This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Bob Zelnick) Israeli interception of Libyan plane, forcing it to land at military base, examined; Israel said mistakenly believing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader George Habash and Palestinian terrorist leader Ahmed Jabril were on board. Later release of plane, crew and passengers, include Syrian diplomacy Abdullah al-Ahmar noted. Habash and Jabril mentioned meeting with Muammar el-Kadhafi earlier in week in Tripoli. Scenes shown. [For. minister Yitzhak SHAMIR -justifies Israel's actions.] Dipl. implications of incident for Israel considered.
(No location given: Barrie Dunsmore) Syria's reaction to intercept described. [In Libya, HABASH - admits he came to Libya on same plane with Abdullah al-Ahmar 3 days ago. Habash's role in Mideast hijackings reviewed. [HABASH - dismisses logic of claims that Libya is center of terrorism after Israeli intercept.] Libyan television said accusing United States Sixth Fleet of aiding Israel; fleet thought entering disputed Libyan waters next week as move to pressure Kadhafi.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Syria said threatening retaliation against Israel; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Latest terrorist bombing in Paris and discovery of unexploded bomb on Eiffel Tower reported; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan's State of the Union address recalled delayed until tonight due to space shuttle Challenger's explosion.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President's speech tonight previewed; focus of last yr.'s address recalled. Tonight's remarks outlined, quoted on screen. OMB dir. James Miller mentioned, shown. [Representative William GRAY - explains focus of Democrat response to President's budget proposals.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Coverage announced.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Possibility one solid rocket booster from space shuttle Challenger has been located reported
(DC: Lynn Sherr) NASA's continued investigation of shuttle's explosion examined; scenes shown. Factors surrounding rocket under scrutiny detailed. [Georgia Institution of Technology professor Gary FLANDRO - explains his hypothesis.] Presidential commission appointed to investigate tragedy said holding first meeting here tomorrow.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States delegation headed by Senator Richard Lugar to monitor upcoming president elecs. in Philippines reported leaving for Manila today; scenes shown.
(Manila, Philippines: Jim Laurie) Major rally in support for opposition candidate Corazon Aquino featured; scenes shown. [AQUINO - asks for help to rebuild cntry.] Ferdinand Marcos' about-face on decision to debate Aquino on "Nightline "discussed. Possible impact of Marcos-controlled media's coverage of his campaign &lack of coverage of Aquino's on election outcome cited; his sexist campaign rhetoric discussed. television commercial shown as example
(Studio: Peter Jennings) "Nightline" producers said still awaiting Marcos' final decision; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced
(Negros Island, Philippines: Mark Litke) Entrenched poverty in Philippines and bearing on upcoming election examined; scenes shown. Twins (named) cited as example [Dr. Cecilia LABRA - notes high infant mortality rate.] [Antonio LOCENIO - (thru translator) fears loss of his job due to sugar industry's demise; notes his lack of education] Greed and corruption of Marcos regime said blamed by islanders for sugar industry's collapse. [Planter Ed ALUNAN - describes government's cronyism destroying local industry] [Father "Baby" GORDONCILLO - fears consequences if Marcos government conts.] Lyrics of singer Freddy AGUILAR, the Bob Dylan of the Philippines, quoted, shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Blood tests published today said indicating singer Ricky Nelson had cocaine and other drugs in his system on night he and others died in plane crash; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Eldridge Cleaver's leadership of Black Panther party recalled; Cleaver reported announcing his candidacy for Senator Alan Cranston's California seat. Details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(San Francisco, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Mass murderer Charles Manson's parole hearing today featured; scenes shown. [MANSON - outlines his plans if released on parole, include visiting Libya and Ayatollah Khomeini.] Manson and his followers recalled convicted of 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and others in what became known as the Tate-LaBianca murders. File footage shown. [MANSON - reads his statement rejecting parole.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting in Vienna said ending with lack of decision on future oil prices or production levels; reaction of London and New York City oil mkts. described. Stk. Mkt. Report
(Studio: Peter Jennings) ABC News poll on public's perception of state of the union since President Reagan took office outlined on screen, discussed; President's State of the Union address tonight noted.
(Saint Louis, Missouri: Jim Wooten) Nation's heartland's perception of state of the union examined. [Saint Louis Mayor Vincent SCHOEMEHL - praises city's success.] [New Life Evangelistic Center spokesperson Larry RICE - accuses country of successfully hiding its poor.] Statistics for unemployment, hsing., bank profits, farming outlined, discussed. [RICE, SCHOEMEHL - agree that a permanent underclass is being created in US.]