This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reagan administration reported removing Panama's access to US dollars thereby attempting to promote rebellion against General Manuel Antonio Noriega. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Dan Molina) Cash shortages in Panama City featured; details given, scenes shown. Govt. noted ordering banks closed indefinitely. [WOMAN - wonders how will make house payment.] [Jewelry MERCHANT - says can no longer accept checks or credit cards.] Panama Canal operations discussed. US-Panama Canal commission reported having enough money to cash empls. checks this payday only. General strike noted ending. Grocery store ware house workers shown walking out on job when government customs officials came to inspect operations; empls. believe being harassed because joined general strike earlier in week Panamanians reported concerned with regard to future. State Department reported advising United States citizens not to travel in Panama.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: Andrea Mitchell) Reagan administration's other means of pressuring Noriega discussed. Reagan administration reported urging Japan and European countries not to loan Noriega funds. Govt. noted having power to stop World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Inter-American Development Bank from aiding Noriega. Possibilities of Noriega using personal funds and Colombian drug cartel to aid Panama's economy crisis discussed. Reagan noted deciding whether or not to invoke emergency powers and freeze all United States bank payments to Panama. United States officials reported concerned with regard to repercussions resulting from US actions.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Richard Lugar and other Senators reported planning to announce new Contra aid bill. President Reagan noted appealing for new vote on issue. Democrats' humanitarian aid package reported defeated in House of Representatives by Republicans Democrats quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) South Carolina primary discussed. Report introduced.
(Columbia, SC: Ken Bode) Republicans and South Carolina primary featured; details given, scenes shown. [Robert DOLE - campaigns.] [Vice President George BUSH - comments on SC primary.] [Pat ROBERTSON - comments on South Carolina primary.] Robertson quoted with regard to SC victory. [ROBERTSON - says wants to see Tom Brokaw's face when he has to announce Robertson won South Carolina primary.] Robertson noted revising ests. and declaring second place will suffice. Bush shown being endorsed by South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. President Reagan noted having long coattails in SC. [Bush campaign manager Lee ATWATER - comments on impact South Carolina win will have upon "Super Tuesday"] Dole noted endorsed by Senator Strom Thurmond. [THURMOND - praises Dole.] Thurmond quoted. Jack Kemp shown campaign in SC. Kemp noted at ease with black voters; scenes shown. Bush noted expected to win SC. Bush strategy outlined. Bush quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Washington, DC judge reported ruling Pat Robertson can drop libel suit against ex-Representative Pete McCloskey if he pays latter's court costs. McCloskey quoted; details of suit given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Cands. Richard Gephardt and Michael Dukakis reported becoming increasingly antagonistic toward one another. Report introduced Dukakis noted accusing Gephardt of hypocrisy; details given. Report introduced.
(Atlanta, Georgia: Dennis Murphy) Gephardt and Dukakis shown campaign [GEPHARDT - attacks Dukakis' campaign funding methods.] [DUKAKIS - denies accusations.] [During debate, GEPHARDT and DUKAKIS - argue.] Gephardt and Dukakis noted vying for south white votes on "Super Tuesday" Candidates.' negative TV ads. shown; strategy discussed. Gephardt quoted with regard to campaign contributions. Dukakis' response noted. Dukakis' latest ad shown; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Secretary of State George Shultz quoted from Cairo, Egypt, with regard to Mideast peace plan. Shultz shown meeting with Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir in Jerusalem, Syrian, President Hafez al-Assad in Damascus and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Shultz quoted with regard to proposal. Police reported finding car bomb planted near Shultz' hotel in Jerusalem. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted claiming responsibility and asserting Shultz was intended target. Israeli soldiers reported killing more Palestinians in West Bank, Israel. Israeli government reported attempting media blackout in occupied territories. Report introduced.
(W. Bank, Israel: Jim Bittermann) Jewish settler shown blaming journalists for West Bank problems. Many Israelis calling for media blackout. [Knesset member Geula COHEN - comments on situation.] Mil. cmdrs. reported authorized to seal off selected area indefinitely. [SOLDIER - questions woman attempting to enter sealed area.] [Mil. spokesperson Colonel Efraim LAPID - says media encourages Palestinian boldness.] Soldiers shown brutally beating Palestinians; media blackout critics'assertions that Israeli government simply worried about image problems noted. [Ex-government spokesperson Dan PATIR - says press needs to do job without hindrance.] Media blackout noted didn't stop Palestinian revolt. Death toll given. Destruction of freedom of press discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iraq reported firing missiles in Tehran, Iran; death toll given. Iran noted retaliating by firing missiles into Baghdad, Iraq; death toll given. Iranians reported marching on USSR embassy protesting sale of missiles to Iraq.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Tass report of death toll resulting from ethnic protests between Azerbaijan and Armenia given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United States unempl. rate illustration; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Chrysler announcing sale or closing of part product plants. Impact of action discussed. Report introduced.
(Kenosha, WI: Jim Cummins) Closing of Kenosha Chrysler plant featured; details given, scenes shown. Empls. noted claiming Lee Iacocca lied to them. [IACOCCA -urges empls. not to call him liar.] [EMPL. - comments on loss of job.] Impact of Chrysler's close upon Kenosha discussed. [Mayor Eugene DORFF - comments on closing.] [Chrysler dealer Ron PALMEN - comments on devastation of closing.] Schools mentioned to be harmed by drastic reduction of tax base. Sharon and Lloyd Ricks featured. [Sharon RICKS - discusses impact of husband losing job upon rest of family.] Iacocca quoted. [IACOCCA - announces opening trust fund for Kenosha children.] Poll results given with regard to Iacocca's trust fund maneuver. Kenosha noted attempting to attract other inds. to town. Ex-Chrysler empls. noted not staying to work for new ind.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Federal Aviation Administration reported announcing safety violations against Northwest airlines; some violations listed. Northwest noted planning to cooperate with FAA.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United States Postal Service recommendation that cost of postage stamp be raised to 25 cents noted. Postal rate commission reported approving rate.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Branford, Connecticut: Betty Rollin) Connecticut Hospice/preschool featured. Blind and terminally ill patient Claire Freeman shown entertaining children with beautiful bird calls. [FREEMAN - comments on children.] Connecticut Hospice discussed. Preschoolers' interaction with terminally ill patients noted helping all understand life; details given, scenes shown. [Cancer patient Vinny MALUSKI - talks to children.] [Teacher Barbara STEINAU - comments on experience with Hospice.] [CHILD - discusses frog with Maluski.] [Parent Roberta ROSENBERG - praises program.] Steinau quoted with regard to children's response to death. [STEINAU - comments on death.] [PATIENT - comments on children.] [Voices of PATIENTS - describe how children make them feel.] [PATIENT - says life goes on through children.]