Next on news seven, Entertainer George Burns is
dead at the young age of one hundred.
The comedian died today at his Beverly Hills home.
One person is dead and four injured after a train collides with another in
England last night.
And volunteers and employees are hard at work getting Explore Park ready for
News seven is next.
TAPE# net 15:00:46
From the White House to Hollywood's Walk of Fame, fans and friends are
remembering George Burns.
The comedian died today at his Beverly Hills home.
He was 100 years young.
Elizabeth Kaledin takes a look at the life of George Burns.
IN Q=The life and show
OUT Q=most beloved figures.
((The life and show business career of George Burns spanned nearly all of the
20th century....but he began entertaining as a boy.
born Nathan Birnbaum in 1896 on New York's lower east side, Burns left school
after his father died and formed a boy quartet to sing for pennies on the
streets... in Vaudeville he fronted a string of specialty acts...but it was
Gracie Allen who made his career catch on fire....when they teamed up, Burns
became the straight man to her scatter brained patter
((sot re: lambchops))
Success in show biz was also success in love and burns and allen
were married in 1926...they headed to hollywood to start a radio show and by
1950 they were on tv.
((sot: show clip))
track 3: Gracie died in 1964 and Burns, alone, went on a decade long downward
slide...but movies saved him....he built a new act from scratch and won an
academy award for his role in the sunshine boys:
((sot: movie clip))
track 4: then came the highly successful "oh god"
((sot: movie clip))
track 5: Burns and his career seemed reborn...and despite a youth oriented
culture Burn's old age became a commodity, part of the act:
((sot)) i'm going to play ceasar's palace when i'm one hundred...if ceasar's
is still around...
track 6: unfortunately Burns came down with the flu just before his one
hundredth birthday and couldn't attend a huge party held in his honor...he
he leaves us all with a century of memories and will remain one of
hollywood's most beloved figures...
The Reverend Billy Graham's wife is reported in critical condition at a
hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.
Hospital officials say Ruth Bell Graham underwent surgery
tonight for spinal meningitis.
Reverend Graham has remained with his wife since she entered the
hospital Wednesday, and was at the hospital during the surgery.
A neurosurgeon says he's cautiously optimistic for Mrs. Graham's
One person is dead and four others still in the hospital after a train
crash in the central English city of Staffordshire.
The accident happened late last night when a mail train collided with a
Police said the accident could have have been worse--some rail cars were
tossed just a few yards from a residential building.
Authorities said the hospitalized people were not in critical condition.
Another 30 people, mostly the crew of the mail train, were treated for minor
injuries and released.
TAPE# net 15:20:49
A toy pistol was used in the hijacking of a Turkish airliner.
A 21-year-old Turk, who police said hijacked the airliner to draw attention
to the plight of Chechen rebels, was arrested earlier today.
The 12-hour hijacking ordeal ended peacefully last night with all 109
hostages were released unharmed.
TAPE# net 15:03:35
Investigators now say the bomb that exploded in a trendy section of London
last night was a small, improvised device.
The blast struck early in the morning, when people were wrapping up their
night on the town.
Investigators have NOT determined exactly what kind of bomb it was.
No one was hurt in the blast and no one has claimed responsibility for the
fourth explosion in as many weeks.
Scotland Yard said the Irish Republican Army is suspected.
But a police spokesman said the I-R-A usually calls before a bomb explodes.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Lawmakers are burning the midnight oil tonight as they try to finish up this
We'll show you how an the old Radford Arsenal gym is getting a workout.
Wx ad lib
Well, the thermostats will be getting a workout tonight-- as folks try to
We may very well have another record- setting night on our hands.
Arctic high pressure will keep skies clear, calm winds, and cause
temperatures to drop.
Overnight lows could reach the single digits in some places.
So bring the pets in, throw another log on the fire, and stay tuned for the
That's coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
Midnight is quickly approaching for lawmakers at Virginia's General
The 19-96 session officially ends then, but no one thinks the debating will
end until late Sunday.
But the debate on abortion HAS been put to rest.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The 11th hour
SUPER=01-Sen. Russ Potts/(R) Winchester; :07
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :20
SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/Family Foundation; :28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The 11th hour effort by Governor George Allen to get a parental
notification bill out of the Senate failed.
((SEN. RUSS POTTS/(R) WINCHESTER: AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU AS SURE AS GOD IS
IN HIS HEAVEN THIS DAY WILL COME WHEN THIS BODY WILL VOTE THAT ISSUE OUT OF
HERE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE SAY THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT.))
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/(D) FAIRFAX: I HAVE NOT SEEN THE ABUSE OF GUBERNATORIAL
POWER IN THE LAST 25 YEARS LIKE IT'S BEING ABUSED HERE. EVER BEFORE.))
((I DON'T THINK THAT THIS WAS A MISUSE OF THE GOVERNOR'S POWER WHEN HE'S
CLEARLY REPRESENTING THE OVERWHELMING...SO WE'RE VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE
Even more disappointing for many was the waiting game caused by the
continued stalemate over the budget.
sot neil tape 10:54:50 rubber chicken
Lawmakers did what they could to pass the time.
sot 04:41:51 deboer with star trek ship friday tape one
(( The budget conference committee is still fighting over major issues
tonight, including state worker pay, borrowing money for capital projects, and
money for academic testing projects in the schools.))
Rocky Mount's Virgil Goode is the only Southside or Southwest Virginia
SOT SATURDAY ONE 43:51
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D-ROCKY MOUNT: HIGHER ED HAS GOTTEN MORE AS THE BUDGET
PROCESSES WENT ALONG, AND SO HAS PUBLIC ED. SO I THINK THE COMMONWEALTH AS A
WHOLE HAS BEEN INTERESTED IN EDUCATION AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD FOR THE STATE.
IT'S ALSO BEEN A FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR EVERYBODY TO
REMEMBER IS WE'RE GONNA GET THIS DONE IN A LOT LESS TIME THAN THE U.S. CONGRESS
TAKES TO AGONIZE OVER SIMPLE ISSUES.))
Work at the Capitol tends to fill the time allowed... but that time runs out
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Congressman Rick Boucher has his first official Republican challenger.
Patrick Muldoon is the first to announce he's after the G-O-P nomination for
the ninth district congressional seat.
Born, raised and schooled in Giles County, Muldoon says he's in touch with
the voters of his district.
IN Q=i look to
((PATRIC MULDOON/GOP NOMINEE CANDIDATE: I LOOK TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. BUT
ALSO JUST THE GENERAL NATURE OF OUR GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT
SEEKS TO DRIVE GOD AND PRAYER OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE HAVE GRADUATIONS AND
FOOTBALL GAMES WITHOUT INVOCATIONS JUST BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BEING SUED. WE
NEED TO RETURN TO A MORAL BASIS.))
SUPER=01-Patrick Muldoon/GOP Nominee Candidate;
OUT Q=moral basis
Ninth district Republicans will decide on a candidate in May.
A Republican lawmaker and Virginia's Republican Party chairman are going to
court over an election law.
The suit asks a federal judge to strike down a state law regarding primary
The way the law reads now, any registered voter, including democrats and
independents, can vote in Republican primaries.
Republican Senator John Warner meets challenger James Miller in the June
Grucci Fireworks, a new company setting up in the Radford arsenal, and
Alliant Tech Systems, who moved to the arsenal last year will be sharing
Employees of the two plants AND the general public will have the opportunity
to take advantage of a new Wellness Center at the arsenal.
Officials of Radford Community Hospital have been working on the project for
the last six months.
The center will be located in the Arsenal's old fitness center.
IN Q=They were looking
((JIM WRIGHT/RADFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WELLNESS CENTER: THEY WERE LOOKING FOR
A WAY TO REOPEN IT AND MAKE IT MORE AVAILABLE TO THE EMPLOYEES AND WE RAN INTO
THEM AT THE TIME AND SAID HOPEFULLY WE'RE YOUR ANSWER.))
SUPER=01-Jim Wright/Radford Community Hospital Wellness;
OUT Q=your answer.
Wright says renovations will cost close to 30- thousand dollars.
He's hoping to finalize the deal within days.
IN Q=We're going to
((JIM WRIGHT/RADFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WELLNESS CENTER: WE'RE GOING TO
OPERATE AS A WELLNESS CENTER. WE'RE GOING TO DO COMPREHENSIVE FITNESS
PROGRAMS, INDIVIDUALLY PRESCRIBED EXERCISES, AND AEROBIC CLASSES. WE'LL
CONTINUE TO RUN WHAT THEY HAD AT ONE TIME, LEAGUES AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES. WE'LL
SELL FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS.))
OUT Q=family memberships.
The center should be ready in about three months.
MUSIC ON TAPE
A house that provides temporary shelter for those in need is in search of
volunteers and clients,
We'll check in on Virginia's Explore Park, as preparations are made for this
MUSIC UP FULL
One Roanoke organization that helps others is looking for help itself.
Intern reporter Tracey Hoffman has the story.
IN Q=Trust was originally
SUPER=01-Judy Reed/TRUST Volunteer; :19
SUPER=01-Janice Dinkins/TRUST Executive Director; :44
SUPER=19-Tracey Hoffman; 1:02
OUT Q=Hoffman. News, 7
(( Trust was originally started in 19-70 by a group of Hollins College
students to battle the drug issue in Roanoke.
The volunteers working at Trust come to the organization for a number of
different reasons--but they all come with the same goal--to help people.
IN Q=I guess because
((JUDY REED/TRUST VOLUNTEER; I GUESS BECAUSE I LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE
AND UM, UH, TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHATEVER'S HAPPENING IN THEIR LIFE. AND UM,
IT'S BEEN REAL GOOD FOR ME.))
OUT Q=good for me.
This local organization opens its doors to anyone in a crisis situation and
in need of a place to stay for the night.
This includes families and minors.
IN Q=We are available
((JANICE DINKINS/TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE AND IT
DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE. AND IT DOESN'T--YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE POOR, YOU
DON'T HAVE TO BE RICH. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ANYTHING--YOU JUST HAVE TO PICK UP
THE PHONE AND CALL. AND WE'RE ANONYMOUS AND CONFIDENTIAL.))
OUT Q=anonymous and confidential.
A living room and kitchen is provided for the clients as well as sleeping
Volunteers are trained in listening skills, counseling, and giving referrals.
Trust has been helping people here in the Roanoke Valley for years, but now
they need help.
They need volunteers.
IN Q=We need volunteers
((JANICE DINKINS/TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE NEED PEOPLE FOR EVERYTHING. WE
NEED PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER. OF COURSE WE NEED FUNDING AND WE NEED CLIENTS. WE
NEED PEOPLE TO KNOW WE'RE OUT THERE.))
OUT Q= we're out there.
TRUST has made and will continue to make it's call for support--support that
is greatly needed in order to keep the old house on the corner of 4th and Elm
Avenue--a light at the end of the tunnel for many people.
Tracey Hoffman, News 7.))
Northisde hit the road tonight in an attempt to advance in the state
SUPER=03-Gate City/Vikings vs Bearcats; :
And the Vikings were fired up for tonight's game against Virginia High at
Northside opens the game from the outside with the three pointer and the
early first quarter lead.
Ben Peete passes the ball to Justin Porterfield who hits another three
pointer from the same spot Northside was on a roll.
Peete then makes the nice move to the hoop and scores on the running one
hand jumper as the Vikings continued to control the game.
Northside continued to work the SUPER=33-Northside/=68/Virginia
High/=39;ball to Peete this time he takes the pass from Porterfield and hits
the trey the Vikings win it 68 to 39.
The George Washington Eagles picked up a blowout win tonight against
Wakefield and extended Coach Harry Johnson's career for at least 1 more game.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Eagles vs. Warriors;
The GW faithful was struttin' its stuff down at Heritage High School for
the top ranked and still unbeaten Eagles.
Marcus Cunningham picks up the loose ball and dishes to Nathan Poole for
the easy layin. 8-zip Eagles early.
Then watch Reggie Morris stop and pop from long range and GW led by 7 after
Wakefield tried to keep things close. Ricky Diggs nails the jumper in the
But this one was all Eagles. Bobby SUPER=33-George
Wimbush hits Cunningham in transition and GW cruises to the 73 to 58 win.
They'll play the winner of the Indian River/Douglas Freeman matchup Friday
night at the Vines Center.
In other Group Three-A action William Fleming and the Pulaski county Girls
were on the road in Alexandria.
The Colonels took on J.E.B. Stuart at Mount Vernon High school and Fleming
won the game 100 to 89.
In Girls action Pulaski County squared off against nationally ranked James
Madison and the Lady Warhawks won that game 75 to 54.
The Radford University Highlanders continued the school's amazing Big South
Tournament domination by winning their 7th straight tourney title tonight.
The 85-to-83 win over Winthrop also gives RU an automatic in the women's NCAA
SUPER=03-Radford/Winthrop vs. Radford; :00
With the students on spring break, the freshman cheerleaders from Pulaski
County high school stepped in tonight to lead the cheers.
But they were coincidentally dressed in Winthrop colors, and the Lady Eagles
opened with a 9-to-nothing run. The Pride of Floyd - Leigh Ann Pursifull gets 2
of her 7 points on the night.
Tourney MVP Anne Cox would keep Winthrop rolling as she lights up the nylon
for 23 points.
But the Lady Highs would get great balance led by Dede Logeman's game high 29
points and 10 rebounds.
Nakia Bridges also played tough insides as she came off the bench to score 12
And Pulaski's Kim Cruise also came off the bench to chip in a dozen
points, as Radford gets the tourney title, and NCAA berth and head coach
Lubomyr Lichonczak his 100th career victory.
Georgia Tech will play for the A-C-C championship tomorrow afternoon
after beating Maryland 84 to 79.
SUPER=03-Greensboro/Yellow Jackets vs Terps; :
Georgia Tech begin to pull away in the first half with the three. Matt
Harpring nails this one to make it 32 to 24.
Moments later the Yellow Jackets go to Stephon Marbury who hits one from
three point range to make it 34 to 26.
Maryland's Keith Booth takes it inside for the Terps and scores but
Maryland trailed 58 to 48 at the half.
The Terps made a run early in the first half and managed to cut the lead
to six points.
But the Yellow Jackets answered SUPER=33-Georgia
Tech/=84/Maryland/=79;with a run near the end of the second half to win the
game 84 to 79.
The Yellow Jackets have the task of stopping Tim Duncan and Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons beat Clemson 68 to 60.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Tigers vs Demon Deacons; :
Wake was clicking on all cylinders this afternoon Jerry Braswell pulls up
and nails a three pointer and Wake led 23 to 14.
Then the Ball goes inside to Tim SUPER=33-Wake Forest/=68/Clemson/=60;
Duncan. He takes the drop step and spins into the basket for the slam and the
Demon Deacons beat Clemson 68 to 60.
Second ranked U-Mass has advanced to the Atlantic 10 championship game for
that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, The Roanoke Express was back at the Roundhouse tonight this
time for a game against South Carolina.
And scores and highlights from the National Hockey League and the N-B-A.
The Roanoke Express HAD scored just 11 goals in it's last 6 games, but
tonight; the team exploded for more than half that total to beat visiting South
carolina 6-4 at the Round House in front of 7 thousand 801 fans.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Stingrays vs. Express; :00
The Express was beat up.
After Roanoke took a 1-nothing lead; the Rays scored to tie it on Mark
Rupnow's garbage goal in front of the net in the second period.
The man of the night was Jeff Jablonki. The left winger registered
his third hat trick of the season tonight. he had 3 goals and an assist to lead
Roanoke to the divisional win.
South Carolina came back to tie it at 4 all in the third, but Chris Potter
iced the win with this goal with just over 3 minutes to play, Roanoke wins 6-4.
SUPER=01-Chris Potter/Scored 14th Goal of Season; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Coach; :08
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Scored 37 Goals This season; :16
OUT Q=...right time"
In the National Hockey League tonight, New Jersey Beat Pittsburgh 4 to 3
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/SPORTSCHANNEL; :
Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux gets the puck and scores for his 55-th goal of
the season and the Penguins led 2 to nothing.
But the Devils rallied and when Steve Thomas scored this goal in over time
New Jersey skated away with the win.
For that and all of the pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
In golf, Tim Herron continues to lead the Honda Classic.
SUPER=03-Coral Springs, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
After opening with a 62 and then a 68 Herron matched par 72 today for a
total of 14 under par for three rounds.
He leads Michael Campbell by three shots. Campbell finished at 11 under
par with his beat round of the tournament.
South Boston's Jeff Burton will sit out tomorrows Purolator 500 at the
Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Burton, who was second in Winston Cup Points, qualified 40-th today but
under NASCAR rules the fastest 38 qualifiers make the race.
Derrike Cope led today's second round of qualifying to complete the field
so lets check the final 19 cars.
IN Q=DERRIKE COPE
OUT Q=....RANDY MACDONALD."
Winter isn't even over yet, and opening day is three weeks away.
But volunteers and employees are hard at work preparing Explore Park for
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :04
SUPER=01-Eddie Goode/Volunteer; :21
SUPER=01-David Laudig/Volunteer; :29
SUPER=01-Chet Simmons/Virginia's Explore Park; :53
OUT Q=News 7
It looks like a normal day at the park but these aren't visitors they're
During the off season these men and woman work two weekends a month, doing
general maintenance and building new exhibits.
Explore park officials will tell you these people help keep the park alive.
The volunteers say it's a way to get in touch with their roots.
((EDDIE GOODE/VOLUNTEER: MY FAMILY MOVED TO THIS AREA IN THE MID 17-HUNDREDS
SO I'M SURE THEY WERE ABLE TO DO A LOT OF THESE THINGS THEIR SELVES.))
((DAVID LAUDIG/VOLUNTEER: IT WAS A HARD LIFE. IT'S NO SURPRISE PEOPLE DIDN'T
LIVE QUITE AS LONG AS WE DID CAUSE IT WAS SUCH A CHALLENGE TO SURVIVE DAY TO
((bang. bang. WORK IT AND PULL IT. OKAY.))
Visitors to the park will see an improved Native American Area.
And the construction taking place today is part of the park's new exhibits
in the pioneer area.
((CHET SIMMONS/VIRGINIA'S EXPLORE PARK: WE'LL ALSO HAVE OUR FRONTIER LIFE WITH
OUR NEW CABINS, OUR NEW OPEN FACE CABIN. WE'LL BE BUILDING THE ACTUAL CLOSED
CABIN SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO SHOW WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE.))
Officials say the Mountain Union Church should be finished by summer.
They also say the Brugh Tavern and the Parkway Spur should completed by the
summer of '97.
They're hoping these new additions will transform the park from an
attraction into a destination.
((THEY WILL ENTER THE PARK AND SEE THE FIRST THINGS THEY WILL SEE IN THE
EXPLORE PARK WHICH WILL BE OUR WELCOME CENTER AND THE BRUGH TAVERN. IT WILL
GIVE THEM THE FEEL OF ACTUALLY HAVING ARRIVED SOMEWHERE.))
Denise Allen News 7.))
The park will re-open for its third season April 6th.