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(Studio: Peter Jennings) USSR dissident Anatoly Shcharansky's role in his cntry.'s human rights movement reviewed; scenes shown.
(Berlin: Pierre Salinger) Shcharansky's release here today, in E.-W. spy exchange, featured; scenes shown. United States ambassador Richard Burt mentioned greeting him; United States recalled denying Shcharansky's role as CIA agent. Israeli authorities said flying Shcharansky to Tel Aviv, after reunion with wife Avital in Frankfurt.
(Jerusalem, Israel: Bob Zelnick) Shcharansky's arrival here, met by Prime Min. Shimon Peres and foreign minister Yitzhak Shamir, featured; scenes shown. [Anatoly and Avital SHCHARANSKY - (on phone) thank President Reagan for his role in release arrangement.] [PERES - notes lesson to world of Shcharansky's ordeal.] [SHCHARANSKY - comments on KGB's opposition to his release.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Slander chgs. reported dropped by Polish government against Lech Walesa; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan, in "Washington Post", said feeling optimistic over reaching agreement with USSR on medium-range weapons in West Europe as part of new arms control treaty; his news conference tonight announced.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) No. Chicago deaths in 1982 from cyanide-laced Tylenol recalled; similar incident in New York last weekend reported
(NYC: Stephen Geer) Withdrawal of Tylenol from shelves after death of Diane Elsroth and authorities' belief her murder was isolated incident examined. [Westchester Cnty. executive Andrew O'ROURKE - describes circumstances of victim's death.] [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Frank YOUNG - cites lack of evidence that problem is widespread.] Lot. number of batch involved listed on screen. [Johnson and Johnson chairperson James BURKE - notes most of batch has already been consumed.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Johnson and Johnson stock activity on Wall Street today described.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Lynn Sherr) Conflicting testimony of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) official and worker on possible factor in space shuttle Challenger's explosion examined; investigation's focus on solid rocket booster seals discussed, illustrations shown. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) booster program spokesperson Lawrence MULLOY - defs. agency's testing of booster seals.] NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) employee Richard Cooke's (sic) written warning to his superiors last year on potential catastrophe with seals quoted on screen. [COOKE - explains purpose of memo.] Shuttle admin. Jesse Moore's reaction quoted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Contd. lack of resolution in Philippines election noted; opposite claims of government election commission and independent organization on vote tally for Ferdinand Marcos versus Corazon Aquino listed on screen.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) White House said apparently having formed own opinion before briefing by United States team that observed Philippines election regarding widespread vote fraud. [Senator Richard LUGAR, Representative John MURTHA - disagree on White House's premature statement] [January 26, 1986, courtesy "This Wk.", chief of staff Don. REGAN - explains administration policy on relations with govts. elected by fraud; cites Angola as example] Admin. statement on fraud in Philippines election quoted on screen. [Senator John KERRY - feels need to support proponents of democracy in Philippines.] President Reagan said sending envoy Philip Habib to Philippines.
(Manila, Philippines: Mark Litke) [AQUINO - warns United States not to support failing dictator in its own ints.] Growing anti-US sentiment as result of perception of United States as Marcos' supporter discussed; scenes shown. [MARCOS - calls for stable relations with US.] Marcos said allegedly offering advisory post to Aquino.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Liberia reported offering asylum to exiled Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and family, currently in France.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Arrow Air charter airlines reported filing for bankruptcy; number United States military personnel killed in December crash of Arrow Air flight in Newfoundland recalled.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Peter Lance) Safety and maintenance violations of Rich International Airways, used for military charters, examined; scenes shown. 1984 inspection findings cited as example [Rich attorney Gary GAROFALO - claims problems were immediately corrected.] [Air safety critic John NANCE - thinks Rich is doing minimal job at best.] FAA's temporary halt to Rich International after 1984 inspection mentioned. [President Jean RICH -defs. safety standards of airline.] Difference between Rich's maintenance practices and those of major airlines such as Eastern illustrated. [NANCE - disapproves of such poor maintenance facilities.] [RICH - responds.] FAA's grounding of Arrow Air after intensive inspection mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Air traffic controller reported blamed for near miss last night between Delta and Eastern planes over Georgia; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Last night's report on series of teenage suicides at Omaha, Nebraska, high school recalled; 2 more said attempting suicide last night.
(Omaha, Nebraska: Mike O'Connor) Condition of attempted suicides reported; possible role of local television station in averting a 3rd explained. Officials' effort to reassure community noted backfiring; details given, scenes shown. [PEOPLE and suicide prevention expert Dr. John RIEDLER - shout at each other.] [Assistant superintendent Dr. Rene HLAVAC - doesn't have any indication suicides are related.] [Students Kim THOMPKINS - explains her fears.]