This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Sandinista and Contra leaders reported meeting for cease-fire talks and agreeing to truce during negotiations. Report introduced.
(Sapoa, Nicaragua: John Blackstone) Sandinistas shown en route to peace talks; details given. Peace talks noted being held in Sapoa, Nicaragua. [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - says wants to achieve peace and freedom.] Talks noted first time top leaders meeting directly. [Contra spokesperson Bosco MATAMOROS - declares truce during talks.] Nicaraguan incursion into Honduras recalled. Some American opponents to Contra aid noted attending meeting [Contra opponent Brian WILLSON - comments on situation.] Both sides noted appearing willing to compromise due to tremendous media attention given meeting
(Studio: Dan Rather) United States helicopter reported crashing in Honduras; injured nos. given. Report introduced.
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Richard Schlesinger) United States troops shown conducting joint training exercises with Honduran soldiers in Tamara, Honduras. [Honduran military spokesperson Juan SIERRA FONSECA - (thru translator) comments on operation.] American troops noted sending intimidating message to Nicaraguan Sandinistas. [US SOLDIER - comments on exercise.] Honduras noted having great ints. in Sandinista-Contra peace talks. Nicaraguan refugees reported fleeing into Honduras; details given, scenes shown. [Honduran refugee commission spokesperson Abraham GARCIA TURCIOS - (thru translator) says refugees work cheaply and take Hondurans' jobs.] Boy shown after hitting land mine while clearing family land; father quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) United States demonstrations against sending troops to Honduras discussed; details given, scenes shown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, protest.
(Studio: Dan Rather) US-backed opposition forces in Panama reported making concerted effort to oust general Manuel Antonio Noriega. General strike noted closing most inds. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Juan Vasquez) General strike reported being most successful yet. Noriega noted having to pay nurses overdue wages in dimes and quarters. [Opposition leader Aurelio BARRIA - says general strike will last until Noriega resigns.] Noriega's negotiations with United States reported failing. Possibilities of coup discussed. [Deposed Vice President Roderick ESQUIVEL - predicts military coup.] Soldiers reported forcing publisher empls. to work or be imprisoned. Noriega noted able to reopen banks under declared state of urgency. Poor Panamanians noted becoming desperate for food. [WOMAN - (thru translator) says has nothing.] [Maria GONZALEZ - (thru translator) says family eats once daily.] Scenes shown of Panamanian penury. [MAN - (thru translator) says Noriega should go.] Poor noted trying to survive without work, food or money.
(DC: David Martin) United States reported sending additional troops into Panama; details given, scenes shown. Admin. officials quoted with regard to difficulty of displacing Noriega. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says Noriega understands and accepts situation.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - says military strength keeping Noriega in power.] Noriega's ex-pilot, after defecting to US, reported claiming flew in loads of USSR -made arms from Cuba. [REDMAN - comments on ex-pilot's claim.] State Department envoys meeting with Noriega reported including psychiatrist disguised as dipl.; psychiatrist noted asserting Noriega in full command of faculties.
(Studio: Dan Rather) El Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte reported losing elec. to Roberto d'Aubuisson; details given of right-wing victory.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North's resignation discussed. Pentagon officials reported accepting North's resignation effective 1 May. North quoted with regard to defense [President REAGAN - says won't discuss pardoning North.] Reagan noted signing proclamation supporting Afghan rebels.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli troops reported killing Palestinian teen in West Bank, Israel; Arab death toll given. First Israeli soldier to die in protests, Moshe Katz, shown being buried in Haifa, Israel. Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir reported ending visit to US. Report introduced.
(NYC: Richard Roth) Debate over Israeli policy toward Palestinian unrest during Shamir's visit featured; details given, scenes shown. [Friends of Peace Now spokesperson Mark ROSENBLUM - comments on failure of Israeli policy.] [American Jewish549
Org. spokesperson Morris ABRAM - says Israeli leaders losing touch with peace-making realities.] [On 14 March, SHAMIR - says situation is war.] [Knesset cand. Yael DAYAN - comments on compromise.] [American Jewish Congress Henry SIEGMAN - calls for compromise.] United States leader quoted with regard to division among American Jews re: Palestinian unrest.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Bay City, Texas: Bob McNamara) South Texas nuclear project in Bay City, Texas, featured; details given, scenes shown. [Nuclear power consultant Edna OTTNEY - says plant likely to have accident.] [Ex-plant WORKER - says wouldn't live within one hundred miles of plant.] Alleged management corruption and safety violations discussed. [Ex-plant worker John CORDER - says saw many mistakes during construction.] [Texas consumer advocate Tom SMITH - comments on plant's problems.] Corder reported being one of many ex- plant workers who were harassed or fired for citing safety violations. [CORDER - says what was wrong should have been corrected.] [OTTNEY - comments on hundreds of allegations filed by ex-plant workers.] Leading plant utility, Houston Lighting and Power, noted refusing to respond to allegations. Major contractor, Bechtel, reported also refusing to comment on allegations. NRC reported declaring plant safe and licensing its operation. [NRC SPOKESPERSON - says is satisfied with plant's safety.] Technicians noted practicing for nuclear emergencies; critics noted asserting technicians better be prepared for crisis.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(San Francisco, California: Ray Brady) United States welcoming Japanese business to American recalled. [Fired executive Tom McDANNOLD - says Japanese used him for American expertise and then fired him.] Americans reported suing Japanese companies for racial and sexual discrimination. No. of suits in California discussed. [McDANNOLD - says during staff cuts, Americans always were first to be terminated.] [Fired executive James RISTOW - comments on discrimination.] Women's problems with Japanese executives discussed. [Ex-personnel director Ann PREVOST - comments on sexual discrimination.] United States and Japanese sexual attitudes noted vastly different. Japanese manual quoted with regard to women's roles. [Japanese Legal Studies Center spokesperson Michael YOUNG - says problems result from culture clashes.] [Japanese EXECUTIVE - demonstrates how to drink from glass.] Scenes shown from "Gung Ho"; details given of Japanese treatment of Americans
(Studio: Dan Rather) Secretary of State George Shultz and USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze reported meeting at State Department with regard to START treaty. Shevardnadze quoted with regard to tentative Moscow, USSR summit.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Iranian gunboats reported setting fire to Iraqi ships in Persian Gulf in retaliation for destruction of Iran's main oil terminal last wkend. Shipping officials quoted with regard to death toll.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Atlanta, Georgia: Harry Smith) Hemlines featured. [WOMEN - say mini skirt isn't professional enough.] [Last year, Calvin KLEIN - says short is in.] American women reported refusing to buy skirts considered too short. Women's clothing sales reported down due to surplus of short skirts. [Apparel industry analyst Cathleen MACKEY - says women have to look professional at office] European designers noted showing myriad of lengths. Barbie's fashions noted adapting from short to long skirts. [KLEIN - says now women have more choices.] Hemline debate noted ever raging.