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On Friday’s NewsHour…

RINGING IN 2011 | Around the world, celebrations are underway marking the arrival of 2011. Jeffrey Brown has a look at some of the festivities — and how the weather is hampering revelers in New York City.

GULF OIL SPILL | Ray Suarez has an update on one of the biggest stories of the year — the Gulf Oil Spill — and what it’s done to the region.

And one of the administration’s leading voices on assessing the environmental impact weighs in: Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

FAIRNESS OF MORTGAGE MODIFICATIONS | Are loan modifications fair, or are they merely rip offs? In this encore presentation economics correspondent Paul Solman checks back in with some homeowners trying to save their houses from foreclosure.

2010 POLITICAL WRAP | Jeffrey Brown talks with Washington Post columnists E.J. Dionne and Michael Gerson about their thoughts on the year in politics.

SACRED TEXTS | Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota on a project to protect early Christian texts from age, insects and war.

BOISE POET | In another installment of our series focusing on poets from around the country and the world, we look at Boise, Idaho’s Karena Yootz and “The Shape is Space,” her most recent collection.

Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez anchor Friday night’s program. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.

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