The woman who says she was raped by two Virginia Tech football players is
now getting some help from Washington.
Attorneys for Christy (bron-KA-LA) Brzonkala say the U-S Justice Department
will intervene as a plaintiff in the civil case against Tech, Tony Morrison,
and James Crawford.
Ellen Qualls spoke with Christy Brzonkala (bron-KA-la) today.
IN Q=A year and a half
SUPER=07-Christy Brzonkala; :10
SUPER=@Ellen2; :55 QUICK
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Fairfax.
(( A year and a half after her alleged multiple rape, Christy Brzonkala is
just 19 years old, and back in college life -- this time at George Mason
sot 08:31:13 tape two
((AND NOW IT'S SO WILD, CAUSE IT'S LIKE STATE POLICE... LIKE TOO MUCH, YOU
That's not all that's too much.
An aggressive attorney has gotten her intense national media attention --
some of it too close for comfort.
Like a New York Times piece about her life before the alleged rapes.
SOT tape one 08:28:33
((AND THEY GOT... HIGH SCHOOL.))
Brzonkala says she is skeptical about the Attorney General's office ordering
a state police investigation -- but is hoping for the best.
SOT tape two 08:30:49
((BUT IT'S NOT, I MEAN IT'S A CRIMINAL...BEEN FINE.))
One unnamed network would like to make her life more fine by paying her for
the rights to a made-for-TV movie.
She says she hasn't completely ruled that one out.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Fairfax.))
A Martinsville teacher who allegedly took indecent liberties with a former
female student had the chance to retire BEFORE the charge was presented to a
But prosecutors say 59- year old Anna Corbin did not follow through with the
Corbin was a fifth grade teacher at Albert Harris Elementary school for 33-
The alleged victim, who's now 29, says the abuse began when she was eleven
and continued until she left for college.
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Smith says he wanted to indict in November,
but held off until February.
He says Corbin's attorney asked that she be allowed to retire before
presenting the case.
Smith says he was surprised to learn, Corbin in fact did NOT retire.
She was still employed as a teacher when the indictment was handed up this
IN Q=If we
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: IF WE HAD THOUGHT THAT SOMEBODY
WAS GOING TO BE IN JEOPARDY WE OBVIOUSLY WOULD NOT HAVE, BUT WE HAD NO EVIDENCE
THAT ANYBODY WAS IN JEOPARDY BY WAITING OR DELAYING THE INDICTMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Atty.; :00
OUT Q=the indictment.
The alleged abuse included fondling and oral sex.
Corbin was suspended without pay this week.
The prime suspect in the death of a five month old boy from Franklin County
was hoping to get out of jail for the funeral on Friday.
A Roanoke judge rejected that idea, ordering Jerry Griffis held withOUT
The 26-year old convicted child molester skipped town in the middle of his
trial in Gainesville, Florida six years ago.
IN Q=He was actually
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE PROSECUTOR: HE WAS ACTUALLY A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE,
FOLLOWING A CONVICTION BY A JURY OF OFFENSES INVOLVING SEX OFFENSES AGAINST A
OUT Q=against a minor.
Though Griffis left Florida before the jury returned a verdict, he still
faces multiple LIFE sentences for sexually abusing a five year old.
So far, he has NOT been charged in the death of his infant son here this
Tracy Lippard did not win her release from jail today, but the former beauty
queen may be free this Spring.
SUPER=03-Lewisburg WV/Last Month;
Lippard has served four months of a two year sentence for attempting to harm
the family of her romantic rival.
Today, a judge in Lewisburg refused to order a new trial or release her
while she appeals.
But Judge Charles Lobban (LAH-buhn) will allow her to serve two one-year
She should become eligible for parole in April.
President Clinton got a first hand view of flooding in the Northwest.
((THERE'S A WATER LINE ON THE GLASS HERE THAT YOU CAN REALLY SEE.))
OUT Q=can really see."
The President walked through muddy lawns looking at the damage-
He also promised federal aid.
((THE ONLY THING I CAN DO IS TO PLEDGE THAT I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO SEE
THAT WE MOVE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND DO AS MUCH AS WE CAN. EVERY THING WE'RE
ALLOWED TO DO WITHIN THE LAW TO HELP YOU REBUILD AND TO GO ON WITH YOUR
OUT Q=with your lives."
The President also got a bird's eye view taking a chopper ride over the
Kato Kaelin was in the hot seat today-
giving a deposition for the O-J Simpson civil trial.
Simpson's former houseguest is answering questions behind closed doors-
Attorneys will ask Kaelin about Simpson's behavior in the hours before and
after the murders and about Simpson's alibi.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Governor Allen makes a trip north to endorse a
and we'll meet a young magician who is using his talents to make some hospital
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The field is narrowing in New Hampshire.
Phil Gramm is out of the presidential race-
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 00
SUPER=01-Sen. Phil Gramm/(R) Texas; 12
SUPER=03-Milford, NH; 18
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/CBS News; 1:04
OUT Q=Bedford, New Hampshire."
((He sold himself as the candidate who was conservative before it was
cool to be conservative...but in the end...even conservative voters didn't buy
it. Today Phil Gramm pulled out of the race:
SEN. PHIL GRAMM/R-TEXAS: WHEN THE VOTER SPEAKS I LISTEN ESPECIALLY WHEN THE
VOTER IS SAYING SOMEBODY ELSE'S NAME.
Under a light snowfall the campaigning continued full steam ahead, the plaid
clad Lamar Alexander picked up the endorsement of Former Education Secretary
William Bennett who championed Alexander as a Washington
Alexander was forced to spend much of the day on the phone...trying to
raise more money and while cash may not be an issue for publishing
millionaire Steve Forbes he's got other challenges here in New Hampshire.
He finally arrived in town promising to tone down his negative ads.
STEVE FORBES/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
The two candidates who have the most to gain from Phil Gramm's demise
are Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan who are running a close race here. Dole gave a
foreign policy speech to a group of small business owners in the morning....and
in honor of Valentine's Day Buchanan visited a local rose company...using the
opportunity to push his protectionist platform.
ELIZABETH KALEDIN/CBS NEWS: BUCHANAN WILL TRY TO GRAB AS MANY GRAMM FOLLOWERS
AS POSSIBLE SAYING HE IS THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE. ELIZABETH KALEDIN,
CBS NEWS, BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.))
Governor Allen took his turn in the presidential sweepstakes today.
He's not running.
But he did give his blessing to Bob Dole's bid for the White House-
and Allen travelled all the way to New Hampshire to do it.
The state is the site of next week's Republican presidential primary.
SOT 17:11:31 from allen in NH tape
IN Q=Now historically
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: NOW HISTORICALLY THE FOLKS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THOSE
IN THE NORTH AND THOSE IN VIRGINIA IN THE SOUTH HAVEN'T ALWAYS SEEN EYE TO EYE
BUT TODAY ON VALENTINE'S DAY WE HAVE THE SOUTH AND THE NORTH UNITED FOR BOB
OUT Q=for Bob Dole.
Allen was joined by Massachusetts governor William Weld, who's also backing
the Senate Majority Leader.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief says her group can help save jobs
despite defense cuts.
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was in the Lynchburg area today, touring a number of
nuclear technology facilities.
The Babcock and Wilcox plant in Campbell County is one that's searching for
ways to diversify its product base to stay in business.
Jackson says the N-R-C can help by speeding up the process of reviewing new
IN Q=If there's some
((DR. SHIRLEY JACKSON/NRC CHAIRMAN: IF THERE'S SOME REVIEW THAT WE HAVE TO DO
OR SOME REGULATORY TREATMENT THAT THEY DESIRE, THEN WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO
BE AS TIMELY AND AS RESPONSIVE AS WE CAN BE, CONSISTENT WITH OUR FUNDAMENTAL
SUPER=01-Shirley Ann Jackson/NRC Chairman; :00
OUT Q=fundamental safety mission.
Jackson is the first African American woman to head up the N-R-C.
It's a look back at the black community's influence in Roanoke.
It's called "The Roanoke Valley's African American Heritage and Pictorial
And Pictures it has- 275 in all.
Reginald Shareef's (shuh-REEF's) book chronicles the history and influences
of blacks in Roanoke.
Dr. Shareef is an associate professor of Political Science at Radford
University and Roanoke native.
It's his strong ties to Roanoke and his desire to tell about history that
prompted writing the book.
IN Q=One of the
((DR.REGINALD SHAREEF/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR; ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UH,
HAS HAPPENED IN HISTORIES WRITTEN ABOUT THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS THAT AFRICAN
AMERICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED AND SO THAT WAS
THE IMPETUS FOR THE BOOK. ))
SUPER=01-Reginald Shareef/Radford University Professor
OUT Q=for the book.
Dr. Shareef's book will be out this fall.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast, soldiers in Bosnia were still able to
celebrate Valentine's Day, thanks to some help from home,
and here in the states we will show you plenty of ways to celebrate the Lover's
MUSIC UP FULL
Many teenagers have idols like Luke Perry or Michael Jordan--
But what about Penn and Teller?
One Martinsville teen proves that magic is more than pulling a rabbit out
of a hat.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=With the sleight
SUPER=01-Joel Grodensky/Magician; :36
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
SOT 4:38:58 TAPE 1
((NAT SOUND ))
With the sleight of hand, even the keenest observer finds it difficult to
figure out these tricks.
And that's the way Joel Grodensky likes it.
At only 17, he's spent the past seven years perfecting his craft-- starting
out as a child with a magic kit.
About once a week, he performs for patients at Memorial Hospital of
Martinsville-Henry County-- volunteering through a partnership with his school.
And his magic seems to do the trick for his audience.
((PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY IT. THEY APPRECIATE JUST SOMEONE TO TALK TO A LOT OF THE
TIMES-- YOU KNOW, YOU DO SOME MAGIC FOR THEM AND YOU TALK TO THEM FOR A WHILE,
AND THEY APPRECIATE JUST HAVING SOMETHING TO DO. ))
The Carlisle School Junior is a paid professional-- performing at
everything from birthday parties to the upcoming Business Expo.
As for the future-- there's no telling what he'll have up his sleeve.
((IT'LL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING THAT I'LL DO-- NO MATTER WHAT CAREER I GO WITH.
I'LL PROBABLY ALWAYS DO MAGIC SHOWS ON THE SIDE, OR JUST DO SHOWS FOR FRIENDS
OR WHATEVER. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO PURSUE IT AS A CAREER. ))
Standup here, last one please
GRODENSKY SAYS HIS ULTIMATE AMBITION IS TO BECOME THE NEXT DAVID
COPPERFIELD. BUT NO MATTER WHAT CAREER PATH HE CHOOSES, HE'S SURE TO KEEP HIS
MAGIC TOUCH. Kimberly McBroom, News7, Martinsville.))
Valentine's Greetings crossed the ocean today-
Bags stuffed with cards arrived in Bosnia-
Hearts and flowers took their minds off the cold and the work at least
for a moment.
((LT. AARON SANDER: YOU RECEIVE SOMETHING FROM A GIRLFRIEND BACK HOME WHETHER
IT BE IN THE STATES OR IN EUROPE WHERE YOU'RE STATIONED. IT REMINDS YOU THAT
SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE ACTUALLY CARES AND IT'S GREAT.))
SUPER=07-Lt. Aaron Sander;
OUT Q=AND IT'S GREAT."
Most all the soldiers agree a Valentine's Day card is great for morale.
The Virginia Cavaliers took their four game winning streak on the road at
Durham last night but Duke comes back in the second half to beat the Cavaliers
79 to 69.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/JP RAYCOM; :
Virginia Freshman Courtney Alexander is from Durham and he put on a show in
the first half of the game.
With seven minutes left in the first half Alexander goes to the hoop and
scores off the glass.
Duke trailed by as many as 15 but Ricky Price hit this jumper off the glass
cutting the lead to 11.
Harold Deane had a good first half too he scores and the Cavaliers led 40
to 28 at the break.
Duke came out on the run in the second Chris Collins on the drive he scores
and completes the three point play.
Virginia came right back going inside to Chris Alexander for the jam and
foul UVA led by 9 but there was plenty of time left.
Harold Deane fouled out with 8 SUPER=33-Duke/=79/Virginia/=69;minutes left
in the game and the Blue Devils beat the Cavaliers 79 to 69.
VMI was back on the hardwood last night against the Southern Conference's
top team in the South division, Western Carolina. The Keydets were gunning for
their 11th straight home win.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs. Catamounts;
Larry Osborne gets things started right, taking the feed from Bryan Taueg
and nailing the short turnaround.
The Catamounts hung around awhile. Joel Fleming hits Kevin Kullum on the
break for the big jam, but VMI led by 9 at the half.
Bart Bellairs' troops took control by scoring the first 7 points of the
second half. Lawrence Gullette with the nice look to Lester Johnson and the
Keydets led by 16.
Then Brent Conley bombs away from outside for 3 of his 20 on the night.
VMI hits 13 treys and routs Western Carolina 90 to 73, clinching a winning
season for the first time since '84-'85.
IN Q="All in all...
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach;
OUT Q=...challenge tonight."
The New York Rangers are in line for a trade invoving Wayne Gretzky. More
on that coming up in Mornin.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/ESPN: ;
In Clemson tonight, North Carolina's Jeff McInnis hit several three
pointers to help the Tar Heels break a three game losing streak and beat
for that and all of tonight's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=First score
Number one ranked Massachusetts and this Saturday's meeting with the
Minutemen is now the only thing on the minds of the 10th ranked Hokies.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
Last night; Virginia Tech came back from a 29-21 deficit against Liberty to
beat the Upset minded Flames 56-53.
Four Hokies scored in double figures; an effort that will be needed
IN Q="It's gonna
((BILL FOSTER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
And coming up, The New York Rangers talk about a possible trade for Wayne
And Mike Stevens has a look at some new sponsors that will be strutting
their stuff at this Sunday's Daytona 500.
When the drivers take the green flag for the Daytona 500 on WDBJ Sunday
fans will se a number of new cars and new sponsors strutting their stuff and
hopefully selling their wares.
Mike Stevens has more.
IN Q="When Tide...
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Marcis/Prodigy Chevrolet Driver; :27
SUPER=01-Steve Grissom/Cartoon Network Chevrolet Driver; 1:01
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
The Coaches and owners are denying reports that Los Angeles Kings star
center Wayne Gretzky will be traded to the New York Rangers.
The rumors concerning the trade have been hot and heavy in the past week.
And the rangers are among several teams supposedly interested in acquiring
IN Q="To be traded
((RAY FERRARO/RUMORED IN GRETZKY TRADE: ))
((GLEN HEALY/RANGERS GOALIE: ))
SUPER=01-Ray Ferraro/Rumored in Gretzky Trade; :00
SUPER=01-Glenn Healy/Rangers Goalie; :15
OUT Q=........positive for you."
If you haven't picked up a Valentines gift by now it may be too late.
This day of love and affection is considered the busiest time of the year
Ron Jones visits one flower shop.
IN Q=Hello young lovers
SUPER=01-Jean Ardery/Gift Basket Express Owner; :25
SUPER=07-Louise Hollandsworth; :39
SUPER=07-James Williams; :49
SUPER=07-David Workman; :59
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.
((Hello young lovers where ever you are... it's Valentines Day.
A moment to reflect and express your affection for that special someone.
Gift Basket Express has many love token ideas... from the traditional to the
not so traditional.
Try to make those delivers on time can be draining.
The owner says this time of year it's hard to keep flowers on the shelves.
((JEAN ARDERY/GIFT BASKET EXPRESS OWNER: SOLD MOST OF MY ROSES. I'VE GOT A FEW
COLORS LEFT, WE HAVE NO REDS. SOLD ALL OUR PRE-MADES. MY SHELVES ARE ABOUT
CLEANED OFF. SO WE'RE HAPPY, WE'RE VERY HAPPY.))
For some Valentine's Day is a day of receiving.
((LOUISE HOLLINSWORTH: YOU GET CARDS, YOU GET CANDY, YOU GET GIFTS. ALMOST
For others it's a day of giving... regardless of the cost.
((JAMES WILLIAMS: BUT IT'S WORTH IT ALL. I'VE BEEN MARRIED NOW FOR 27 YEARS
AND IT SEEMS IT JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER EVERY DAY.))
And even super heros have to take time to show affection.
((DAVID WORKMAN: EMBARRASS THE ONE I LOVE SOMETHING TERRIBLE... JUST TO SHOW
HER THAT I'LL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE HER FEEL SPECIAL.))
And if you can't say it all on a card or a balloon... try proposing on a
billboard... at the tune of just 450 bucks a month.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
By the way Juliet said yes!