Mid-day report with Elizabeth Brackett, 5/27/1981

The Mid-day report with Elizabeth Brackett, which aired on May 27, 1981, covers the day's news stories.

0:00Copy video clip URL Fragment of a news report about a man who climbed the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower).

0:50Copy video clip URL Introduction to the mid-day report, hosted by Elizabeth Brackett.

1:30Copy video clip URL The Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry filed suit to force the continued operation of the RTA and the CTA. Don Harris reports on the cutbacks and delays experienced by Safeway passengers due to the lack of fuel for the buses. Mayor Jane Byrne comments that she is not optimistic about the situation, and that the city government may have to impose their own tax to fund public transit and run the CTA themselves if the state government continues to refuse an increase in funding.

4:31Copy video clip URL A volunteer firefighter paramedic died while trying to rescue a man from a grain elevator in Riverdale.

4:56Copy video clip URL The body of a 25-year-old College of DuPage student was found in the Chicago River.

5:20Copy video clip URL Commercial break.

6:19Copy video clip URL Brackett reports on the crash of an electronic combat plane that was trying to land on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, resulting in 14 deaths and 49 injuries.

6:40Copy video clip URL President Ronald Reagan addressed the graduating class at West Point.

6:58Copy video clip URL Philip Habib, Reagan’s special envoy to the Middle East, went home after failing to convince Syria to withdraw its anti-aircraft missiles from Lebanon.

7:16Copy video clip URL Brackett reports on the controversy surrounding the MX missile system in Utah and Nevada, which would place 200 missiles in the area. Military officials say that the program will help deter a future war, while residents fear it will make them a military target.

9:23Copy video clip URL The productivity of American business rose faster than anticipated.

9:54Copy video clip URL Commercial break.

10:58Copy video clip URL Brackett reports on an injury that occurred during a Chicago White Sox game. Bo McLaughlin, pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, was struck in the face by a line drive and had to be hospitalized.

12:23Copy video clip URL This segment covers the Chicago Cubs loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

14:07Copy video clip URL Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers was named the most valuable player in the NBA for the 80-81 season.

14:26Copy video clip URL This segment covers the day’s weather forecast.

15:15Copy video clip URL Commercial break.

16:25Copy video clip URL The beginning of a sports broadcast of a Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

17:04Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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