Today on News 7 at 5, the case against a man accused of setting a fatal fire will go to the jury tomorrow.
and the E-P-A says one of the most common household pesticides is hazardous to your health.
Heading into a warm, dry spell as advertised. Temperatures in the low 90s are expected. Details coming up.
On Health Check, a product for babies is pulled off the market,
and in Sports, troubled Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker makes a decision about reporting to Richmond.
It's used in homes and gardens. Now the government is banning a popular pesticide.
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((THIS ACTION IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND IT IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND IT IS PARTICULARY GOOD NEWS FOR CHILDREN , AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE TO THE RISKS POSED BY PESTICIDES.))
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Chances are if you've had your home or lawn sprayed for bugs you've come in contact with Durs-ban. The chemical is sold under that name but it's also found in 800 other products.
Now the government says it poses a health risk-
Jennifer Jones has more.
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[SUPER=01-Carol Browning/Environ. Protection Agency;]
[Super=01-Jennifer Jones/CBS News;]
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(( It is one of the biggest pesticide sellers ... the chemical
Dursban...commonly used in gardens, household products...even pet flea
Retailer: never, never any problem.
But the Environmental Protection Agency says it is a major
problem. So big that the government is banning the product for
use in gardens and homes...while limiting it's use in agriculture.
This action comes after completing the most scientific review of the
potential hazards from a pesticide ever conducted.
say the pesticide Chlorpyrifos...sold under the trade names Dursban and
Lorsban, poses a major health risk. It can potentially effect the
nervous system and brain development. The biggest risk according to
EPA officials is to children.
Does this surprise you? yes I had no idea.
But it is no surprise to parents like Rebecca Wilson, who feels you can never been too safe when it comes to kids and chemicals.
in:I get concerned if our kids are on the grass after it's been
fertilized, It's a big concern.
So as word of the pesticide ban spreads, the question now for
some is what took so long.
They should have checked the stuff when it was first made, they should check everything, it's their job.
Still the announcement, EPA officials insist, is a giant leap forward.
..they are looking at a 10-million pound reduction in use of the
pesticide by the end of the year..and for the product to be completely
off the shelves by the year 2001. Jennifer Jones
The third man in a trio of suspected arsonists today denied setting the Church Avenue rooming house fire two years ago.
Andrew Terry testified for the defense today in the trial of Brian Jackson.
Earlier testimony had implicated Terry as the one who bought the gasoline that was used to start the fire that killed six people.
He admits he bought the gas in exchange for a few dollars and a small amount of crack cocaine.
But Terry flat out denied setting the fire himself.
AND he said Jackson was NOT the man he saw with Jay Clements that night.
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[IN Q=Did you also]
((DID YOU ALSO MAKE A CONNECTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT BRIAN WAS OR WASN'T THE PERSON IN THE CAR WITH JAY CLEMENTS? I KNEW THAT BRIAN WAS NOT IN THE CAR, PERIOD.))
[SUPER=01-Andrew "T Bird"Terry/Defense Witness]
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Terry has never been charged in the murder and arson. He's doing time for violating probation on numerous breaking and enterings, grand larcenies and drug offenses.
He was the final witness. The case will go to the jury tomorrow.
The chamber of commerce calls it free advertising.. but not everyone's happy that one of Lynchburg's most (ra-veered) revered landmarks is now on a lottery ticket.
Monument Terrace honors Lynchburg residents who died in our nation's wars.. it now appears on the new "Virginia Is For Lovers" scratch off game which debuted this week.
Tourism officials say the tickets will help bring more visitors to the Hill City.
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[IN Q=We have our]
((BRIAN KNOPP/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE HAVE OUR 800 NUMBER, OUR WEB ADDRESS ON THE LOTTERY CARDS, SO THERE'S GOING TO BE NEARLY A MILLION LOTTERY CARDS THAT ARE GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTED AND JUST CREATE AWARENESS OF WHAT THERE IS TO SEE IN LYNCHBURG.))
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: MONUMENT TERRACE IS A MONUMENT TO OUR WAR DEAD AND TO ME, THIS DIMINISHES THE VALUE OF THAT MONUMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Knopp/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Council Member; :11]
[OUT Q=of that monument.]
Monument Terrace is one of twelve attractions across the state on the new scratch off tickets.
Another noted cartoonist has died. We'll have his story after the break.
And will John Rocker be calling Richmond home? The troubled major league pitcher makes his decision.
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A car driven by a volunteer fire chief collided with a school bus in Bedford County this afternoon.
Authorities say none of the children on the bus were seriously hurt.
The accident happened about 2:30, near the new Forest Elementary School on Route 811.
State police say the chief was apparently on his way to another wreck on Route 221 when the accident happened.
He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
We'll have more on the story tonight on News-7 at 6.
Los Angeles Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of the Police Chief's Granddaughter.
Police say this man-Samuel Shabazz fired the shot that killed Lori Gonzalez.
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Gonzalez was killed when she and her companion left a fast food restaurant on May 28th.
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((BERNARD PARKS/LAPD CHIEF: I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK THE PERSONNEL AT HOMICIDE AND THE PERSONNEL AT SOUTH WEST AREA FOR THIER DILIGENT WORK IN BRINGING THE CASE TO THIS POINT.))
[SUPER=01-Bernard Parks/LA Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=CASE TO THIS POINT.]
Detectives claim calls from the community provided valuable information leading to Shabazz-
From the beginning authorities believe Gonzalez' companion- a known gang member- was the intended target.
The creator of the comic strip "Shoe" has died.
Jeff MacNelly died early today at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The 52-year old cartoonist had been treated for lymphoma since late last year.
He joined the staff of the Richmond News Leader in 1970 and he won three Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.
In 1977 he began the "Shoe" comic strip which he continued to draw until his death.
If you would like to find out more about the life and career of cartoonist Jeff MacNelly,
[Take Pinnacle Page]
you can visit his webpage through a link to our site at WDBJ7-DOT-COM.
Baseball fans have been placing bets. Would demoted pitcher John Rocker turn up for tonight's Triple "A" farm game in Toledo.
Drew Levinson is there with the answer.
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[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
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((Narr: Arriving just hours before deadline to avoid being suspended John
Rocker flew into Toledo to join his new team the Richmond Braves for
their games against the Mudhens. He did not talk to reporters but he
did speak with some passengers onboard the plane.
Sot: Parr Ricketts/Fan
He seemed like an ok guy ..he's going to watch his Ps and Qs from now
Narr: Earlier this week the Atlanta Braves threw the pitcher to their
Triple-A farm team because he couldnt hit the strike zone. It was also
a way for the team to rid itself of the controversial player. ON Sunday
Rocker had threatened the magazine reporter who wrote a story last year
about Rockers views on foreigners, minorities and gays.
Narr: That story prompted the Braves to suspend and fine Rocker... he
was fined again after Sundays outburst. THOUGH ROCKER FAILED TO
REPORTED TO HIS TEAM WEDNESDAY...SECURITY SECURITY WAS STILL TIGHT FOR
THE GAME BETWEEN THE BRAVES AND MUDHENS. EARLIER THAT DAY Rocker told an
Atlanta Radio station he was considering quitting the game.
(sot from radio interview/over graphic)
WHAT WHOULD YOU DO IF YOU QUIT BASEBALL?
ID BE A STOCKBROKER PROBABLY.
I THINK THE DAY TRADERS ARE A LITTLE WARY.
THERES SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR HAVING A JOB THATS NOT JUST A
(STANDUP CLOSE /DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS)
ROCKER ALSO SAID GOT A RAW DEAL. HIS DEAL IS NOW TO KEEP HIS MOUTH
SHUT AND WORK ON HIS GAME AND HIS ATTITUDE AND SEE IF HE CAN CLIMB BACK
TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, TOLEDO.
It's only June and we're already deep into the silly side of the Senate race.
A dancing "I love New York" trash can came to Richmond's James Center plaza today, to make the case against Republican George Allen.
That's until security guards for the former governor's law office building tried to shut down the Sierra Club.
The point of the protest is that as governor, George Allen presided over the approval of three mega-landfills that take out of state trash.
[IN Q=As an attorney]
((GLEN BESA/SIERRA CLUB OF VIRGINIA: AS AN ATTORNEY WITH MCGUIRE WOODS, THAT FIRM HAS LOBBIED...IN THE PAST.))
[SUPER=01-Glen Besa/Sierra Club of Virginia;]
[OUT Q=the past.]
The Allen campaign responds that governors have NO authority to deny localities the ability to authorize landfills.
A spokesman says the Sierra Club continues to do the "dirty work" of the Chuck Robb campaign, while NOT having to report what it spends helping the Democrat.
Coming up next, Patrick Evans will show us what kind of produce is in season at Roanoke's City Market.
Even though it is early June, a plethora of locally grown fresh vegetables & other produce is available on Roanoke's City Market
Patrick Evans is exploring the choices today, on Growin' it.
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GROWIN IT CLOSE
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Coming up today in Sports, reports say one of the N-F-L's best quarterbacks is preparing to retire,
and on Health check, we'll look at the debate over a natural arthritis treatment. Some say it works miracles, while others believe there are better and cheaper alternatives.
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Playtex is recalling nearly two MILLION pacifiers because babies could choke on them.
The recall is for the Classic Patterns Cherubs and Soft Comfort lines.
The latex in the pacifiers is aging faster than normal which causes them to detach from the handle.
[TAKE Pinnacle Page]
Playtex has received 21 reports of broken pacifiers, but so far no one has been injured.
Classic Patterns pacifiers have the word Cherubs embossed in bold black letters on the colored knob.
Soft Comfort pacifiers have a soft butterfly shaped shield.
For more information on the recall, phone 1-800-522-8239 or visit the Playtex website at PLAYTEX-BABY-dot com.
Around 42 million Americans suffer from the pain of arthritis. Many are desperate to find something to relieve the pain and swelling. A natural therapy new to America is winning some fans here, but others say there are cheaper alternatives that do the same thing. Kris Eisenhaur looks at both sides of the argument over Arthritis Relief Plus.
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[SUPER=01-Chuck Bettis/Arthritis Relief User; :12]
[SUPER=01-Marta Matthews/Arthritis Relief Salesperson; :36]
[SUPER=01-Tori Hudson/Natural Therapy Doctor; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Kris Eisenhauer/CBS News; 1:44]
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((Chuck Betts/USES "ARTHRITIS RELIEF": I couldn't get in and out of bed...
couldn't get out of a chair without help.
FOR CHUCK BETTS HELP CAME IN THE FORM OF THIS GOOEY, HERBAL CONCOCTION.
Chuck:...i used the cream... in about three days, my knees were better.
And then my shoulders...
Chuck:...the last thing to heal was my hands.
POPULAR IN AUSTRALIA FOR TWENTY YEARS, "ARTHRITIS RELIEF PLUS" IS NOW
MARKETED TO AMERICANS.
Marta Matthews/"ARTHRITIS RELIEF" CENTER: 90% of the people showed a
reduction in pain..stiffness and everyone who went into the study with
swelling, their swelling was eliminated.
THE PRODUCT IS ALL NATURAL... MENTHOL AND CAPSAICIN ARE THE ACTIVE
INGREDIENTS-- WELL-KNOWN TO REDUCE IRRITATION AND INFLAMMATION.
BUT THEY CAN BE FOUND IN OTHER LESS EXPENSIVE PRODUCTS.
Marta Matthews/"ARTHRITIS RELIEF" CENTER: it's the other unique blend of
herbs that differentiate it from other topical creams that have only
or only capsaicin in it.
NATUROPATH TORI HUDSON SAYS IT'S THOSE OTHER INGREDIENTS THAT MAY MAKE
Dr. Tori Hudson/NATUROPATH: This isn't a hocus pocus type of a
SHE SAYS IT'S WORTH A TRY.
Dr. Tori Hudson/NATUROPATH: There may in fact be a synergistic role of
Dr. Tori Hudson/NATUROPATH: This product having the turmeric, having the
castor oil and some of the other herbs can easily make me believe it
work better then just plain capsaicin alone.
THE COMPANY HAS ENCOURAGING RESEARCH-- DONE BY AN INDEPENDENT LAB-- BUT
THEY ADMIT IT HASN'T WORKED FOR EVERYONE.
Kris: The product is also listed with thfd-a, but don't let that fool
you. Every over-the-counter product must be registered. That does not
mean "arthritis relief plus" has yet been proven safe and effective...
FDAEVEN SO, AFTER SIX WEEKS OF USE, CHUCK SAYS HE'S NEVER FELT BETTER.))
Welcome everybody to the Thursday ticker.
Let's begin on the college basepaths where the VMI Keydets today named Tom Slater the school's new head baseball coach.
Slater, who is a former assistant at Auburn, replaces Scott Gines who resigned earlier this week.
Slater knows plenty about the VMI experience. He was an assistant for the Keydets in the mid-90s, and he graduated from VMI in 1990.
The NFL is likely losing future hall of famer Steve Young.
Reports out of the Bay area tonight says he will retire rather than try to make a comeback with the Denver Broncos.
Young was told earlier this week he would not be able to return to the 49ers.
He has suffered four concussions in in the last three.
The Los Angeles Lakers opened the N-B-A championship with a resonding 104 to 87 win over the Indiana Pacers last night.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 43 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Lakers made a statement and took the early lead in the series.
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((KOBE BRYANT/LAKER GUARD: BY NO MEANS IS THIS GAME AN INDICATION OF WHAT THIS SERIES IS GOING TO BE LIKE. THEY'RE GOING TO BE READY TO PLAY IN GAME TWO. THEY'RE GOING TO BE A LOT MORE PHYSICAL REGGIE'S GOING TO MAKE SHOTS. SO WE CAN'T TAKE THIS GAME AND RUN WITH IT.))
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/NBC SPORTS; :]
Miller had a distarous night. He missed 15 of 16 shots and finished with 7 points after entering the game with a 24 point average in the post season.
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[IN Q="But I...]
((REGGIE MILLER/SCORED 7 POINTS: BUT I TELL YOU WHAT IF THEY CONTINUE TO GIVE ME THE LOOKS THEY'RE GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE. MY FIRST 4 BASKETS WENT IN AND OUT AND EVERY SHOT BUT ONE FELT GOOD. IF THEY'RE GOING TO PLAY ME LIKE THAT ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Reggie Miller/Scored 7 Points; :]
[OUT Q=.....of time."]
Game two of the series is Friday night in Los Angeles.
The redhot Salem Avalanche leaves the friendly confines of Salem Memorial and heads to Lynchburg tonight to open up a three game series with the Hillcats.
Game time in Lynchburg is set for seven.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, a big weekend of racing begins tomorrow night at South Boston.
Steve Mason will have a preview of the two days of thunder and show us how the track has gone the extra mile to make things better for the fans.
Jean will be right back to close out News 7 at five in just a moment. Take Care everybody.
[go to break]
A trip to a Dublin convienience store earlier this week has made someone a millionare.
A winning lottery ticket worth 1-point-1 million dollars was sold at the Dublin Handy Mart near Interstate 81.
The ticket was purchased Monday around 10 A-M.
Winning numbers were announced last night.... but no one's come forward yet.
The Handy Mart's manager says only 15 tickets were sold Monday.
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[IN Q=When they first]
((RON FERGUSON/HANDY MART DISTRICT MANAGER: WHEN THEY FIRST CAME IN AND TOLD US AND GAVE US THE BANNER, WE WERE REALLY EXCITED. WE HAD A COUPLE OF PEOPLE GOING WELL, I BOUGHT A TICKET ON MONDAY, IT COULD BE ME! AND I WAS LIKE, WELL, YOU WILL GIVE ME NOTICE BEFORE YOU LEAVE, RIGHT?))
[SUPER=01-Ron Ferguson/Handy Mart Manager;]
[OUT Q=before you leave, right?]
Chances of picking all six numbers were one in 7-million.
The Handy Mart will get 5-thousand dollars for selling one of two winning tickets.
The other winning ticket was sold in Springfield.