This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iran/Contra scandal indictments against Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Richard Secord, Albert Hakim and Admiral John Poindexter discussed. President Reagan reported asserting views with regard to situation. Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Reagan reported maintaining that North is hero and men listed above will be found innocent of charges. [REAGAN - says can't discuss pardons until trial over.] Reagan noted ignoring aides' advice by discussing Iran/Contra scandal. [REAGAN - says situation not really scandal.] [On 16 March '88, REAGAN - says courts to decide if laws broken.] Reagan aides reported asserting President defending sale of arms to Iran, not diversion of funds. [Chief council to Senator Iran/Contra scandal committee Arthur LIMAN - says Reagan doesn't understand facts of situation.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON - accuses Reagan of prejudicing jury.] [NORTH -says is grateful for Reagan's support.] Reagan's aides reported dismayed by stmts. White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Robert Dole reported virtually conceding race to Vice President George Bush. Dole quoted. Dole aide noted telling reporter Lisa Myers that campaign shaky.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Democrats reported vying for Michigan caucuses victory. Report introduced.
(Detroit, Michigan: Ken Bode) Richard Gephardt's fading campaign discussed. Gephardt noted hoping for Michigan win to revitalize effort. Michigan's UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) reported supporting Gephardt's trade bill; details given, scenes shown. [Michigan UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) president Owen BIEBER - comments on Gephardt.] [GEPHARDT - says will win Michigan.] Michael Dukakis' campaign featured; details given of his problems reaching blue collar votes. Senator Edward Kennedy and Thomas "Tip" O'Neill reported endorsing Dukakis. Detroit mayor Coleman Young reported also endorsing Dukakis. Young noted asserting American not ready for black president Jesse Jackson shown campaign [JACKSON - campaigns.] Neither Paul Simon nor Albert Gore noted posing any threat in Michigan.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Cands.' delegate numbers and upcoming primary locations illus.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator reported passing resolution urging President Reagan to incr. pressure upon Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) Archbishop Marcos McGrath shown refusing to denounce Noriega during Mass; details given. Noriega reported meeting with McGrath yesterday to dissuade him from intervening. [NORIEGA - (thru translator) says Canal and foreign army in country are problems.] Children shown begging for food. [Opposition leader Warland de JANON - comments on stalemate.] Noriega and United States reported blaming each other for poor peoples' suffering. [NORIEGA - (thru translator) calls United States action aggressive.] Noriega's military aides noted having power to depose him. Mil. personnel reported not being paid. American Panama Canal empls. reported being harassed by Noriega's police. [WOMAN - says fears for life.] United States officials quoted with regard to harassment.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir reported declaring concern with regard to Secretary of State George Shultz's meeting with American Palestinians. State Department noted asserting meeting not indicative of policy change.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) State Department reported warning Americans against travel in occupied Israel due to unrest. Israeli troops reported killing more Palestinian teens.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Robert Chambers reported pleading guilty to reduced manslaughter charge for killing New York City teen Jennifer Levin. Report introduced.
(NYC: Jennifer McLogan) Affluent backgrounds of both Chambers and Levin discussed; details given, scenes shown. Bar where Levin met Chambers shown; Levin quoted with regard to desire to have sexual encounter with Chambers. [In confession to police, CHAMBERS - says was raped and hurt.] Chambers noted claiming Levin's death accident in response to pain she was inflicting. Jurors noted being divided with regard to evidence supporting 2nd degree murder charge; details given. Levin family member quoted with regard to reduced charge. [WOMEN - express outrage with regard to reduced sentence.] Possible sentence facing Chambers discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Dancer and choreographer Robert Joffrey's death announced. Joffrey's career with Joffrey Ballet featured; scenes shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iran reported accusing Iraq of more poison gas bombings. Iranian death toll given. United Nations secretary general Javier Perez de Cuellar reported condemning use of poison gas.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Fort Bliss, Texas: Fred Francis) Soldiers shown exercising with stinger missiles; details of sophisticated weapon given. Pentagon reported asserting soldiers can handle stinger missiles because of Afghan rebels' use of weapons. Stinger missile noted changing military balance of Afghan war; details given, scenes shown. [Journalist Redek SIKORSKI - comments on seeing Afghan rebels use stingers.] USSR losses due to stingers discussed; scenes shown. American soldiers shown being trained to use stinger missiles at Fort Bliss. Stinger's popularity throughout world noted. Pentagon officials reported claiming stinger technology no longer secret. Iran and USSR noted both possessing missiles. Pentagon noted designing more sophisticated version of stinger and also building mechanism to defend against lost stingers.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Film director Spike Lee featured. Report introduced.
(NYC: Cassandra Clayton) Lee's "School Dazes" featured; details given of his version of black experience; scenes shown. [LEE - describes superficial differences between blacks.] Controversy surrounding film discussed. [WOMAN - says doesn't want white world to see black weaknesses.] [Black film historian Don. BOGLE - comments on film.] Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" mentioned; scenes shown. Lee noted basing film on school experiences at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. School officials reported concerned with regard to film's content. College women noted criticizing film's depiction of females. [WOMAN - says film shows women as men's playthings.] [LEE - says can't please all.] Lee's next film reported to be about racism.