Aggression to combat violence---
Israeli authorities are arresting Palestinians believed to be a threat, in hopes of avoiding any future suicide bombings.
And Bedford's Rubatex plant could be reducing its work force.
Another sunny afternoon for our area... as the tropics begin to get active....I'll tell you what's going on in my forecast...
News 7 at noon is next.
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Bad economic news for the city of Bedford.. as the financially- troubled Rubatex plant prepares to lay off more than half its workforce.
Bedford city manager Craig Meadows says he was informed today that Rubatex plans to reduce its workforce to just 80 employees by October 15th.
Currently two hundred hourly workers are employed at the rubber manufacturing facility.
Salaried positions will be cut from 72 to 40, bringing to the total number of layoffs to 152.
Rubatex suffered through a nine- month labor strike from September of 1999 to June of 2000.
Its parent corporation, R-B-X, emerged from bankruptcy protection last month.
Tensions remain high in the Middle East..as Israel makes more agressive moves to prevent any further suicide bombings.
Israeli officials say they've arrested
several people suspected of plotting suicide bombings.
They say the suspects are members of the militant Islamic (jee-HAHD) Jihad group.
The arrests come after two suicide bombings in Israel in just the past week.
Kimberly Dozier has more from Jerusalem.
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[SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Israeli Foreign Minister;]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, Jerusalem.]
((Israel continued aggressive measures today, sending undercover troops
into Hebron to seek those planning to harm its people. They shot and
killed one 25 year old militant a member of Yasser Arafat's Fatah party,
as he got out of a car near his Hebron home this morning. He was buried
just hours later.
Israeli agents also arrested several suspected members of the militant
group Islamic Jihad. They reportedly confessed to planting a bomb near
which agents quickly defused.
The town of Hebron vented its fury.
(gunfire into air)
(nat of army trucks rolling in..Near Beit Jalla)
The assassination came just hours after Israel positioned army trucks
and tanks overlooking the West Bank village of Beit Jalla. Palestinian
gunmen have been firing from the village, into the nearby Jewish
settlement of Gilo.
(nat of men loading guns)
The fighting has stopped for now. And Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres says if the current cease-fire holds, Israeli troops will keep
(Shimon Peres, Israeli Foreign Minister)
"I think the moment Palestinians decided to stop the fire there was no
need for further intervention."
But Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, meeting with the families of recent
bombing victims, is facing pressure from rightwingers in his cabinet to
strike and strike hard at the next sign of Palestinian violence.
In Beit Jalla, no one expects to sleep well tonight.
KD, CBS News, Jerusalem
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The summer isn't over yet for students in the Roanoke City Schools, but teachers are returning to the classroom.
They gathered this morning at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium for the opening convocation of the school year.
School superintendent Wayne Harris recognized the six schools that have received full accreditation on the standards of learning.
And the employees heard from Brett Leake, a nationally known comedian and motivational speaker.
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[IN Q=I really believe what I told them]
[OUT Q=and it refreshes me.]
The school system has more than one thousand teachers, and more than 13- thousand students. Classes resume in the city on Wednesday, August 22nd.
Things were a little more heated at last night's Roanoke city school board meeting as people questioned the system's hiring practices.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[IN Q=A recent audit]
[SUPER=01-Bart Edwards/Former Roanoke Coach; :18]
[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/Roanoke School Board Member; :46]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Superintendent; 1:13]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.]
(( A recent audit of the school system's human resources department found a number of employees had been hired with criminal records.
Since then-- some have been let go.
Bart Edwards is a former football coach who turned out hoping to salvage his job.
He has convictions for bad checks.
[IN Q= TWO AND A ]
((TWO AND A HALF WEEKS AGO I WAS INFORMED BY COACH SMITH I COULD NOT WORK BECAUSE I'M A CONVICTED FELON-- YES, I AM. I HAVEN'T HIDDEN THAT FACT. I HAVE PAID MY DEBTS HOW MANY MORE TIMES MUST I PAY MY DEBTS.))
[OUT Q=pay my debts.]
Board Member Melinda Payne wanted to discuss Edward's case in more detail but the board voted NOT to take up the issue.
Payne also argued that the school system's hiring policy needs to be more rigid.
((MELINDA PAYNE/ROANOKE SCHOOL BOARD: I JUST THINK THAT IF YOU'VE GOT A SET OF STANDARDS TO FOLLOW THEN THERE'S NO QUESTION NOW THAT PERSON GOT HIRED AND FOLKS CAN'T PUT US UNDER THE MICROSCOPE AND... YOU HIRE SOMEONE.))
[out q= you hire someone.]
Superintendent Wayne Harris disagrees... he says the school system's hiring policy adheres to state law and that discretion is needed.
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: IF THEY WERE TO TAKE AWAY ALL DISCRIMINATION ULTIMATELY WE WOULD HAVE MANY JOBS THAT WOULD BE VACANT I DON'T BELIEVE THE BOARD WOULD DO THAT.))
[out q= would do that.]
The man who performed the audit would also like to see the hiring policy become more rigid--
The Superintendent has assembled a team that will look at the issue in more detail-- and report back to the board later this year.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))
Danville Delegate Whitt Clement says he will NOT to run for re-election.
After serving in the House of Delegates for 14 years, Clement said he did not look forward to returning to Richmond.
He wants work on his law practice and spend more time with his family.
His announcement came just two months after his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general.
Clement's announcement leaves the Democratic Party without a candidate in his district, with less than a WEEK before the filing deadline.
Clement was set to face off against Republican Danville City Councilman Danny Marshall in November.
Danville Democratic Committee Chairwoman Sheila Baynes says they'll select a new candidate at a caucus on Monday.
The deadline for registering a candidate is Tuesday.
There's some encouraging news to report on at least ONE of the 300 wildfires burning out West--
Firefighters have surrounded Nevada's biggest blaze, and say they're getting the upper hand on some other fires in the state.
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But firefighting is still an uphill battle in Northern California--
This fast- spreading fire is snarling traffic on a major interstate, and crews are having to periodically shut down the road.
More than 500 firefighters are trying to put out the blaze on the ground and in the air.
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[IN Q=We're kind of]
((PHIL HORNING/TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST: WE'RE KIND OF OPTIMISTIC THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO HOLD THE FIRE WHERE IT IS. ))
[SUPER=01-Phil Horning/Tahoe National Forest; quick!!!]
[OUT Q=where it is.]
The fire isn't expected to be fully contained before the end of the week.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll tell you why some Lynchburg residents say they are getting mixed signals from one of their neighbors,
Also we'll meet a woman who has a fish story that is a bit long in the tooth.
Let's check in now with Leo in the weather center-- we're FISHING for more days like this one...
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An American college student says she spent three weeks as a political prisoner in Italy.
Italian authorities arrested 21- year- old Susanna Thomas for allegedly taking part in the riots that broke out after last month's summit in (Gen-oh-a) Genoa.
Thomas is now free, and plans to come home to the U-S in a few days.
Tom Fenton has more on her journey.
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[SUPER=01-Susanna Thomas/Freed American Student;]
[SUPER=01-Gilberto Pagani/Thomas' Attorney;]
[SUPER=03-Genoa, Italy/File Tape;]
[SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Fenton, CBS News, London.]
Susanna walking thru airport - CBS)
Susanna Thomas was relieved but still somewhat shaken this morning as
she prepared to fly out from Milan airport.
(SOT SUSANNA THOMAS- CBS)
I'M FREE, I'M WELL. I'M GLAD TO BE FREE.
Her Italian lawyer said she still hasn't fully taken in what happened.
(SOT GILBERTO PAGANI, LAWYER - CBS)
IF SHE GOES TO TRIAL SHE RISKS UP TO 25 YEARS FOR BEING PART OF THE
ANARCHIST GROUP, BLACK BLOC.
(Exterior of prison - APTN)
Susanna who is one of twenty people ordered released by an Italian
judge, had been transferred to a women's prison in Voghera.
(SOT SUSANNA THOMAS - APTN)
040133 "BEFORE WE ARRIVED IN VOGHERA SOME OF US WERE SEVERELY BEATEN AND
OTHERS WERE PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY THREATENED AND HARASSED. 040155 I
PERSONALLY WAS UNDERGOING SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SO RECEIVED NO
MISTREATMENT. HOWEVER IT WAS 24 HOURS OF HELL FOR ALL OF US." 040207
FILE - GENOA, ITALY
(file of Genoa riots - APTN)
The young American was jailed after the rioting at last month's summit
in Genoa, where the heavy-handed response of the Italian police aroused
international indignation. Susanna was arrested along with members of
an Austrian street theater group, whom the police alleged were involved
(Susanan in airport - CBS)
The 21-year-old honor student, a pacifist Quaker, claims she took no
part in the violence.
(Thomases on ES - CBS)
Her family in Warren, New Jersey waged a high-profile campaign to get
her released, and insisted she was only observing the protests as part
of a research project.
(Susanna talking to press - APTN)
Susanna's thoughts now are for her family.
(SOT SUSANNA THOMAS040226)
"WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU WILL DO WHEN YOU GET BACK TO THE UNITED
STATES?", 040229 "SEE MY FAMILY, GIVE THEM A BIG HUG?",
(Susanna in airport - CBS)
But she plans to visit to her friends in Austria for a few days before
Tom Fenton, CBS News, London
A Lynchburg couple is having trouble with the vulgar and intrusive language used by a neighbor.
The problem is they don't know where it is coming from.
Now they are turning to City Hall for help.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=The problem started]
[SUPER=01-Stella Slade/Resident; :16]
[SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Lynchburg City Attorney; :51]
[SUPER=01-Paul Waltz/Ham Radio Operator; 1:09]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( The problem started for Al and Stella Slade about a year ago, when they noticed voices creeping into their t-v, their computer.. even their telephone.
The problem, according to the Slades, is a neighbor whose C-B radio traffic overrides electrical devices in their home.
((STELLA SLADE/RESIDENT: FOR OVER A YEAR, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN HARASSED BY C-B OPERATORS, DROWNING OUT OUR T-V'S, COMPUTERS, PHONES AND RADIOS WITH OBSCENE LANGUAGE AND CURSING, AT TIMES EVEN THREATENING TO KILL SOMEONE.))
[OUT Q=kill someone.]
The Slades have tried everything including filters and shields but the problem persists.
Now they and 26 of their neighbors are asking city council to help.
The F-C-C now allows local governments to enforce the regulations for citizens band radios.. but whether the city can afford to do the federal government's job is another question.
((WALTER ERWIN/LYNCHBURG CITY ATTORNEY: THIS IS GOING TO REQUIRE SPECIALIZED TRAINING, IT WILL REQUIRE EQUIPMENT TO BE ABLE TO MONITOR, IDENTIFY INTERFERENCE LEVELS, SO IF COUNCIL WANTS TO GET IN THIS AREA, IT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT REQUIRES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.))
[OUT Q=additional resources.]
Local radio enthusiasts hope the problem can be worked out without government interference.
((PAUL WALTZ/LOCAL HAM OPERATOR: I THINK THEY CAN BE WORKED OUT. BECAUSE AS FAR AS THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND WHAT WE GO BY TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT, WE OURSELVES NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE IN USING IT TO START WITH.))
[OUT Q=to start with.]
City staff have promised to investigate the problem.. the Slades have promised to take their case to Washington if necessary.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Coming up a little later in our newscast, we'll visit a beauty parlor that doesn't have to try very hard to make its clients look YOUNGER ,
and in sports, a man considered one of the greatest bowlers of all time passes away.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
A South Dakota woman was looking for something tasty, when she went fishing recently.
But what she pulled out of the water would be more likely to sink its teeth into HER.
Don Jorgensen has the story of a small fish with a big bite.
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[SUPER=03-Madison, SD; :00]
[SUPER=07-Julie Fods; :13]
[OUT Q=worthy of a second look.]
(( Julie Fods was fishing for perch on Lake Herman when her nightcrawler
attracted something unusual.
Julie Fods "I had no idea what it was."
Fods boyfriend Donnie Willis had a theory.
Julie Fods "He said, 'don't touch it, it was a piranha' and I started
laughing because I knew we didn't have piranhas here at Lake Herman in
Madison, South Dakota."
"Then he showed me the teeth and I still didn't believe that it was a
But it turns out her boyfriend was right.
Julie Fods, "Game warden came and checked it and he told us that it was a
A big prianha, weighing in at a pound and a quarter... 12 inches long.
Julie Fods, "The game warden said that probably somebody had it in their
aquarium, that it was getting too big for their aquarium and they put it
Now Fods and Willis are telling their story to anybody who will listen.
Dewy Fallang, "I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it."
Julie Fods, "Everybody that we saw I said. 'you've got to hear about my
big fish story, I caught a prianha out at Lake Herman.' Nobody believed
I said the game warden had confirmed that it was a piranha and they're
going to believe me until they see it."
We have the jaw dropping proof, a whale of a fish tale worthy of a
second look. ))
[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 36 points.
Nasdaq has lost 38 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come .. Highlights from the major leagues,
And a former Hokie quarterback has a new job ... as the newest addition to a local high school's coaching staff.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Professional bowling great Earl Anthony has died of a heart attack.
Anthony was considered by many to be the best bowler ever.
He was the first person to make 100 thousand dollars in a season and one million dollars over a career.
Born in Kent, Washington, Anthony wanted to play major league baseball, but an ankle injury ended that dream.
He won a record 41 National Tour titles and holds the record of 144 career championship round appearances.
Earl Anthony was 63 years old.
In the majors, it was the Orioles and Royals at Camden Yards.
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Cal Ripken's first homer at Camden Yards this season was the difference in Baltimore's 5-to-2 win over Kansas City.
The Orioles trailed 2-to-0 until Ripken deposited a three-run
blast over the fence in left field.
Ripken had two hits to move past George Brett into sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list.
The Iron Man has three-thousand-155 base hits.
Former Virginia Tech quarterback Dave Meyer is looking to play in the NFL ..
But for now, he's content just helping some local high school football players learn the game.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
Northside head coach Jim Hickam has added Meyer to his coaching staff for the time being.
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[IN Q="I went]
[SUPER=01-Dave Meyer/Northside Assistant Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....up coming season"]
Meyer competed at Indianapolis's training camp, but was then released after the Colts signed veteran quarterback Mark Rypien.
Meyer hopes the phone will ring soon from an NFL team.
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[OUT Q=....wet the bed"]
And finally today--
If you're a parent, then you've probably experienced the struggle of taking your child to a hair salon.
But a there's a beauty parlor in Chicago that's a cut above the rest when it comes to taking care of young patrons.
Reporter Kyung (LAW) Lah has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Knapp/Snippet's Salon Owner; :19]
[SUPER=01-Luisa Shortall/Client's Mom; :42]
[SUPER=01-Kyung Lah/CBS News; :58 ]
[SUPER=01-Maria Manolos/Client's Mom; 1:14]
[OUT Q=Kyung Lah for CBS News.]
"LILLY, LET ME SEE YOU, YOU'RE DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB ... REASSURING
WORDS FOR LITTLE LILLY AS SHE GETS HER FIRST HAIRCUT... IF YOU CAN'T GET
YOUR TODDLER TO SIT STILL FOR A CLIP OR TRIM... TRY "SNIPPETS" HAIR
SALON ON NORTH CLYBOURN. A BOUITIQUE DEDICATED ENTIRELY TO A KID
Scott Knapp: what makes this salon unique is the quality of the service
we provide... you can go anywhere and get your child's hair cut but what
we try to do is make it a more personal experience.
FROM THE MOMENT THE KIDS WALK INTO THE NORTH SIDE SHOP THE FUN BEGINS...
THEY CAN HANG OUT IN THE TOY CLAD WAITING ROOM... OR HEAD STRAIGHT FOR
THEIR FAVORITE.... CHAIR...... I MEAN HOT-ROD!
Luisa Shortall: it's a fun experience all around... when i say let's
get a haricut he jumps up and down and is very excited...
WHAT'S THE SALON'S SECRET TO KEEPING THE KIDS STILL?
scott knapp: the videos are incredible... OC... magicians
IN FRONT OF EVERY CHAIR IS A TELEVISION SET WHERE BARNEY, CLIFFORD THE
DOG OR BLUES CLUES CAN BE RIGHT THERE AS A SPECIAL PAL WHILE YOUR CHILD
GETS A CUT. BUT IF THAT DOESN'T WORK... YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON MOM
FOR AN ASSIST. MOST CLIENTS HAVE BEEN COMING HERE ALL THEIR LIVES...
WHICH IN SOME CASES IS ONLY 3-YEARS LIKE, ROBIN.
Maria Manolos: it's always special to watch her... as she gets older
it's more of a grown up... this time they clipped it up.. .you could see
her checking herself out.. so it's great
scott knapp: we have clients coming to us for six years and working
with the same stylist... i hope to cut those kid's hair at their
I'M KYUNG LAH FOR CBS NEWS
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