Today on News 7 at 5, justice is swift for former New Yankee Darryl Strawberry as he is sentenced for yesterday's D-U-I accident.
Also officials in Radford are trying to find out why so many police officers are leaving the department.
The trend is for cooler weather by the weekend but we'll have to deal with some showers first. The forecast coming up.
In Medical News, a new surgical technique is helping doctors repair some forms of severe deformity in children.
And we'll tell you why a donated bus is bringing hope to the needy population of Danville.
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The Firestone Recall may be expanded- Firestone now says it will pay to replace an additional million and a half tires- that federal regulators say could be dangerous.
As consumers get their Firestone tires replaced- politicians on Capitol Hill are once again grilling the tire and car makers- they want to know why the public wasn't warned about problelms earlier.
Lee Cowan has details.
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The cordial relationship between Ford and Firestone began to
collapse in front of the Senate's eyes. With A fierce battle over
JACQUES NASSER, CEO FORD:
"Firestone failed to share critical claims data with Ford that might
have prompted the recall of these bad tires sooner."
But Firestone says Ford never asked until just two months before the tire recall.
JOHN LAMPE, EXECUTIVE VP BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE :
"We have absolutley no knowdlege of any requests for claims prior to that from Ford."
Whether Ford requested them or not -- internal documents show Firestone KNEW they had a problem and it was getting worse. The
company's own records show tread separation problems involving the
Wilderness AT model jumped 194 percent between 1998 and 1999."
JOHN LAMPE, EXECUTIVE VP BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE:
"We made some bad tires and we take full responsibility for those."
But Firestone ALSO claim's Ford Explorers are partly to blame. Federal regulators aren't so sure.
SUE BAILEY, NHTSA :
"At this time I think we are dealing with a tire problem."
Firestone has already replaced more than 2 million of the 6 million recalled tires -- and announced it would now pay to replace an
additional million and a half tires that federal regulators say could be
But it may be too late to save Firestone from losing its biggest
customer. Ford announced Firestone tires would no longer be standard equipment on it's 2002 Explorers. Instead, it's leaving it up to the
customer to decide. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
Former major league baseball star Darryl Strawberry will spend the next two years under house arrest.
The former New York Yankees slugger pled guilty today to driving under the influence of medication and leaving the scene of an accident Tuesday morning.
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Strawberry was jailed yesterday in Tampa, when he fled the scene of an accident in which he hit a sign and another vehicle. He is currently under suspension from baseball for using illegal drugs. In addition to his legal problems, Strawberry is batling colon cancer for the second time in recent years.
Radford's City Council is trying to get to the bottom of a high turnover rate in the city police department.
Council has appointed a blue ribbon panel to study the reasons behind the turnover.
The police department says its seen 40 percent of its officers leave in the last three years ... many for other area police and sheriff's departments that pay better.
City Council estimates that's cost the city half a million dollars.
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((GUY GENTRY/RADFORD CITY COUNCILMAN: IN OUR POLICE DEPT WE HAVE A HIGH AMOUNT OF TURNOVER AND IT'S EXPENSIVE TO RECRUIT AND EQUIP A POLICE OFFICER, SO WE FELT LIKE THAT WAS A GOOD PLACE TO START.))
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The department estimates it spends about 36-thousand dollars training each officer.
Starting this month, officers that take jobs elsewhere will be charged for their training costs- that'll help the department recoup some of its losses.
A watchdog group that monitors Virginias forests is crying foul.
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Wytheville-based Virginia Forest Watch points to logging operations that violate state law -- and says the state forester and the board that advises him have been lax on the job.
A former Assistant Secretary of Agriculture also says two board members have conflicts of interest.
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((RUPERT CUTLER/VIRGINIA FOREST WATCH: THE PUBLIC TRUST IN THE COMMONWEALTH'S WATER AND FOREST RESOURCES HAS BEEN VIOLATED. VIRGINIA FOREST WATCH BELIEVES THERE SHOULD NOT BE A HINT OF IMPROPRIETY OR CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON THE PART OF VIRGINIA BOARD OF FORESTRY MEMBERS.))
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Virginia Forest Watch also suggested some changes to Virginia's forestry laws.
Board members thought those were mostly good ideas.
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Are the Republicans putting subliminal messages in their television commercials? The Democrats want to know. We'll have the details after this break.
also we'll tell you why new research suggests it only takes a few puffs to get hooked on cigarettes.
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A woman charged with prostitution for her work with a Roanoke "escort service" was convicted again today.
Dorothy Underwood was one of the women who worked for "Delightful Occasions."
Last March the service operated out of a store front on Main Street, also selling lingerie, though it has since moved.
Underwood went to court today determined to plead "not guilty," planning to appeal if she got convicted.
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((LINETTE SAID IT WOULDN'T GET A BETTER DEAL, THAT IF I APPEALED IT AGAIN, I'D GET MORE TIME. SO I KINDA FELT LIKE, I DO HAVE CHILDREN, I MIGHT GET MORE TIME. I WENT AHEAD AND PLED GUILTY, AND I WON'T GET ANY TIME.))
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She had to pay 450 dollars in court costs, but she won't have to serve time. She has a new job, working in a local retail store.
Democrats are seeing Rats in a new Republican commerical-
At first glance it looks like a typical 30 second ad- attacking Al Gore's prescription drug plan- but when it's slowed down-
The word RATS appears in a single frame.
The ad appeared in 33 markets nationwide since August.
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George W. Bush says he just learned about the ad today. He says this type of practice is not accepted.
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The commercial producer says the use of the word is accidental- It appears in one out of 900 frames in the ad.
New evidence shows smokers can become addicted to cigarettes faster than previous thought.
Researchers say several 12 and 13 year children showed evidence of addiction within a few days of their first cigarette.
A researcher says the study shows children can't expect to experiment with smoking and then give it up. He say a little teenage experimentation may lead to a lifetime addiction.
Roanoke is helping helping forge friendships between Americans and Russians.
Ten Russians are spending a week in the Star City as part of a Leadership Program.
The visit gives the delegates access to professionals in their field and teaches them about the American way of life.
Their agenda includes tours of the area, and cultural experiences, along with a stop at the Headstart Center.
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((THE MAIN THRUST OF IT IS FOR US TO GET TO KNOW PEOPLE FROM RUSSIA AND FOR THEM TO GET TO KNOW OUR COUNTRY... TO KNOW ABOUT EDUCATION, OUR HEALTH SYSTEM, OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, HOW THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WORK TOGETHER.))
((FIRST OF ALL, I'M GRATEFUL FOR SHOWING US THE SYSTEM FROM THE INSIDE, AND WE COULD FEEL WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.))
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Roanoke was chosen for the Russian Leadership program because of its many All-American City Awards.
The city was also a prime choice because of its size and geographical features.
The program is sponsored by the Library of Congress and Peace Links.
It's going to be a big day Saturday for Jazz fans. Jacey Birch is standing by to give us a quick taste.
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This weekend you may want to get out of the house to try some good food and listen to great music.
The taste of the Blue Ridge... Blues and Jazz Festival is this Saturday
and Jacey Birch is live at the Patrick Henry Hotel with some of the people who are in charge of cooking the fine dishes and playing the tunes.
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Coming up today in Sports, the Virginia Tech Hokies prepare to open their Big East Conference season,
On Health Check, we'll see how doctors are helping children with severe facial deformities,
and then a little later, some police officers learn the hard way that skunks and pepper spray do not mix.
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For children born with birth defects, it can be a tough world. Now there is new hope for those born with a specific type of facial deformity. Drew Levinson has the story of a young boy and the doctors who are helping him face the future.
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I like to play hockey and at home I usually like to ride my bike
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Ryan Dewald was born with almost half of his jaw and one joint missing
the birth defect is called hemifacial microsomia.
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1 in 3-THOUSAND children are born each year with this deformity and
until now their only hope a series of painful bone grafts.
Doctors at the University of Michigan are using a new approach, that may
help thousands of children born with facial deformities. They are
documenting Ryans progress.
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Theres a cut between the two bone ends that we want to grow away from
each other as those bones start to heal we fool the bones a bit by
moving them just a bit away from each other and as that happens the body
lays down more bone.
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Ryans body is growing that bone the brace he wears holds a rod with the
two pins and a new bone forms between them.
When this is over and I can chew good, Dad said we can go to the
Lonestar and get a steak.
A steak, gum, candy and everything else a child loves to eat.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Ann Arbor, MI
A clinic on wheels has rolled in to Southside.
It's called the HOPE Bus which stands for Healing Oppressed People Everywhere. Local church members in Danville had a vision to transform the bus to help the growing Hispanic population and other minorities who cannot afford health care. Someone donated the bus and volunteer doctors help run the moving clinic.
The bus will have two examining rooms for eye exams, dental care and other medical needs.
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((KEVIN WOODARD/HOPE BUS C0-FOUNDER: MANY NEED HEALTH CARE AND PROBABLY AREN'T EVEN AWARE OF IT AND ALSO BECAUSE THEY DON'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE.))
((DR. ORLANDO ALVAREZ/HOPE BUS VOLUNTEER DOCTOR: WE SAW THE TREMENDOUS NEED IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY BUT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT THE ENTIRE LOCAL COMMUNITY. PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE WE HOPE TO IDENTIFY THOSE PEOPLE THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCHES WHICH IS OUR DESIRE.))
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The volunteers say the clinic will allow them to reach out physically and spiritually. The HOPE Bus should be up and running by the end of the month.
If you would like to donate your time or money you can contact the organization by calling 804-835-0070.
The Virginia Tech Hokie open Big East conference play this weekend. With more on this week's opponent, here's Mike Stevens with today's Two Minute Ticker.
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Two young sisters blew up a bridge over the Allegheny River today.
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Five year old Amanda Scholar and her four year old sister Briana blasted the old river bridge in Ford City Pennsylvania.
But their parents weren't upset, in fact they paid so their daughters could have the privilege.
Amstrong County officials auctioned off the opportunity to push the button to demolish the bridge.
Finally today, we have the story of a litle stinker who caused a big problem for police in Boston.
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Late Monday night a skunk decided to pay a visit to the lobby of a Boston police station.
Several officers soon found themselves in a standoff with the creature.
The officers tried to convince the skunk to leave by spraying him with pepper spray. Unfortunately he fired back before taking cover behind a vending machine.
The officers realized they were up against a suspect that they couldn't handle, so the local animal control was called in.
Fighting the obnoxious fumes from the skunk spray, the officer was able to coax the skunk from behind the vending machine and into a bucket.