March 2, 1983 - Pope John Paul II en route to Costa Rica in an appeal to end fighting in Central America, primarily El Salvador and Nicaragua. Saudi Arabia and Venezuela hint at lowering oil prices to OPEC. Storms batter California, Los Angeles - worst in years. $150BN Social Security bailout approved. Leading Indicator Index figures at 3.6%, biggest jump since 1950. Burlington Vermont re-elects first Socialist Mayor. Iraq attacks Iranian oil fields, claims 5 ships sunk including oil tankers. Funding and arms appeal to Contras proposed on Capitol Hill. Hmm.