Up next on News 7 at five-
Two suspects in a recent fire bombing in New York may be in Virginia.
And take a look at this- A house comes tumbling down in San Francisco
after heavy rain there-
Keep the furnace going. Temperatures fall big time again tonight but the
wind chill will be less of a factor.
And on Health Check-- we'll tell you about a new study underway to diagnose
The new procedure eliminates surgery.
It's also quick and painless.
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The man accused of killing a Roanoke woman has entered a plea.
GRAPHIC=Thompson, Paul David
The drifter from Texas has managed to avoid being executed, while admitting
he's guilty of CAPITAL murder.
Paul David Thompson entered a plea agreement today that calls for two LIFE
terms in prison plus 25 years.
IN Q=We felt
((DAVID DAMICO/THOMPSON'S ATTORNEY: WE FELT STRONGLY THAT THE CHOICE HERE WAS
BETWEEN THE DEATH PENALTY AND LIFE. AND WE FEEL LIKE WE SAVED HIS LIFE.
WE HAD DECIDED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO
EXTEND A PLEA AGREEMENT IN THIS CASE FOR A LIFE SENTENCE.))
SUPER=01-David Damico/Thompson's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney; :07
OUT Q=a life sentence.
While Thompson had confessed to police that he killed Virgie Green, his
co-defendant first pled NOT guilty, then claimed HE killed the 44-year old
In the face of conflicting statements, the prosecution chose to accept the
guilty plea, in exchange for the double LIFE sentence.
Thompson still faces LIFE in WEST Virginia, and a 12-year sentence in
Authorities believe two suspects in the recent fire bombing of a New York
toll booth may have fled to Virginia.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Police say two men squeezed a flammable liquid into a token booth and lit
it-- causing an explosion that demolished the booth.
50- year old Harry Kaufman died yesterday of second and third degree burns.
Brooklyn authorities contacted Virginia State Police today.
They're searching for 26- year old Rocky Butler and 28- year old Scarvey
Authorities say the two men may in Richmond or Halifax County.
Police say McCargo, who also goes by the names Drew Darnell Jackson and
Andre McCarlo, has family in Halifax County.
Authorities say the men may have burns to the their hands, arms and face.
They are said to be driving a rental car with New York plates.
Mourners at Virginia Tech took time out from final exams today to remember a
22 year- old Alexander DeFilippis was abducted from a Blacksburg convenience
store last Tuesday night, and shot four times.
Today's memorial service offered healing for his friends on campus, and
others who just felt a need to be there.
((AGNES GROCHOLSKI/VA TECH STUDENT: TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND I GUESS,
NOT TO PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DID IT BUT TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHY, AND I STILL
CAN'T. I JUST WANT TO PRAY FOR THE WORLD BECAUSE IT JUST CAN'T KEEP ON GOING
LIKE THIS. ))
((KEVIN CROPPER;/VICTIM'S FRIEND: IT'S GONNA SOUND LIKE A EULOGY BUT HE REALLY
WAS REALLY, REALLY NICE. HE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP EVERYBODY, I NEVER
HEARD HIM COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Agnes Grocholski/Va. Tech Student;
SUPER=01-Kevin Cropper/Va. Tech Student;
OUT Q=complain about anything.
DeFilippis was laid to rest Saturday.
Three men are charged in his murder.
A chemical fire is filling the sky in Lenoir, North Carolina this afternoon-
The blaze at the Histrand Chemical company broke out at about two-
It sent a ball of fire and huge plume of smoke in the air.
A local radio station is reporting that three people are hurt- no word yet
on the extent of the injuries.
The big concern now- fumes from the fire- authorities are evacuating people
and schools nearby.
A Roanoke family is homeless and trying to make ends meet after a fire
forced them from their house.
The Anders family is in a motel and living on fast food.
Yesterday, their neighbor's apartment caught fire and the smoke damaged
Stephanie Anders says this isn't the first tragedy around Christmas.
Her daughter Ashley was diagnosed with lukemia last year.
Stephanie says the children can't sleep since the fire.
IN Q=Mommy I can't
((STEPHANIE ANDERS/FIRE VICTIM: MOMMY I CAN'T SLEEP... AND I WOULD TRY TO
CONSOLE HER AND SHE WAS AFRAID THE PLACE WAS GOING TO CATCH ON FIRE HERE AND
SHE'S REMEMBERING HEARING THE PEOPLE SCREAM TO GET US OUT OF THE HOUSE. A FIRE
TRUCK WENT BY LAST NIGHT AND SHE HEARD IT AND GOT UP AND WAS GOING TO THE DOOR
AND SHE THOUGHT THE HOTEL WAS GOING TO CATCH ON FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Stephanie Anders/Fire Victim;
OUT Q=catch on fire.
Stephanie says their Christmas has been ruined.
To make matters worse doctors have found a new growth in Ashley's leg and
its unknown if its cancerous.
The Red Cross is trying to help.
Red Cross officials say anyone wanting to help the Anders can call them at
The cold weather has some schools in our area on delayed schedules tomorrow.
Let's take a look at the list.
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A report is released on the Allen administration's environmental record.
And President Clinton pushs the peace process in the Middle East.
One of Virginia's most watched politicians -- for the past month anyway --
says she will remain on the Republican side of the Senate.
But she says that's the centrist Republican side.
Senator Jane Woods of Fairfax would NOT say what offers she got to break the
deadlock in the Senate.
IN Q=Obviously the stakes
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax;
OUT Q=loud or overstated.
One of those who is still the recipient of intense overtures is Rocky Mount
Democratic Senator Virgil Goode.
Sources in both parties say Goode has ruled out nothing, and shown a great
interest in a seat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
A scathing state review of the Department of Environmental Quality under the
Allen Administration got an in-your-face response today.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What did the study say?
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission had three major points.
The two year old merger of four separate agencies into the Department of
Environmental Quality resulted in layoffs where supervisors weren't consulted,
no plan is in place for meeting federal clean air standards, and questionable
hiring practices were employed.
IN Q=DEQ director
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg; :20
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Norfolk; :45
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :57
OUT Q=this administration.
(( D-E-Q director Peter Schmidt says he was wrong about some of the hiring
He's willing to look at staffing issues again and wants to ensure staffers
he's NOT in favor of any more layoffs.
But his department did NOT like the review by the independent JLARC staff,
and said do in a letter.
sot TAPE THREE 12:38:53
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D-PETERSBURG: THEN THE WORDS...PETER SCHMIDT/DEQ DIRECTOR:
I WILL CERTAINLY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM.))
Commission chairman Stanley Walker chastised Schmidt.
SOT TAPE THREE 12:44:41
((DEL. STANLEY WALKER/D-NORFOLK: IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. IT'S NOT FAIR. IT
DOESN'T CONFORM WITH THE HISTORY OF THIS COMMISSION. IT SMELLS OF POLITICS IN
ITS WORST FORM.))
And the environment as a whole?
sot 12:53:49 TAPE THREE
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: I THINK THOSE RESOURCES ARE IN GRAVE DANGER AT THE HANDS
OF THIS ADMINISTRATION.))
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(Q&AWhat happens to the recommendations?)
President Clinton is promising to push the peace process forward in the
He met with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres today in Washington-
((I PLEDGE TO YOU PERSONALLY SHIMON THAT I WILL BE YOUR PARTNER IN PEACE.))
((SHIMON PERES/ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER: MR. PRESIDENT WE ARE PROUD TO BE
PARTNERS WITH YOU IN WORKING TO MAKE THIS PROSPECT A COMMON REALITY.))
SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Israeli Prime Minister; 07
OUT Q=a common reality."
The President today announced the Secretary of State Warren Christopher
will go to the Mideast to reopen peace talks.
Congresswoman Enid Greene Waldholtz says she won't resign.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
She says she never knew about her husbands alleged embezzling.
((ENID WALDHOLTZ/R-UTAH: THE FACT IS I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THESE ILLEGAL ACTIONS
AND I DID NOT IN ANY WAY ATTEMPT TO COVER THEM UP.))
SUPER=01-Enid Waldholtz/(R) Utah; 00
OUT Q=COVER THEM UP."
Federal authorities are investigating Joe Waldholtz for allegedly
embezzling 54 thousand dollars from Enid's campaign- and for an alleged 2
million dollar check fraud scheme.
Joe Waldholtz disappeared for six days before surrendering to
authorities- to face investigation.
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Most everyone is out and about buying Christmas trees.
Patrick talks to some of the sellers.
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Many people are out looking for the right tree, which can be an exhausting
task, but what about the people SELLING those trees?
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans has ventured out into the bitter cold to find out what it's
like on the other side of the Christmas Tree equation.
SUPER=01-Jay Proehl/Timberland Mulch;
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There is still more to come here on News 7 at 5.
A sinkhole destroys a home in California.
And in Health Check , researchers are looking into ways to better identify
lumps that might be cancer.
False alarms are common when it comes to breast lumps-- most do not turn out
to be cancer.
But for women who must undergo a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump, the
waiting can be agonizing.
As Dr. Emily Senay reports, researchers are looking into ways to better
identify lumps that might be cancer-- BEFORE surgery.
IN Q=Hi Virginia, NAT SOUND
SUPER=07-Virginia Payton; :14
SUPER=01-Dr. Barbara Ward/Yale Breast Center; :44
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Reporting; 1:29
SUPER=01-Dr. Carol Lee/Yale University School of Medicine; 1:45
OUT Q=Dr. E.S. for CBS News. New York.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Virginia is about to undergo surgery to remove a lump in her left breast.
She will then have to wait a few days before she knows if that lump is
((VIRGINIA PAYTON: I WAS PRETTY NERVOUS ABOUT IT EVEN THOUGH, LIKE I PERSONALLY
KNOW THAT IT'S PROBABLY NOTHING. BUT JUST TO KNOW THAT I HAVE A LUMP IN MY
BREAST, DUE TO EVERYTHING THAT I READ ABOUT IT, I AM A LITTLE NERVOUS. ))
But before she goes to the operating room Virginia will participate in a
study of a new
technique researchers hope will diagnose breast cancer without surgery.
It's called Breast Biophysical Exam or BBE-- and it's non-invasive, quick,
((DR. BARBARA WARD/YALE BREAST CENTER: THE REASON WHY IT'S BEING STUDIED IS
BECAUSE OF THE INITIAL PILOT TRIALS, THE BBE WAS A VERY SENSITIVE TOOL. IT HAD
A 98% SENSITIVITY FOR DETECTING BREAST CANCER. ))
OUT Q=breast cancer.
B-B-E is simple, much like getting an E-K-G. Electrodes are placed over
the lump, and in the same area in the opposite breast.
Since cells are like little batteries, they have an electrical charge.
Cancer cells on the other hand, lose their cells and they divide.
IN Q=So areas
((SO AREAS WHERE THERE WOULD BE A CANCER THERE WOULD BE MORE ACTIVITY, MORE
CELL DIVISION GOING ON AT ANY POINT IN TIME, SO THAT IN THAT AREA THE CHARGE
WOULD BE LESS THAN IN THE OPPOSITE OR THE OTHER BREAST.))
OUT Q=other breast.
Since most breast lumps turn out to be benign it's hope that B-B-E could be
used to identify those that are cancerous before surgery.
Currently doctors use mammography as a screening tool for cancer followed
by surgery. But mammography has limitations.
IN Q=Mammography picks
((DR. CAROL LEE/YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER: MAMMOGRAPHY PICKS UP MANY
THINGS, MOST OF WHICH ARE NOT CANCER BUT THAT CAN LOOK LIKE CANCER.))
OUT Q=look like cancer.
This results in 400,000 breast biopsies each year that turn out to be
benign. Which is why doctors are eager to find a more accurate measure of
IN Q=If it
((IF IT COULD BE FAIRLY CONVINCING IN
PREDICTING PRE-CANCER IT WOULD CERTAINLY ENHANCE OUR ABILITY TO DIAGNOSE BREAST
OUT Q=breast cancer.
As part of the study, 12-hundred women at five sites around the country
will undergo B-B-E before getting biopsies for suspicious breast lumps.
Doctors won't know how accurate B-B-E is until all the results are in.
And if earlier results hold up in this larger trial-- doctors may be able
to offer women a quicker, less invasive way to diagnose breast lumps.
Dr. Emily Senay, CBS News, New York.))
A federal advisory panel is recommending approval of a new type of drug to
battle glaucoma-- despite an unusual side effect.
The drug can turn blue eyes brown.
The cause or significance of the eye color change isn't understood-- but the
drug apparently works much better than standard therapy.
More than 15-percent of patients had their eyes change color after using the
Scientists will continue studying whether the change is dangerous or
Each year a high school football team is awarded the Civitan Sportsmanship
Mike Stevens join us now to tell who the lucky recipient was.
Good evening everybody and welcome to yet another work day as the Holiday
season rolls on.
Normally the month of December not only triggers cold weather, but also a
barrage of postseason football awards.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
That tradition was alive and well today at the Civic Center Holiday Inn as
the Civitan Club of Roanoke recognized Blacksburg High School as this year's
recipient of its prestigious sportsmanship award.
IN Q="This is a great...
((TUCKER LEFORCE/BLACKSBURG TRI-CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Tucker LeForce/Blacksburg Tri-Captain; :00
OUT Q=...THEIR TOO."
Each year 126 officials from Western Virginia select the recipient.
The Civitan Club, which also provides a $500 scholarship to the winner has
been doing this for 40 years, and no one can argue with Blacksburg's selection
as this year's winner.
IN Q="I've always...
((DAVE CRIST/BLACKSBURG HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...and ourselves."
I'll have more on that award tonight at six, as we check in with the Indians'
other two captains and hear from guest speaker Larry Johnson, of the Virginia
HIgh School League.
Any hopes that the Washington Redskins might finish the season with flourish
were shot down in the final minute yesterday by the Giants.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Fox; :00
After trailing by 10 at the half, the Redskins would come back, tie the
game at 13-all on Terry Allen's run.
But with just over a minute left in the game, Dave Brown connects on a 40
yard touchdown strike to Chris Calloway and the Giants win 20 to 13 to make it
six in a row over the Redskins.
IN Q="We realize...
((DAN REEVES/GIANTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dan Reeves/Giants Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...A LOT OF THINGS."
Tonight the Dolphins host the Kansas City Chiefs in Monday night football.
I'll see you back here at six.
Have a good night everybody and try to stay warm.
take a break
It's something you have to see to believe-
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;
In San Francisco a home tumbles into a sinkhole-
Workers say the collapse started when a sewer line broke- That combined with
heavy rain weakened foundations in the neighborhood.
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It's snow causing trouble in Buffalo New York-
The storm buried the city under just about 38 inches of snow.
The blizzard shut down the airport, closed schools and turned malls into
ghost towns. National Guard members are now helping to clear roads.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
For one local business man, it's either sink or swim at Smith Mountain Lake.
double boxes Keith/Jean
Keith Humphrey joins us from the newsroom to tell us about a one- of- a-
kind business venture.
Jean, there are many people who can't afford to rent out homes at Smith
Joe Altadonna (Al-tuh-donna) hopes to accomidate them.
He's turning an empty office building into a motel.
It's located about a quarter mile from the lake near Burnt Chimney and it
should be ready for business by the spring.
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We'll have more from Smith Mountain Lake coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
That's it for us here on NEWS 7 at FIVE.