A Roanoke judge offers his view of the proceedings just completed in L-A.
Registrars already thinking about making it easier to register to vote.
And a soccer pro tutoring some aspiring world cup contestants at Ben
Franklin Middle School.
Tonight in sports, it's game two this evening for the players in Major League
baseball's divisional playoffs.
Roy Stanley takes us to North Carolina to check on the Roanoke Express'
And heavy rains in the Charlotte area today have washed out tonight's
scheduled time trials for Sunday's Winston Cup event.
We won't take a direct hit but Opal will bring a world of problems to
central and southwest Virginia. The latest view coming up.
The O.J. Simpson trial is over-- but many questions still remain.
One question involves the effect of the Simpson trial on race
relations--we'll be looking at that.
Another issue: the role cameras in the courtroom played in how the trial was
IN Q=It got to
((JUDGE RICHARD PATTISAL/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT: IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE IT
REPLACED THE SOAP OPERAS ON T-V. THIS BECAME THE PREMIERE SOAP OPERA.))
SUPER=01-Judge Richard Pattisal/Roanoke Circuit Court;
OUT Q=premiere soap opera
Pattisal is one judge who believes the camera in the L-A courtroom was
to the Simpson case.
Pattisal also believes the nine- month trial would have been shorter had the
public not been allowed to watch the proceedings.
And while he acknowledges the public's right to know-- Pattisal says the
court's first obligation is to see that justice is served.
IN Q=It's not hidden
((IT'S NOT HIDDEN. NOBODY'S TRYING TO FOOL ANYONE. BUT YOU DO HAVE TO
SAFEGUARD THE PROCEEDINGS AND THE DECORUM OF THE PROCEEDINGS.))
OUT Q=DECORUM OF THE PROCEEDINGS
Pattisal says the Simpson case will have a definite effect on the future of
cameras in federal court.
IN Q=I understand that
((I UNDERSTAND THAT AFTER THIS EVENT THAT PROBABLY WHAT LITTLE SENTIMENT THERE
WAS FOR A PILOT PROJECT TO HAVE CAMERAS IN FEDERAL COURT HAS BEEN ABANDONED.))
OUT Q=BEEN ABANDONED
Pattisal says Virginia's pool system for cameras in the courtroom appears
less obtrusive than the T-V coverage in Los Angeles.
From Rodney King to Mark Furhman, the past 3 years have been filled with
racial turmoil in Los Angeles, especially when the city's police department is
But is it a problem strictly affecting Southern California?
Scott Prince went to a Roanoke neighborhood to get some opinions.
IN Q=Los Angeles
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/File Tape;:00
SUPER=01-Evelyn Bethel/Historic Gainsboro;:52
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News7
(( Los Angeles is about 3,000 miles away, but the problems affecting Southern
California are more like light years away.
That's what many residents in Northwest Roanoke say when asked about racism
and the police department.
IN Q=The police
((ROBERT CROWDER/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THE POLICE FORCE IS NOT ALL THAT BAD.
THEY'RE NOT PERFECT. I ENCOURAGE MY KIDS TO BELIEVE IN THE BLUE AND WHITE. ))
OUT Q=blue and white
Even Johnathon Jordan, whose had run-ins with the law, has good things to
say about police and the justice system here in Southwest Virginia.
IN Q= They're good
((JOHNATHON JORDAN/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE. THEY GOT ME OUT OF
TROUBLE. I'M LIKE O.J. I'VE GOT ACQUITTED MORE TIMES THAN I'VE BEEN IN JAIL. DO
YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SAYING? ))
OUT Q= I'm saying?
Police officers here say they're just doing their job, and they try to block
out the issue of race while on patrol.
Some community leaders believe they do a pretty good job of that, and their
efforts don't go unnoticed.
IN Q=Our city officials
((EVELYN BETHEL/HISTORIC GAINSBORO PRESERVATION DIST.: OUR CITY OFFICIALS, MOST
OF THE TIME, DO A TREMENDOUS JOB COMMUNICATING WITH THE PEOPLE TO TRY AND FIND
OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. ))
OUT Q=problem is
Bethel and other African Americans in Southwest Virginia hope the situation
here can carry over to the west coast, instead of having the racial turmoil in
Los Angeles filter to the rest of the nation.
Scott Prince, News7.))
Blacksburg has seen a different attitude of late.
Some residents claim police were too quick to shoot down a black man they
were serving warrants on.
The man had pulled what turned out to be a B-B gun.
The chairman of the Montgomery County Council on Human Relations says that
incident, combined with others such as the Simpson trial has made some LOCAL
African Americans distrustful of police.
((OSCAR WILLIAMS/MONT. CO. COUNCIL ON HUMAN RELATIONS: POLICE DEPARTMENTS ALL
OVER THIS COUNTRY OUGHT TO BE SCRAMBLING TO FIND AND SET UP A LOCAL ORDINARY
CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL OR ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE PROBLEM THAT WE SEE IN THE
AFTERMATH OF THIS SHOOTING, THE GREAT DIVIDE. ))
SUPER=01-Oscar Williams/Council on Human Relations;
OUT Q=the great divide.
Blacksburg Chief Bill Brown says while blacks and whites may be divided on
the issues, they may still have confidence in their local police.
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: I JUST HOPE PEOPLE DON'T PAINT TOTAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT WITH THE MARK FUHRMAN PAINTBRUSH. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief;
As for the Blacksburg shooting, the Floyd County prosecutor will decide
whether the officers involved acted properly, and the F-B-I is conducting a
civil rights investigation.
Governor Allen's challenge to the "Motor Voter" law failed yesterday in
Now the state must move ahead with plans to register voters at the
Department of Motor Vehicles, other public offices and by mail.
Joe Dashiell reports on the changes ahead.
IN Q=Roanoke registrar
SUPER=01-Shelva Painter/Roanoke Registrar; :09
SUPER=01-Al Wilson/Roanoke Democratic Chairman; :31
SUPER=01-Gilbert Butler/Board of Elections; :50
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Roanoke registrar Shelva Painter is still signing up voters the old-
fashioned way, but within six months the system is in for some major changes.
SOT PAINTER 10:25:57
IN Q=So now you'll be able to pick
((SHELVA PAINTER/ROANOKE REGISTRAR: SO NOW YOU'LL BE ABLE TO PICK UP A POST
CARD AND SEND IT IN. YOU WILL BE REGISTERING AT THE D-M-V AND OTHER SOCIAL
SERVICE AGENCIES, SO IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE DIFFERENT.))
OUT Q=to be quite different.
More than 75- thousand Roanokers are old enough to vote, but only 39-
thousand have actually registered.
By allowing citizens to sign up in public offices and by mail, officials
hope to improve those numbers significantly.
SOT WILSON 12:26:25
IN Q=I was glad to see the voters
((AL WILSON/ROANOKE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: I WAS GLAD TO SEE THE VOTERS OF
VIRGINIA APPROVE IT LAST YEAR AND HOPEFULLY WITH THIS RECENT COURT DECISION IT
WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BEFORE TOO LONG.))
OUT Q=before too long.
Governor Allen says he fears an increase in fraud.
Gilbert Butler, a republican member of the Roanoke Board of elections sees
a pile of paperwork and additional expense.
SOT BUTLER 10:45:51
IN Q=It's just a huge
((GILBERT BUTLER/ROANOKE BOARD OF ELECTIONS: IT'S JUST A HUGE AMOUNT OF
PAPERWORK, OF TIME CONSUMPTION, HOURS, ETC, THAT THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR BECAUSE OF THIS FEDERAL LAW. IT'S JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE
OF FEDERAL INTERVENTION ON THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL.))
OUT Q=and local level.
Painter says her office will adjust to the changes, but ultimately the
biggest challenge may be getting the city's newest voters to the polls on
Joe Dashiell News 7))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead on the broadcast, we'll tell you what has Bell Atlantic retirees
so worried they'll protest in the rain,
and we'll check in with the Jefferson National forest to see how that area is
coming back from last April's forest fires.
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Some Bell Atlantic retirees braved the rain to express their displeasure
with the phone company's contract offer to union workers.
The retirees took part in an informational demonstration, saying Bell
Atlantic wants to cut their health- care benefits.
This has people such as Fred Turner fuming, because he decided to take a
voluntary retirement offer three years ago.
IN Q=One of the
((FRED TURNER/FORMER BELL ATLANTIC EMPLOYEE: ONE OF THE DECIDING FACTORS WHEN
I LEFT WAS THE FACT THAT I COULD TAKE MY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS WITH ME AND THAT
THEY WOULD BE THERE FOR ME. AND WE'RE AT THAT TIME IN THE POINT OF OUR LIVES
WHEN HEALTH CARE BENEFITS ARE A BIG THING TO US.))
SUPER=01-Fred Turner/Former Bell Atlantic Employee;
OUT Q=a big thing to us.
Bell Atlantic contends the Communications Workers of America agreed to have
their retirees make health care co-payments during contract negotiations in
1989 and 1992.
It says the offer regarding their health care benefits is more generous this
Union workers at Bell Atlantic have now gone two months without a new
The issues at the core of the dispute are pay raises and job security.
Millions of people-- mostly women-- are suffering from thyroid disease.
As Health Check's Connie Stevens explains, since the thyroid produces an
important hormone, there can be serious complications.
IN Q= The most common
SUPER=01-Dr. Jim Bailey/Endocrinologist; :00
SUPER=01-Shirley Tucker/Overactive-Thryoid Patient; :36
SUPER=01-Shirley Moore/Underactive-Thryoid Patient; :43
OUT Q=C.S., News 7.
IN Q=The most common
((THE MOST COMMON THYROID DISORDER IS AN UNDERACTIVE THYROID. IT'S VERY
PREVALENT, IT EXISTS IN ONE PERCENT OF THE FEMALE POPULATION-- TO AS MANY AS
FIVE PERCENT OF FEMALES AND THE PREVALENCE INCREASES WITH AGE. ))
OUT Q=with age.
Underactive thyroid levels are known as hypo-thyroid.
An overactive thyroid is called HYPER-thyroid.
The thyroid gland is located just below the Adam's Apple.
Shirley Tucker, and her sister in law-Shirley Moore, cover the gamut of
IN Q=I didn't have
((SHIRLEY TUCKER/OVERACTIVE THYROID PATIENT:I DIDN'T HAVE ANY APPETITE AT ALL.
I'D GO ALL DAY AND NOT EAT ANYTHING. MOST OF THE TIME I DIDN'T EAT ANYTHING
BEFORE I WENT TO BED, EITHER. ))
OUT Q=to bed, either.
butt butt butt
IN Q=It blurs
((SHIRLEY MOORE/UNDERACTIVE THYROID PATIENT:IT BLURS YOUR VISION, YOUR SKIN
GETS REAL DRY AND COURSE, AND YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITH YOUR HAIR, THAT GETS
DRY AND BRITTLE. ))
OUT Q=and brittle.
With thyroid disease, mood swings and weight changes are also common, along
with intestinal trouble, heat or cold intolerance, changes in heart rate, and
menstrual periods-- all depending on the form of thyroid disease.
It's diagnosed with a blood test, and the treatment is a synthetic form of
hormone-- often very effective.
IN Q=Really it's
((REALLY IT'S A GOOD TREATMENT. I'M NOT SURE THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE ANY
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS ON THAT TREATMENT BECAUSE THE SYNTHETIC FORMS OF
THYROID HORMONE ARE ESSENTIALLY INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE THYROID HORMONE THAT
WOULD HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED BY THE PATIENT'S THYROID.))
OUT Q=patient's thyroid.
And for some patients, such as Shirley Tucker and Shirley Moore, diagnosing
and treating the condition can relieve some serious symptoms.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
The threat of forest fires brings with it thoughts of blackened trees,
smoldering leaves and a lifeless area.
But that's not necessarily so, according to forestry officials.
Beth Myer reports signs of new life are sprouting where fire destroyed more
than five- thousand acres in Craig Co. last April.
IN Q=This is the fire
SUPER=03-Craig Co./April 10;:00
SUPER=01-Steve Croy/Forest Ecologist;:32
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
((video is file 95-21 "forest fires"
Fire consumed thousands of acres of the Jefferson National Forest in April.
It took firefighters days to contain the fires that spread throughout Craig
11 16 22 00 - 11 16 36 00
IN Q=This looks like
((BETH MYER: THIS LOOKS LIKE A SIMPLE PATH IN THE WOODS BUT IT'S ACTUALLY A
FIRE LINE. FIRE CREWS DUG THIS LINE BY HAND. IF YOU LOOK UP THE HILL YOU CAN
SEE HOW THE FOREST IS COMING BACK TO LIFE IN A PLACE THAT ACTUALLY BURNED.))
OUT Q=actually burned.
Ecologist Steve Croy is carefully watching selected areas to see which plant
and animal life is returning.
10 00 57 00 - 10 01 15 00
IN Q=In all cases
((STEVE CROY/FOREST ECOLOGIST: IN ALL CASES IT'S WHAT WE GENERALLY EXPECTED.
WE ARE SEEING PINES ESPECIALLY TABLE MOUNTAIN PINES IN THE AREAS. THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF SEEDLINGS OF THAT PARTICULAR PINE SPECIES. ))
OUT Q=particular pine species.
Pine cones from this pine tree crack open when heated by fire. The seeds
germinate quickly once they fall into a burned area. These spring seedlings are
already 4 to 6-inches tall.
In the places where even the tree canopy burned, tree tops look barren.
Still, these dead trees are full of life.
10 04 54 00 - 10 00 05 13 00
IN Q=The trees was
((STEVE CROY/FOREST ECOLOGIST: THE TREE WAS KILLED BY THE FIRE, BUT THE
WOODPECKERS HAVE BEEN BUSY, BARK BEETLES LIVING IN THE BARK. WOODPECKERS ARE
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESE DEAD TREES FEEDING ON BEETLES AND INSECTS FOR THE
OUT Q=for the winter.
Croy says that in areas where just the understory of growth burned, it will
take about five years for the forest to look it as once did.
Beth Myer, News 7.
Fears over a weak third quarter continued to force the stock markets lower
Nasdaq lost nearly 18 points.
The DOW dropped nine points to close at 47-hundred-40.
Middle school students got a "kick" out of soccer today when a pro
demonstrated drills during gym class.
Dustin Fonder plays for the Roanoke RiverDawgs. He spent the day teaching
soccer skills to students at Ben Franklin Middle School in Rocky Mount.
10 11 05 00 - 11 16 00
IN Q=We learned how
((KELLEY SLOAN/7TH GRADER: WE LEARNED HOW TO DRIBBLE, PASS THE BALL, AND
THINGS TO HELP US DURING SOCCER.))
SUPER=01-Kelley Sloan/7th Grader;
OUT Q=us during soccer.
This is the first time a professional athlete has come to teach a sport at
10 14 27 00 - 10 41 40 00
IN Q=FOr me, it feels
((DUSTIN FONDER/PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER: FOR ME IT FEELS FUNNY BECAUSE
YOU'RE NOT A MEGA STAR, YOU'RE JUST A LOCAL SOCCER PLAYER. BUT THEY LOOK AT
YOU LIKE YOU'RE A REALLY GREAT PLAYER. YOU HAVE TO LET THEM KNOW YOU'RE A
REGULAR PERSON HERE TO SHOW THEM A FEW THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Dustin Fonder/Roanoke RiverDawgs;
OUT Q= a few things.
Teachers say they are trying to include more life- time sports in their
curriculum. They say getting a pro to teach for a day enhances the classroom
The rain washes out tonight's qualifying at Charlotte.
The MLB divisional playoffs resume tonight.
And we'll step out of the rain an onto the ice, as Roy Stanley takes up down
into North Carolina for a training campo report on the Roanoke Express.
Hurricane Opal has washed out tonight's Winston Cup Qualifying at Charlotte.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/This Afternoon; :00
Several teams tried to test the water, but they soon found themselves running
When the rain stops, defending race champ Dale Jarrett hopes to improve on
his qualifying effort from a year ago when he started 22nd.
Yesterday I asked him THE likelihood of working his way through the field to
IN Q="I'd like....
((DALE JARRETT/UAW GM 500 DEFENDING RACE CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/UAW GM 500 Defending Race Champ; :00
OUT Q=...IT TAKE TO WIN.
Last season the lack of speed may have cost the Roanoke Express in its
playoff series with Richmond.
Well, The Express has several players in training camp that could improve
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Hillsborough, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Wing; :18
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Wing; :38
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:02
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
The Major league baseball divisional playoffs resume tonight with the Yankees
looking to make it two in a row over the Mariners.
Last night the Yanks beat the Mariners 9-to-6.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Last Night - NBC; :00
The other American League divisional playoff game didn't end until after 2
AM, when Tony Pena hit this two out homer in the bottom of the 13th to give the
Indians a five to four win over the Redsox.
But the game was not without controversy. The Redsox took Albert Belle's bat
claming again that it is corked.
IN Q="You know...
((ALBERT BELLE/INDIANS OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Albert Belle/Indians Outfielder; :00
OUT Q=...TO US."
In the National League, Reds mauled the Dodgers last night, while the Braves
were taken to the limit by the Colorado Rockies.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Last Night - NBC; :00
The Braves needed two homers by rookie Chipper Jones, including this solo
shot in the top of the ninth inning that turned out to be the game winner, as
the Braves take game one
IN Q="That was...
((BOBBY COX/ATLANTA BRAVES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Cox/Atlanta Braves Manager; :00
OUT Q=...as we did."
And finally those of you wondering how in the world, wildman Dennis Rodman
can play in CHICAGO n the same team with Michael Jordan, do hot fret any
SUPER=04-This Afternoon; :00
The NBA's baddest boy showed up for this interview with his nails painted
blue, and the his hair dyed Bulls red with the Chicago Bulls logo in the back
of his head.
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