This program is 26 minutes long
(Prague, Czechoslovakia: Dan Rather) Recent changes in E. Europe reviewed. USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported meeting this week with Pope John Paul II and President Bush. Pro-demo. demonstrators reported mounting "liberty bell" at site that once featured statue of Joseph Stalin in Prague; details given of workers' general strike, scenes shown. [Opposition leader Michael HORACEK - urges peaceful reform.] Pressure upon new Prime Min. Ladislav Adamec noted. Report introduced
(Bratislava, Czechoslovakia: Tom Fenton) General strike in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, reported; details given, scenes shown. [DEMONSTRATORS - (thru translator) comment on situation.]
(Prague, Czechoslovakia: Dan Rather, Richard Threlkeld) Czechoslovakian yearning for political liberties reported linked to desire for religion freedom; relig. history of this country reviewed; scenes shown of cathedrals. Persecution of Catholics here discussed; once imprisoned Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek mentioned. [Priest Vaclav MALY - comments on his life as a dissident; says people want to live as Christians.]
(NYC: Bob Schieffer) Plane reported exploding after takeoff from Bogota, Colombia; details given of claims that drug cartel planted bombs on planes, scenes shown.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(DC: Susan Spencer) Landmark surgery reported performed in Chicago, Illinois; details given of mother Teresa Smith's plan to donate part of her liver to her daughter Alyssa Smith. [Teresa SMITH - comments.] Surgical procedure described. [Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Joseph VACANTI - comments on implications of this operation if successful.] [Father John SMITH, University of Chicago Med. Center Dr. Peter WITTINGTON - comment on operation.]
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Outcome of elecs. in India reported; Prime Min. Rajiv Gandhi discussed.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) United States reported threatening to withdraw financial support of UN if Palestine is admitted as member of general assembly; State Department statement quoted with regard to situation.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Supreme Court reported ruling that public schools must continue to provide programs for handicapped children; details given.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Last year's Supreme Court ruling with regard to death penalty for minors recalled. Report introduced.
(Angola, LA: Mike Wallace) Case of convicted murderer Dalton Prejean, teen who killed state trooper Don. Cleveland in 1977, examined; details given of his approaching execution date; scenes shown. [PREJEAN - comments on situation.] [Psychiatrist David BAER - says Prejean was abused as a child and should not be put to death.] Impact of efforts to change Prejean's sentence to life without parole upon Cleveland family discussed. [Widow Candice CLEVELAND - comments on Prejean.] Prejean noted hoping that LA gov. will call off execution.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Space shuttle Discovery reported preparing to land in California; details given.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted with regard to upcoming summit at sea between President Bush and USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Results of yesterday's parliamentary elecs. in Hungary reported; details given.
(Prague, Czechoslovakia: Dan Rather) [During prerecorded interviews, Billy GRAHAM, Elie WIESEL - explain their views of developments in E. Europe and upcoming meeting between USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II; discuss demise of ideology of Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin; say Communism should not have forbidden belief in God.]