Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We're INSIDE the courtroom with the suspects in Tuesday's abduction and
murder of a Virginia Tech student. We'll hear from the victim's family, too.
And male and female cadets take military training together at V-M-I-
-comments from both the men and the women.
In sports, A little fun and hard work were the orders of the day as the
final preparations were made for tomorrow's Stagg Bowl.
And former Clemson football coach Charley Pell dropped in on the Stagg Bowl
Fellowship of Christian Athlete breakfast this morning.
Heavy Snow and Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for the region. It
may be tough sledding Saturday morning.
The 22 year- old Virginia Tech student who was abducted and murdered Tuesday
night will be laid to rest tomorrow in Northern Virginia.
Meanwhile, the wheels of justice were set in motion today as the three
suspects made their first court appearance.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Paroled from prison
SUPER=01-Maria Buscema/Victim's Grandmother; :38 quick!
SUPER=01-George Sala/Victim's Friend; :46
OUT Q=Altizer News 7
(( Paroled from prison just a few months ago, 27 year- old Benjamin Lilly was
back in court, the alleged triggerman in the killing of 22 year- old Alexander
((MR. LILLY, YOU'RE CHARGED WITH FOUR FELONIES IN GILES COUNTY AND EIGHT
FELONIES IN MONTGOMERY. ARE YOU ASKING ME TO APPOINT AN ATTORNEY FOR YOU?
ANSWER: YES SIR. ))
The judge also appointed lawyers to defend Lilly's younger brother, 20
year- old Mark Lilly, as well as a third defendant, 19 year- old Gary Wayne
Family members of all three listened tearfully, and later told reporters
how deeply sorry they are for the victim's family.
At their home in McLean, the victim's family is anxious for justice.
IN Q=My grandson don't come back
((MARIA BUSCEMA/VICTIM'S GRANDMOTHER: MY GRANDSON DON'T COME BACK, SO I JUST
DON'T WANT THEM TO KILL NOBODY NO MORE.))
OUT Q=no more.
IN Q=This is just
((GEORGE SALA/VICTIM'S FRIEND: THIS IS JUST SUCH A SENSELESS CRIME, TO TAKE THE
LIFE OF SOMEONE 22 YEARS OLD IN THEIR PRIME AND JUST SHOOT HIM. IT'S JUST
OUT Q=just beyond belief.
Virginia Tech will remember DeFilippis with a memorial service on campus at
noon on Monday. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an internal Philip Morris memo
says nicotine is chemically similar to cocaine.
The memo concludes that people smoke primarily to get nicotine into their
A spokesman for the cigarette company fired back that the document was
written by a "non- scientist," and does NOT represent Philip Morris's view on
A five- page corporate statement released later includes an independent
report on nicotine's addictive powers.
It says, in part: "even skydiving has been characterized as a mood- altering
Philip Morris is currently fighting proposed F-D-A regulation of nicotine as
All ten members of a sophisticated indoor marijuana- growing operation have
agreed to plead guilty, rather than take their chances with a federal jury.
Victor Layman, a realtor- -who's passion in life is growing flowers, in
particular Irises- -is alleged to be the organizer.
People on the street called him the "phototron man," probably without ever
knowing his true identity.
SUPER=04-December, 1994-Police Video;
Layman and the others allegedly set up elaborate pot production houses,
with high-power grow- lights and irrigation systems in the basement of several
The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, but the six remaining
defendants are expected to enter guilty pleas Wednesday.
Danville's police chief says its one of the best moves the city's ever made.
Last month, Danville's curfew went into place.
Teresa Hamilton reports, while some say it's a blessing, at least one
organization isn't so convinced.
IN Q=14- year old
SUPER=01-Nathaniel Lewis/Student; :18 very quick!!
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :33
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((14- year old Nathaniel Lewis enjoys hanging out with his friends.
And, that's exactly what he was doing the morning he was cited for
violating the city's curfew.
The ordinance requires teens under age 18 to be off the street after 11- pm
during the week.
And, by midnight on Friday and Saturday.
IN Q=I'm always
((NATHANIEL LEWIS/STUDENT: I'M ALWAYS GOING TO MAKE SURE I'M IN BY THE CURFEW
NOW BECAUSE IF I GET CAUGHT AGAIN I'M IN REAL TROUBLE. ))
OUT Q=real trouble.
Those who violate the ordinance are typically given a warning the first
time, but a second offense could mean a fine.
So far, 30- citations have been issued.
IN Q=The officers
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THE OFFICERS TELL ME THAT THE NIGHT PRIOR
TO THE CURFEW GOING INTO AFFECT ON NOVEMBER FIRST, THAT THERE WERE PEOPLE
EVERYWHERE. THE NEXT NIGHT IT WAS LIKE A DIFFERENT CITY, NO ONE WAS OUT, SO IT
TELLS ME THAT YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR PARENTS ARE BEING RESPONSIBLE. ))
OUT Q=being responsible.
The curfew does have its critics. The ACLU of Virginia says the
ordinance infringes on a child's freedom-- as well as the parents right to
decide what's best for their kids.
Police say the ordinance was designed to cut down on juvenile crime as well
to prevent kids from hitting the street when they should be hitting the books.
But a spokesman for the Virginia ACLU says only five percent of juvenile
crime occurs during the hours the curfew's in affect. Teresa Hamilton, News
The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council is blasting the deal cut yesterday
between Trigon and state Attorney General Jim Gilmore.
Consumer advocate Jean Ann Fox calls Trigon's 159- million dollar higher
education endowment "very inadequate."
The Consumer Council says Trigon saved more than one billion dollars over
its years as a NOT-for-profit corporation.
Gilmore announced the charitable foundation yesterday, in conjunction with
his support for Trigon to become a public stock company.
The Consumer Council is petitioning the State Corporation Commission to deny
Trigon's request, unless a more generous deal is made.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---
we'll tell you why shoppers are bowling over local retailers
And we'll visit with the cadets at V-Wil as they learn the drill of ignoring
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=VMI MARY BALDWIN
A former U-S Army Major- -a woman who was number one in her class in phys
ed at West Point- -dismisses the V-WIL program as anything comparable to the
challenge of Virginia Military Institute.
Lillian Pfluke says women who aspire to V-M-I "don't want to put on pumps
and dresses and go to Mary Baldwin and pretend to be learning leadership."
Well, try telling that to members of the V-WIL class of '99.
IN Q=nat sot full/Squad leader Kim
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet from Radford; :10
SUPER=01-Allyson Hatfield/VWIL Cadet; :36
SUPER=01-Chris Jones/VMI Cadet; :52
SUPER=01-Trimble Bailey/VWIL Cadet from Roanoke; 1:04
SUPER=01-Sherri Sharpe/VWIL Cadet from Martinsville; 1:12
OUT Q="About face!" (hold :01 for the command to be executed)
((NAT SOT full
Squad leader Kim Bond is too busy getting her troops in shape for next
week's drill competition to worry about the nay-sayers.
((WE'VE GOT OUR UNIFORMS NOW, SO WE ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE WE'RE A CORP NOW, AND
ACTUALLY A PART OF VMI.))
Once a week 41 women take their places among their brother rats in R-O-T-C
classes at V-M-I.
NAT SOT-Robinson? Here, Ma'am.
The Pentagon wouldn't have it any other way. Military regulations require
equal opportunities for male and female officer candidates in training
V-WIL Cadets make the most of their brief visit to V-M-I once a week.
((THEY ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE MINGLING AND SOCIALIZATION SO THAT WE CAN ALL BECOME
Most of the cadets still aren't ready for women to set up house-keeping in
the barracks, but some of the men concede V-WIL students do provide a dose of
((I THINK IT'S A VERY BENEFICIAL THING TO HAVE WOMEN HERE ON POST AS OFTEN AS
POSSIBLE, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH THEM EVERYDAY IN THE
((IF YOU'RE IN CLASS WITH THEM, YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THINGS WENT THE OTHER DAY,
HOW WE DID ON TEST, HOW CLASSES ARE GOING., HOW YOUR G.P.A. IS GOING, SOCIAL
((THEY'RE ALL VERY FRIENDLY. I THINK THEY REALIZE OUR SUCCESS LEADS TO THEIR
SUCCESS IN KEEPING SINGLE-SEX EDUCATION. I THINK THEY REALLY LOOK FOR US TO
SUCCEED AND HELP US OUT IN ANYWAY THEY CAN.))
Even if the Supreme Court ultimately rejects V-WIL as an alternative to
women enrolling at V-M-I, Mary Baldwin insists the leadership program is here
NAT SOT full: "Squad, Halt!"
If the court does order V-M-I to open its doors to women, however, the
5-million dollar operating endowment from the V-M-I Foundation would dry up as
fast as you can say:
NAT SOT full: "About Face!"))
A former chairman of the state Democratic party says lawmakers should seize
the moment, and change Virginia's "wild west" -style campaign- finance laws.
Paul Goldman says if politicians don't have the courage - -after the
contribution scandals of the last campaign, they should give voters the
Goldman would like to see initiative and referendum become law, allowing
voters to put their own issues on the ballot.
IN Q=It still has
((PAUL GOLDMAN/FORMER VA. DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: IT STILL HAS TO BE
CONSTITUTIONAL...YOU DON'T WANT TO STOP THESE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR
CONTRIBUTIONS. WE DO.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: IT'S A GOOD IDEA IF YOU'RE FROM CALIFORNIA.
BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S BROUGHT STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA ANY BETTER GOVERNMENT.
WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND I THINK WE WORK FAIRLY WELL.))
SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Former Democratic Chairman; :00
OUT Q=fairly well
Woodrum says he's NOT opposed to changing campaign finance laws -- as long
as the changes are simple and understandable.
They've hiked down a long trail, but members of a local coalition are only a
few steps away from their goal.
The Greenways Steering Committee has announced its first pilot project.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=The Roanoke Valley
SUPER=01-Lucy Ellett/Roanoke Valley Greenways; :22
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke Valley Greenways; :49
OUT Q=Scott Prince News 7
(( The Roanoke Valley Greenways Steering Committee seems headed for greener
Members have selected a 2- phase scenic trail project that would link a
number of attractions in the region.
Phase 1 would begin in the downtown market area, go up through Mill Mountain
and on to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The second phase would link the Parkway to the Explore Park.
IN Q=We had citizen
((LUCY ELLETT/ROANOKE VALLEY GREENWAYS STEERING COMMITTEE: WE HAD CITIZEN
WORKSHOPS THIS SUMMER AND THIS WAS AN AREA THAT CITIZENS WERE EAGER TO SEE
DEVELOPED AS A TRANSPORTATION ROUTE. ))
OUT Q=transportation route
The 12- mile stretch will allow for walking and biking trails and at the
same time-- give tourists another way to discover the Roanoke Valley.
But before that happens, committee members will need to do some discovering
of their own.
They need to come up with ways to get support from various local officials.
IN Q=There will
((JOHN MARLLES/GREENWAYS STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER: THERE WILL BE MEETINGS THAT
WILL BE HELD WITH CITIZENS AND PROPERTY OWNERS, AS WELL AS THE VARIOUS BOARDS
AND COMMISSIONS THAT HAVE TO PROVIDE INPUT INTO THIS PLANNING PROCESS. ))
OUT Q=planning process
Stand up close
But in order to make this greenway a reality, officials will need some green
from the Federal Government.
Right now members aren't sure exactly how much money they'll ask for, but
they'll need to figure that out soon.
They'll ask for the grant January eighth.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
A mixed day on Wall Street. The DOW gave up another two and a-half points
closing for the week at 51-hundred 57.
Nasdaq GAINED over nine points.
Christmas shoppers are hyped up over sugar, the Sugar Bowl that is.
Retailers say they can't keep Virginia Tech shirts, hats and sweats on the
The Hokies' trip to the Big Easy has translated into easy money for shop
"Legends" got a shipment of Big East tee-shirts and Sugar Bowl memorabilia
The owner says his sales-people couldn't keep shoppers from digging into the
IN Q=IT'S HOKIE MANIA
((DAVE BEELER/LEGENDS: IT'S HOKIE MANIA RIGHT NOW. PEOPLE ARE JUST GOING
CRAZY OVER GOING TO THE GAME. I THINK THEY'VE SOLD CLOSE TO 20-THOUSAND
TICKETS. THE FANS ARE REALLY STARTING TO BUY THE MERCHANDISE.))
((BILL LAYNE/SHOPPERS: WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE AT THREE IN THE MORNING AND DRIVE
TIL WE GET THERE. WE HAVE RESERVATIONS AT THE MARRIOTT. THAT'S WHERE THE
HOKIE CLUB STAYS. FROM SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY NIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Dave Beeler/Legends; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Layne/Shopper; :10
OUT Q=AND MONDAY NIGHT
Bill Layne says he always makes the trip to the Hokies' post season games.
He plans to celebrate Tech's victory and the new year on Bourbon Street.
But THIS is his favorite shirt in the store, because he says Tech's win over
U-V-a is the most important victory of the season.
And Coming up, We'll take a look at this weekend's Friday Football Extra
and Mike Stevens will have a report on the Stagg Bowl activities were some
had a little fun and others had a day of hard work.
Tomorrow afternoon's Stagg Bowl in Salem is on - no matter what!
The game's organizing committee has been working around the clock to get
Salem Stadium ready for not only players, but the fans.
Mike Stevens has more on the state of the stadium and a look at some of
today's final pregame festivities.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :19
SUPER=01-John Shaner/YES Clinic Coordinator; 1:03
SUPER=01-Tom Brookshier/Former CBS Football Analyst; 1:43
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Stagg Bowl Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast started the day on
a positive note this morning over in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Morning; :00
Players and coaches huddled at the Salem Civic Center to hear former
Clemson and Florida coach Charley Pell speak. Pell, who also coached at
Virginia Tech, attempted suicide about a year ago and has since become a born
again Christian. He spoke of athletic heroes and how worshipping them can be
SUPER=01-Charley Pell/Former Va.Tech Def. Coordinator;:00
OUT Q=...Christian heroes"
The Virginia High School League playoffs are now down to the State
And this Saturday three teams from our area will play in those title games
at Neutral sites around the state.
Lets look at the Friday Football Extra schedule.
IN Q=FIRST TEAM
OUT Q=....LAST GAME."
The University of Virginia has sold more than 10-thousand tickets to the
The Cavaliers have a reputation of not bringing any fans to their post
season games but after an appeal from Athletic director and Coach George Welsh
the fans have stepped up to support their team.
Virginia will play Georgia December 30-th in Atlanta.
The Washington Redskins have placed defensive end Sterling Palmer on
Palmer aggravated a cartilage injury in his right knee in sunday's win
over Dallas and will undergo Arthroscopic Surgery next week.
Washington resigned defensive Mike Flores to replace Palmer.