This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported denying need for United States Attorney General Edwin Meese to resign. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Reagan quoted with regard to function of Justice Department [Senator Patrick LEAHY - comments on erosion of credibility within Justice Department] Reagan, Vice President George Bush, White House chief of staff Howard Baker and council A.B. Culva house reported meeting with ex-Justice Department officials Arnold Burns and William Weld. Burns and Weld quoted on screen with regard to reasons for resignations and possible indictment of Meese because of connections to E. Robert Wallach. Indep. council James McKay noted not planning to bring indictment at present. Admin. sources quoted with regard to Reagan's reaction to meeting Reagan reported discussing matter with Meese, who mentioned justifying all actions. [BAKER - says Meese functioning well and Reagan content with status quo.] [BURNS - comments on final day at Justice Department] Impact of Meese's legal problems upon Bush's campaign discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) White House officials reported asserting no problems discovered during medical exams of President and Nancy Reagan at Bethesda Naval Hospital; scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reported announcing side effects linked to acne drug called Accutane. Report introduced.
(DC: Susan Spencer) Govt. reported considering removal of Accutane from market. No. of Accutane-related birth defects given. [Dermatologist Dr. Glenn FUCHS- comments on avoiding pregnancy during Accutane therapy.] FDA study, obtained from "New York Times", illustration [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Dr. Frank YOUNG - comments on problem.] No. of birth defects noted being debated by opposing sides. [Hoffmann-La Roche company Dr. Philip DEL VECCHIO - defends drug.] Dermatologists noted claiming no substitute for Accutane existing. [Columbia- Presbyterian Hospital Dr. Janet PRYSTOWSKY - comments on drug.] [FUCHS - comments on drug.] Hoffmann-La Roche company spokesperson quoted with regard to effort to remove Accutane from market
(Studio: Dan Rather) Senator reported debating trade bill; President Reagan noted opposing bill.
(Studio: Dan Rather) OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) reported planning to meet in Vienna, Austria. Report introduced.
(Midland, Texas: Peter Van Sant) Texas oil industry problems discussed; details given, scenes shown. [Permian Basin Petroleum Association spokesperson Harry SPANNAUS - comments on bankruptcies.] Texas railroad commission spokesperson Ken Hance reported attending OPEC mtg. in Vienna. [HANCE - says wants to do what is best for Texas.] [Citizen Labor Energy Coalition spokesperson Ed ROTHSCHILD - comments on Hance's motives.] Hance's critics quoted with regard to OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting [Texas representative Clint HACKNEY - comments on Hance.] [HANCE - defends actions.] Hance's supporters quoted with regard to dangers of depending on foreign oil. [MAN - comments on situation.] Hance noted trying to increase oil prices.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Michael Dukakis quoted with regard to President Reagan's view of trade bill. Dukakis &Jesse Jackson noted vying for labor vote in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Report introduced.
(Clairton, Pennsylvania: Bruce Morton) Clairton, Pennsylvania, slow economy featured. [Steelworker Michael MORRISON, Junior - comments on closing mills.] [Steelworker Charles GRESE - says need Democrat in office] [Steelworker Jim FIORE - praises Jackson.] Jackson shown campaign [Chemical worker Dennis FLEMMING - comments on situation.] [GRESE - comments on Dukakis.] [Steelworker John GUY - says Dukakis can win.] Dukakis expected to receive most votes in area. [DUKAKIS - campaigns.] Voters noted respecting Jackson. [FLEMMING - comments on Jackson.] Pennsylvania's changing economy detailed. [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Democrat chairperson Frank LUCCHINO - comments on economy] [FLEMMING - comments on loss of police force due to economy problems.] Democrats expected to return to party [LUCCHINO - says people learned lesson last election] [STEELWORKERS - says Republicans forgot them and they need help.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported attempting to expand United States policy in Persian Gulf so that ships not carrying United States flag could be protected if attacked.
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported expressing frustration with regard to slow START treaty negotiations. Gorbachev shown meeting with Secretary of State George Shultz in Moscow, USSR . Gorbachev quoted with regard to treaty. Shultz quoted with regard to negotiation's difficulties.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Barry Petersen) V.I. Lenin's birthday observance featured. Mikhail Gorbachev shown seated next to politburo enemy Yegor Ligachev. Sources quoted with regard to Ligachev's political demise due to Gorbachev. Ligachev and other conservatives noted opposing Gorbachev's perestroika and glasnost policies. Conservatives noted also opposing criticism of Joseph Stalin. [Columbia Univ. spokesperson Jonathan SANDERS - comments on situation.] Ligachev reported stripped of power within politburo. [For. minister Eduard SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) denies that Ligachev being demoted.] Gorbachev's opponents in KGB and army reported neutralized through Ligachev's pol. demise. Gorbachev noted at apex of power since taking office
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Boston, Massachusetts: Lesley Stahl) Cultural exchanges between US-USSR featured. Mikhail Baryshnikov shown dancing with Bolshoi Ballet in Boston, Massachusetts. Prod. problems outlined; Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Secretary of State George Shultz mentioned. [Boston busman. Peter HARRINGTON - comments on near-disaster.] [DUKAKIS - says Shultz was helpful in saving product] [Massachusetts council of arts Anne HAWLEY - comments on USSR reaction if show had been cancelled.] Reagan administration noted providing no money to facilitate cultural exchanges with USSR . State and Boston busmen. reported saving festival at last min.; details given, scenes shown. Leningrad art exhibit shown in NYC. Gymnast Olga Korbut shown via satellite in Atlanta, Georgia. Costs of cultural exchanges noted tremendous. [Dance Theater of Harlem spokesperson Arthur MITCHELL - comments on funding problems.] [US Info. Agency director Chas. WICK - comments on federal deficit.] Govt. noted urging cultural exchanges but unable to aid in funding.
(Studio: Dan Rather) IRS (Internal Revenue Service) reported revoking tax exempt status of PTL ministries. PTL officials noted asserting tax exemption essential to org.'s survival.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Grain complex explosions in Joliet, Illinois, discussed; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Mozambique rebel leader named Eval Fernandez reported assassinated in Portugal; details given. Report introduced.
(Mozambique border: Martha Teichner) Elec. fence shown spanning border of Mozambique and South Africa (R). Desperate Mozambiquans noted attempting to flee country for South Africa. [Operation Hunger spokesperson Ina PERLMAN - says Mozambiquans risk lives to come to South Africa.] No. of starving Mozambiquans given; scenes shown. Black South Africans noted helping starving aliens while whites send them back to Mozambique. South African officials quoted with regard to situation. Mozambiquans reported vowing to continue attempts to enter South Africa.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Baltimore Orioles featured. Report introduced.
(Baltimore, Maryland: Eric Engberg) Baltimore Orioles reported losing record no. of games at beginning of season. [Sportswriter Tony KORNHEISER - says Paul Simon won more than Orioles.] [Oriole manager Frank ROBINSON - comments on situation.] Baltimore Orioles joke told. [FANS - comment on team.] Columbia Univ. football team and skier Eddie Edwards mentioned winning fans through losses. [KORNHEISER - says people love true losers.] Some fans noted urging Orioles to lose all games.