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ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT-4/6/04-Peter Jennings


>>>O”WORLDS TONIGHT” — VER BAD DAY FOR THE U.S. IN IRAQ. U.S. FORCES CAUGHT OFF-GUARD BY THE INTENSITY OF IRAQI OPPOSITION. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CASUALTIES.>>>WHAT TO DO, NOW, ABOUT THE SHIITE CLERIC THAT FLANTS AMERICAN AUTHORITY.>>>WE’LL TAKE “A CLOSER LOOK” TONIGHT AT THE PHARMACISTS WHO SAY THEY WILL NOT FILL A BIRTH CONTROL PRESCRIPTION, BECAUSE THEY’RE OPPOSED TO BIRTH CONTROL.>>>AND WAL-MART TRIES TO EXPAND IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. ONCE AGAIN, IT IS A MATTER OF CHOICES. CAPTIONS MADE POSSIBLE BY
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
AND ABC, INC.>>>GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THE UNITED STATES HAS HAD, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, A TERRIBLE DAY IN IRAQ. TONIGHT, U.S. TORSS ARE TRYING TO PUT DOWN RESISTANCE IN SEVEN DIFFERENT CITIES. IN SOME C, THE IRAQITI AEARS TOE INSPIRED B THE YOUNG ANTI-AMERICAN SHIITE CLERIC, WHOM THE U.S. WANTS TO ARREST. THE COST IN U.S. TROOPS AND IRAQIS KILLED AND WOUNDED MAKES IT ONE OF THE WORST DAYS SINCE THE OCCUPATION BEGAN. WE’RE GOING TO GO RIGHT AWAY TO OUR PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT, MARTHAADDATZ. AND TAKE FIRST, ABOUT CASUALTIES IN GENERAL TODAY.>>Reporter: THERE WERE MANY, MA CASUALTIES TOD, PETER. PAICULARLY IN AIL RAMADI. THERE WERE AT LEAST 12 U.S. MARINES KILLED IN RAMADI AND 20 WOUN THE MINES AACKE B WAVE AFTER WAVE OF INSURGENTS. A FIRE FIGHT ENSUED. IT LASTED FOR MANY, MANY HOURS, AS, WITH WE SAID, ENORMOUS CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES.>>DO WE KNOW WHO IS DOING THE FIGHTING?>>Reporter: THEY STILL ARE NOT CERTN WHO I DOING FIGHTING. THEY S FORMER REGIME ELEMENTS. SOME SORT OF INSURGENT, OUTSIDE TERRORISTS. BUT THEY DO NOT KNOW.>>CAN WE BEPRECISE, 13 U.S. AND 66 IRAQIS TODAY?>>Reporter: 12 OAR 13. AT LEAST 12 IN RAMADI. AND IN FALLUJAH,HERE WERE CASUALTIES, AS WELL.>>>ET’S TN TO FALLUJAH. THIS IS WHERE FOUR U.S. CIVILIANS WERE KILLED LAST WEEK. AND THE BODIES BODY ABUSED. THE U.S.■ MARINES SATURDAY STARTED OFF AGGRESSIVELY TODAY.>>Reporter: THEY WERE VERY AGGRESSIVE TOD. CAALTI.MINES THERE TOOK FOUR AND THERE WERE MANY, MANY IRAQIS KILLED, AS WELL. COLUMNS OF MARINES BEGAN MOVING INTO FLUJ YA TODAY. WITHIN MINUTES, THEY CAME UNDER FIRE. REPORTER DARREN MORTONSON IS TRAVELING WITH THE MARINES.>>IT WAS A SHOCK FOR AUT THREE, SID, MACHINE GUNFIRE FROM TWO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY. JUST NON-STOP. THERE WERE A PATROL OUT IN FRONT OF THE MARINES’ POSITION OUTSIDE OF FALLUJAH. WE WERE HIT HARD. THERE WAS A MARINE THAT TOOK A SERIOUS WOUND, ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. ANOTHER MARINE WOUNDED A FEW MINUTES LATER.>>Reporter: THE INSURGES WERE MAED INROUPS OF 40 TO 50. ONHE STREETS AND INSIDE BUILDINGS, FI AND■■ ASSAULT RIFLES AND ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADES. AIR SUPPORT WAS CALLED IN. AC-130 GUN SHIPS, FIGHTER JETS, AND ACHE HOPTERS THE MARIS CONTINUED TO PRESS INTO THE CITY, POUNDG RGETS WITH MACHINE GUNS, MORTARS AND TANK RNDS.>>THERE’S AT LEAST FIVE TANKS IN THE CY RIGHT NOW. THEY’VE BEEN BLASTING WITH THEIR MAIN GUNS SINCE ABOUT, MAYBE, 2:45 THIS AFTERNOON. THERE HAVE BEEN TWO BIG TTLES AR■ IN THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN. THERE’S BEEN A COUE OF 500-POUND BOMBS DROPPED. SERIOUS COMBAT.>>Reporter: THE MARINES ARE GOING AFTER SPECIFIC PEOPLE THEY BELIEVE RESPONSIBLE FOR LA WSDAY MURDER AND MUTILATION OF FOUR AMERICAN CONTRTORS.>>TY HAVE PHOGRAPHS OF A GOOD MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE ATTACKS AGAINST THE INDIVIDUALS.>>Reporter: A U.S. OFFICIAL TELLS ABC NEWSHA12■ SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN CAPTURED, INCLUDING ONE MAN BELIEVED TO BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE MURDERS OF THE AMERICANS. U.S. FORCES HAVE ALSO DESTROYED SEVERAL HOUSES IN FALLUJAH THEY ARE HANDING OUT CASH TO COMPENSATE FOTHAT, PETER. BUT A REPORTER ON THE GROUND TOLD US, THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS IN FALLUJAH AT THIS POINT — THEY ARE COUNNG BODIES.>>THANK YOU MARTHA RADDATZ.>>>THE U.S., AS MARTHA KNOWS, ARE STRUGGLING OF WHAT TO DO WITH THE MAN WHO CONTINUES TO DEFY THEM. FOR THREE DAYS NOW, THIS 30 YEAR RE BRAND HAS ENCOURAGED HIS FOLLOWERS TO REVOLT. TODAY, HSSUE A COMMA SAYI W T ANS ARE DOING WITH THE IRAQI PEOPLE IS WORSE THAN SADDAM HUSSEIN’S MASS GRAVES. MORE ON HIM AND THEM, HERE’S ABC’S JOHN BERMAN.>>Reporter: IF THE U.S. WANTS TO ARREST MOQTADA AL SADR, THEY WILL HAVE TO GET THROUGH THIS. “WE ARE NOT AFRAID,” SAYS THIS MAN. “THE AMERICANS ARE NOT GOING TO SHAKE US.” HIS AIDES SAY AL SADR IS NOW IN THE HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, SURROUNDED BY SUPPORTERS. SHOPS THERE WERE CLOSED TODAY, THE STREETS TEEMING WITH AL SADR’S ARMED MILITIA. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, THE YOUNG SHIA CLEC SAID HE IS READY TO DIE FOR HIS CAUSE. HE IS DEMANDING THE U.S. TROOPS GET OUT OF IRAQI CITIES. AND CNG FOR TELEASE OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONS. THE U.S. MILITARY SAYS IT WILL FORCE THE ARREST WARRANT ON AL SADR. BUT OUR CREW IN NAJAF CAUGHT ONLY A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF ANY COALITION MILITARY PRESENCE TODAY. AL SADR’S FORCES CONTINUEO CLASH THE COALITION ALL OVER IRAQ. IN NASIRIYAH, 15 IRAQIS WERE KILLED IN BATTLE WITH ITALIAN TROOPS. IN AMARAH, 15 MORE IRAQ DIED IN A FIGHT WITH THE BRITISH. IN KUT, A UKRAINIAN SOLDIER WAS KILLED. IN KARBALA, SADR’S MEN SEIZED GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. IN THE SADR SECTION OF BAGHDAD, THE U.S. TANKS AND TROOPS ROAMED THE STREETS. THREE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN ANOTHER SHI’ITE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT INOT CLEAR WHETHER AL SADR’S HEATED RHETORIC HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE LARGER SHI’ITE COMMUNITY. THE MOST REVERED CLERIC IN IRAQ, AYATOLLAH ALI SISTANI, HAS■ CONDEMNED THE VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS. BUT AT ONE BAGHDADNIVERSITY TODAY, STUDENTS WERE SHOUTING SUPPORT FOR AL SADR. NO, NO, FOR THE OCCUPATION THEY CHANTED. LONG LIVE AL SADR. JOHN BERMAN, ABC NEWS, BAGHDAD.>>>WELL, AS WE KW A DAY LIKE THIS GETS EVERYBODY’S ATTENTION, INCLUDING EVERYBODY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. ABC’S TER MORAN IS OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT. WHAT GOES ON THERE TODAY?>>Reporter: PETER, IN ANY WHITE HOUSE, NONE WANTS TO BRING THE PRESIDENT BAD NEWS. TODAY, IT WAS UNAVOIDABLE. THE MAIN TASK, AIDES SAY, ISO STAY ON TOP OF THE RAPIDLY-EVOLVING SITUION. GATHER THE FACTS. BUT THIS I A PRESIDENT WHO DOES NOT GO IN FOR HAND-WRINGING. HE SAYS HE SEES THIS AS A MOMENT THE U.S. IS BEING TESTED IN IRAQ. NOT BY A MAJORITYRAS. BUT BY A VIONT MINORITY.>>AND WHAT PLANS DO THEY HAVE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, NOT ONLY IN IRAQ, BUT ALSO FOR THE CNTRY, IF THIS CONTINUES TO BE A MESSY SPRING AND H SUMMER?>>Reporter:LANSRE DELICATE TOPIC HERE. E PLARE VERY UNCERTAIN BU YOU HIT ON A VERY IMPORTANT POINT. OFFICIALS HERE ARE WORRIEDBOUT THE AFFECT THAT MOUNTING CASUALTIES CAN HAVE AN AMERICAN PUBLIC OPINION HERE. AND THEY EXPECT IT TO BE A LONG, HOT AND BLOODY SUMMER. AND YOU CAN EXPEC T PRESIDENT TO GET OUT FRONT ME AND TRY TO TALK TOHE ARICAN PEOPLE DIRECTLY, TRY TO STEAL THEM FOR THE COMING MONTHS.>>MANY THANKS, TERRY. TERRY MORAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT.>>>THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, DONALD RUMSFELD, SAID IF COMMANDERS NEED MORE TROOPS IN IRAQ, ALL HAY HAVE TO DO IS ASK.>>>LATER THIS EVENING ON “NIGHTLINE,” A REPORT ON THE AMY OF PRIVATE SECURITY PERSONNEL, WHO IS NOW PLAYING SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN IRAQ.>>>AND ONE OTHER NOTE FROM OVERSEAS — THE U.S. SAID THAT A TERRORIST PLOT ON JORDAN, HAS INCLUDED A PLAN TO BLOW UP THE AMERICAN EMBASSY THERE. THEY HAVE SEIZED ABOUT A TON OF EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL. U.S. AND JORDANIAN OFFICIALS THEY THE PLOT WAS THAT OF THE MILITANT, ZARQAWI. THE MAN ACCUSED OF ORCHESTRATING ATTAS AGAIN CLITIONOR INRAQ. ZARQI WAS CONVICTED FOR THE MURDER OF A U.S. AID WORKER IN JORDAN ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO.>>>AND NOW, TURN TO PRESENALIT TODATLE FORHIO. SENATOR JO KERRY WAS COMBING IN OHIO TODAY. IT’S ALWAYS AN IMPORTANT BATTLEGROUND. NO REPUBLICAN’SVER WON THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT CARRYING OHIO. AND THIS YEAR, THE IUE IN A JOBS.IS JOBS. HERE’S ABC’S DAN HARRIS.>>Reporter: IF GEORGE BUSH SES OO IN NOVEMR, IAY KE A MICHELLE ROSHONOTERS THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CARE FOR THEIR TWIN DAUTERS AFTER DAN GOT LAID OFF LAST WEEK FROM A HOOVER APPLIANCE FACTORY.>>I BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN. THEY COULD FIX THIS REAL QUICK.>>Reporter: IN 2000, BUSH WON OHIOY 167,000 VOTES. SINCHEECAMESENT, OO HAS LOST 236,000 JOBS. JOHN KERRY, WHO TODAY MADE HIS FOURTH VISIT TO THE STATE IN ABOUT A MONTH, SEES THE ECONOMIC SQUEEZE AS AN ELECTORAL OPPORTUNITY.>>THEY CAN’T COME HERE AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT JOBS.>>Reporte BUT THE BUSH CAMPAIGN IS ALSO FIGHTING HARD THERE. THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS UNTED KERRY TODAY BY SYMBOLICALLY CLAPPING FLIP-FLOPS. AND JUSTESTERDAY, THE VICE PRESIDENT MADE A HIGH-PROFILE VISIT, THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH AT THE CINCINNATI REDS GAME. OHIO, RICH WITH ELECTORAL VOS, IS A BIG PRIZE. POLITICAL ANALYSTS SAY OHIO HAS BECOME THIS YEAR’S FLORIDA, A HOTLY-CONTESTED STATE THAT COULD BEHE ECTION. BOTH SIDES HAVE ALREADY SPENT MORE THAN $7 MILLION ON TV ADS. THEY’RE ALSO BUSY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS, KNOCKING ON DOORS, AND HOLDING ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS. VE TROUBLE CAMPAIGNINGGOING T ON JOBOSSES AS THE ECONOMY IMPROVES, AND AS THEY CONTINUE TO PAINT KERRY’S PROPOSALS AS JOB KILLERS.>>JUST AS WE ARE BEGINNING TO TURN THE CORNER, PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SEE US RAISE TAXES AND GO BACK TO WHERE WE WERE.>>Reporter: THE LATEST POLL SHOWS KERRY AND BUSH IN A DEAD HEAT HERE. THE OUTCOME MAY WELL DEPEND ON HOW SOON PEOPLE LIKE DAN ROSHONG CAN FIND AOOD JOB. DAN HARRIS, ABC NEWS, CINCINNATI.>>>WHEN WE COME BACK THIS EVENING — WE’RE GOING TO TAKE “A CLOSER LOOK” AT THE PHARMACIST WHO REFUSES TO DISPENSE CONTRACEPTIVES. THEY SAY IT’S A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE.>>>THE LEGACY OF THE GENIDE. IS TEN YEARS NOW SINCE RWANDA. THOUSANDS OF ORPHANS ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE.>>>AND AT THE END OF THE BROADCAST TONIGHT — WHEN THE WORLD’S LARGEST RETAILER WANTS TO EXPAND. IN CALIFORNIA TONIGHT, IT’S A MATT OF THE VOTERS.>>>WE’RE GOING TO TAKE “A CLOSER LOOK” TONIGHT AT PUBLIC HEALTH AND PERSONAL BELIEFS. THIS IS ABOUT PHARMACISTS, PRIMARILY, WHO REFUSE TO DISPENSE MEDICATION, INCLUDING CONTRACEPTIVES ON WHAT THEY ARGUE ARE MORAL OR RELIGIO GROUNDS. AT LEAST NINE STATES ARE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION, SOME CALL THEM CONSCIENCE CLAUSES, TO PROTECTHE PHARMACIS. THIS IS PART OF AN ONGOING NATION DAT ABOUT VALUES AND ETHICS. HERE’S ABC’S JACK TAPPER.>>Reporter: TWO SUNDAY’S GO JULIE, A MERRYHUH-GOING MOTHER OF TWO, WENT TO■ A PHARMACY TO REFILL HER BIRTH CONTROL PILL PRESCRIPTION. BUT THE PHARMACIST REFED.>>SHE BEGAN TO TELL ME THAT SHE PERSONALLY DOES NOT BELIEVE IN BIRTH CONTROL. AND THAT — THERE, SHE WOULD NOT FILL M PRESCRIPTION.>>Reporter: HERE’S WHY –, THAT THAT PHARMACIST IS ONE OF MANY WHOSE RELIGION DEFINES PREGNANCY AND THEREFORE LIFE, AS BEGINNING AT THE MOMENT OF FERTILIZATION. SINCE THE PILL, THE MORNING-AFTER PILL, AND OTHER CONTRACEPTIVES TAKE EFFECT AFTER CONTRACEPTION, THEY SEE THEM AS ENDING HUMAN LIFE. NOW, RELIGIOUS PHARMACISTS WANT LAWS PROTECTING THEIR JOB IFS THEY REFUSE TO FILL PRESCRIPTIONS ON MORAL GROUNDS.>>PHARMACISTS SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO DO ANYING. THEY SHOULD PERFORM PHARMACY TO BENET HUM HEALTH AND LIFE.>>Reporter: AS OF RIGHT NOW, TWO STATES, ARKANSAS AND SOUTH DAKOTA, HAVE SUCH LAWS, WHICH SUPPORTERS CALL CONSCIENCE CLAUSES.>>ANYHARMACWHO IS NOT WILLING TO CARE FOR A WOMAN’S TOTAL HEALTH, SHOULD NOT BE A PHARMACIST.>>Reporter: THE LEADING PHARMACIST ASSOCIATION, SAYS CONSCIENCE CLAUSES ARE FINE, AS LONG AS PATIENTS AREN’T TIRY LEFT OUT I THE COLD.>>THAT MAY BE A REFERRAL. IT MAY B TT OTHER PHARMACISTS TAKE CARE OF PRESCRIPTIONS.>>Reporter: THAT IS, ESSENTIALLY, THE POLICY AT CVS. IT HAS NOT BEEN THE POSITION TAKEN BY ECKERD DRUGS, WHICH A WI PHARMACIST, FOR REFUSING TO SELL A■ PSCRIBED MORNING-AFTER PILL TO A RAPEICM.>>PHARMACIS AREN’T VENDING MACHINES. WE HAVE MORALLINGND BELIEFS.>>Rorter: GENE HAS FOUND ANOTHER JOB. JULIE HAS FOUND ANOTHER PHARMACY. TWO TEXAS CHRISTIANS WITH VASTLY DIFFERENT VIEWS OF A PHARMACIST’S OBLIGATION TO HIS PATIENT. JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>>THE SO-CALLED CONSCIENCE CLAUSES COVER NOT ONLY A NUMBER OF STATES CONSIDERING PRESCRIPTION AND BIRTH CONTROL. THE LEGISLATION IN SOM STATES COULD PROTECT HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO REFUSE TO TAKE PART IN PROCEDURES INVOLVING CELLS, ORGAN DONATIONS, ABORTIONS AND STERILIZATION.>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, A DECADE SINCE THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA. WHAT HAS THE WORLD LEARNED? ♪♪ I’M ♪♪ ♪♪ HOOD ON A FEELING ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ I’M HIGH ON BELIEVIN’ ♪♪>>>IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN NATION OF RWANDA THIS WEEK, THEY ARE MARKING TEN YEARS SINCE ONE OF THE WORST ATROCITITIES IN MODERN HISTORY. THE MURDER OF 8 MILLION PEOPLE. THE GENOCIDE LASTED 100 DAYS. THE WORLD DID VIRTUALLY NOTHING TO STOP IT. TODAY, THE HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, SAID THE GENOCIDE CREATED A GENERATION OF ORPHAN CHILDREN LIVING IN DESTITUTION. ABC’S MARTIN SEEMUNGAL IS IN RWANDA TONIGHT. HE REPORTS ON THE LEGACY OF THE MASSACRE.>>Reporter: DEATH HAS RETURNE TO THI CHURCH. IN THE LAST MONTH, CONFESSIONS FROM THOSE WHO DID THE KILLING TEN YEARS AGO, HAVE LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF 60 SKELTONS IN NEARBY FIELDS. THE REMAINS LIE IN THE CHURCH FLOOR. BELOW THIS MEMORIAL TO THE 5,000 TUTSI MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, MASSACRED AS THEY SOUGHT REFUGE HERE. THIS IS ONE OF SURVIVORS. HER HAND WAS CHOPPED OFF. THE HUTU’S ENTERED THE CHURCH AND STARTED SLASHING MY HEAD, SHE SAYS. THEY TOOK MY CHILD AWAY AND SLASHED HIM WITH A MACHETE. EDMOND WAS 6 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE SAW HIS PARENTSACKED TO DTH. HE WAS ALSO WOUNDED. THEY WERE GRABBING YOUNG CHILDREN, HE SAYS, AND KILLING THEM BY SLAMMING THEM ON THE WALL OF THE CHURCH. THIS MAN WAS ALSO IN THE CHURCH THEN. BUT HE WAS ONE OF THE KILLERS. HE WAS RECENTLY SETRE BEC DA HAS NOW DECIDED IF THE KILLERS CONFESS, THEY WILL GET AMNESTY. WE WERE SHOOTING THEM WITH BULLETS AND GRENADES. YOU SEE THIS GATE, HEAYS. THEY WERE TRYING TO GET OUT TO SAVE THEMSELVES.■ THERE WERE MANY PLACES WHERE PEOPLE FOUGHT BACK. IN SOME CASES, THEY WERE ABLE TO RESIST FOR THREE WEEKS. EY BELIEVED IF THEY0 COULD HOLD OUT LONG ENOUGH, HELP WOULD ARRIVE. THERE WAS A U.N. PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN RWANDA THEN. BUT THE CANADIAN GENERAL IN CHARGE OF THAT MISSION, SAID HE WAS ORDERED NOT TO INTERVENE. THIS WEEK, THE GENERAL RETURNED TO RWANDA FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>NEEDED DETERMINED, WELL-TRAINED, WELL-EQUIPPED RAPIDLY DEPLOYED TROOPS THAT COULD SUSTAIN THEMSELVES FOR A MONTH OR TWO. AND THAT’S –HAT NEVER CAME.>>Reporter: HE IS HAUNTED BY WHAT HAPPENED. IN THE YEARS OF THE GENOCIDE,E SUFFERED A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. TODAY, THIS MAN IS BACK IN THE COMMUNITY, WHERE HE KILLED A FARMER AGAIN. THIS WOMAN IS ALSO FARMING. BUT THE MEMORY OF HER MURDERED CHILDREN IS ALWAYS WITH HER. EDMOND, THE ORPHAN, IS HOPING TO FIND A WAY TO PAY FOR HIS SCHOOLING. LIKE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ORPHANS OF THE GENOCIDE, TRYING TO SURVIVE TODAY, IN A WOUNDED NATION. MARTIN SEEMUNGAL, AB NEWS, RWANDA.>>SEVERAL OF THE STOES FROM RWANDA TEN YEARS LATER.>>>WHEN WE COME BACK THIS EVENIN THE FINAL REPORT IN THE BROADCAST TONIGHT- RETAILING AND REFERENDUM. WHY WAL-MART IS GOING TO THE BALLOT BOX.>>>FINALLY TS EVENING — THE POWER OF WAL-MART. VOTERS IN A LOS ANGELES SUBURB WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY TO DECIDE WHETHER THE RETAIL GIANT CAN BUILD A NEW STORE IN THE AREA. NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT THE ISSUE OF A WAL-MART STORE HAS BEEN ON THE BALLOT. THE COMPANY GENERATES OPINION. BRIAN ROONEY REPORTS FROM THE CITY OF ENGLEWOOD.>>Reporter: BUSINESS IS SLOW ALG ENGLEWOOD’S MARKE STREET. SALE SIGNS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY POSTERS THAT SAY VOTE NO TO COMPETITION TO WAL-MART. WHEN ENGLEWOOD CITY COUNCIL SAID NO, WAL-MART GATHERED 10,000 SIGNATURES AND SPENT $1 MILLION, USING CALIFORNIA’S INITIATIVE PROCESS TO GO TO VOTERS.>>WE’RE NOT WILLING TO LAET SMALL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS OR ELECTED LEADERS DICTATE WHERE CUSTOMERS CAN SHOP. WE’RE WILLING TO LET CUSTOMERS DECIDE THAT.>>Reporter: THEIR CAMPAIG HERE WAS COUPLED WITH TELEVISION ADVERTISING, PUMPING UP WAL-MART’S IMAGE.>>WALL HART H DONE SO MUCH FOR MY COMMUNITY. BECAE THEY’RE HERE. WE GOT A NEW SENSE OF HOPE.>>Reporter: BUSINESS ANALYSTS SAY THE ARRIVAL OF WAL-MART SOMEMES DESTROYS LAL BUSINESS DRIKTSS LIKE THIS ONE IN TEXAS.>>WHEN WAL-MART COMES INTO A TOWN, IT DESTROYS A LOT OF LOCAL BUSINESSES. THAT’S BEEN TRUE OF EVERY CHAIN RETAIL STORE FOR THE LAST 100 YEARS.>>Reporter: WAL-MART’S 71-PAGE PROPOSITION COULD EXEMPT THE COMPANY FROM THE LOCAL ZONING, REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS, HAS THISARKING I DEVELOPED INTO GIANT SHOPPING CENTER. THAT ANGERED A LOT OF POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS THAT VOTED TODAY IN ENGLEWOOD.>>MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THEY ARE ALL AGAINST IT.>>I THINK THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH THE PROPER CHANLS. AND NOT FORCE US TO JUST HAVE A WAL-MART IN OUR COMMUNITY.>>Reporter: THOUGH WAL-MART PROMISES GOOD JOBS AND TAXES FOR THE CITY. THE WORLD’S LARGEST RETAILER WILL KNOW TONIGHT WHETHER THIS CITY IS BUYING WHAT WAL-MARTS SELLING. BRIAN ROONEY, ABC NEWS, ENGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA.>>>THAT IS OUR REPORT ON “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT.” I’M PETER JENNINGS. HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW. GOOD NIGHT. — Captions by VITAC —