Up next on News 7-
A judge decides tonight whether a Lesbian mother will get custody of her
Results from tonights primaries in Arizona and the Dakotas.
Folks in Roanoke speak out about Henry Street development.
And take a look at this- We'll tell you why all these sharks are swimming
off the Florida coast.
News 7 is next.
Sharon Bottoms will not get custody of her son.
The Judge ruled once again that the lesbian mother is unfit to raise her
4 year old Tyler will continue to live with his grandmother.
Bob Dole got his wish tonight, claiming two primary wins.
Dole won North and South Dakota- but it's a tight race between Pat
Buchanan and Steve Forbes in Arizona.
SUPER=03-Off Singer Island, FL;
And these sharks are making their annual feeding trip up the Florida
Join us at eleven.
Lesbian Sharon Bottoms will not get her son back any time soon.
Once again, a Virginia judge denies Bottoms custody of her own son.
Ellen Qualls was there tonight for the verdict.
IN Q=Sharon Bottoms
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Ryder/Kay Bottom's Attorney; :24
SUPER=01-Donald Butler/Sharon Bottom's Attorney; :43
SUPER=01-Steve Pershing/Va. ACLU; :48
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Henrico Co.
(( Sharon Bottoms and April Wade were back in court to prove how Sharon's
life was in order -- and Sharon's mother Kay's was NOT.
They even got some unexpected help from the attorney appointed by the court
to represent four year old Tyler.
Torrence Harmon recommended Sharon regain custody -- and warned she was
profoundly concerned about Tyler's development in the care of his grandmother.
((RICHARD RYDER: WELL I DON'T CONSIDER HER AS BEING OBJECTIVE.))
But the judge ruled in Kay Bottoms' favor again, turning the guardian's
advice on its head.
Judge William Boice favored the jubilant grandmother -- saying Sharon had
"plateaued as an underachiever," ironically using the phrase psychologists used
to describe Tyler under Kay's care.
Sharon's attorney had little to say.
((DONALD BUTLER/SHARON BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: THAT'S A GOOD ANALOGY. What is? A
KICK IN THE GUT.))
((STEVE PERSHING/VA. ACLU: IMAGINE HOW THAT WOULD FEEL TO YOU. TO BE SUED BY
YOUR OWN MOTHER FOR CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD.))
((RICHARD RYDER: THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT HAS SAID IN MORE THAN ONE CASE IF
YOU ENGAGE IN HOMOSEXUAL OR LESBIAN BEHAVIOR WHERE THE CHILD IS SUBJECTED TO
IT, THEN THAT MAKES YOU AN UNFIT PARENT.))
The judge said little about homosexuality, but a lot about a contract for a
made for TV movie that appalled him.
((STEVE PERSHING/VA. ACLU: FOLKS BADGERED SHARON AND APRIL FOR A YEAR AND A
HALF, AND HER LAWYERS TOO. ...THAT'S A FAR CRY FROM GOING AND SEEKING MEDIA
((AFTER SHARON BOTTOMS HEARD THIS VERDICT SHE DROPPED HER HEAD AND BEGAN
SOBBING. SHE AND HER PARTNER WISHED TO AVOID THE MEDIA CIRCUS FOR WHICH THE
JUDGE HAD BLAMED THEM. INSTEAD THEY SLIPPED OUT THE BACK. THIS CASE WILL BE
APPEALED. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, HENRICO COUNTY.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Restoring Henry Street to the way it was in its heyday--
It's the vision of Roanoke officials and planners-- but many residents
feel left out of the visioning process.
Kimberly McBroom has the story from tonight's public hearing.
IN Q=The community is sick
SUPER=07-Rev. Leonard Hines; :00
SUPER=07-Robert Gravely; :35
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Henry Street Revitalization Comm.; 1:00
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT TAPE 1 7:30:43
((REV. LEONARD HINES: THE COMMUNITY IS SICK AND TIRED OF WHAT YOU'VE BEEN
DOING TO US. NOW, YOU MESSED UP GAINSBORO, AND WE DECLARE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO
MESS UP HENRY STREET WITHOUT A FIGHT. ))
That was the sentiment of most who attended the meeting-- that the 18-
million- dollar proposal to renovate Henry Street is an indecent one.
While planners promise blacks will be encouraged to open businesses again
on Henry Street-- many questioned how that would be made possible.
Perhaps the biggest opposition came from those who feel the project has
been pushed over on them.
SOT tape 1 7:46:32
((ROBERT GRAVELY: YA'LL DIDN'T ASK US WHAT WE WANT OR WHAT WE NEED. YA'LL
COME UP WITH A PLAN OUT OF NOWHERE FOR US. YA'LL GOING TO BRING OUR CULTURE
BACK-- WHY CAN'T WE BRING IT BACK? ))
Such passionate debate was what city officials and organizers had asked
for by hosting the public hearing.
And one official says he understands residents' concerns-- and wants them
to continue speaking out.
SOT tape 2 9:22:22
((BEV FITZPATRICK/HENRY STREET REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE: I MEAN, THIS IS THEIR
COMMUNITY AS MUCH AS IT IS ANYBODY ELSE'S AND RIGHT NOW, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO
IS FIND OUT IF THERE'S COMMON GROUND AND MAKE SURE IF THERE IS, THAT WE FIND A
WAY TO MAKE IT WORK ))
Standup here please tape 2
As one speaker put it, black people are more than soul food and jazz-- and
many here say the proposed plan overlooks what their community really needs.
They say more public input is necessary if the Henry Street Revival is to be
welcomed in their neighborhood.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Cuba Air Strikes
Radio transmissions from Cuban fighter pilots show they knew the
planes were unarmed.
Despite that the pilots shot two planes down on Saturday- All four people
aboard are presumed dead.
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: IN READING AGAIN THE TRANSCRIPT,
I WAS STRUCK BY THE JOY OF THESE PILOTS IN COMMITING COLD BLOODED MURDER. ))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.;
OUT Q=cold blooded murder."
Meanwhile several Congressmen are calling on the President to take more
action against Cuba.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Lynchburg residents find out if they'll have to continue
playing tag with their garbage,
and the largest study ever with new evidence on the dangers of silicone breast
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Two wins for Senator Bob Dole in today's presidential primaries- in both
North and South Dakota.
But as Dan Rather reports, it's was a tight race in Arizona.
SUPER=01-Dan Rather/CBS News;
OUT Q=election headquarters.
(( A third place grand canyon dive for Bob Dole in Arizona.
Pat Buchanan...scoring well with his anti-abortion, anti-immigration stand..
and Steve Forbes..picking up many former Ross Perot voters.. still battling it
out for first place..in this winner take all state for 39 delegates.
In South Dakota, a farm state win for Bob Dole.. Pat Buchanan...his
anti-trade message not necessarily a crowd pleaser in this farm export
state...came in second. Flat-taxer, Steve Forbes a flat third.
In North Dakota, another farm state for Bob Dole...with the strong support
of voters over 60.
Buchanan and Forbes locked in a battle for second place.
So, small consolation prize for Bob Dole on the prairie.. in the Dakotas..
his first primary wins of campaign 96..since the Iowa caucuses..but
overshadowed by his sunset in the Arizona desert.
The pressure is clearly on Bob Dole to come on strong.. heading into the next
phase of this front-loaded campaign 96 primary season..starting with the
imortant South Carolina primary Saturday.
Keep in mind, by the end of March, l470 delegates in 35 states will have
been chosen. It takes 996 to nominate.
Dan Rather, CBS News Election headquarters in New York.))
Two men were killed in Danville today when their car collided with a
tractor trailer on a busy stretch of Route 58.
It happened around 11:30 near the Danville airport.
Authorities say 66 year old Howard James Farley apparently lost control of
Both Farley and his 80- year old passenger, Francisco Daja (DA-HA) died at
IN Q=When it
((MICHELLE WHITLEY/WITNESS:WHEN IT WENT INTO THE MEDIAN IT CROSSED THE OTHER
SIDE OF 58, WHICH WAS MY SIDE, AND THE RED FLAT BED TRUCK WENT OVER TOP OF IT.
REPORTER SPEAKS: SO THE TRUCK ACTUALLY WENT ON TOP OF IT--THE CAR DID NOT FLIP?
MICHELLE: NO, IT DID NOT FLIP, THE CAR JUST WENT STRAIGHT DOWN INTO THE MEDIAN
AND THE TRUCK RAN OVER TOP OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Michelle Whitley/Witness; :00
OUT Q=over top of it.
The truck was from Alabama- It's driver walked away.
Both people in the car were from Milton, North Carolina.
More testimony is expected tomorrow at a Floyd County murder trial.
34 year old David Joel hall is charged with killing his girlfriend in the
Willis section of the county.
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./June 14, 1995;
June 14th Sheriff's deputies found the body of 18 year old Ellen Marjorie
Plocki (PLAH-kee) in a small room inside a garage.
The two had apparently been living there.
She died from a severe beating to the head.
SOT 11:14:07 tape 1
IN Q=A blood clot
((WILLIAM MASSELLO/ASST. CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER: A BLOOD CLOT THAT LAYS OVER
THE SURFACE OF THE BRAIN AND IS A RESULT OF A BLOW OR IMPACT OR SEVERAL IMPACTS
TO THE HEAD OR FACE AREA. ))
SUPER=01-William Massello/Asst. Chief Medical Examiner;
OUT Q=face area
More than a dozen witnesses testified for the prosecution-- and more are
The defense is still waiting to call its FIRST witness.
The recent national attention on domestic violence has uncovered the dark
side of relationships.
And there is one shelter in Covington that hopes to uncover...a little hope.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=Melanie White says
SUPER=01-Melanie White/Safehome Exec. Director; :14
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Week; :59
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((Melanie White says Safehome has helped more than 500 women and children
and also handled more than three- thousand crisis calls over the past five
She runs the shelter for victims of Domestic Violence.
((MELANIE WHITE/SAFEHOME EXEC. DIRECTOR: ABUSE HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE
BEGINNING OF TIME. THIS HAS BEEN MUCH NEEDED, MANY, MANY, YEARS AGO SO THAT'S
WHY WE'RE HERE. SO WOMEN CAN COME IN AND HAVE A NON-VIOLENT LIFESTYLE. AND
HAVE THAT PROTECTION AND SECURITY AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED.))
This woman, who did NOT want to be identified, says she was abused for three
years... until one day she had enough.
((I WAS SCARED TO LEAVE BUT I LEFT, BUT THEN I'D BE BACK IN A MATTER OF WEEKS
THINKING, OKAY THINGS CAN CHANGE, THINGS WILL BE BETTER. AND IT TOOK ME THE
FOURTH TIME TO REALIZE, YOU KNOW, TOOK ME THAT MANY TIMES TO REALIZE THAT IT
WASN'T GOING TO CHANGE UNLESS I DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT MYSELF.))
And with Safehome she did.
She's working NOW and plans to buy a home.
WHITE HOUSE VIDEO
The White House has also come on the scene by promoting a Domestic Violence
number for those abused or in need.
The president says he wants more involvement in the future... but Melanie is
hoping for something a little different.
((I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SAFEHOME OUT OF A JOB. I HATE TO SAY I'D LIKE TO BE OUT
OF A JOB BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO BE OUT OF A JOB... BUT IF WE'RE OUT OF A JOB
THAT MEANS NO ONE IS BEING ABUSED ANYMORE.))
A prayer many would agree upon.
Ron Jones, News seven.))
Folks in Lynchburg must keep putting those orange stickers on their trash
bags, at least for now.
City council tonight approved a resolution awarding the garbage collection
and recycling contract to the City's public works department.
But council also decided to spend up to five thousand dollars on a survey,
that'll determine whether residents want to keep the trash tag system.
IN Q=I do get
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I DO GET THE SENSE THAT PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO
MOVE ON AND DO SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I ALSO KEEP HEARING PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT `I
DON'T LIKE THE TAG SYSTEM, I WISH WE COULD GET RID OF THE TAG SYSTEM'. AND SO
THERE'S THAT SENTIMENT OUT THERE, THAT IF THERE'S A WAY TO DO SOMETHING
DIFFERENT, LET'S CONTINUE TO LOOK.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=continue to look.
Council also allocated nearly 28 thousand dollars to help pay for the
demolition and cleanup of the old Lukens building which burned Christmas Day.
The city has placed a lien on the property in hopes of recovering that
Authorities want to get the property and the rest of the riverfront cleaned
up before the annual Festival By The James in June.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the broadcast, V-M-I cadets celebrate as large packs of rats
emerge from the mud,
and a little later in our broadcast, we'll explain why the King of Tarts is a
Million dollars richer.
MUSIC UP FULL
The largest study ever of women with breast implants draws a direct link
between implants and a higher risk for disease.
The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association implants
increased the risk of connective tissue diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
((JOHN O'QUINN/LAWYER: SO FOR THE WOMEN WHO'VE GOT THE DISEASE, IT'S LARGE.))
((MARILYN SAPP/BREAST IMPLANT PATIENT: THIS STUDY ACKNOWLEDGES WHAT I'VE BEEN
GOING THROUGH FOR THE LAST SEVENTEEN YEARS.))
SUPER=01-John O'Quinn/Lawyer; 00 quick!
SUPER=01-Marilyn Sapp/Breast Implant Patient; 06!
OUT Q=SEVENTEEN YEARS."
Dow Corning downplayed the study saying it only found a small risk no
matter how old the implant.
A local furniture maker is helping Patrick County nail down 300 new jobs.
Vaughan Furniture of Galax is building a plant in the county's new
The company makes bedroom furniture.
The announcement is good news for the county, which has one of the highest
jobless rates in the state.
The county beat out competitors from southwest Virginia and Tennessee.
The class of '99 at V-M-I "broke out" early this year.
IN Q=Rat line you only
((RAT LINE YOU ONLY DO ONCE. LET'S GET IT RIGHT, RATS.))
OUT Q=it right, rats.
Right or wrong, it's over.
Two and a half weeks ago members of the class of '99 emerged from the mire
with their own identity.
This is "breakout" day at Virginia Military Institute... when the freshman
class- -just a mass of rats- -breaks out of the control of seniors' torment.
The Superintendent wouldn't let us record the event at the time, but this
privately- produced videotape follows the rats as they're first led to the mud
and ultimately helped out of this mess.
Even as there's renewed speculation about V-M-I becoming a PRIVATE college-
-to avoid having to admit women- -the annual ritual establishes a bond between
first and fourth classmen.
V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting re-introduced the possibility -over the
weekend -of running the Institute without state funds.
He declined to discuss the issue on camera today.
To Region III we go. Rustburg served as the sight for an Altavista/Fieldale
SUPER=03-Rustburg/Colonels vs. Cavaliers; :00
Right to the action. Altavista's Dennis Brown goes to the boards hard and
puts back the missed shot for the hoop.
The cavs have the twin towers in Neil Harbor and Brad Harmon. Harmon takes
the entry pass and banks it in for the bucket.
The Colonels' Kurt Reighard drains SUPER=33-F.
the net with the trey from the top of the key,
But Fieldale Collinsville would advances. harmon with another hoop. The
Cavaliers win 46-43.
Up at Highlander Heaven, Glenvar had four players in double figures in a 72
to 58 Region C win over Lebanon.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Highlanders vs Pioneers; :
After losing the Pioneer District tournament title the Highlanders were up
for the Regional game.
Glenvar's Corey Willis pulls up and nails this three pointer for three of
his 15 points and the Highlanders led by three.
Lebanon was still in the games thanks to freshman Ben Carpenter he hit 7
three pointers and finished with 30 points in the game.
But Glenvar's Josh Williamson came SUPER=33-Glenvar/=72/Lebanon/=58; up
big with 19 points as the Highlanders advance with the 72 to 58 win.
In the other Region C tournament contest, George Wythe hosted Bath County.
SUPER=03-Wytheville/Chargers vs. Maroons; :00
The Chargers hit the floor fired up for this Regional opener, but they
would have to contend with the Maroons and their court advantage.
Bath lights up the scoreboard first as David "The Birdman" Buzzard gets
the rock to Stewart Alexander. He looks inside, but decides to pull up and hit
Buzzard, again...this time he drives to the hoop and dishes back
SUPER=33-George Wythe/=66/Bath Co./=55;
outside to John Rogers who scored to put Bath up by four in the first half.
The Maroons come back. Ted Ring misses, but Brian Barnes is there for the
put back. George Wythe advances in the regionals with the 66-55 win.
On to the Northwest Region and yes...ladies first. Cave Spring lost to
Albemarl 53-43. The Lady Cougars of Pulaski entertained E.C. Glass at the
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Hilltoppers vs. Cougars; :00
The Lady Cougars won the Roanoke Valley District and were hoping home court
privileges would be the key to regional success.
In the third quarter, Pulaski's Katrina Williams drives across the lane
and makes good on the lay up and the lady Cougars led 47-33.
Glass trailed by 19 in the fourth but would not quit. Tia Scott goes hard
SUPER=33-Pulaski Co./=75/E.C. Glass/=51;
to the iron and puts the rock in the cylinder.
But this was Pulaski's night. Williams slices through the "D" and dishes
to Mary Bishop who snaps the nylon and The lady Cougars win 75-51.
The William Fleming Colonels advanced to the second round of the Northwest
Regionals last night with a 68 to 64 overtime win over Halifax County.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs Comets; :
The Colonels and Comets hooking up for the third time this season.
On this play Shannon Martin takes it in for the slam dunk and foul the
Comets cut Fleming's lead to 3.
But Fleming's Sterling Tate ended the third quarter with five points and
the Colonels led 48 to 44.
Carlos Jackson makes a big play scoring the layup after a steal sending
the game into overtime 56 to 56.
But Fleming's James Stokes took SUPER=33-William
Fleming/=68/Halifax/=64;over he scored 7 of his 29 points in overtime Fleming
beats Halifax 68 to 64.
IN Q=First audio
((JAMES STOKES/SCORED 29 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-James Stokes/Scored 29 Points; :
OUT Q=.............PLAYED GOOD."
Back to the Northwest, where G.W. Danville ended the Patrick Henry
Patriots season and their coach's career.
SUPER=03-Danville/Patriots vs. Eagles; :00
Woody Deans would give the last pep talk of his illustrious career to to
The eagles were flying high. Nathan Poole makes the steal and gives to
Marcus Cunningham who hits the short J.
Patrick Henry answered. Brian Jackson dishes to Brooks Berry who scores and
gets the foul half way SUPER=33-G.W Danville/=85/Patrick Henry/=47;
through the second half.
But the Eagles were to strong. Tyrone Robertson takes it in for the jam. G.W
Danville advances with the 85-47 victory and ends Woody Deans career.
((WOODY DEANS/RETIRING PH COACH:))
((HARRY JOHNSON/G.W. DANVILLE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Retiring P.H. Coach; :00
OUT Q=...that we can cherish"
we are not through with the Northwest region or basketball for that matter.
When we come back; highlights from Woody Dean's final basketball game,
while his counterpart tonight; that guy; Harry John extends his career in
the G.W. danville/Patrick henry game. Stat with us.
Woody's counterpart ius also retiring after this season...but not just
Roy Stanley has more on one of Southside's top coaches in Harry Johnson.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Harry Johnson/Eagles Head Coach; :19
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
Imagine hundreds of sharks swimming off the coast-
SUPER=03-Off Singer Island, FL;
You don't have to imagine if you're near Singer Island, Florida.
Take a look at this- Spinner sharks fill the water off the coast for a ten
mile stretch from Singer Island which is off Palm Beach to Jupiter, Florida.
This is an annual thing- The sharks come in to feed off schools of small
fish that migrate down the coast at this time of year.
Believe it or not, divers go in to take a look at all the sharks.
Experts say Spinner sharks normally don't bother people.
Apparently a man's place IS in the kitchen.
Kurt Wait is the first man ever to capture the one MILLION dollar grand prize
in the Pillsbury Bake-Off.
Wait says he drew his inspiration for his Macadamia Fudge Torte from a candy
His winning concoction features devil's food cake mix, sliced pears, and
butterscotch carmel fudge.
The torte has almost five hundred calories a serving.