 2012 on CBS
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May 6, 2012 - The Raptor, Cleaning Up Whitley County, Michael Phelps

Lesley Stahl talks to two pilots - Major Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Josh Wilson of the Virginia Air National Guard based at Langley Air Force Base - who have chosen not to fly the nation's top fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, because of safety and health concerns. The two pilots are risking their careers by speaking to 60 Minutes without military approval.

Byron Pitts reports on the work of investigative reporters Adam Sulfridge and Samantha Swindler, who were responsible for the arrest and incarceration of Whitley County, Kentucky's corrupt sheriff, Lawrence Hodge. Working for The Corbin Times-Tribune, the two managed to do what federal authorities could not - building a case to get the sheriff and numerous associates convicted on charges which included money laundering, extortion and distribution of drugs.

Anderson Cooper profiles United States swimmer Michael Phelps, eight-time gold medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Michael talks about the time after Beijing when he stopped training to enjoy life, which included being photographed with a marijuana pipe. He has rededicated himself to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, after which he will retire.


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