Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Local African Americans talk about Martin Luther King and his dream.
Some say the state song is racist. It's up for debate yet again.
Plus Nicole Brown's family pickets a golf course where O-J Was set to
And the week long forecast. News 7 is next.
Remembering Martin Luther King Junior-
Celebrations around the nation honored the slain civil rights leader.
King would have been 67 today.
SUPER=03-Mexico City, Mexico;
The F-B-I has captured one of its most wanted men.
Officials arrested Juan Garcia Abrego, the reputed head of a powerful
Mexican drug ring.
He was arrested in Mexico yesterday, and flown to Houston today.
Another challenge to Virginia's controversial state song. We'll have the
story from Richmond.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior would have been 67 this year-
Almost two decades after his death, his dream still lives on.
The president, civil rights leaders and family members remembered him at a
ceremony in Atlanta.
IN Q=Martin Luther King, Jr.
((AYINDE JEAN-BAPTISTE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ENVISIONED THE ULTIMATE
FREEDOM. THE FREEDOM ACHIEVED IN STRUGGLE, THE FREEDOM REACHED IN
OUT Q=REACHED IN BROTHERHOOD
Others who spoke said King accomplished a great deal for civil rights in
his lifetime, but left much of his work undone.
He was remembered for his dream and non-violent marches for equality.
After the ceremony, a wreath was placed on King's grave.
The holiday spawned many celebrations across the area--
including a worship service tonight in Martinsville.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, many blacks say they're better off now than
they were 30 years ago, but they still have a long way to go.
IN Q=We're seeing crime
SUPER=01-Rev. Cessar Scott/Baptist General Convention; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/June 10, 1963; :13
SUPER=07-Rev. William Shackleford; :43
SUPER=01-Clyde Williams/Martinsville City Council; 1:01
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((REV. CESSAR SCOTT/BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION:WE'RE SEEING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
IN OUR COMMUNITIES, WE'RE SEEING ONE PARENT FAMILIES GROWING AND MULTIPLYING
UPON US, AND WE'RE SAYING TO OURSELVES-- WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON WITH US?
Not quite the same turmoil as the '60s, but enough social problems in the
But still, more things have improved since Martin Luther King, Junior asked
for equality among all races.
And his words live on for those who shared in his struggle.
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King's life was honored in song and in praise at the
St. Paul High Street Baptist Church in Martinsville.
An area that some say has made strides in breaking the racial barrier.
((REV. WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD/ST. PAUL HIGH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: I THINK
OVERALL, THOUGH, THE AREA'S COME A MIGHTY LONG WAY. WE HAVE A BLACK CITY
MANAGER NOW-- QUITE A NUMBER OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED.))
But the holiday isn't just about looking back-- it's also a day for younger
African Americans to learn that they didn't always have the freedom they know
((CLYDE WILLIAMS/MARTINSVILLE CITY COUNCILMAN: I'M THINKING THAT THE FUTURE
GENERATIONS HAVE HAD IT SO GOOD THAT THEY DO NOT REALIZE WHAT THE FIGHT IS ALL
Williams says while it's important to remember King-- we should remember
his message every day of the year.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.))
Today's state holiday, Lee- Jackson- King Day, also honors confederate
heroes Robert E- Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Ceremonies marking their birthdays are scheduled later this week.
And on this holiday remembering the life and legacy of Dr. King, another
attempt is being made to change Virginia's state song.
For years, "Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny" has been the target of many
people for its socially questionable lyrics.
Today, the latest critic filed a bill to replace it.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Carry me back
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :33
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( nat sot
((Carry me back to ole Virginny.))
So far so good.
But when you get to the part about the "darky's heart" and "Ole Massa,"
that's where the voices of historic preservation lose a little volume.
But hey, check out "The Old Dominion," written in 1987 and pitched ever
since as a non- threatening substitute.
((MY SONG IS FOR THE OLD DOMINION, HOW I LOVE THIS LAND!))
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-MANASSAS: MUSIC IS A FORM OF INSTRUCTION. THE ORIGINAL
SONG WAS INTRODUCED TO EDUCATE THE KIDS ABOUT VIRGINIA. WE CAN'T USE THAT SONG
ANYMORE. AND IT'S KIND OF A SITUATION THAT IF WE GO BACK TO THE REASON FOR THE
ORIGINAL STATE SONG, WE SHOULD CHANGE IT AND HAVE THIS SONG RIGHT NOW. AND IF
YOU'RE GONNA ASK ME TO SING IT, I'LL JUST TELL YOU MY FRIEND. I'M AGAINST
Northern Virginia arch-conservative Bob Marshall is NOT what political
observers would call a voice for "political correctness."
But that doesn't mean he's got a better shot with this bill.
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: I THINK THAT A STATE SONG SHOULD SPRING
FROM THE PEOPLE, I THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE POPULAR. I THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE
WIDELY KNOWN AND SUNG BEFORE IT BECOMES THAT STATE SONG.))
Marye's given it a lot of thought.
He was the last one, last year, to fight for the song to be changed.
He only tried--
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: OH JUST ONE TIME. AND I TOOK A LICKING ON IT. AND I'M
NOT ABOUT TO DO IT AGAIN.))
nat sot 14:39:42
((NOW THE REST IS UP TO YOU AND ME.))
And Bob Marshall's ability to twist some arms on a very sensitive issue.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Two Rocky Mount businessmen are counting their losses tonight- after fire
ripped through their building.
About eight this morning, fire gutted a barber shop and an adjacent auction
They were located in the Old Mount Theater... one of the oldest buildings in
Fire officials think the blaze started in the back of the barbershop.
They aren't completely sure how it broke out, but they suspect a kerosene
heater could be the source.
IN Q=i think
((CHIEF POSEY DILLON/ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT: I THINK FROM WHAT... I HAVE
TO GATHER IT WAS A POSSIBILITY THAT THERE WAS ONE LOCATED WITHIN, WHETHER THAT
WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE, WE'RE NOT SURE. ))
SUPER=01-Chief Posey Dillon/Rocky Mount Fire Department;
OUT Q=not sure.
One fire fighter suffered a heart attack during the blaze.
He is in stable condition at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
Lexington police officer Mark Ramos has been cleared of any wrong- doing.
Last Fall a woman filed a warrant against him, charging the officer with
assault and battery during an arrest.
Ramos had been suspended with pay, pending a state police investigatation.
He was back on duty as of today.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, a Rockbridge County company is shutting down-
And as O-J Simpson's video hits the market, we'll tell you how the Goldman
family is raising money to fight the former football star in court.
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He was the first international drug trafficker to make the FBI's Ten Most
Now he's the first on it to be caught.
Mexican police nabbed Juan Garcia-Abrego.
He is a dual Mexican- American citizen.
SUPER=03-Mexico City, Mexico;
Abrego was flown to Mexico City.
He will then be taken to Houston where he faces trial.
Abrego rose to prominence as a marijuana smuggler but later allegedly set
up a cocaine distribution network for the Colombian cartels.
At one point it's believed he even used old commercial jetliners for bulk
O-J Simpson's been a free man for more than three months, but some are
still trying to prevent him from enjoying that freedom.
Manuel Gallegus reports from Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Corona Del Mar, CA; 08
SUPER=01-Denise Brown/Nicole Brown's Sister; 22
SUPER=01-Deidra Hall/Actress; 1:07
SUPER=01-Faye Resnick/Nicole Brown's Friend; 1:12 very quick!
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News; 1:30
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles."
((DON'T PLAY WITH O.J. DON'T PLAY WITH O.J.
Over the weekend protestors, led by Simpson's former sister in law
Denise Brown, gathered at a Southern California golf course. Brown said she
was told Simpson would be playing there. But Simpson never showed.
DENISE BROWN/ SIMPSON'S FORMER SISTER-IN-LAW: HE IS A WIFE BEATER AND WE SHOULD
HAVE TO ACCEPT HIM IN OUR COMMUNITY.
Meantime the $29 dollar video simpson made at his Rockingham house is selling
well according to its producer Tony Hoffman. But Hoffman wouldn't say exactly
why they had to change the toll free number over the weekend to his office
Hoffman admitted that in the past few days they had a lot of problems with
people calling the O.J. number and tying it up--without buying the
tape--Hoffman says they have phone records of those people and may seek legal
action against them.
The family of murder victim Ron Goldman is also trying to raise money--for the
upcoming civil suit against Simpson. Sunday night some familiar faces turned
out for a fundraiser.
DEIDRA HALL/ACTRESS: I'M HERE TO SUPPORT THE VICTIMS FAMILY PERSONALLY AND
FAYE RESNICK/NICOLE BROWN'S FRIEND: THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE FOR JUSTICE.
The civil trial is set for April 2nd. Simpson is supposed to give a
deposition sometime before the end of January. If he chooses to not show
up--by law he would forfeit the case, and that could lead to a judge deciding
damages against Simpson.
MANUEL GALLEGUS/CBS NEWS: BUT ATTORNEYS INVOLVED IN THE CIVIL ACTION SAY
THEY'RE PREPARING FOR THE TRIAL.
AND EVEN THOUGH SIMPSON'S DREAM TEAM IS NO LONGER INVOLVED.. F.LEE BAILEY
REPORTEDLY IS COMING BACK ON BOARD TO HELP DEFEND SIMPSON. MANUEL GALLEGUS,
CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
Less than two years after it opened, a Buena Vista company is closing its
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/File Tape;
As of Friday, the Montcalm Corporation shut down all operations.
It employed about 20 people.
The company made fuel pellets out of recycled paper.
In a press release, a spokesman said the difficulties in obtaining raw
materials and management oversights made operating difficult.
Montcalm opened in the plant in 1993.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
About 120 people signed up to plead their cases for more state funding today
It was the final public hearing on the two- year budget Governor Allen
unveiled last month.
Northern Virginia developer "Til" Hazel says 70 percent of lawmakers
re-elected have pledged to support a higher dollar figure for higher education
than the Governor has proposed.
IN Q=We made
((JOHN "TIL" HAZEL/VA. BUSINESS HIGHER EDUCATION COUNCIL: WE MADE VERY CLEAR
THE FACT THAT WE LOOKED ON THE 430- MILLION AS OUR BENCHMARK. THAT ONLY GETS
US EQUAL TO THE AVERAGE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES. AS A VIRGINIAN, I'D HATE
TO THINK THAT ALL WE CAN DO IS BE EQUAL TO THE AVERAGE OF OUR SISTER STATES IN
SUPER=01-John "Til" Hazel/Va. Bus. Higher Ed. Council;
OUT Q=in the Southeast.
State workers will probably also get some help from legislators.
Allen's budget delays pay raises until December 1997.
IN Q=We're not asking
((DORLINE DAVIDSON HARVEY/VA. GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES ASSOC.: WE'RE NOT ASKING
FOR EXORBITANT SALARY INCREASES. WE'RE ASKING TO KEEP UP. THAT'S ALL. JUST
TO KEEP UP. WE COULD BE ASKING FOR A WHOLE LOT MORE. BUT WE'RE BEING VERY
REALISTIC, BECAUSE WE KNOW THE STATE HAS A LOT OF NEEDS.))
SUPER=01-Dorline Davidson Harvey/Va. Governmental Emp. Assoc.;
OUT Q=lot of needs.
Conservation groups lobbied for more dollars to protect natural resources --
which they say have been cut in half in the last seven years.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in our newscast, Bedford is looking for a few
and we'll see why Roanoke residents are happy to talk trash. Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Roanoke's fleet of garbage trucks rolled out today for the first time in a
The trash piled up during last week's snow, leaving plenty of work behind
for city crews.
Still, today's return was a relief for residents and the city's sanitation
IN Q=I'm glad to be back
SUPER=01-Angela Hopson/Roanoke Resident; :29
OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke
IN Q=I'm glad
((GENE COOK: I'M GLAD TO BE BACK TO WORK.))
((MELVIN POINDEXTER: GLAD TO BE BACK AT IT. A LITTLE TOO LONG OFF, BUT I'M GLAD
TO BE BACK AT IT.))
OUT Q=be back at it.
If Gene Cook and Melvin Poindexter were pleased to be hauling trash, they
had plenty to be thankful for.
The Blizzard of '96 left a backlog of garbage on the streets of Wilmont
Farms and other Roanoke city neighborhoods.
While many public employees were enjoying the day off, this was no holiday
for the sanitation crews resuming their rounds.
IN Q=I had six or seven
((ANGELA HOPSON/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I HAD SIX OR SEVEN BAGS OUTSIDE. BETWEEN MY
DOG AND MY CHILD AND EVERYBODY ELSE. I'M REALLY GLAD TO SEE THEM. PILES UP
PRETTY QUICK DOESN'T IT? TOO QUICK. TOO QUICK.))
OUT Q=too quick. too quick.
Roanoke hopes to pick up those piles of trash on a normal schedule this
week, but the city is asking residents to carry their trash to the curb.
Roanoke County is also gathering garbage this week, but the crews will work
one day behind schedule.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
The big snowstorm is finally turning into the big melt.
The warm temperatures combined with the threat of rain in the forecast later
in the week has created some concerns over the possibility of flooding.
But the National Weather Service isn't sounding any alarms just yet.
((JEFF STEWART/NWS METEOROLOGIST: RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. THE
RIVER LEVELS AND STREAM LEVELS AROUND THE AREA ARE VERY LOW RIGHT NOW, MAINLY
BECAUSE WE HAD SUCH A VERY DRY DECEMBER. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Stewart/NWS Meteorologist;
OUT Q=very dry December.
Rain is in the forecast for Thursday.
The National Weather Service is predicting less than an inch of rain.
Stewart says as long as it doesn't amount to more than an inch there
shouldn't be any problems with flooding.
Tonight in sports, the 11th ranked Hokies are battling George Washington at
the Civic Center.
We'll have an update on that game, plus highlights from the Radford, Richmond
and VMI games tonight.
But first let's check all of tonight's scores.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
11th ranked Virginia Tech and George Washington brought their battle of the
two top teams in the Atlantic Division's west division to Roanoke last night.
After playing LaSalle away from the Cassell on Saturday, the Hokies were
again at their home away from home the Roundhouse!!
The game called for a 9:37 tipoff on national cable with UVa athletic
director Terry Holland handling the color commentary form ESPN2.
The Hokies produced plenty of first half color. Damon Watlington led a
parade of Hokies in the scorebook as he dropped in nine points. This slam gave
Tech a 37-to-23 lead late in the half.
Shawn Good scored also got into the balanced act with this hoop as Tech
turned up the heat late in the half.
SUPER=32-Virginia Tech/79/George Washington/71;
Good would get better with under a minute left in the half put Tech on top
41-to-28 at intermission.
The Hokies win it 79 to 71.
Last Saturday the Hokies had to play in the Dedmon Center at Radford
Last night the Highlanders were back in the own house hosting Big South rival
And both teams show the lights out in this one!!
A few minutes into intermission, the lights went out in the building.
APCO says the outage was not limited to the Dedmon Center but also blacked
out the campus, the city and parts of Pulaski County.
Fans found some ways to entertain themselves over the 37 minute delay,
However Radford officials were understandably concerned.
IN Q="Power going off...
((RICK ROGERS/RADFORD INFORMATION DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Rick Rogers/Radford Information Director; :00
OUT Q=...heat was lost."
SUPER=04-Flames vs. Highlanders; :00
Liberty stormed out to a 15-to-2 lead before Radford went on its run.
Anthony Walker scored his 1000th career point on this trey from the outside.
Then Chibi Johnson dishes to Eric Bowens for the easy bucket off the window.
Bowens had six points in the first half.
Liberty would extend its lead late in the half on this lean-in by Larry
Radford would answer with some great passing as Johnson goes to Walker to
Jason Landsdowne for the hoop and Radford moves to the 500 mark on the season
with the 71 to 65 overtime win.
The VMI Keydets opened Southern Conference play last night with a 78-to-71
loss at Marshall to the Thundering Herd.
SUPER=03-Huntington, WV/CSN; :00
Bart Bellairs found his club down by four points at halftime and in more
trouble in the second half, as Bimbo Coles brother Sidney gets the assist to
John Brown for the jam!!
Coles has 10 points, 6 assists and 14 rebounds.
Bobby Prince would try to trigger a comeback with this Jumper from three
point range. Prince had nine points.
Lawrence GUllette led VMI with 16 and he would turn this Maurice Spencer
assist into a three pointer as VMI cuts the lead to 3.
But Keith Veney, who had a game high 21 points put it away with this 3
pointer at the three minute mark.
Marshall hangs on to beat VMI 78-to-71.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons got a big scare last night from the Richmond
Spiders at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.
SUPER=03-Winston Salem, NC/HTS; :00
The Spiders erased an 18 point lead in the second half as Adam Mobley and
Eric Poole blistered the nets from the outside .
For 29 minutes the Spiders, who were without three of their top players and
at a huge height advantage went toe to to with Wake.
But Virginian Tony Rutland scored all 13 of his points in the final 9 and a
half minutes as the Deacons pulled out the 71-to-60 win.
The Atlantic 10 conference's marquee player is out of the hospital tonight.
University of Massachusetts center
Yesterday Camby passed out in the hallway after warmups before the U-Mass
game with St. Bonaventure and was taken by helicopter to the hospital.
After spending the night for observation he emerged today saying he feels
Doctors say his heart is fine and that the flu may have weakened him to the
point of collapsing.
Green Bay Packer assistant coach Gil Haskell remains in the intensive care
unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/NBC; :00
Haskell, who serves as Green Bay's receiver coach, fractured his skull
when his head struck the ground after being hit while standing on the sidelines
during yesterday's game at Texas Stadium.
The packers trainer says Haskell's condition is not life threatening, but
their is some fear of brain damage.
Still to come tonight, we'll take a look at some big NBA news from today as
Del Harris hits a career milestone
And Michael Jordan soars for 46 this afternoon in the nation's capital.
The Michael Jordan show was in the Nation's capital today playing to a full
house at the US Air arena.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/HTS; :00
The Bullets were without Chris Webber and Calbert Cheaney as they welcomed
Michael and the Bulls.
Scottie Pippen blows down the lane on the left side and rams in the one
handed jam. Pippen had 27.
But the main man was Michael Jordan who followed up Saturday night's 48 point
explosion with 46 today.
Michael had 19 points in the first quarter, and he then added 19 more in
Look at the two handed throwdown!!
The Bulls win it 116-to- 109 this afternoon.
The Lakers gave head coach Del Harris his 400th career victory tonight as
they beat the Heat 96-to-88.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/KCAL; :00
As you might guess this was an extremely physical game, Alonzo Mourning
rejects Vlade Divac, who tracks down the ball and then slams one right in
The Lakers win it 96-TO-88.
Only three games in the NHL today.
One of those was up in Boston where the Canucks beat the Bruins 6-to-nothing
in a bizarre offensive performance.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00
The Canucks scored six times on only 20 shots. Esa Tikkanen and Alexander
Mogilny each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver.
The local ice will be back in business tonight as the Express welcomes the
Charlotte Checkers to town for a seven o'clock faceoff.
Bedford County has added ten new people to its staff at the sheriff's
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, the new personnel won't cost the county a
dime in extra salaries.
IN Q=Meet Carol and
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :16
SUPER=01-Bevie Johnson/TRIAD Volunteer; :46
SUPER=01-Carol Duus/TRIAD Volunteer; 1:09
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
((Meet Carol and Bevie...the two newest members of the Bedford County sheriff's
((LET ME GET THIS OFF HERE AND WE CAN MAKE OUR COPIES...))
They may not wear badges and guns, but these two senior citizens are
providing valuable assistance to Sheriff Mike Brown and his staff.
IN Q=Whether you're
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO.: WHETHER YOU'RE WITH THE STATE POLICE, THE
CITY OR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS JUST SHORTHANDED. WE NEED
OUT Q=need assistance.
That's where Carol and Bevie come in.
They're both members of Bedford County's TRIAD program, which provides links
between law enforcement and senior citizens.
Starting this week, ten elderly volunteers are lending their time and
expertise to chores like sorting through the department's daily avalanche of
All that helps free up deputies for more important law enforcement duties.
IN Q=I've worked some
((BEVIE JOHNSON/TRIAD VOLUNTEER: I'VE WORKED SOME WITH COMPUTERS, I ENJOY
WORKING WITH COMPUTERS. I AM RETIRED NOW AND I HOPE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND IT
ALSO HELPS ME.))
OUT Q=helps me.
After less than two hours on the job, both women seemed right at home in
their new part- time careers.
They hope to get other senior citizens involved as well.
IN Q=We would like
((CAROL DUUS/TRIAD VOLUNTEER: WE WOULD LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TO GET INTERESTED
BECAUSE IT REALLY IS A FUN THING TO GET OUT AND SEE NEW PEOPLE AND NEW
ADVENTURES. AND I'M SURE THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE BEFORE WE'RE FINISHED.))
OUT Q=we're finished.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
It's a partnership both sides seem thrilled with.