This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) American Marine Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins reported kidnapped in Lebanon; details given. Report introduced.
(DC: John Cochran) Witnesses quoted regarding Higgins' kidnapping. Higgins shown on February 5, 1988, shortly after taking command of United Nations observer forces in Lebanon. United Nations officials quoted regarding latest warning to Higgins. Higgins reported driving to Tyre to meet moderate Moslem leader United Nations officers reported witnessing kidnapping but were unable to intervene. Moderate Shiite Moslems, Amal militia, reported aiding in search for Higgins. Beirut, Lebanon, sources reported asserting Higgins kidnapped by pro-Iranian Hizballah fundamentalists; details given. Amal militia reported kidnapping revolutionary guards and Hizballah members to force Higgins'release. Wife Robin Higgins identification as Marine ofr. working for Pentagon. [Defense Department Commander Robert PRUCHA - comments on situation.] Higgins father reported gravely ill in Louisville, Kentucky, hospital. [President REAGAN - says situation being investigated.] [Ex-hostage David JACOBSEN - reacts to news.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on situation.] United Nations observer force history outlined; scenes shown. [Senator Malcolm WALLOP - describes situation.] United States policy in south Lebanon noted challenged due to kidnapping.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) No. of hostages being held in Lebanon given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Race between Robert Dole and Vice President George Bush reported intensifying. Report introduced.
(DC: Lisa Myers) Bush shown thanking aides. [BUSH - comments on campaign] Dole quoted. [DOLE - says Bush's mean.] [During NBC News' New Hampshire primary special, BUSH -wishes Dole well.] [Responding, DOLE - tells Bush to stop lying about record.] Dole noted referring to Bush's negative TV ad Ad. shown. [DOLE - says will veto attempts to raise tax rates.] Dole ad. attacking Bush's leadership discussed and shown. [BUSH - says is ready for Dole.] Dole aides reported fearing Dole's angry retort may harm him in future.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Michael Dukakis discussed. Richard Gephardt mentioned. Report introduced.
(Atlanta, Georgia: Dennis Murphy) [DUKAKIS - says strategy is American] Impact of New Hampshire win discussed. [DUKAKIS - campaigns.] Dukakis' image problems with Southerners outlined. [WOMAN - comments on Dukakis.] Defense issue noted important in South [DUKAKIS - says doesn't yield toughness to Albert Gore.] Gore's satellite television address featured. [GORE - criticizes Jesse Jackson, Gephardt and Dukakis.] [GEPHARDT - campaigns. in SD.] Gephardt shown being endorsed by Senator Thomas Daschle. Paul Simon quoted regarding campaign's future. Jackson shown campaign in South South primaries noted expensive for cands.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) "Super Tuesday" states illustration; details given. Report introduced.
(Mamou, LA:Ken Bode) Louisiana citizens shown celebrating Mardi Gras. [PEOPLE - comment on cands.] South noted in influential position. [Elizabeth DOLE - campaigns. for husband.] [Albert GORE - explains south heritage.] Gore's chances in "Super Tuesday" discussed. [Mississippi Republican official Haley BARBOUR - comments on Gore.] Jesse Jackson shown campaign [JACKSON - comments on southern poverty.] Jackson's strengths noted. Republican cands. listed. [Pat ROBERTSON - comments on SC.] Robertson's evangelical support mentioned. [KAJN radio BDCSTR. - bdcsts. Robertson ad.] [S. pollster Claibourne DARDEN - comments on Robertson and Jackson.] Iowa and New Hampshire results mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Cands. Pete du Pont and Bruce Babbitt reported scheduling news conferences and expected to withdraw from race; New Hampshire performances noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israeli soldiers quoted regarding death of Palestinian villager. Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Israeli soldiers quoted regarding W. Bank patrol; scenes shown. [Soldier Joseph LANIADA - says no one likes West Bank patrol.] Laniada's orders described. [LANIADA - comments on orders.] Last week's bulldozer incident recalled; scenes shown. Soldier shown attacking NBC News' camera crew. Soldier quoted. Army reported consulting psychologists regarding soldiers' tensions. [Israeli Defense Force General ZE'EV - comments on dangers of soldiers using so much force.] General Ze'ev quoted regarding soldiers suffering from stress. [ZE'EV - demonstrates use of homemade pistol.] Laniada shown at home in Tel Aviv. Psychologists noted fearing soldiers bringing aggressive behavior home.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reagan administration officials reported announcing appointed of new amb. to Israel. USSR expert William Brown reported replacing Thomas Pickering. American peace plan for Mideast mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Sunnyvale, California, gunman Richard Farley quoted regarding shooting spree; details given, scenes shown. Farley quoted regarding reason for violence.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Manchester, New Hampshire: John Chancellor) Vice President George Bush reported not hurt in New Hampshire by Iran/Contra scandal. Poll results given. Robert Dole quoted. Dole's vitriolic reputation noted revived by comments to Bush. Walter Mondale mentioned. "Newsweek" magazine article quoted regarding Dole. President noted needing to be even-tempered. Question raised as to how "President" Dole would react to USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev lying about record. Impact of Dole's harsh appearance speculated.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Swiss Skier Pirmin Zurbriggen reported losing chance at fifth gold medal; details given. US-USSR hockey game announced. 1980's American victory recalled. Report introduced.
(Calgary, Canada: Robert Lipsyte) United States hockey team featured; details given, scenes shown. [Coach Dave PETERSON - comments on honor of playing in Olympics.] Difficult hockey training featured; scenes shown. [PETERSON - talks to team during game.] [Player Brian LEETCH - comments on opportunity.] 1980 hockey victory recalled; scenes shown. Peterson's strategy outlined. Game announced against USSR team. [PETERSON - says looking forward to playing against USSR .]