This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Extortionist seeking withdrawal of SmithKline and Beckman capsule prods., Contac, Dietac and Teldrin, from market reported contaminating some with rat poisoning; details given.
(DC: Bettina Gregory) [Voice of extortionist "GARY"- states his demands; remarks transcribed on screen.] [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Dr. Frank YOUNG - explains amount of rat poisoning found.] [SmithKline president Henry WENDT - is outraged.] Focus of FBI investigation noted; Houston merchants said removing SmithKline product Sine-Off after receive similar threats.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Lynn Sherr) Surviving theory as to why space shuttle Challenger exploded discussed; latest scenes, photos of disaster shown, explained. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spokesperson Wayne LITTLES - believes solid rocket booster seal failure caused explosion.] Details of scenario outlined, illustrated on screen. [President commission member Major General Don. KUTYNA and Marshall Space Flight Center spokesperson Harold SCOFIELD - discuss probable sequence of events.] Probable effect on NASA's schedule for resumption of shuttle mission considered.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Honolulu, Hawaii: John McKenzie) Ousted Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos' departure for exile in Panama said now questionable due to Panama's refusal to accept him and Reagan administration's continued confidence it will. [Courtesy "Good Morning America", chief of staff Don. REGAN - claims negotiations with Panama are continuing.] Marcos' inability to relocate here and indications of his growing paranoia considered. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - explains limited United States immunity for Marcos.] His current status described.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan's continued lobbying for incrd. United States military aid to Nicaraguan guerrillas described; scenes shown. [REAGAN - promises rebel leaders of his continued commitment.]
(NYC: Dan Cordtz) Factors influencing market's drop today explained, discussed; Dow Jones' recent activity reviewed. [Trader Wright LEWIS - attributes market's record activity due to computers; explains.] Role of computers at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated in work of traders Lou Morales and Alex Shapiro described as example
(Studio: Peter Jennings) No. Voice of America (VOA) dirs. since President Reagan took office noted.
(DC: Stone Phillips) Role of Senator Jesse Helms and others in preventing former ABC News president Bill Sheehan from becoming VOA director due to his refusal to satisfy their conservative political philosophies examined. [SHEEHAN - describes warning given him by United States Information Agency about pols. of the job, his questioning by right-wing extremists in Republican party] [Richard VIGUERIE - feels Sheehan doesn't support conservative cause.] Helms' letter to United States Information Agency dir. Charles Wick opposing Sheehan quoted on screen. [Courtesy NBC, John CHANCELLOR - criticizes conservatives' impact on VOA's credibility.] [SHEEHAN - thinks conservatives want right-wing point of view dominating VOA bdcsts.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Contd. United States tour by USSR student Katerina Lycheva, in memory of Samantha Smith, discussed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Peter Ueberroth's program for drug abusers in maj. league baseball following last year's Pittsburgh scandal recalled.
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) Baseball's effort to clean up its image this yr. examined; scenes shown. [Player Alan WIGGINS - testifies to peers about his drug abuse.] [Orioles team psychologist Dr. James McGEE - favors med. approach.] [Player Scott McGREGOR - agrees.] [Sports writer Tom BOSWELL - thinks drug testing clauses in players' contracts will become the norm.] [Players union spokesperson Don. FEHR - opposes drug tests.] [Player Dave WINFIELD - thinks majority of players don't abuse drugs or alcohol.] [FANS - comment.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Role of speaker Thomas O'Neill in affecting outcome of House vote on President Reagan's request for military aid to Nicaraguan guerrillas profiled. [O'NEILL - addresses House on issue.] His personal background reviewed. [O'NEILL - explains influence on him of church workers.] [Representative Dave McCURDY - notes influence of O'Neill's 1964 vote on Tonkin Resolution on recent Nicaraguan aid vote.] [O'NEILL - believes Reagan's policy would bring United States troops into conflict.] [Representative James WRIGHT - describes O'Neill.] [REAGAN - jokes with O'Neill.] [O'NEILL - describes how he would like to be remembered.]