This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced
(Houston, Texas: Rebecca Chase) First public comments by astronauts to space shuttle Challenger disaster and investigation featured. [Astronaut Jon McBRIDE - describes lingering impact of disaster.] [Astronauts Henry HARTSFIELD, Vance BRAND, Gordon FULLERTON, McBRIDE - discuss their lack of knowledge about problems with solid rocket booster seals, NASA's internal pressures to keep to shuttle schedule.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Emphasis of president commission's resumed public hearings on Challenger disaster outlined.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Recommendation of president commission on organized crime that US military become involved in war on drug smuggling discussed; scenes shown. [Commission spokesperson Rod SMITH - defs. call for crackdown on users.] Commission said suggesting all federal employees be screened for drug use. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Allan ADLER - explains opposition to such tests.] Constitutional issues involved considered.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) No. times Congress has refused President Reagan military aid for anti-government Nicaraguan guerrillas recalled.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President's continued lobbying for rebel aid featured; scenes shown. [REAGAN - equates Congress defeat of aid proposal with communist takeover of Nicaragua.] Admin.'s argument outlined on screen. [REAGAN - blames Congress should guerrillas fail.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - claims power and diplomacy go hand in hand.] [Representative Dave McCURDY - doesn't exclude use of military; explains.] [Senator James SASSER - agrees.]
(Managua, Nicaragua: Peter Collins) Mil. analysts' perception of Sandinista government's status against guerrillas outlined, discussed; scenes shown. Strengths &weaknesses of each side considered; role of United States military advisers in Vietnam and recommendation for same here cited.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pro-Marcos demonstration in Philippines protesting President Corazon Aquino's plan to replace mayors sympathetic to ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos reported; details given, scenes shown. Possible implications for Aquino's negotiations with communist guerrillas of alleged roadside ambush south of Manila noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Assassination Friday of Sweden's Prime Min. Olof Palme noted.
(Stockholm, Sweden: Dean Reynolds) Search for Palme's killer and impact of assassination on nation's psyche examined; scenes, photos shown. Red Army Faction mentioned claiming responsibility. [Govt. spokesperson Lars LONNBECK - describes organization's telephone call.] Red Army Faction's history, an outgrowth of Baader-Meinhof gang reviewed. [Acting prime minister Ingvar CARLSSON - doesn't know nationality of assassin.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Nablus, Israel: Bob Zelnick) Funeral for Nablus Mayor Zafir al- Masri, killed yesterday, featured; Palestinian rejectionist groups said claiming credit. Implications for Israel's peace efforts on West Bank considered.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Police ambush of alleged African National Congress guerrillas in South Africa detailed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Violence during strike called by Protestant leaders in North Ireland protesting new agreement between Great Britain and Ireland over region's government discussed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Supreme Court reported refusing to hear cases of former Representative George Hansen and anchor Christine Craft; details of their suits reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Crisis in liability insurance said illustrated by Roosevelt Island tramway in NYC; details explained, outlined on screen.
(Newport Beach, California: Jay Schadler) Implications for local, state, and federal govts. as well as private indivs. of crisis in liability insurance industry examined; John Taylor's successful suit against California town cited as example Details given. [Newport Beach Mayor Paul MAUER - questions Taylor's victory; notes financial impact on city of rising insurance rates.] [Skating rink owner James GOODALE - cites need for insurance in order to remain open.] [MD ins. commissioner Edward MUHL, American Alliance Ins. spokesperson Frank NUTTER - defense rates.] Lloyd's of London, insurer of United States insurance companies, recalled insuring Betty Grable's legs and Titanic. [Underwriter Robin JACKSON - criticizes state of US insurance litigation.] [American Trial Lawyers Association spokesperson Pete PERLMAN - blames ins. industry] [National Ins. Consumers Org. spokesperson Robert HUNTER - accuses industry of conspiracy to use liability issue as means to its own economy recovery; notes org. has asked Justice Department to investigate.] [AETNA vice president Richard EARLY - anticipates situation worsening.] [HUNTER - notes insurance industry's rising profit as result of alleged crisis.] [OR insurance commissioner Jo DRISCOLL - defs. ins. companies] Status of liability reform indicated on map.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Drop in west Texas oil prices discussed. Stk. Mkt. Report
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Incident last year when USSR sailor Miroslav Medvid attempted to defect to United States and then allegedly changed mind recalled.
(New Orleans, Louisiana: Mark Potter) Background to controversy reviewed; claim by some that man who was interrogated by United States officials wasn't actually Medvid but a Soviet plant examined. Photos shown. [Joe WYMAN - denies man iden. by Sovs. as Medvid was the sailor; explains.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - denies allegation of switch.]