This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's name-calling in his continued propaganda war against Nicaragua quoted.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) President said approving policy of sending United States military advisers to work with anti-government Nicaraguan guerrillas if Congress approves military aid for rebels. [REAGAN - idens. himself with guerrillas; denies plans to send combat troops.] Green Berets said scheduled to train rebels if aid request is approved. President's "Baltimore Sun" interview quoted on screen. [Representative David BONIOR - believes advisers will become combat soldiers.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Question of rebel competence noted.
(Managua, Nicaragua: Jamie Gangel) Arrival here of United States Congress delegation noted; scenes shown. [Representatives Guy MOLINARI, Robert WALKER - explain their purpose.] Footage taken by freelance photographer illustrating guerrillas' shortcomings narrated. [Lieutenant Colonel Edward KING(ret.)- isn't surprised at rebels' ineptness.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's nuclear testing verification proposal to Mikhail Gorbachev reported Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet premier Nikolai Ryzhkov, both in Sweden to attend Prime Min. Olof Palme's funeral, said possibly discussing issue in Stockholm.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's latest foreign policy statement said include reference to opposition to dictatorships of both left and right; right-wing dictators' previous status in administration recalled.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United States recalled recently warning Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to correct regime's human rights abuses; Pinochet reported extending Chile's state of emergency.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Record activity on Wall Street today detailed. Stk. Mkt. Report Wholesale prices for February reported; role of oil price slump mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) FAA's proposed record fine against Eastern Airlines for alleged safety and maintenance violations examined; FAA's findings after investigating several airlines last year outlined on screen, discussed. [Eastern vice president Jerry COSLEY - defs. airline's safety.] Airline's other economy problems, include upcoming buyout by Texas Air, noted. Implications of Eastern's problems for industry as a whole considered. [Uniden. PILOT - believes same type of problems pervade industry] Pol. pressures on Federal Aviation Administration said resulting in crackdowns as well on Pan Am, Delta and United airlines.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President commission investigating shuttle Challenger's explosion said focusing on need to redesign solid booster rocket seals; implications for shuttle program's schedule considered.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced
(NYC: Richard Valeriani) Possible political effect on Mayor Edward Koch of borough president Don. Manes' suicide amidst growing investigation of bribery and corruption in city government examined; background to scandal, include Manes' earlier suicide attempt and indictment of aide Geoffrey Lindenauer, reviewed in detail. [January, KOCH - thinks Manes is honest.] Queens attorney noted accusing Manes of extortion; details given. [KOCH - calls Manes crook.] Areas of investigation listed; Lindenauer mentioned plea bargaining in exchange for testimony against other city officials, include Manes. ["New York Daily News" columnist Jimmy BRESLIN - blames Koch for corruption; explains.] Recent public opinion polls' indication of support for Koch mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Failure of cross-country peace march shortly after it began reported; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Further United States naval exercises said scheduled off coast of Libya; President Reagan's claim that Muammar el-Kadhafi is protecting Palestinian terrorists who attacked Rome and Vienna airports last December recalled.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Paula Hawkins' call for drug testing of all government workers, include President and his cabinet, reported; details given.
(NYC: Lisa Myers) Growing use of drug tests in the workplace said illustrated by programs at General Motors, "Kansas City Star" and Cherry Electrical Corporation [Cherry president Peter CHERRY - defs. tests.] [Drug consultant Peter BENSINGER - offers his justification for such tests.] Opposition to random testing outlined; error rate at some laboratories noted. San Francisco mentioned 1st city outlawing all drug testing without evidence. [City supervisor Bill MAHER - notes Southern Pacific Corp.'s action was catalyst to ordinance; explains.] [Southern Pacific spokesperson Robert TAGGART - responds.] RR's argument for tests and background to controversy reviewed. [Allen PETTIGREW - discusses his experience with Southern Pacific.] Impact of test results on Pettigrew described. [PETTIGREW - feels life has been ruined.] [MAHER - thinks tests presume guilt rather than innocence.] [TAGGART - responds.] Nationwide status of drug testing laws mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Viewers' reactions to recent stories on quality of medical care at military facilities, rebel ambush of Philippine military truck, fines levied against baseball players like Keith Hernandez and others and on shuttle Challenger tragedy examined; letters from Colonel Preston Carver, Robonna Carber Broston and Cecil Zimmer quoted on screen.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced
(Sun City, Arizona: George Lewis) Professional golfer Charles Owens' success despite several handicaps featured; scenes shown. [OWENS - discusses career; attributes success to God.] Some of his opponents named.