Coming up on News seven at Noon --
Lynchburg loses another historic building to fire.
Hollywood mourns the death of a legend.
And how are retailers faring today as shoppers return unwanted gifts?
We'll have a live report.
It's going to be another chilly day. Highs will be in the mid 30s...I'll have
the forecast in a few minutes.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
Bosnian Serbs are asking to delay the reunification of Sarajevo for at
least three months.
Under the terms of the Bosnian peace accord, Sarajevo is to be placed under
Muslim-Croat (KROH'-at) control beginning January 19th.
But Serbs in sections of Sarajevo are against the move.
The U-S commander of NATO peacekeepers in Bosnia has the power to consider a
delay, and says he told the Serbs he would.
Meantime, heavy rain has delayed the erection of the pontoon bridge over the
river Sava which marks the border between Croatia and Bosnia.
The permanent bridge was destroyed during the Balkan war.
U.S. army engineers have been trying to rebridge the Sava River as quickly as
possible to improve the link between the two countries.
Today an advance party of U.S. soldiers crossed the river.
Meantime, engineers dragged equipment through a muddy quagmire along the
shore in preparation for the erection of the bridge.
IN Q=Today we are
((GEN. PATRICK O'NEAL/US ARMY: TODAY WE ARE CONTINUING TO MOVE FORCES BACK AND
FORTH ACROSS THE RIVER IN PREPARATION FOR ESTABLISHING A MORE LONG TERM
BRIDGE IN THE AREA AND THE HOPE IS WE'LL LEARN A LOT MORE ABOUT THE HYDRAULICS
OF THE RIVER. IT'S GOING VERY DELIBERATELY, AND SAFELY WE NOT ONLY WANT TO
PROTECT OUR FORCES BUT THE CITIZENS OF THE REGION. ))
SUPER=01-Gen. Patrick O'Neal/U.S. Army;
OUT Q=citizens of the region.
The advance party hopes the bridge will be erected this week.
It was a year ago that Russian troops put a city called Grozny (GRAHZ-NEE)
on the map... and then tried to destroy it.
A year later, the fighting in the former Soviet republic is starting
This was the worst flare-up in the year-long war since the truce was
Chechen guerrillas seized Gudermes (GU-der-MAHS) in mid-December in a bid to
disrupt Kremlin-imposed elections in Chechnya.
Russian commanders report at least 70 of Moscow's men died in street
There are also unconfirmed figures of 600 dead-- half of them civilians.
In local news --
Investigators are looking into a fire at Northside High School.
The call came at about 8:30 this morning.
It started in a supply closet in one of the classrooms on the first floor.
Fire fighters say it took less than five minutes to get the blaze under
IN Q=we had fire
((BATTALION CHIEF STEVE POFF/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE DEPT.: WE HAD FIRE DAMAGE TO
ONE CLASSROOM AND SMOKE DAMAGE TO TWO OTHERS AND WE HAVE SMOKE THROUGHOUT THE
HALLWAYS ON THE FIRST LEVEL.))
SUPER=01-Steve Poff/Battalion Chief Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=FIRST LEVEL
Officials say no one was in the building when the fire started, and that the
circumstances surrounding the blaze are unusual.
The fire is under investigation.
Firefighters in Lynchburg spent Christmas morning battling another blaze on
the city's waterfront.
The old Lukens building caught fire just three months after a century- old
railroad terminal burned to the ground.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=Six hours after
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Donald Fuqua/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :10
SUPER=@ssm1; :41 (screen right!)
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :52
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Six hours after the first call came in, Lynchburg firefighters were still
pouring water on what was left of the old Lukens building on Commerce Street.
IN Q=When we got
((CMDR. DON FUQUA/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WHEN WE GOT TO THE BACK OF THE
BUILDING, MOST OF THE FIRE WAS, THE WHOLE BACK SIDE OF THE STRUCTURE WAS ON
FIRE, COMING OUT OF EVERY WINDOW IN THE BUILDING. AND THEN WE JUST SORT OF HAD
TO STAY BACK BECAUSE WE KNEW THE WALLS WERE GOING TO COME DOWN BECAUSE IT HAD
BURNT THROUGH THE ROOF AND SUPPORTS AND ALL, WHICH IT DID.))
OUT Q=which it did.
By noon, all that remained were a few stubborn brick walls that hadn't
The fire also spread to the building next door gutting all five stories..
and destroying a medical clinic up top.
Authorities don't believe anyone was inside either building when they caught
((Investigators say it will take a day or two before things have cooled down
enough for them to get inside the rubble and try to determine what caused this
fire. In the meantime, they're not ruling anything out.))
OUT Q=anything out.
IN Q=It's too unsafe
((JOHN JENNINGS/FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S TOO UNSAFE TO GET OVER INTO THE STRUCTURE TO
TAKE A LOOK AT ANYTHING AT THIS TIME. IT MAY BE QUITE SOME TIME BEFORE WE ARE
ABLE TO COME UP WITH A WHOLE LOT OF THE ANSWERS WE'D LIKE TO HAVE.))
OUT Q=like to have.
For downtown Lynchburg, it was another historic building lost to fire.
Earlier this year, an artists' group expressed interest in renovating the
Lukens structure, creating lofts and shops out of the empty space.
Those plans fell through, but a number of spaces had recently been leased to
...tenants who spent Christmas Day watching their building disappear.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Another type of disaster strikes South Africa.
At least 110 people are dead and many more missing in floods caused by heavy
Police divers, rescue teams, residents and helicopters were pulling out
bodies from the swollen river.
Distraught residents scoured the river banks searching for relatives
while a police helicopter airlifted body-bags carrying victims.
They waded through mud and bushes-- many crying in anguish after discovering
their dead relatives.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
and Hollywood bids farewell to one its legends.
Friends say Dean Martin welcomed death.
We have a few weak weather systems coming through the area.
The winds will be out of the northwest at least until Thursday.
That means cold temperatures and continued snow flurries for the next couple
I'll have the forecast for you in a few minutes.
music up full
SS=pope john paul
Doctors say Pope John Paul the Second needs SEVERAL days of rest.
The Pope halted his Christmas greetings from the Vatican, saying he
couldn't go on.
John Paul appears to be suffering from the flu, and fatigue from a busy
Twenty minutes after his abrupt departure, he re-appeared-- assuring the
crowd that he's fine.
Earlier, a fever forced him to miss celebrating Christmas Mass.
Hollywood is mourning the death of entertainer Dean Martin, who died
Christmas Day of respiratory failure.
He was 78-years old.
Reed Galin has more.
IN Q=(Music Nat Sound)
SUPER=04-"The Dean Martin Show"- NBC; 1:08
SUPER=01-Reed Galin/Reporting; 1:25
OUT Q=Reed Galin, CBS News, Hollywood (NAT SOUND MUSIC OUT).
DISSOLVE TO RON!
"Lacking personality", wrote a critic in 1943, "looks ill fitting in
that diner jacket, and has a fair voice at best."
If Dean Martin ever carred what others thought, it was never apparant
in his public image. He built a rare career on unruffled charm.
Martin's first job on the night club circuit was delivering bootleg liquer to
bars around Steubonville, Ohio, where he was the son of an immigrant
Friends pushed him to perform because they like his Bing Crosby imitation.
Martin's career really started to take off when he began horsing around on
stage with a young comedian who sometimes babysat his children, Jerry Lewis.
Meeting Jerry Lewis was the first of his two big breaks, Martin later
said...Leaving him after playing straight man for ten years was the
There were more movies, and a hit TV show.
Dean Martin's special talent was making it all look so easy... and fun.
Reed Galin, CBS News, Hollywood.
(Nat Sound music out)
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
Some old tunes make for a Merry Christmas at a Danville nursing home,
and we'll tell you what the alignment of Venus and the Cresent moon has to do
with the Christmas season.
music up full
Americorps is a national service program in its second year.
It has 25-hundred young people working in more than one-thousand communities
across the U-S.
The mission: to improve America's communities in education, environment and
William Fleming Graduate, John Brandon is part of that program in Maryland.
He returned home for the holidays to be with his family and share his
IN Q=You live in
((JOHN BRANDON/AMERICORPS VOLUNTEER: YOU LIVE IN A COMMUNITY WITH THESE PEOPLE
AND YOU HAVE TO GET ALONG WITH THEM, YOU HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS. EVENTUALLY
AT THE END OF THE YEAR WE'LL PROBABLY BE MAKING OUR OWN PROJECTS. IT'S JUST
CHARACTER BUILDING AND I LIKE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY. SO ANYBODY THAT LIKES TO
SERVE THE COMMUNITY I DEFINITELY SUGGEST THIS.))
SUPER=01-John Brandon/Americorps Volunteer;
OUT Q=definitely suggest this.
Brandon returns to duty next month.
He says he receives 47-hundred dollars towards his college education.
In Danville, nursing home residents spent the holidays reminiscing with some
of their favorite music.
The tunes were provided by a local band that's been entertaining for more
than a quarter century.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Starts with sound of music
SUPER=01-Lelia Scearce/Roman Eagle Resident; :27 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Cheney Lea/Roman Eagle Resident; :55 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Austin Jones, Sr./Band Member; 1:10
SUPER=01-Jack Estlow/Band Member; 1:30
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
((Start with nat sound of band
They say laughter's the best medicine.
But at Roman Eagle Nursing Home it's the music.
take more sound of music
The Tightsqueeze Philharmonic Band has been entertaining here for years.
Their taste in music dates back to the 20's, 30's and 40's.
For Lelia Scearce, there's no sitting still.
IN Q=We couldn't
((LELIA SCEARCE/ROMAN EAGLE RESIDENT: WE COULDN'T ASK FOR ANYONE BETTER, IF YOU
COULD, PLEASE SHOW US ))
OUT Q=please show us.
For the most part, the Tightsqueeze band takes center stage, but on nearly
every trip, there's one or two residents who share the spotlight.
IN Q=She'll be
((She sings "She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes." ))
OUT Q=when she comes.
There's no question, residents appreciate and look forward to their visit.
The music seems to melt away the years--
IN Q=Yes, it does
((CHENEY LEA/ROMAN EAGLE RESIDENT: YES, IT DOES, BACK TO MY COLLEGE DAYS, TO MY
COURTING DAYS. ))
OUT Q=courting days.
But don't be fooled into thinking the residents are the only one's who
benefit from the sweet sound.
Austin Jones will be the first to tell you otherwise.
((AUSTIN JONES, SR./BAND MEMBER:WE HAVE 400- POUNDS OF EQUIPMENT WE HAVE TO
MOVE FOUR TIMES AND SOMETIMES I GET HERE AND I'M SO TIRED I CAN'T HARDLY STAND
UP AND I WHEN I GET HOME I FEEL LIKE I'M AS SPRY AS A 16- YEAR OLD SO THEY
CHEER US UP MORE THAN WE CHEER THEM UP.
JACK ESTLOW/BAND MEMBER: MUSIC IS A LANGUAGE IN ITS OWN, IT CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY,
IT CAN MAKE YOU SAD, IT CAN PICK YOU UP OR LET YOU DOWN, AND I THINK IT PICKS
THEM ALL UP WHEN WE'RE HERE AND I KNOW IT PICKS US UP WHEN WE LEAVE. ))
OUT Q=when we leave.
start with christmas music....
Of course, the bands monthly visit for December, would NOT be complete,
without a little Christmas music.
And, judging by the smiles, the sound was better than any present they
could've left under the tree.
sound of christmas music.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
It looks as if the nation's retailers will be experiencing the holiday blues.
Economists say slow growth, corporate cutbacks, and high debt levels have
made many shoppers more cautious.
But many of those cautious consumers are at the mall today, as the season of
giving-- turns into the season of returning unwanted gifts.
Scott Prince is at Valley View Mall. Scott, how crowded is it?
(scott ad lib)
(roll cue: "that will not be the case")
OUT Q=returning gifts now
(scott ad lib)
(ron/q & a: What kinds of things has Lazarus done to help boost sales?)
Are retailers surprised by the moderate turnout today?)
Stocks are gaining ground in very slow trading in a traditional
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 15 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
The Kansas football team thanks their coach with a win in the Aloha Bowl,
and an excited bunch of Hokies leave this morning for the Sugar Bowl.
MUSIC UP FULL
A high school football standout from Virginia has decided to attend the
University of Virginia next year.
Thomas Jones, who rushed for more than six thousand yards in his final two
seasons at Powell Valley High School, had also considered North Carolina, Notre
Dame and Tennessee.
Jones is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound running back.
He was The Associated Press Group A player of the year in Virginia.
The bowl bound Hokies are on their way to Bourbon Street.
Virginia Tech players and coaches left this morning for the Sugar Bowl in
((WE'RE OFF TO WARMER WEATHER.))
OUT Q=warmer weather
The Hokies boarded a plane at Roanoke Regional Airport hoping to heat
things up in New Orleans.
Coach Frank Beamer says his team remembers last year's Gator Bowl loss and
is taking a new attitude to Bourbon Street.
IN Q=there;s a lot of
((FRANK BEAMER/VA TECH HEAD COACH: THERE'S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT. EAGER TO GET
DOWN TO WARMER WEATHER. WE'VE GOT A WORKOUT SCHEDULED FOR THIS AFTERNOON, BUT
I THINK THIS FOOTBALL TEAM, LIKE IT'S BEEN ALL YEAR, KNOWS WE'RE GOING DOWN
THERE FOR A PURPOSE.))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=for a purpose
The 13th ranked Tech team faces the ninth ranked Texas Longhorns on New
At kick-off a few Hokies won't be suited up.
Linebacker Tony Morrison and reserve receiver James Crawford were suspended
early this month.
Both had run-ins with the law.
Defensive back Antonio Banks was also arrested about two weeks ago.
But he's making the trip and will play in the game.
With Glen Mason remaining as head coach of Kansas, the Jayhawks decided to
give him a nice Christmas present -- a win over U-C-L-A in the Aloha (AH LO
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC SPORTS; :
Mark Williams hits Jim Moore on the 13 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to
Kansas strikes again in the second SUPER=36-Kansas/=51/UCLA/=30;quarter.
June Henly takes the handoff from Williams and scores from 49 yards out.
Kansas beats U-C-L-A 51 to 30.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Montgomery, AL/ABC SPORTS; :
In the Blue-Gray All Star game --
Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich threw for 175 yards and two
touchdowns to lead the Blue to a win over the Gray.
The Blue seals the win in the SUPER=36-Blue/=26/Gray/==7;third quarter
when Milanovich hooks up with Kantroy Barker on the 36 yard touchdown pass.
The final score is 26 to 7.
And turning now to pro ball --
Kevin Williams grabbed two touchdown passes and Emmitt Smith set an N-F-L
record to lead Dallas over Arizona.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ - ABC;
Smith picked up his 25th rushing touchdown of the season, topping the mark
set by John Riggins in 1983.
The final score -- Dallas 37, Arizona, 13.
The Cowboys have clinched home field throughout the N-F-C playoffs.
Some say it's a heavenly sight....just in time for Christmas.
The planet Venus....and the Crescent
moon are now aligned in much the same way the bible said they were when the
three wise men noticed them in the sky over Bethlehem.
Biblical scholars say the alignment led them to the baby Jesus nearly two
thousand years ago.
The phenomenon happens about every 25 years.
If you loathe going to the dentist because the noise and feeling of the
drill terrifies you, there's a new way to fill cavaties.
Coming up in NEWS-7 at FIVE, Connie Stevens has the story of a
mini-sandblaster that's doing the work.
Six. Have a great day.
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