This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Sandinista and Contra leaders reported signing cease-fire agreement in Sapoa, Nicaragua. Reagan administration reported openly skeptical re: accord. Cease-fire agreement's tenets illustration Reports introduced
(Managua, Nicaragua: Richard Valeriani) Scenes shown from signing ceremony; lyrics from national anthem quoted. Defense minister Humberto Ortega Saavedra shown signing for government [President Dan. ORTEGA SAAVEDRA - (thru translator) challenges Reagan to subscribe to peace effort.] [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - (thru translator) comments on agreement.] Ldrs. noted not shaking hands. Contras and Sandinistas' reasons for negotiating discussed. [Costa Rica President Oscar ARIAS SANCHEZ - comments on hope.] Nicaraguan interior minister Tomas Borge Martinez quoted.
(Managua, Nicaragua: Noah Nelson) Nicaraguans shown reading about cease-fire accord in newspapers. [Vendor Dora MARINA - (thru translator) says peace means prosperity.] [SOLDIER - (thru translator) says now will forgive enemies.] Nicaraguans noted optimistic with regard to cntry.'s future. [SOLDIER - (thru translator) says hopes Contras sincere.] Most Nicaraguans reported adopting cautious optimism with regard to improving relations with Contras.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In Managua, Nicaragua, foreign minister spokesperson Alejandro BENDANA - discusses USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze's comments re: cessation of aid to Nicaragua; says Nicaraguans want peace; comments on integration of Contras into Nicaraguan institution]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's reaction to sudden truce discussed. Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) White House official quoted with regard to development. [REAGAN - says doesn't know if Sandinistas will honor cease-fire.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says Sandinistas have record of broken promises.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted with regard to humanitarian aid to Contras. [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - comments on Contra aid.] Humanitarian aid described. [Representative Jim WRIGHT - says Republicans and Democrats should agree on humanitarian aid package] [Senator James McCLURE - urges suspicion of Ortega.] Reagan noted visiting Virginia high school while national security officials perused cease-fire agreement. Officials quoted with regard to agreement; details given. [Senator Christopher DODD - says Reagan shouldn't try to undo plan.] National security officials reported planning to discuss agreement with Contra leaders White House officials noted displeased with accord.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) John Cochran reported asserting White House officials pessimistic with regard to START treaty being ready to sign by Moscow, USSR , summit. White House official noted claiming USSR policy would have to be altered in major way to have treaty ready. USSR reported disconcerted with regard to United States strength in area of sea-launched nuclear missiles.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim reported being arraigned in federal court; charges from involvement in Iran/Contra scandal listed. Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) Supporters of special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh shown demonstrating during arraignment proceedings. North's supporters also shown. Men shown arriving. [NORTH - says court appearance not best way to spend spring day.] Men noted pleading not guilty. Judge Gerhard Gesell quoted. Judge noted setting hearing date with regard to immunity testimony made before Congress Walsh noted having to prove cases were not made from immune testimony. Walsh noted hiring federal judge Herbert Stern to handle immunity matters. Walsh's assistants reported expected to call for more indictments and to consider civil suits so money in Swiss banks could be recovered. [Poindexter's attorney Richard BECKLER - says situation political dispute.] Trial date noted being too far away to estimate (Artist: Arthur Lien)
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iran reported threatening to use internationally banned chemical weapons against Iraq if United Nations doesn't punish Iraq's chemical bombings. Iranian officials quoted with regard to mutual missile strikes and death toll. Scenes shown from Baghdad, Iraq, after Iranian missile attack; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israeli soldiers reported killing more Palestinian teens in West Bank; Arab death toll given. Roman Catholic officials reported cancelling Palm Sunday procession through old city of Jerusalem.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Fifth disease and its relationship to pregnancy featured. Report introduced.
(Torrington, Connecticut: Robert Bazell) Dr. Norman Smith shown examining Emily Schenovski for fifth disease. Outbreak of fifth disease reported among Torrington, Connecticut, school children. Many pregnant women who contract disease reported miscarrying. [Pregnant disease victim Debra DUBURGH - says is frightened.] Doctors' treatment of Duburgh discussed. [DUBURGH - says is angry that no information on disease distributed.] [Connecticut health department Dr. Matthew CARTER - says doesn't know how to distribute information without creating panic.] Fifth disease's effects upon pregnant women illustration CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported planning to publisher guidelines for handling outbreaks of fifth disease.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Researchers reported announcing women who take birth control pills not at greater risk for breast cancer; details of study given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Several New York City health inspectors reported being arrested for extorting money from restaurants by threatening health code violations. Prosecutors quoted with regard to profits extortionists made.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Richard Gephardt's campaign aides reported announcing cand. possibly withdrawing from race if doesn't win Michigan primary. Gephardt noted having to file for reelec. to present Congress post by Tuesday
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Studio: John Chancellor) President Reagan attending Moscow, USSR , summit reported aiding Republicans in campaign '88. USSR 's withdrawal from Afghanistan, recently announced economy figs. and low unempl. rate reported signifying Republican victory in November Reagan administration noted to take credit for Nicaraguan cease-fire. Theodore White quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) California's Genisco Corp., contractor for Navy's Harm missile, reported charged with conspiracy and fraud. Empls. noted charged with falsifying test data on missile guidance systems. Harm missile noted failing to destroy coastal radars during '86 raid on Libya.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Rescue of Jessica McClure from well in Midland, Texas, recalled. Controversy over rights to story noted. Report introduced.
(Midland, Texas: Dan Molina) Scenes shown from rescue; details recalled. Group of rescuers reported agreeing to sell movie rights to story. Some rescuers noted not wanting to deal with movie's producer Larry Spivey. [SPIVEY - comments on situation.] Rescuers Steven Forbes and Robert O'Donnell reported not participating in film. [Fire chief James ROBERTS - worries about accuracy.] [Police chief Richard CZECH - says all facts haven't been examined.] Jessica's parents, Chip and Sissy McClure, reported not cooperating with movie producers. [SPIVEY - comments on reasons for dispute.] [CZECH - says doesn't want anything to tarnish wonderful accomplishment of rescue.] Ordeal noted continuing for Midland, Texas.