This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Arrival of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and wife Raisa in United States to speak at United Nations and meet President-elect George Bush reported Report introduced.
(NYC: Walter Rodgers) Purposes of Gorbachev's visit featured; scenes shown. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) makes introductory remarks.] Likely topics of discussion, including arms control and US-USSR trade, outlined on screen. Gorbachev's scheduled United Nations speech and mtgs. with Bush and President Reagan mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(NYC: Brian Rooney) Gorbachev motorcade featured; details given, scenes shown of traffic route [DRIVER - complains.] [Department of transportation commissioner Ross SANDLER - says Gorbachev has brought New York City to a standstill.] Tomorrow's motorcade schedule previewed; map shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Gorbachev's schedule previewed; ABC coverage noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Return of space shuttle Atlantis after launching spy satellite to cover USSR reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Edwards AFB, California: Morton Dean) Scenes shown of shuttle landing at Edwards AFB; its "secret" military mission discussed. NASA's space shuttle program reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Jackie Judd) Announcement by President-elect George Bush of more key appts. reported: Robert Mosbacher (Commerce Department Secretary), Carla Hills (US Trade Representative), Michael Boskin (Council of Econ. Advrs. chairperson), Thomas Pickering (rep. to UN), William Webster (CIA Director). [BOSKIN - says budget can be brought under control without tax increase] [BUSH - expresses confidence in Webster.] Likelihood of selection of John Tower as Secretary of Defense noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Announcement by FBI of successful drug sting operation reported Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) FBI use of RiverA. Communications, Incorporated, as undercover operations site featured; details given of plan to infiltrate Colombian drug network, scenes shown of drug figs. being arrested. [Miami US attorney Dexter LEHTINEN - comments on operation.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Supreme Court reported throwing out case of unwed father who wanted to restore parental ties with daughter who was adopted by another family with her birth mother's consent reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) American children's television viewing habits noted. Report introduced.
(DC: Kathleen deLaski) Studies on effect of television viewing on American children featured; details given of findings of study commissioned by Educ. Department [University of Massachusetts spokesperson Dan. ANDERSON - expresses surprise at how little TV affects children's intellectual development]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Mtg. of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat and five American Jews from International Center for Peace in the Middle East in Stockholm, Sweden, reported; scenes shown; former Israeli leader Abba Eban mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Mtg. of representatives of Afghan rebels and Soviet forces reported; likelihood that Mikhail Gorbachev and President Reagan will discuss what happens after Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan at their meeting noted. Report introduced.
(UN: John McWethy) Issue of positions of Gorbachev and United States on Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan reported [Carnegie Endowment Selig HARRISON - says Gorbachev will ask Reagan and President-elect George Bush to get behind UN initiative for negotiations in Afghanistan.] Belief that Soviet-backed regime of Najibullah will fall after withdrawal stated; details given of likely power struggle that will result in new Islamic government afterwards; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Memorial service in San Francisco, California, for Joseph Eaton, homeless man from prominent family, noted. Report introduced.
(Brockton, Massachusetts: Rebecca Chase) Alienation of the homeless from their families featured; details given, scenes shown. [Three PEOPLE - comment on lack of contact with families.] [National Coalition for the Homeless Robert HAYES - says United States does not have ethos to reach out to family members in need.] Impact of homeless people's problems on family ties explained. [Homeless MAN - talks about drugs.] [Lillian OWENS - says she wants daughter to come home.] [Daughter Lois OWENS - says her family is fellow homeless living in tunnel.] Case of homeless family with children cited; scenes shown. [Homeless Jesse MAYDepartment of Health, Education and Welfare - talks about his family.] [Brother Rodney MAYDepartment of Health, Education and Welfare - says he won't help anymore.] [GRANDFATHER - talks about family.] [HAYES - discusses problem of homeless.] [Harvard Univ. psychiatrist Ellen BASSICK - discusses need for support network for homeless families.] Program involving transitional house for homeless in Brockton, Massachusetts, described; scenes shown. [Director Kathy MAGUIRE - explains need for surrogate family for homeless people.] [WOMAN - says she considers transitional house her home.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Incr. in number of homeless in Boston, Massachusetts, since 1983 cited.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's United Nations visit noted. Report introduced.
(DC: John Martin) Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's visit to United Nations in 1960 recalled; details given, historical scenes shown of protesters and of Khrushchev pounding on desk. [In September 1960, British Prime Min. Harold MACMILLAN - responds to Khrushchev.]