NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 31, 1969
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(Studio) Commercial areas of Washington, DC burned out by riots after Martin Luther King assassination last year remain same. President Nixon visits one area and talks of rebuilding it.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Studio) Playground in heart of riot area dedicated to VP of Washington, DC HS, Herman Clifford, shot by gunman. Nixon paid surprise visit with US Housing and Urban Development Secretary George Romney. [DC Mayor Walter WASHINGTON - move faster than we expected.] [NIXON - wanted to get something done soon.] [WASHINGTON - great morale boost.] [NIXON - want to come and see park when completed.] One Negro called Nixon soul-brother. Nixon proposes 1,000 new policemen for DC, 40 assistant United States attys., and 10 federal judges. Plan calls for help with housing, narcotics, and other related fields. Nixon administration feels urgency about crime; 2 Washington, DC banks robbed today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Nixon visits ghetto; to reorganize poverty war. Nixon administration gives 5 South school districts more time to comply with integration rules.
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
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