Up next on News 7 at five-
The military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy on Gays did not work for
It got its first federal appeals test today in Richmond.
Plus a Bank manager admits stealing money from the branch she managed.
Another cold front cruises through the region tonight...Winds will pick up
and tomorrow will be a blustery day.
On Health Check-- about two-thousand AIDS patients will have access to a
That is IF they win a pharmaceutical lottery to get the drug.
(Jean AD LIB)
IN Q=I hope that
((PAUL THOMASSON/FORMER NAVY LIEUTENANT: I HOPE THAT THEY FIND THAT THIS
POLICY THAT -- THAT -- SORRY.))
OUT Q=that... sorry.
An emotional day in a Virginia courtroom for a gay sailor who ran afoul of
"don't ask, don't tell."
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
SS=gays in military
Virginia was ground zero this morning in the legal battle over gays in the
The entire 13 judge federal appeals court in Richmond heard arguments over
the Clinton Administration's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Which case brought the issue to this level?
Jean, as you know, there are a number of legal challenges in the courts now.
Former Navy Lieutenant Paul Thomasson's is the first to make it to the
federal appeals court level.
IN Q=The whole intent
SUPER=01-Paul Thomasson/Former Navy Lieutenant; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis/Family Research Council; :35
OUT Q=law of the people.
((PAUL THOMASSON/FORMER NAVY LIEUTENANT: THE WHOLE INTENT WAS TO PREVENT
SPEECH. AND MAKE THE PRICE FOR SPEAKING HIGHER THAN ANYONE COULD BEAR.))
Paul Thomasson was discharged last summer after telling his commander he was
His attorney says that violates his free speech.
The Justice Department must defend "don't ask, don't tell," and it argues
Thomasson's free speech could infer he was engaging in homosexual acts -- which
would violate Navy policy.
Thomasson calls that inference "unrebuttable."
He's also fighting the ultra-conservative Family Research Council, which
argued against him-- but an entirely different argument.
((LT. COL. ROBERT MAGINNIS/FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: WE HOPE THAT THIS
PARTICULAR COURT GOES IN THERE AN DECLARES THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S BAD
DIRECTIVES, THE INTERPRETATION OF THE LAW, TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND UPHOLDS
THE LAW OF THE PEOPLE.))
The Family Research Council says the American people don't want gays and
lesbians in the military at all, and that's how the 1993 law change should be
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The judges focused on such issues today as whether just saying he was gay
was grounds to discharge Thomasson, and if military policy is established by
congress and the President, should the courts have authority in the matter?
(QUESTIONS: When is the court expected to rule? ANCHOR=ELLEN
Not until the spring, probably. But that likely will be appealed to the U.S.
Supreme Court, assuming another "don't ask, don't tell" case doesn't get there
first and resolve the issue.)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says U-S troops going to Bosnia
will have the authority to carry out their mission with the maximum safety.
Christopher met with reporters after NATO foreign ministers approved the
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((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: IN ALL MODERN HISTORY OF EUROPE THIS
IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SOLDIERS FROM VIRTUALLY EVERY MAJOR EUROPEAN POWER WILL
SERVE TOGETHER IN A COMMON MILITARY OPERATION.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State; 00
OUT Q=a common military operation.
Former President George Bush is lending his support to the peace plan.
He says he has questions about the mission-- but urges Congress to back the
President to maintain U-S credibility in the world.
Balanced-budget talks are underway again. They began about two hours ago.
House speaker Newt Gingrich warns if a balanced budget isn't passed this
((NEWT GINGRICH/R- HOUSE SPEAKER: YOU WILL SEE INTEREST RATES SKYROCKET AND THE
THE STOCK MARKET CRASH.))
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker; 00 quick!
OUT Q=stock market crash.
But Some Democrats are slamming the Republican plan.
((SEN. EDWARD KENNEDY/D- MASSACHUSETTS: THE REPUBLICANS PUT A PREMIUM ON SPEED.
THEY HOPE NO ONE WILL FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT THEIR PLAN MEANS UNTIL IT'S TOO
SUPER=01-Sen. Edward Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts; 00
OUT Q=until it's too late."
Both Democrats and Republicans say they're ready to roll up their sleeves
and get to business.
The man who confessed to assassinating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin was indicted today- along with two suspected accomplices.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel/Sunday;
Yigal Amir is charged with murder for the November fourth killing.
His brother and a friend are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Meanwhile today Israeli leaders and Rabin's family returned to his grave-
The ceremony marks the end of the Jewish 30 day mourning period.
A Bath County bank manager plead guilty this morning to embezzling nearly
30-thousand dollars from her branch.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./March 30;
Last March, Robin Rickett said an unidentified man robbed the State Bank of
the Alleghenies and then he fled on foot.
But apparently Rickett was a suspect from the beginning.
She was indicted in June by a grand jury on 17 charges, including fraud and
Police say she used names of fictitious customers to make fake loans to
herself at the bank.
Rickett finally confessed to state police that she took the money.
Today she sobbed in court as she agreed to turn over 20-thousand dollars to
the bank from her retirement funds.
Rickett will be sentenced at a later date.
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Up next on NEWS-7 at FIVE
former budget secretary Jim Miller officially kicks off his quest to replace
fellow Republican John Warner in the Senate.
On Health Check-- the latest in treatments for AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis
Plus, a new deadly virus makes it's way through Australia.
Remember the Bobbitts?? The infamous Northern Virginia duo is back in the
But this time they are making their breakup official.. Stick around for the
Senator John Warner says he welcomes a challenge.
Now he's got one.
Former Reagan budget director Jim Miller took a tour of the Commonwealth to
officially announce he's running for Warner's U- S Senate seat.
One of his stops was here in Roanoke, where he predicted he'd beat Warner
for the Republican nomination.
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((JIM MILLER/U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I WILL SEEK AND I WILL WIN OUR PARTY'S
NOMINATION FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE. I WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER AND I WILL BE A
SENATOR OF WHOM YOU CAN BE PROUD. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/U.S. Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=be proud
All eyes will be on the Republican central committee meeting this Saturday.
That's when a decision will be made on whether to hold a primary election or
The latest News 7 Roanoke Times Poll shows G-O-P support for Warner has held
steady at 41 percent, while Miller has seen a slight increase to 39 percent.
A Lynchburg eye surgeon has been named to replace Republican Preston Bryant
on Lynchburg city council.
The seat was vacated when Bryant won a seat in the Virginia House of
Delegates last month.
By a 4 to 1 vote today, council appointed Dr. Robert Vogel to take Bryant's
Vogel is a self- described fiscal and social conservative, who expects to
blend in well with the panel's Republican majority.
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((DR. ROBERT VOGEL/NEW LYNCHBURG COUNCILMAN: JUST LIKE THE FRESHMEN
CONGRESSMEN, I FEEL LIKE THERE IS AN IDEOLOGICAL LINE WHICH I WILL NOT CROSS
BECAUSE I HAVE VERY STRONGFELT BELIEFS, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, I WANT TO DO
WHAT'S RIGHT FOR EVERYBODY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vogel/New Lynchburg Councilman; :00
OUT Q=right for everybody.
Vogel says he will seek re-election to the at large seat next May.
Junius Haskins remains the lone Democrat on the seven- member panel.
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Union employees at Bell Atlantic have now worked FOUR months without a new
The Communications Workers of America met with negotiators for the Baby Bell
yesterday, but little headway was made in the labor dispute.
The C-W-A admits the company did offer more wages.
But the union says there's another part of the contract that's more
IN Q=The big issue
((LARRY AKERS/CWA LOCAL 2204: THE BIG ISSUE WITH US AT THIS POINT IS
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. WAGES AND BENEFITS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THEY DON'T COUNT
FOR MUCH IF OUR MEMBERS DON'T HAVE JOBS.))
SUPER=01-Larry Akers/CWA Local 2204;
OUT Q=don't have jobs.
Bell Atlantic disputes the union's claim.
It says its offering the best employment security package offered by any
regional Bell company in this year's bargaining.
Bell Atlantic is the only one of seven Baby Bells that doesn't have a
contract with its workers.
The U-S Labor Department is recognizing some of the nation's best retailers
when it comes to stamping out sweatshop labor.
Today it came out with what it calls it's Trendsetter list.
It has 31 companies that routinely check with their suppliers to make sure
the garments they're selling aren't made in sweatshops.
Companies on the list that have stores in this area include: the Baby
Superstore, Bath and Body Works, Lane Bryant, Lerner New York, Structure, The
Limited, and Victoria's Secret.
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Not everyone is able to go to the mall and buy presents for the holidays.
That's where the Community Christmas Store comes in.
(patrick ad lib)
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This time of year Patrick Evans hits the road in search of Holiday good
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Today he is in Salem at the Community Christmas Store.
The store doesn't open until this weekend, but volunteers are stocking it
to make sure everyone in need has a joyous holiday.
Patrick, tell us more.
SUPER=01-Janie Whitlow/Fundraising Chairman;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
Don't go away-- the Express hopes to railroad the Renegades at the
Mike has a preview in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- the road to recovery from addiction.
Teresa Hamilton joins us with a report on Danville's Hope Harbor house, and
life after treatment.
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GRAPHIC=AIDS TREATMENT LOTTERY
A new AIDS-fighting drug will soon be available for about two thousand
To get the experimental drug Ritonavir though, they'll have to win a
It's the third time this year that pharmaceutical companies have chosen
lotteries as the fairest way to offer versions of the drug, which fall into the
category of protease inhibitors.
((ROBERT MORROW/COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY SERVICES: PROTEASE INHIBITORS ARE A NEW
CLASS OF DRUG AND THEY'RE VERY SPECIFIC IN WHAT THEY DO. THAT'S THE GOOD THING,
THEY CAN DIRECT THE DRUG MUCH EASIER THAN AZT, DDI OR THE OTHER ONES WE HAVE
SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/Council of Community Services; :
OUT Q=we have now.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
But Morrow warns there is a high possibility resistance will develop
Still, protease inhibitors add to the arsenal of weaponry.
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((I GET PEOPLE THAT CALL ME UP ABOUT THIS CURE OR THAT CURE AND THEY SAY THIS
LOOKS REALLY GOOD. WE STILL TALK ABOUT TREATMENTS. IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY AND
TECHNOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO CURE A VIRAL INFECTIONS LIKE THIS AT THIS
TIME. 30 YEARS FROM NOW THAT MY BE A DIFFERENT STORY, BECAUSE IT TAKES ABOUT 30
YEARS TO COME OUT WITH COMPLETELY NEW TECHNOLOGY FROM WHERE WE ARE TODAY. ))
OUT Q=are today.
Morrow expects some area patients to put their names in the pool for the
The first drug to go beyond just treating the symptoms for multiple
sclerosis is one step closer to market.
Avonex is said to actually slow the progress of the incurable disease--
Scientific Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration have approved it--
the government usually follows those recommendations.
A study shows Avonex reduces M-S- progression by 37-percent.
But the panel warns there's no evidence of how long Avonex works, or what
the best dose is.
The drug is manufactured by Biogen.
A deadly new virus has emerged in Australia-- bringing about loss of
appetite, convulsions and hemorrhaging.
The disease first appeared last year in horses, and quickly jumped to their
The Australian government reports scientists do not know the origin of the
disease, but assume it normally lives in a native mammal.
They do know the disease comes from a FAMILY of viruses that include
measles, canine distemper and cattle plague.
The road to recovery is often bumpy for recovering alcoholics and drug
But a Christian based treatment and work program in Danville hopes to make
the journey smoother.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Danville newsroom with a closer look.
Connie, for nearly 25- years Hope Harbor has played a vital role in the
recovery of countless men who've struggled to put their lives back on track.
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((HENRY GIBBS/HOPE HARBOR RESIDENT:ITS MORE THAN JUST A HALF WAY HOUSE, ITS
MORE LIKE A FAMILY, EVERYONE HERE PULLS TOGETHER. ))
SUPER=01-Henry Gibbs/Hope Harbor Resident; :00
OUT Q= pulls together.
Henry Gibbs has been in and out of treatment programs since he was a teen.
But since June, the now 33- year old has been sober.
He credits Hope Harbor and its emphasis on Spiritual growth-- as well as the
program's structured environment.
Those who live at Hope Harbor are required to stay sober and attend
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Work is also a must.
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((REV. JEFFREY WRIGHT/HOPE HARBOR EXEC. DIRECTOR: PEOPLE WHO'VE DESTROYED THEIR
LIFE, USUALLY FEEL A LOT OF GUILT, SHAME, WORK IS ONE WAY OF BUILDING SELF
ESTEEM, MOST PEOPLE WHO WORK FEEL LIKE I'M CONTRIBUTING TO MY RECOVERY, THAT
THEY'RE NOT CHARITY CASES.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jeffrey Wright/Hope Harbor Exec. Director; :
OUT Q=charity cases.
Residents are required to turn over half of their paycheck to cover room and
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Hope Harbor also provides food as well as transportation, for those who may
have lost their licenses.
A big night at the Roundhouse for the Roanoke Express--
Mike has more on tonight's game against Richmond in his two minute ticker.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Tuesday ticker. The Roanoke Express
is 5 and 1 over their last 6 games. Tonight the team will try to win it's 15th
game of the season against Wheeling at the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
This Morning at 10, the Express went through a brief workout. Before
leaving the ice, Frank Anzalone stressed keeping the same emotion that earned
Roanoke two crucial divisional wins against Richmond.
IN Q="We have
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...emotional by game time.
Tonight's game is a non divisional contest and the puck drops at 7pm. Anzalone
said today that Daniel Berthiaume will start in at goal for Roanoke. He is 5
and 1 with a 2.89 goals against average.
More postseason awards tonight for Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Cornell
Beamer is this year's coach of the year in the Commonwealth in voting done by
the sports information directors across the state.
Brown, was voted the state's player of the year.
Cornell, who also was named the Big East defensive player of the year had 14
quarterback sacks this season.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ABC; :00
Last night the LIons devoured the Bears and a couple of leather footballs as
they picked up a 27-to-7 win.
Herman Moore and Scott MItchell were the main men for Detroit as they
connected a club record 14 times through the air to key the victory.
Mitchell finished with 320 yards and 3 touchdowns.
IN Q="I know that...
((SCOTT MITCHELL/320 YARDS PASSING LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Scott Mitchell/320 Yards Passing Last Night; :00
OUT Q=...LARGER AUDIENCE."
Lots' more coming your way at six.
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
This may be a surprise but John and Lorena Bobbitt are finally divorced.
In this morning's edition of "The Washington Post" John reportedly signed
the divorce agreement Lorena initialed two months ago.
The Bobbitts gained international attention when Lorena severed her
Less than two months ago, John tried to win back his wife by showing up with
flowers and candy at the hair salon where she works.
She refused to talk to him.
There has been nothing normal about this couple: When John signed the
divorce papers, next to his signature he drew a knife.
He says it's his trademark.'
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
A Lynchburg man who's helped revitalize some of his city's rundown
neighborhoods now wants to work his magic on an empty school building across
the James River.
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX we'll see how welfare reform gave Robert Obey
(oh-bee) his idea of what to do with the old Madison Heights High School.
The building, which served as an elementary school until 1991, has been the
subject of debate over its future.
Obey wants to renovate it and turn it into a training center for people who
are being weaned off the welfare rolls.
He took his idea to the Amherst supervisors today...we'll tell you what
happened in 30-mintues on NEWS-7 at 6.
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