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Highlights of the TV coverage of the explosion:

FIRST WITH THE NEWS: CNN. The network, with its world headquarters next to Centennial Park, first reported a "loud, concussive explosion" at 1:30 a.m. ESPN was on air about 30 seconds after CNN. NBC first reported the explosion at 1:39 a.m.

BEST VIDEO: San Francisco engineer Robert Gee gave an amateur video to CNN that captured people milling in the foreground while a lightning flash, the blast, occurs in the background. A CNN executive said, "It was shot with extraordinary professionalism."

BEST EVIDENCE: A KNBC Los Angeles cameraman managed to get a close-up picture of the abandoned knapsack minutes before the explosion. FBI authorities reportedly went to the International Broadcast Center on Saturday and exited with several videotapes.

BIGGEST COINCIDENCE: German television ARD was interviewing swimmer Janet Evans in the Swatch Pavilion near the stage when the bomb exploded. The explosion occurred in midsentence, as Evans was saying no one was "bothering" her.

LONGEST UNINTERRUPTED COVERAGE: Tom Brokaw took over NBC's coverage at 2 a.m. and the network did not run a commercial until 9:57 a.m.

_ ERNEST HOOPER,

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