Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
The President cracks down on Cuba, but some say it's not enough.
We'll meet some of the Tuskegee airmen- the nations first elite black
Plus you thought 78 was odd here in February. Look what Las Vegas is
Robin will have our forecast.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
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President Clinton is condeming Cuba's military attack on two Civilian
Meanwhile U-S Air Force F-16 fighters have been put on alert in South
Regina Blakely reports from Washington.
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OUT Q=at the White House."
((President Clinton said Cuba had no legal basis for the downing of two u.s.
Civilian aircraft piloted by Cuban exiles.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: THE SHOOTING OF CIVILIAN ARICRAFT WAS A FLAGRANT VIOLATION
LAW. IT WAS WRONG AND WON'T TOLERATE IT.
The President called for Congress to pass a bill compensating victim's
relatives. The money to come from Cuban assets in the U.S. He also
restricted travel for Cuban officials and halted all charter air traffic to the
THIS IS APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME BUT I AM NOT RULING OUT ANY FUTHER STEPS IN
THE FUTURE SHOULD THEY BE REQUIRED.
Aides say military action was not considered.
The president is also warming up to congressional legislation which
would tighten sanctions on Fidel Castro's government. On capitol hill
lawmakers vowed to move quickly on punitive measures..
SEN. CONNIE MACK/R-FL: I THINK THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS TO GO BEYOND STATEMENTS
THAT WE ARE EITHER GOING TO CUT OFF PHONE CALLS OR STOP FLIGHTS BACK AND FORTH.
REGINA BLAKELY/WHITE HOUSE: TO COME. RB, CBS NEWS.))
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Republicans say the new sanctions the President slapped on Fidel Castro
don't go far enough.
Republican Presidential hopeful Bob Dole says the punishment is too mild-
((SEN. BOB DOLE/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I THINK IT'S A SHAME THAT PRESIDENT
CLINTON'S WEAK ACTIONS DON'T MATCH HIS TOUGH RHETORIC.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; quick!
OUT Q=match his tough rhetoric."
And Dole says Clinton should not have eased sanctions on Cuba last year.
((WE TOLD THE PRESIDENT YOU'RE GONNA MAKE A MISTAKE. CASTRO DOESN'T LISTEN. YOU
SHOULDN'T EASE SANCTIONS. YOU OUGHT TO TIGHTEN SANCTIONS ON CASTRO. THAT'S
SOMETHING HE UNDERSTANDS AND DRIVE HIM OUT OF OFFICE.))
OUT Q=him out of office."
Dole's attack came today after he shook up his campaign staff in an effort
to jump start his campaign.
Primaries are set for tomorrow in Arizona and the Dakotas.
Franklin County Sheriff's deputies are at the scene of a shooting at this
It's believed the shooting happened about 8:15 tonight- in a trailer on
That's across the street from the Henry Elementary School.
A news 7 crew is at the scene. We'll have details as they become available.
A man firing a 12-gauge shotgun was just the beginning of a wild evening
last night in Bedford County.
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The sheriff's department says 31 year old George Arthur English shot two
people outside a building on route 6-55 in Moneta last night.
Sheriff Mike Brown notes the situation could have erupted into a gun battle,
but deputies got it under control.
Nevertheless, investigators are still trying to determine why English
IN Q=We are
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF: WE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING, IT'S UNDER
INVESTIGATION AGAIN AT THIS TIME. WE DON'T HAVE A MOTIVE. WE JUST, OTHER THAN
SOMETHING TO DO ABOUT DRAG RACING, AND WE'RE NOT SURE IF THAT'S CORRECT OR NOT.
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=or not.
SUPER=03-Burnt Chimney/Last Night;
Bedford County deputies picked up English after he surrendered in Franklin
It didn't get any easier from there.
Officers were summoned to Bedford Hospital to break up a fight started by
people who knew the gunshot victims.
The two victims have since been treated and released.
The 24 year old man who allegedly shot and killed two people last week in
Pittsylvania County will hire his own attorney.
Mark Anthony Carter of Axton was arraigned in Chatham this morning.
He's accused of killing 19- year old Sydney (SHA-RELL) Sherell Hairston and
her 25 year old boyfriend, Darrell Womack.
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The couple was found shot to death outside an abandoned store last Tuesday
in the Sandy River community.
Carter was arrested Friday-- one day after warrants were issued for his
Authorities have identified a second suspect, but are not releasing his
They were the first black Americans to fly combat missions in Europe in
World War Two.
But it's only recently that the Tuskegee Airmen have been accorded their
rightful place in Aviation history.
Three of them spoke in Lynchburg tonight to help celebrate Black history
Steve Smallshaw has their story.
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SUPER=01-Sam O'Dennis/Squadron Member; 37
SUPER=01-Richard Macon/Squadron Member; 1:08
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SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, autopsy results reveal more information about
Friday's triple slaying in Blacksburg,
and NASA officials say there is still a lot to be learned from this weekends
440 MILLION dollar shuttle experiment that went wrong.
Toss to Robin
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A mixture of smoke, carbon monoxide and alcohol killed a Radford University
student over the weekend.
21 year old Christopher Thomas Mirch died early Saturday morning when fire
broke out at the Delta (TAU- KIE) Tau Chi fraternity house on Grove Avenue.
His body was found in an upstairs bedroom.
Investigators still don't know what started the blaze.
But the medical examiner has determined Mirch died from smoke and carbon
monoxide inhalation, and alcohol intoxication.
Mirch's blood alcohol level was more than two and a half times the legal
Employees at Montgomery County Social Services asked clients to bear with
them today as they deal with the deaths of two people they worked with.
The victims were killed in a double murder suicide in Blacksburg Friday.
Donald G. Anderson, who worked in employment services was shot four times.
His friend Susan Asbury, who resigned from Social Services last year, also
And her estranged husband, Robert L. Asbury shot HIMSELF in the head.
All three bodies were found in Susan Asbury's Fairfax Point townhome.
Today Social Service workers met with counselors to deal with the tragedy.
((DAN FARRIS/MONTGOMERY CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: SO WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE THIS DAY
BY DAY, STEP BY STEP AND GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, TRYING TO HELP STAFF COPE WITH
THEIR GRIEF AND ALSO TO MOVE ON WITH LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Dan Farris/Montgomery Co. Social Services;
OUT Q=move on with life.
Police are continuing their investigation, and aren't releasing any details
on what led to the shooting.
Blue Ridge Hunt Club co-founder Bill Stump could have gotten at least two
years and three months in prison for federal firearms violations.
That was the "low end" of the federal sentencing guidelines.
But the judge announced he intends to give Stump LESS THAN what the
sentencing guidelines call for.
Stump was convicted of firing a couple of guns with illegal silencers.
The judge concluded "Stump committed his crimes by using silenced weapons
for a sporting purpose." That is: "target practice."
"The government has no proof," said the judge today, "that Stump intended
anything further than firing the weapons on the occasion in question."
IN Q=The judge
((BILL STUMP: THE JUDGE AND ANY OTHER OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES AND ANY
POLITICIAN DOES WHAT IS TO THEIR BENEFIT AND GIVES SOME OTHER REASON FOR IT.
Q: But the Judge is giving you a break. He's indicated that's what he wants to
WELL, I CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT.))
OUT Q=argue with that.
The government has a week to respond to the court's decision to depart from
the sentencing guidelines.
The Virginia custody case that's drawn national attention entered a new
Lesbian mother Sharon Bottoms went back to the same court she started in to
prove she's now a more fit parent -- even as a homosexual -- than her mother.
Sharon Bottoms alleges she's been denied visitation with Tyler by her mother
at least 25 times since Kay Bottoms won custody.
IN Q=Sharon has not
((RICHARD RYDER/KAY BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: SHARON HAS NOT BEEN DENIED VISITATION.
EXCEPT I THINK OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE
SHARON WOULD PICK TYLER UP AND BRING HIM BACK WHEN SHE HAD VARIOUS PEOPLE WITH
HER THAT WERE OBJECTIONABLE TO KAY.))
SUPER=01-Richard Ryder/Kay Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=to Kay.
Kay Bottoms says she thinks Sharon's violated the court order that says she
CAN'T take the child to see her lesbian partner April Wade.
Her attorney has a list of eight witnesses to refute Kay's allegations.
IN Q=Depends on who we
((DONALD BUTLER/SHARON BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: DEPENDS ON WHO WE NEED TO CALL. I
MEAN SOME OF THESE WITNESSES ARE THERE TO PROVE NEGATIVES. THAT IS TO SAY THAT
NO SHARON AND TYLER WERE NOT IN THE APARTMENT. THEY WERE HERE, THEY WERE
SUPER=01-Donald Butler/Sharon Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=they were there.
The Virginia Supreme Court has already upheld the original custody decision
-- citing both Sharon's fitness as a mother AND her sexual orientation.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the broadcast, opponents of "canned hunting" trips suffer a set
back today in Richmond,
and a little later in our broadcast, we'll meet two sisters who were separated
as infants- They meet each other for the first time in 58 years.
MUSIC UP FULL
They call it canned hunting, slaughter for hire, and worse.
But today, Virginia lawmakers killed a bill that would have restricted
enclosed hunting preserves.
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The Boar Walla game preserve has PRESERVED its unique industry from
legislative interference for yet another year.
The Senate agriculture committee shot a bill that would've stopped the
import of exotic animals to the state's three existing preserves.
IN Q=Last year
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: LAST YEAR IN SUBCOMMITTEE, WE PUT IN A MORATORIUM THAT
NO MORE COULD BE PUT IN PLACE...AND WE ASKED THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT AS WELL
AS OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED TO...THIS YEAR THIS BILL CAME OUT OF, WHERE, I DON'T
OUT Q=I don't know.
Bath County Delegate (KREE) Creigh Deeds co-sponsored this year's bill.
The Space Shuttle Columbia may have lost a multi million dollar satellite-
But its crew is optomistic.
It says tethered satellites are the way of the future for power in space.
A tether cord broke yesterday while the crew tried to reel the satellite
In a matter of seconds, the five foot Italian satellite was gone- lost in
((JEFF HOFFMAN/ASTRONAUT: WE CAN'T LEARN UNLESS WE GO TRY. WE HAVE SEEN THE
LAST OF TETHERS I HOPE WE JUST NEED TO GO AHEAD AND TAKE A HARD LOOK AT IT.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Hoffman/Astronaut; (wait til :03!)
OUT Q=A HARD LOOK AT IT."
The tether was no thicker than a boot lace, but exactly why it broke isn't
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;
Coming up tonight, a number of postseason awards are passed out on the
Rick Pitino talks about being the new number in college hoops.
Tech loses one of its top assistant football coaches.
And a ref gets mugged on the ice, after the scores.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...UNC WILMINGTON.
TAKE A BREAK
The VMI Keydets closed out the regular season last night with a big 85-to-83
win over the Citadel on the road in Charleston.
The win gives VMI 17 wins of the season, and sends them into this week's
Southern Conference tournament with a 17-and-9 record.
Bobby Prince and Lawrence GUllette led the way with 19 points apiece.
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And speaking of Gullette, the 6-5 senior from Auburn, Alabama was named to
the first team all-southern conference squad tonight.
The team is picked by the 36 members of the Southern Conference Sports Media
Gullette is the only VMI player to make first or second team.
Davidson's Brandon Williams was the top vote getter on the team.
Two Virginia Cavaliers head up the All-Atlantic coast conference women's team
that was released last night.
This marks the first year that sports writers and not the coaches have
selected the team.
Wendy Palmer received more votes than any other player, and she is joined on
the first team by guard Tora Suber.
A Deacon, a Tarheel and a Tiger complete the top five.
And speaking of Suber, she was named the final ACC player of the week
yesterday for her efforts last week as she averaged 21 points a game as UVa
clinched first place in the ACC.
Suber isn't only one picking up awards in Charlottesville, Red hot Courtney
Alexander, the UVa men's hot shooting freshman is the ACC's rookie of the week.
The 6 foot 6 inch Alexander had 47 points and 13 rebounds in two games last
He shot 60 percent from the floor and hit 11 of 16 free throws.
The 64 team NCAA division three men's basketball pairings were announced last
night, and Roanoke is the top seed in the South..
Earlier tonight on News 7 at six, Roanoke head coach Page Moir and his Dad
Charlie made an appearance in the studio to talk about the tournament and the
advantage of playing at home.
IN Q="We earned...
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...doesn't hurt."
Roanoke opens the tournament Thursday night at 7:30 against Shenandoah.
The Kentucky Wildcats are the new number one team in college basketball this
The Wildcats move to the penthouse because Massachusetts lost to GW over the
weekend, and because the Cats are riding a 23 game winning streak.
U-Mass has only lost one time this year and the Minutemen beat Kentucky early
in the year.
But all polls are based on who's hot, and right now U-Mass is not.
IN Q=I THINK...
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=... point in the season."
The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 16th as a result of their 17 point loss
to Temple yesterday in Philadelphia.
The NBA, handed out the largest penalties ever for throwing an elbow
JR Reid, who played his high school ball at Kempsville deliberately hit AC
Green in the mouth with a forearm in Sunday's Knicks-Suns game.
Green lost two teeth in the exchange, while JR gets suspended for 2 games and
fined $10 thousand dollars for the flagrant foul.
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Despite the missing teeth and swollen lip AC did suit up and play last night
as the Suns traveled to UTah.
It's his 765th consecutive game the longest streak in the league.
UN fortunately the Suns, needed AC and DC power last night as they were
hammered by the Jazz 110 to 87.
Still to come tonight, some football news as another assistant coach leaves
And I'll let you know what's up on the ice and what's up with the ref.
The Virginia Tech Hokies lost one of the top assistants last night, as
Pulaski County native Todd Grantham announced that he's taking a similar job at
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Grantham joined Beamer's staff after a highly successful career as a lineman
for the Hokies.
He was a graduate assistant for two years before taking on fulltime duties in
Last month he was Frank Beamer's left hand man, as he joined his boss at the
state capital and represented Tech as Governor George Allen honored the Hokies
for their Sugar Bowl win over Texas.
A man who made millions in the NFL off of his image more than his ability, is
now taking both to London.
William Perry is back in football with the World League's London Monarchs.
The defensive tackle who made his big splash with the Bears two years ago
last played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993 and 1994.
He say out last season, but his current weight is pretty tame for the Fridge,
at a reported 350.
The defending world champion Atlanta Braves took a break from spring training
and Dave Justice's escapades to make a trip to
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the White House yesterday afternoon.
Tom Glavine presented President Clinton with a Braves jersey and a cap.
Manager Bobby Cox says both face a tough challenge of repeating this year,
but maybe if they pull for each other they can both do it.
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And finally, the University of Moncton is conducting an investigation into
why a referee was attacked during a playoff game this weekend.
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The college game in Charlottetown was turned ugly when this referee allowed
an overtime goal that ended the Eagles chances of winning the national
While of the school were celebrating an jumping on top of each other, the
Moncton players were bashing referee Brian Carragher against the boards.
Fortunately, he escaped serious injury.
Two sisters separated soon after birth met for the first time today.
Ron Jones was at the airport for the reunion.
IN Q=56-year-old Gloria Evers
SUPER=07-Gloria Evers; :19
SUPER=07-Judy Patterson; 1:12
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((56-year-old Gloria Evers has never seen her sister.
She knew 55-year-old Judy Patterson was out there somewhere but had no idea
They were both adopted soon after birth and it was considered a big family
secret until Gloria's grandmother finally told her.
((GLORIA EVERS: SO, I WAS PROBABLY A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT'S HOW I
FOUND OUT THAT I WAS ADOPTED... BECAUSE MY PARENTS KEPT IT... I MEAN IT WAS A
SECRET... NO ONE WAS TO EVER KNOW.))
But with the help of a family friend and a newspaper reporter, Gloria's
sister now living in California was finally located.
Gloria received the shocking news from a friend.
((SHE CALLED LATE AT NIGHT... SHE SAID GLORIA ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? SHE SAID I
THINK BETTER... WE FOUND YOUR SISTER.))
SHOT OF PLANE ON RUNWAY
Patiently and nervously waiting, Gloria watches as Judy's plane taxis on the
Then it finally happened...
NAT SOUND (Judy steps off plane)
((THERE SHE IS!))
56 years of mystery and frustration melts away... the evasive family reunion
NAT SOUND (Sisters meeting and embracing)
((JUDY PATTERSON: ISN'T IT WONDERFUL. I NEVER DREAMED I HAD A SISTER...
GLORIA: SHE'S DISAPPOINTED I'M NOT A FLAMING RED HEAD... JUDY: WHEN LESLIE
CALLED SHE SAID ARE YOU SITTING, I SAID YES, SHE SAID YOU HAVE A FULL SISTER
THAT'S WAITING TO TALK... I COULDN'T EVEN TALK. I ALMOST FAINTED... I DID!))
SISTERS WALKING ARM AND ARM IN AIRPORT
Judy and Gloria say their next step is to kick off their shoes... relax...
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
drink a few... beverages... and catch up on lost time.))