Black pride mixes with anger at the Million Man March.
President Clinton misses the event, but calls for racial unity.
And a landslide re-election victory for a Middle East dictator.
Clear skies and chilly overnight lows mean a frost warning will be in
effect tonight, with lows dipping into the 30's. Stay tuned for the chilly
Don't go away. The news is next.
TAPE# live from newspath
GRAPHIC=Million Man March
Tens of thousands of African American men have gathered in the shadow of
the nation's capital today for the Million Man March.
It's being billed as a rally of unity, but already there are disputes over
the crowd size.
Organizers say more than a million men have turned out for the march but
Capitol Police earlier estimated the crowd at 50-thousand.
U-S Park police have yet to give their count.
Controversy also surrounds the March because of its organizer, Nation of
Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan.
Byron Harlan joins us with the latest.
(byron ad lib)
SUPER=01-Benjamin Chavis/March Organizer;
(( BENJAMIN CHAVIS/MARCH ORGANIZER:
They're making no apologizes, pulling no punches, organizers making no
effort to distance themselves from Louis Farakahn.
But talk with people who're here for the Million Man March.
They'll tell you the event is about more than one speaker, or one message.
It's also about more than talk.
Prayer came during the first morning light.
It was an opportunity to share culture and ideas...an opportunity to show
that there is political strength in numbers.
LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE MILLION MAN MARCH...
One way speakers are hoping to extend the spirit of the Million Man March
is to transform the high emotion here into votes.
REGISTER TO VOTE
This could be the start of a historic change...a transformation involving
the way black men express their power.
But the march may also represent another change, a more personal one.
Leaders are telling everyone here to be more involved in their
neighborhoods and with their families.
That may not generate as much attention as this event, but the impact
would be at least as large.))
President Clinton is not in Washington for today's event, but during a
campaign speech in Texas he did send a message of racial unity.
The President says gathering one million black men together can do good if
the marchers take new responsibility for themselves and their families.
But he did warn that some are far from the message of atonement.
((ONE MILLION MEN ARE RIGHT TO BE STANDING UP FOR PERSONAL RESPONSIBLITY BUT
ONE MILION MEN DO NOT MAKE RIGHT ONE MAN'S MESSAGE OF MALICE AND DIVISION. ))
OUT Q=and division.
Mr. Clinton was referring to Louis Farrakhan who has been widely condemned
for remarks deemed racist and anti-semitic.
There are some members of the western Virginia community who are
participating in today's march.
Denise Allen spoke with some of them before they left Martinsville.
IN Q=Washington is preparing
SUPER=01-Rev. Jimmie Hawkins/Grace Presbyterian Church; :13
SUPER=01-Minister Malvester X/Nation of Islam; :22
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; 1:12
OUT Q=news 7
When the masses gather, these Virginians will be among them.
They say the march has grown to be more than a demonstration by Louis
Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
They say it's about bringing the black community together.
IN Q= there's a lot
((REV. JIMMIE HAWKINS/GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: THERE'S A LOT OF DESPAIR OUT
THERE. A LOT OF HOPELESSNESS AND REALLY THIS IS TRYING TO PROVIDE HOPE TO THE
COMMUNITY SAYING THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE CAN DO.))
OUT Q=WE CAN DO
IN Q=BY MAKING THIS MARCH
((MINISTER MALVESTER X/NATION OF ISLAM: BY MAKING THIS MARCH IT'S TELLING THE
WORLD WE ARE READY TO DO SOMETHING FOR OURSELVES AND THROUGH UNITY WE CAN DO
OUT Q=ALL THINGS
Minister X hopes this march helps change society's view of black men.
He also hopes it helps black men look at themselves differently by raising
their self esteem.
The participants of this march say they want it to spark a change and draw
attention to issues hurting black men, such as unemployment and crimes
committed against fellow blacks.
They say these issues affect the entire country.
IN Q=caucasian people
((MINISTER MALVESTER X: CAUCASIAN PEOPLE ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE GOVERNMENT.
EVERYBODY IS DISSATISFIED. BLACK MALES ARE PUSHED DOWN MORE NOW THAN EVER
OUT Q=EVER BEFORE
The march has drawn criticism from several civil rights groups including the
Jeff Artis is staying home.
He says Louis Farrakhan is a racist.
IN Q=one of those
((JEFF ARTIS/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO
GETS IN FRONT OF THE TV CAMERAS AND IS ALL NICE AND SWEET, BUT BEHIND CLOSED
DOORS HE SAYS SOME TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE. I'M NOT GOING TO A MARCH
WHICH IS LED BY DAVID DUKE AND I'M NOT GOING TO GO TO A MARCH LED BY LOUIS
OUT Q=LOUIS FARRAKHAN
But the Reverend Jimmie Hawkins hopes the participants will become leaders,
returning home to work on ways to make their communities better places to live.
Denise Allen News 7.))
We just learned this morning that long-time NEWS 7 Anchorman Rick Mosher
He was the first anchor of News 7 at Noon.
W-D-B-J hired him away from W-R-O-V radio when the station inaugurated a
noon newscast in the Fall of 1983.
He went on to become the Eleven O'clock anchor,
and left the station in 1992 to work in public relations in Washington.
He spent the last two years as a spokesman for the Whitman Walker Clinic.
Rick Mosher died last Monday, from complications of AIDS. He was 42.
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The U-S Supreme Court today refused to hear South Carolina's appeal of an
order to admit women to The Citadel or set up an alternative program.
State officials say The Citadel should be allowed to remain all-male,
without setting up a state alternative program for women.
The justices did not comment on the decision.
The court last week refused to hear an appeal filed by Shannon Faulkner,
who wanted the all-male policy declared unconstitutional.
The decision has NO impact on a separate case involving Nancy Mellette
(Muh-LETTE), who also wants to attend the Citadel.
Saddam Hussien has won Iraq's first presidential referendum by a landslide.
The official Iraqi News agency says Saddam received nearly 100 percent of
It probably didn't hurt that he was the only candidate on the ballot.
Analysts believe Saddam is using the referendum to whip up nationalism and
distract his people's attention from infighting in his family, a faltering
economy and sharp criticism from the United Nations.
Saddam has been in office sine 19-79.
Rain may have fallen over portions of the state this weekend but the
Forestry Department warns conditions are still prime for forest fires.
So the department is asking that you continue to refrain from burning
This could be the worst fire season in 30 years.
Extensive dry conditions during August and early September, along with
debris from the 19-93 ice storms offer plenty of fuel for the flames.
The Forestry Department has spent 400-thousand dollars on a public
information campaign-- warning of fire dangers.
So far, only two large blazes were recorded during the spring fire season.
In April, fires in Craig and Nelson Counties charred more than six-thousand
acres of forest.
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Every 17 minutes in Virginia, someone seeks help from domestic violence.
And every three hours one of those victims is denied shelter.
The Y-W-C-A of Roanoke is promoting a week of awareness.
Nationally it's called "A Week Without Violence."
Yesterday the Y-W-C-A started the week off by honoring the spirit and memory
of those who died as the result of violence.
Members hope educating the public will help erase the stigma connected to
victims of violence.
Joining us now to talk about it is Ellen Brown, Director of Total Action
Against Poverty's Women's Resource Center.
Tell us about the events planned this week, the most intriguing of which is
the reading of letters written by victims of abuse.
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/TAP Women's Resource Center;
(How many women in Virginia sought help from shelters last year? What about
(Are the cases of abuse becoming more violent? Why?)
(What kinds of services are available to these women?)
(The General Assembly will soon consider a bill REQUIRING police to arrest
abusers in domestic violence cases. Your thoughts on that.)
For more information about a "Week Without Violence" contact the Y-W-C-A of
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
If you're thinking about buying a car or something that requires a short
term loan, a leading financial expert offers some advice,
and tonight's the big night for the first candidate for Roanoke Symphony
Meet David Wiley, next, on News 7 at Noon.
music up full
Tonight the Roanoke Valley gets to take a look -- and give a listen -- to
one of the candidates for Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conductor.
IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=nat sound
David Wiley rehearsed with the orchestra yesterday.
He's the first of five candidates vying for the job.
He says his main focus will be community involvement.
IN Q=I think it's
((DAVID WILEY/CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: I THINK IT'S
VERY IMPORTANT THAT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS EDUCATE THEIR AUDIENCE THROUGH PRE
CONCERT LECTURES, GOING AROUND THE COMMUNITY GETTING PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT
CLASSICAL MUSIC. I THINK IT IS A CRUCIAL MISSION OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. ))
SUPER=01-David Wiley/RSO Conductor Candidate;
OUT Q=the symphony orchestra.
Wiley also wants to plant roots in the area.
IN Q=My family recently moved
((DAVID WILEY: CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: MY FAMILY
RECENTLY MOVED TO FLOYD COUNTY. WE'VE VISITED. WE LOVE THE AREA AND WOULD
LOVE TO MAKE ROANOKE OUR HOME AND TO WORK WITH THE ORCHESTRA AND BUILD IT'S
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH MISSION HERE IN THE AREA. ))
OUT Q=in the area.
He auditions tonight at eight at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
If you're thinking about making a big ticket purchase, you might want to
listen to what David Orr has to say.
He's the most trusted economic expert for First Union, one of the largest
banks in the country.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=If you're
SUPER=01-David Orr/First Union Chief Economist; :17
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( If you're thinking about buying a car, or anything requiring a short term
loan, David Orr has some good news.
The chief economist at First Union expects short term interest rates, like
the prime rate, will drop from eight-point-seven-five-percent as the economy
IN Q=We think
((DAVID ORR/FIRST UNION CHIEF ECONOMIST: WE THINK BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR,
THAT'LL BE IN THE SEVEN-AND-A-HALF, EIGHT-PERCENT RANGE FOR THE PRIME, IN OTHER
WORDS, ALMOST A POINT LOWER THAN IT IS NOW. ))
OUT Q=than it is now.
Orr also warns against panicking when the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops
more than fifty points in a day, like it did twice this week.
IN Q=A 50 point
((ORR: A FIFTY POINT DROP WHEN THE DOW JONES IS AT A LEVEL OF 47-HUNDRED
DOESN'T MEAN ANYWHERE NEAR THE SAME THING IT MEANT WHEN THE DOW JONES WAS AT
OUT Q=was at 2000.
But he does predict that in the near term we could see the market dip even
IN Q=I personally
((ORR: I PERSONALLY THINK THE STOCK MARKET'S GONNA GO DOWN YOU KNOW MAYBE
THREE OR FOUR HUNDRED POINTS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, BUT THAT'S NOT A REASON
TO GET TERRIBLY UPSET THIS JUST HAPPENS AS PART OF THE BUSINESS CYCLE.))
OUT Q=business cycle.
Additionally, Orr believes that over the next ten years the Dow will hit the
10-thousand mark as baby boomers keep pouring their retirement money and their
kids college money into mutual funds.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN 13 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next, the latest from the ballparks and the gridiron,
and a strange finish to yesterday's Taco Bell 300 puts your Hometown Station in
MUSIC UP FULL
The Cleveland Indians are on the brink of their first World Series
appearance since 19-54.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/TBN - NBC;
The Indians moved within one game of winning the American League pennant by
defeating Seattle 3-to-2.
The winner advances to play Atlanta in the World Series beginning Saturday
night in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves have the week off before taking on the
American League champion.
Dave Krieg (Craig) and Garrison Hearst spurred the Cardinals to end a
three-game losing streak and beat the Redskins 24-to-20.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/FOX SPORTS; :
Krieg completed a one-yard touchdown pass to Hearst with 76 seconds
IN Q=First audio
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH: WE'VE HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE PLAYS, WE
JUST HAVEN'T DONE IT WHEN WE'VE THE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. IT'S BEEN A MIX OF
THINGS. WE'VE HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO SCORE AND KEEP THE BALL, WE'VE BEEN UNABLE
TO HOLD THEM, SO IT'S A COMBINATION OF THINGS))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :
OUT Q=....combination of things."
With the loss, Washington is now 2 and 5.
The Taco Bell 300 Late Model Stock car event had race officials and
participants running for the border.
Mike Stevens says a rare post-race disqualification cost Elliott Sadler
25- thousand dollars, and left Roanoke's Tony McGuire standing all alone in
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Night; :00
SUPER=04-Taco Bell 300; :10
SUPER=01-Tom Bradshaw/NASCAR's Chief Steward; :34
SUPER=01-Elliott Sadler/Disqualified; :51
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Declared Taco Bell 300 Winner; 1:41
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
((The first re-staged victory celebration in the history of the Martinsville
Speedway came about because someone got his head out of joint. Three hours
after Eliott Sadler beat Tony McGuire to the checkered flag by less than six
feet, the Virginia native had his championship trophy and $25,000 first place
check taken away. During mandatory post-race inspection, NASCAR officials found
the heads on Sadler's power plant had been illegally modified to increase horse
((TOM BRADSHAW/NASCAR'S CHIEF STEWARD:
WE TAKE THE PAN OFF, WE CHECK THE CRANK, THE PISTONS, THE VALVE. WE TAKE THE
VALVE OUT OF THE HEAD. WE EVEN CHECK THE ANGLE ON IT.))
Sadler, who talked freely with McGuire after the decision was rendered, says he
had no idea his car was illegal.
((ELLIOTT SADLER/DISQUALIFIED: WE FIGURED SOMETHING WAS FUNNY WHEN AFTER THE
RACE, OUR MOTORMAN LEFT. WE BUY THESE ENGINES OUT FROM JACK AND HE PUTS THEM
TOGETHER. WE JUST PUT THEM IN THE CAR. THE ONLY THING WE KNOW IS RIGHT IS THE
CREW, THE DRIVER, AND THE RACE CREW. IT WON'T SET US BACK TOO FAR. HOPE YOU SEE
THAT NUMBER 16 BACK UP FRONT BEFORE IT'S OVER))
The unlikely victory capped off an unlikely day for McGuire, who first of all
had to race with a broken thumb and a cast on his left hand. Then after
qualifying 65th of 122 cars, he had to make his way through a 25 lap qualifying
race just to get in the main event. He needed to finished in the top three, but
he finished fourth by a foot. But moments later, he was told another car had
been disqualified and he was now in the main event.
((TONY MCGUIRE/DECLARED TACO BELL 300 WINNER: REALITY HASN'T REALLY SET IN YET.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO CALL ME TOMORROW. IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY. WE'VE BEEN UP EARLY
EVERYDAY THIS WEEK. IT'S JUST BEEN ONE OF THOSE DEALS. WE THOUGHT WE WERE THE
SECOND PLACE CAR, AND THEN THEY FOUND SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE FIRST PLACE CAR.
THEY DRUG OURS BACK DOWN HERE AND CHECKED A FEW MORE THINGS AND FOUND US LEGAL.
IT'S BEEN A GOOD DAY FOR ME.))
All this late model stock excitement continues later his week with the
Southwest Virginia Chevy Dealers 250 at the New River Valley Speedway. Don't
forget we'll have LIVE flag to flag coverage on your Hometown Station Saturday
At the Martinsville Speedway, Mike Stevens, NEWS 7 Sports))
Have a great day.
And that's it for News 7 at NOON--