This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The assault by US forces on a terrorist training camp at Al Asad, Iraq, noted.
(Northern Iraq: Keith Miller) The US military assault on the stronghold of Saddam Hussein loyalists north of Baghdad, called “Operation Peninsula Strike,” featured; map shown of the target area. [Coalition ground forces commander Lt. Gen. David McKIERNAN- says this operation set back regime loyalists.] [US Army 4th Infantry Division Maj. Laurence HUTTO- reviews recent attacks on American soldiers.] [Former Iraqi Army colonel Abdullah al-JUHUR- says his brother & cousin were killed.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the Middle East crisis, including an Israeli missile strike in Gaza that killed a Hamas leader & his family and Hamas’ warning for all foreigners to leave Israel, reviewed.
(Jerusalem: Brian Williams) The dangers of everyday life in Jerusalem, where violence is an almost-daily occurrence, featured; scenes shown from the site of Wednesday’s suicide bus bombing, where life goes on as usual. [Bus passenger Thomas BROADWAY- says we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or in 30 minutes.] [Two Jerusalem RESIDENTS – comment on why they live there.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pete Williams) The Department of Homeland Security’s move to boost port security featured; details given about the plan to screen cargo in foreign ports before it leaves for the US and financial aid to US ports to increase security. [Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE- says we extend our zone of security outward.] [ObjectVideo CEO Clara CONTI- comments on the analysis of surveillance videos.] [Senator Patty MURRAY- says we cannot ignore our ports.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, for his father’s birthday celebration noted.
(White House: Campbell Brown) The politics behind the prescription drug plan for Medicare recipients examined. [In Connecticut, President BUSH – says Congress must act.] [Presidential candidate Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN- opposes Bush’s Medicare reforms.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The removal by Italian police of an explosive device aboard an Alitalia jet reported.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The discovery by the Columbia investigative team of a new threat to the three remaining space shuttles, bolts which break when the boosters are jettisoned after liftoff, noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The deaths of actor Gregory Peck and journalist David Brinkley reported.
(No location given: Keith Morrison) Peck’s career in film reviewed; excerpts shown from several of Peck’s movies. [Film historian Robert OSBORNE†- comments.] [PECK – comments on his role in “To Kill a Mockingbird”; talks about characters he likes to play.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The death of journalist David Brinkley, noted; details given about Brinkley’s career; photos, footage and excerpts shown from Brinkley’s broadcasts, including his anchoring with Chet Huntley and ABC’s “This Week.” [BRINKLEY – questions what life would be like without newspapers, television or radio; says he didn’t like the now-famous sign-off from the “The Huntley Brinkley Report”; quotes Shakespeare in his final broadcast.] [Producer Reuven FRANK- comments on Brinkley’s writing & reporting abilities.] [CBS Evening News anchor Walter CRONKITE- says we’ve lost a distinctive voice.] The anchor’s reminiscences of Brinkley related.