This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Bush shown signing the tax cut bill; details given of encouraging signs about the economy.
(New York: Betsy Stark) A reality check on where the economy is headed presented; details given about the mixed signals from the stock market, consumer confidence, mortgage refinancing, corporate profits & unemployment. [Economist John SILVIA- cautions about the stock market & consumer confidence as indicators about the economy.] [Market analyst Chuck HILL- comments on cost-cutting.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Commerce Department report on the demand in manufactured goods cited.
(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The rough forecast for the economy as indicated by business production examined; scenes shown from a Chicago plant. [Ace Industries Mike HOLEWINSKI- says there has been a steady downward trend in manufacturing; comments on cutting the work force.] [LaSalle bank economist Carl TANNENBAUM- says manufacturers are still reflecting caution.] The question of where & at what jobs will Americans work in the future noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The arrest of Derrick Lee for the serial murders in Louisiana noted.
(Baton Rouge: Mike von Fremd) The legal & ethical question of what police will do with the DNA evidence collected in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during the murder investigation examined. [In Atlanta, LEE - says he is ready to go back.] [LSU graduate school Brock HAMLIN- comments on the voluntary DNA collection.] [DNA expert Dr. Philip RILEY- explains the significance of DNA evidence.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(New York: Brian Ross) The arrest in Saudi Arabia of 11 people in connection with the recent bombings in Riyadh & the start of the trial of suspects in the terrorist attack in Casablanca, Morocco, featured; photos shown of an Al Qaeda leader; details given of the death of a Morocco suspect in custody. [US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert JORDAN- says there is no indication this was a one-time attack.] [Former FBI agent Jack CLOONAN- says the dead man will become a martyr.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Human rights group Amnesty International's criticism of the US violations in its war on terrorism quoted & its criticism of human rights abuses in Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Chechnya, Russia & Nepal noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The call from Iranian President Mohammed Khatami for Muslim nations to reject terrorism & fanaticism reported; details given of recent accusations from President Bush's administration that Iran is harboring terrorists.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Bush's schedule for two summit meetings in the Middle East: with Arab leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt & with the Palestinian & Israeli prime ministers in Aqaba, Jordan, noted.
(Neve Daniel North, West Bank: John Yang) The battle over 60 recent Jewish settlements that are slated to be dismantled according to the road map to peace featured; scenes shown from a small settlement on the West Bank. [Gush Etzion regional council Mayor Shaul GOLDSTEIN, PALESTINIAN, Peace Now Dror ETKES- offer views on the future for these Israeli settlements.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The crash in Nepal of a helicopter near Mt. Everest, where climbers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first climb by Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay, reported; scenes shown of the wreckage.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Boston: Tim Johnson) A "Journal of the American Medical Assn." study on hormone replacement therapy & the risk of dementia in post-menopausal women & the likely fate of HRT discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Monster Trak statistics cited on the job market for college graduates.
(Palo Alto: Judy Muller) The adjustment for graduates & parents when they move back home after college examined. [California Class of 2003 Ian SOGA, Shanna PREVE, father Matt SOGA, mother Chantal PREVE- offer views on the graduates' return home.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The career of comedian Bob Hope, who turns 100, reviewed; many film & TV clips & photos shown.