A day after O-J Simpson is set free, his jurors speak to the press.
A federal judge rules on Virginia's Motor voter law.
And from Lousiana to the Florida panhandle, residents are fleeing a category
Opal has become a very dangerous Hurricane, packing winds of 150 miles per
hour, and she's slated to come ashore this afternoon.
It will affect our forecast, I'll have all the rainy, windy details.
Don't go away. The news is next.
Along the Gulf Coast this afternoon tens of thousands are fleeing Hurricane
With 150 mile per hour winds Opal is the strongest hurricane to hit the
United States in decades.
It's now a category four storm, on the verge of category five, the highest
the scale goes.
Opal continues to pick up speed
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and is expected to make landfall near the Florida panhandle or Alabama coast
Diana Gonzalez has more on storm preparations in Pensacola, Florida.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Pensacola, FL; :06
SUPER=01-Paula Darling/Resident; :43
SUPER=01-Diana Gonzalez/Reporting; :55
OUT Q= Diana Gonzalez, CBS News, Pensacola, Florida.
((ATTENTION ATTENTION HURRICANE OPAL HAS NOW TURNED INTO A CATEGORY
Late last night Pensacola police started warning people to get off Santa
Rosa island as soon as possible.
Most beach hotels closed their doors and ordered guests to evacuate.
THEY SAID WE HAD TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW SO WE'RE MOVING OUT.
Hurricane Opal is being taken very seriously in Pensacola...an area which
took a direct hit from another hurricane this past August.
POLICE: THE STORM THAT CAME THROUGH HERE 2 MONTHS AGO TODAY WAS ONLY A
CATEGORY ONE. AND WE SAW ALOT OF DEVASTATING DAMAGE FROM THAT STORM."
Art and Paula Darling have lived on Pensacola Beach for 16 years. they're
prepaing their home... hoping it doesn't take another hit.
PAULA DARLING: "WE JUST GOT ALL THIS REMODELLING DONE FROM HURRICANE ERIN.
I DON'T WANT TO SEE IT TORN UP AGAIN. BUT AS LONG AS WE'RE SAFE THAT'S ALL
Diana Gonzales, CBS News, Pensacola, Florida.))
A number of newspaper polls out today suggest about half of Americans
disagree with the verdicts in the O-J Simpson murder trial.
And as Simpson celebrates his new-found freedom, mourners are shedding tears
for murder victims Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/Last Night;
The National Organization for Women says it ran out of candles for a Los
Angeles vigil last night protesting Simpson's acquittal of murder charges.
An estimated 15-hundred showed up at the vigil, chanting "guilty" and "we
remember Ron and Nicole."
Meantime jurors are speaking out about the rationale behind the acquittal
and about their nine months of sequestration.
((BRENDA MORAN: I'M HAPPY THAT THE CASE IS FINALLY OVER AND MY FAMILY
SUPPORTED ME WHILE I WAS ON THIS CASE AND WITHOUT THEM HELPING ME AND GOD MOST
OF ALL I DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE MADE IT THROUGH. ))
SUPER=01-Brenda Moran/Simpson Juror;
Another juror, Lionel Cryer, tells the Los Angeles Times he and other
jurors saw holes in the prosecution case and concluded there were many
opportunities for contamination of evidence.
And a third juror cited the Mark Fuhrman controversy as playing a key role
in her vote for acquittal.
The local opinion of the Simpson case is pretty much the same as it is
across the nation -- divided.
Scott Prince talked to several residents after the verdict was handed down.
IN Q=I think O.J.
SUPER=01-Paulette Jones/Richmond Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Patricia Jackson/Lynchburg Resident; :06 (Quick!)
SUPER=01-Danny Goins/Roanoke Resident; :12
SUPER=01-Paul Thomson/Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove; :40
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Women's Shelter; 1:06
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News7.
SOT 18:10:53 (Richmond react tape)
IN Q=I think O-J
((PAULETTE JONES/RICHMOND RESIDENT: I THINK O.J. WAS GUILTY AND I THINK MOST OF
MY FRIENDS REALLY THOUGHT SO. THEY REALLY DID. ))
OUT Q=really did
SOT 00:00:28 (Lynchburg reactions tape)
IN Q=He had to be
((PATRICIA JACKSON/LYNCHBURG RESIDENT: HE HAD TO BE INNOCENT BECAUSE WHY WOULD
THERE BE ALL THAT BLOODSHED? ))
SOT 04:04:43 (Roanoke reactions tape)
IN Q=I really felt
((DANNY GOINS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I REALLY FELT LIKE HE WAS PROBABLY GUILTY. BUT
THE JURY JUST CAME TO THE DECISION THAT THEY DID NOT WANT THE REPERCUSSIONS
REBOUNDING THROUGH THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE RACE ISSUE. ))
OUT Q=race issue
Only the jury knows whether or not the decision was based on race, but it
was definitely one of the cards defense attorneys tried to play.
Some lawyers here in the Roanoke Valley say there were a variety of issues,
including the collection of evidence, that could've led to the quick verdicts.
IN Q=Clearly the defense
((PAUL THOMSON/WOODS, ROGERS & HAZLEGROVE: CLEARLY THE DEFENSE WAS QUITE
SKILLFUL IN PUTTING OUT THOSE ISSUES THAT WOULD LIKELY GIVE RISE TO REASONABLE
DOUBT, AND THEY APPARENTLY KNEW THEIR AUDIENCE WELL AND GOT A FAIRLY
PREDICTABLE RESULT. ))
OUT Q=predictable result
One person who could not predict the outcome was Darlene Young.
She runs the Turning Point Women's Shelter in Roanoke and listens to tragic
stories of domestic violence every day.
She believes the verdict is major step backward for battered women.
IN Q=I think the whole
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT WOMEN'S SHELTER: I THINK THE WHOLE ISSUE HERE
SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND I THINK THAT IT TURNED SOMEWHERE ALONG
THE WAY. ))
OUT Q=along the way
The trial lasted 9 months, the jury deliberated for 4 hours.
People will be talking about it for lifetimes to come.
Scott Prince, News7.))
One of Simpson's former teammates has mixed emotions about the verdict.
As an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills, Joe DeLamielleure
(da- LAM-ah-lor) opened the holes that helped O.J. to a record- breaking two
thousand yard season in 1973.
(da-LAM-ah-lor) DeLamielleure is now an offensive line coach at Liberty
The six- time Pro Bowler says he empathizes with the victims' families.
IN Q=I think he
((JOE DELAMIELLEURE/FORMER SIMPSON TEAMMATE: I THINK HE HAD THE BEST DEFENSE
MONEY COULD BUY AND MAYBE THAT'S THE AMERICAN WAY, I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW
WHAT JUSTICE IS. I WAS THE VICTIM OF A CRIME ONE TIME AND THE GUY'S IN JAIL,
AND I KNOW WHAT I WENT THROUGH WAITING FOR THAT VERDICT. AND I'M JUST VERY
MELANCHOLY, KIND OF LIKE IN A DAZE RIGHT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Joe DeLamielleure/Former Simpson Teammate; :00
OUT Q=in a daze right now.
(da-LAM-ah-lor) DeLamielleure doesn't know how HE would have voted had he
been on the Simpson jury, except that he felt there was enough evidence to
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, thanks to a federal court ruling, you'll soon have another
place to register to vote,
and the U-S gets ready for a little divine intervention.
Pope John Paul's visit, next.
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The Navy is still searching for the four crew members of a Navy helicopter
that crashed off the coast of Cape Henry.
The H-46 Sea Knight helicopter was reported missing at about nine last
A Navy spokesman says fragments of the aircraft have been sighted.
The dual-engine aircraft was based at Norfolk Naval Air Station.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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One person is dead and three others injured following a car accident in
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Night;
It happened on Route 747 near Fairlawn at about five o-clock last night.
The car skidded off the road, went airbourne and plunged about 50 feet to
the railroad tracks.
The driver, 37- year- old Kathy Joe Kleckner of Dublin, died at the scene.
It took rescuers an hour to free the first of the three survivors.
One of them was partially trapped between the rock face and the car.
Kleckner's 13- year- old daughter and 17- year- old son are in critical
condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Another teenaged victim is in stable condition at Radford Community.
A new curfew in Danville will keep minors off the streets late at night.
About 20- people gathered to witness the decision last night at a city
A few citizens spoke out against the measure before the vote.
IN Q=This curfew
((RAY GARRETT/CURFEW OPPONENT: THIS CURFEW LAW IS AN ATTEMPT TO QUICK FIX A
PROBLEM THAT HAS TAKEN DECADES TO DEVELOP. IT IS A PINT SIZED BAND AIDE ON A
GAPING WOUND OF SOCIETY AND HERE WE ARE HOLDING THE BLOODY KNIVES IN OUR OWN
SUPER=01-Ray Garrett/Curfew Opponent;
OUT Q=in our own hands.
Police say the curfew is necessary.
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD PARENTS OUT THERE,
WHO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN UNDER CONTROL, BUT THERE'S ALSO A VIOLENT GROUP OUT
THERE THAT ARE NOT UNDER CONTROL AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS WHAT DICTATES WHAT
OUR ORDINANCES ARE. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief;
OUT Q=our ordinances are.
Mayor Seward Anderson and councilwoman Shirley Mayhew were the only ones to
vote against the curfew.
The measure requires minors to be off the streets after eleven p.m. on week
nights and midnight on weekends.
Violators and their parents are subject to fines and possible jail time.
The curfew is only good for a year, after that council must decide whether
to renew it.
Virginians will soon be able to register to vote at D-M-V's and welfare
A federal judge has declared the "Motor Voter" law constitutional, and
ordered Virginia to implement it within six months.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The U.S. Justice
SUPER=01-Gilda Williams/U.S. Dept. of Justice; :08
SUPER=01-Lawrence Ottinger/People for the American Way; :27
SUPER=01-Virginia DeSimone/League of Women Voters; 1:02
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The U.S. Justice Department fought for Motor Voter to become law in
Virginia, allowing registration at the D-M-V and social service offices.
((GILDA WILLIAMS/U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE: BECAUSE WE THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA REAP THE BENEFITS OF THIS ACT. THE ACT HAS
ALREADY REGISTERED MORE THAN FIVE MILLION VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.))
But Governor Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore sued the federal
government -- calling it an unfunded mandate that could encourage voter fraud.
((LAWRENCE OTTINGER/PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY: VIRGINIA HAS PREDICTED THAT
THERE WOULD BE 1.5 MILLION NEW REGISTRANTS IN FIVE YEARS UNDER THIS ACT. WHY
ARE THEY TRYING TO KEEP REGISTRANTS OUT OF THE VOTING BOOTH? GOVERNOR ALLEN
SHOULD BE LEADING THE WAY. POLITICS CAN BE THE ONLY REASON THAT HE'S DOING
The unspoken assumption is that registration at welfare offices and D-M-V's
might be more likely to add those with Democratic leanings to the voter rolls.
sot DANVILLE BITE
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: WELFARE OFFICES ARE FOR RUNNING SOCIAL SERVICES TO BE
IMPLEMENTING WORK FARE, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND REFORM THE WELFARE
SYSTEM, NOT TURN IT INTO A YOU KNOW, ADVOCACY GROUP FOR REGISTRATION.))
((VIRGINIA DESIMONE/LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: CLEARLY THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN TO
THEM. THE JUDGE HAS NOW SPOKEN TO THEM.))
"'Nuff said" says the Allen Administration.
A spokesman for Attorney General Jim Gilmore -- who privately supports wider
registration but acts as the Governor's attorney -- says there will be NO
appeal, and the administration will work to implement the law by March.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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Up next, former Bell Atlantic employees call the company's offer a bad one,
and your Hometown Station was looking sharp on its 40th anniversary.
Highlights of our big birthday party, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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Pope John Paul the second is on his way to the United States for a five-day
He left Rome this morning for Newark, New Jersey where he will be greeted
by President Clinton.
While in the U-S, the Pope will address the U-N General Assembly and lead
several outdoor masses.
He'll also have lunch with the homeless at a soup kitchen in Baltimore.
Members of the W-D-B-J television family helped the station celebrate its
40th anniversary yesterday.
The focal point of the activities: The unveiling of a portrait in memory
of long-time Mornin' Show host Irv Sharp.
Artist Eric Fitzpatrick and Irv's widow, Mary Lee Sharp did the honors
before a crowd of family, friends, and W-D-B-J employees, past and present.
After the portrait's unveiling, General Manager Bob Lee was presented with
the station's 40th Anniversary Quilt.
He says the celebration was a good time to remember "Cousin Irv's"
contributions to Roanoke television.
IN Q=I think the
((ROBERT LEE/WDBJ GENERAL MANAGER: I THINK THE PORTRAIT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF
IRV OVER THE LONG PERIOD OF TIME THAT HE WAS ON THE AIR. FOR SO MANY YEARS,
IRV WAS A SYMBOL OF THIS STATION, AND IN THIS PORTRAIT WE SEE HIM THROUGH HIS
LONG CAREER AT WDBJ-7. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Lee/WDBJ General Manager;
OUT Q=on WDBJ 7
The portrait will remain in the lobby of W-D-B-J T-V, and the quilt will go
on display in various locations around the region.
Two months and counting: that's how long union workers at Bell Atlantic
have gone without a new contract.
This morning some Bell Atlantic RETIREES who belonged to the Communications
Workers of America held an informational picket outside a Bell Atlantic office
Their beef is that the new contract proposed by Bell Atlantic and its C-E-O
Ray Smith calls for cutting the health benefits of retired union members.
IN Q=I definitely
((BETTY FRANKLIN/RETIRED BELL ATLANTIC EMPLOYEE: I DEFINITELY THINK THEY'RE
GETTING THE SHAFT. I THINK RAY SMITH IS OUT TO DO EVERYBODY HE CAN AND TAKE
ALL OF OUR BENEFITS AWAY AND THIS IS HOW IT STARTS.))
SUPER=01-Betty Franklin/Retired Bell Atlantic Employee;
OUT Q=how it starts.
Bell Atlantic says that the C-W-A actually agreed to having retirees pay a
portion of their health care costs during previous bargaining sessions in 19-89
It adds the terms of the current proposal are better for retirees than what
was agreed to before.
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN four points.
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Up next -- a look at how the Indians poked a hole in the Sox' playoff hopes,
and if you celebrated the game last night with food, stay tuned.
We'll chew the fat on tailgate fare when News 7 at Noon continues.
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Thirteen was lucky for Tony Pena (PAYN'-yuh) and the Cleveland Indians.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/TBN-NBC SPORTS
(Payn-ya) Pena ended the longest game in postseason history with a
13th-inning homer in Cleveland's win over Boston.
The Indians grabbed a 1-to-nothing lead in their American League playoff
series by earning their 28th victory in their final at-bat.
For that playoff score and more, let's take a look at the scoreboards.
Cleveland beat Boston five to four.
The New York Yankees sunk the Seattle Mariners 9 to 6.
It was Cincinnati over Los Angeles 7 to 2.
And Colorado lost to Atlanta 5 to 4.
Though the day is a bit soggy, it's still a good day for professional
soccer, if you're inside a nice and dry middle school gymnasium, captivating
Dustin Fonder plays for the Roanoke River Dogs. He's spending the day
teaching soccer skills to students at Ben Franklin Middle School in Franklin
Teachers say getting a pro to come teach for a day enhances the classroom
experience and creates interest among the kids.
10 19 08 00 - 10 19 21 00
IN Q=sometimes if it's
((DONNA KREHBIEL/P.E. TEACHER: SOMETIMES IF ITS SOMEONE NEW AND DIFFERENT IT'S
A NOVEL IDEA. THE PE TEACHER DOESN'T ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO DO EVERYTHING AND IT
GIVE THEM A PROSPECTIVE FROM A PROFESSIONAL AND THEY THINK THEY'RE GETTING A
BETTER EDUCATION, SOMETIMES THEY ARE IN SOME CASES. ))
SUPER=01-Donna Krehbiel/P.E. Teacher;
OUT Q=in some cases.
This is the first time a professional athlete has participated in gym
classes at Ben Franklin. Teachers plan to bring other pros in as they try to
include more life time sports in their curriculum.
Don't look for Ernie Irvan in tonight's Winston Cup qualifying at Charlotte.
Irvan says he's decided to skip this weekend's U-A-W G-M 500.
The feeling was that Irvan wasn't ready for the 200 mile an hour speeds
through the tri-ovals at the track.
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Irvan's teammate Dale Jarrett says the real problem wasn't that Irvan was
scared, but rather that the Yates racing couldn't get four cars ready for the
IN Q="He didn't...
((DALE JARRETT/DRIVER - HAVOLINE FORD:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Driver - Havoline Ford; :00
OUT Q=...IN A FEW WEEKS."
There are plenty of Tailgate events this season-- from football games, to
the upcoming Roanoke Symphony Polo Cup.
But dieticians have a warning about these celebrations-- they can be
Often, tailgate foods are full of fat.
Lewis Gale's Health Management Center has come up with some fast and easy
recipes for the NEW tailgate party.
Grilled chicken skewers replace fried chicken, and vegetable salad replaces
IN Q=I'm trying to
((LEE ANN MATHEWS/HEALTH MANAGEMENT CENTER: I'M TRYING TO KEEP IT VERY TASTY
BUT VERY LOW FAT SO PEOPLE WILL CHANGE FROM THEIR TYPICAL FAVORITE FOODS TO
SOME NEW FAVORITE FOODS. AND ALSO THE OTHER THEME IS VERY EASY-- THESE DAYS
PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO SPEND IN THE KITCHEN.))
SUPER=01-Lee Ann Mathews/Health Management Center; :
OUT Q=in the kitchen.
The new recipes include Teamonade-- a hybrid of tea and lemonade, and
nearly fat-free roasted garlic dressing-- instead of high-fat dips.
(**toss to patrick**)
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.