Up next on News 7-
An end of school year party turns deadly- 149 people are killed in a
Philippines Disco fire.
Fighting fires on the homefront. We'll tell you what some firefighters are
doing to prevent forest fires.
And the son of Actor Kirk Douglas is under arrest for allegedly causing
trouble on an airplane.
News 7 is next.
The death toll is now 149 in a Philipines disco fire.
SUPER=03-Near Manila, Philipines;
Most of the victims were college students celebrating the end of the
A single engine plane crashes into Interstate 81 overnight. The 31 year
old pilot was killed.
And actor Kirk Douglas's son is in trouble with the law. The reason-
allegedly disrupting a Continental Airlines flight.
Apparently Eric Douglas let his dog run free and then became loud and
verbally abusive to the flight crew.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
An end of school celebration turns deadly in the Phillipines.
At least 149 people are dead after fire broke out in a Phillipines Disco.
As Gaby Tab-une-ar reports, most of the victims were college students.
SUPER=03-Quezon City, Philipines;
OUT Q=CBS News, Manila.:
((Witness interviewed on local radio said the fire started somewhere near the
music booth of the disco where music was being played by a disc jockey. The
electronic systems short circuited, the wires controlling the dico lights
At this point there was smoke and flames in and around the music booth and the
lights went out. The people screamed and rushed to the door as flames engulfed
The door through which the teenagers rushed was narrow, people trampled on
the bodies of people who fell and couldn't get up. Others were crushed under a
mezzanine which collapsed. Meanwhile bodies of the people who tried to flee the
blazing dance hall were piled up near the narrow corridor and at the door
through which people tried to flee.
Firemen were overwhelmed by the ordeal of taking charred bodies from the
Young people who crowded the disco were celebrating the end of the school
year. Many more took advantage of the Monday night 50 percent discount offered
regularly by the disco management. People who live near the area said the dance
hall was formerly a barber shop but converted and enlarged into a disco.
Police said it was the worst ever fire in the country.
Gaby Tabunar, CBS News, Manila))
Federal officials are investigating this morning's plane crash on Interstate
The crash killed the manager of the Mountain Empire Airport.
Tracy Altizer has more.
IN Q=Just before one a-m
SUPER=04-Amateur Video; :00
SUPER=01-1st Sgt. D.A. Shaver/VA State Police; :16
SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; :24
SUPER=01-Brian Burkett/Asst. Airport Manager; :48
SUPER=03-Smyth Co.; 1:08
OUT Q=news 7 Smyth co.
(( Just before one a-m, a fireball split through the fog along the border of
Wythe and Smyth counties.
Minutes before, the pilot of a twin- engine Piper Aztec had radioed Atlanta
flight officials he had missed his first attempt to land at Mountain Empire
Airport and was going to try again.
((1ST SGT. D.A. SHAVER/VA STATE POLICE: HE HAD MADE A FLYBY, SO HE HAD MADE A
PASS AND WAS CIRCLING BACK AROUND, AND AT THAT TIME THEY LOST CONTACT WITH HIM.
State police say the plane burst into flames after it clipped some trees,
lost a wing, and crashed.
Firefighters recovered the body of 31 year- old James Preston Harris from
the debris, which littered northbound I-81.
An experienced pilot, Harris ran a charter operation and sometimes taught
He was returning home from Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise County, where he
had dropped off three passengers.
((BRIAN BURKETT/ASST. AIRPORT MANAGER: HE'S AN EXCELLENT PILOT, REALLY GOOD.
I'VE BEEN WITH HIM ON A LOT OF TRIPS, HE'S ACTUALLY TRAINED ME SOME TO FLY.
HE'S AN EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT PILOT. ))
No one on the ground was injured, but northbound I-81 between Groseclose and
Rural Retreat was closed for almost eight hours.
It reopened after the wreckage was taken in pieces to Mountain Empire
suOfficials believe dense fog played a role in the crash, but the Federal
Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will
investigate to determine if any mechanical problems were to blame. Tracy
Altizer, News 7 Smyth County.))
Abortion clinic shooter John Salvi is convicted of murdering-
two women- and wounding five others.
The 24 year old got a life sentence today.
In court he was forced to listen to the victims families.
((LIAM LOWNEY/VICTIM'S BROTHER: NO PUNISHMENT CAN MAKE REPARATION FOR
SHANNON'S MURDER. OUR ONLY HOPE IS THAT JOHN SALVI IS PREVENTED FROM EVERY
BRINGING SIMILAR PAIN TO ANY OTHER FAMILY.))
((RUTH ANN NICHOLS/VICTIM'S MOTHER: AND WITHOUT HESITATION, I HOPE YOU HAVE
SHEER MISERY EVERYDAY OF YOUR LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Liam Lowney/Victim's Brother; 00
SUPER=01-Ruth Ann Nichols/Victim's Mother; 11
OUT Q=DAY OF YOUR LIFE."
One of the victims -with a bullet still lodged in her body- spoke but did
not want her face on camera.
((ANGINA AGRIWAL/SURVIVOR: THEY'RE NEVER GONNA COME BACK AND THE DAMAGE DONE TO
MY FAMILY AND TO EVERYONE ELSES FAMILY IS IRREPARABLE. HE DID THIS IN 20
MINUTES. HE SHOULD NEVER NEVER HAVE THE SUN SHINE ON HIM AGAIN.))
OUT Q=sunshine on him again."
The shootings happened in December of 1994.
The prosecutor called it the worst type of crime one can imagine.
Thomas Arthur Burton learned today it'll cost him a life sentence.
The 29-year old killer denied his involvement in last June's robbery and
murder on Memorial Avenue.
Burton had shot and killed Randall Carter for a bag of marijuana plus
Burton claimed the other two men involved had dropped him off before THEY
committed the crime.
IN Q=I know I'm
((I KNOW I'M NO ANGEL, SIR. I HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS AS A KID, AND SOME AS AN
ADULT, TOO. BUT I'M NO MURDERER. I'VE NEVER KILLED ANYBODY. AND I'M SORRY FOR
THAT FAMILY OVER THERE. I'M SORRY THAT YOU LOST YOUR HUSBAND AND YOUR SON, BUT
I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. I FEEL MORE SORRY FOR MY FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Thomas Arthur Burton/Killer
OUT Q=for my family.
Judge Cliff Weckstein gave Burton a life sentence for the murder, plus 20
years for robbery.
GRAPHIC=Forest Fire Dangers
Last spring, brush fires blackened more than 5-thousand acres of national
Now officials are taking STEPS to combat blazes this season.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It's nearly been
SUPER=01-Bob Boardwine/U.S. Forest Service; :10
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :21
SUPER=01-Steve Elmore/U.S. Forest Service; :53
OUT Q=S.P. News 7
(( It's nearly been a year since the devastating brush fires in Craig County.
But the memories still burn on.
IN Q=It gives us
((BOB BOARDWINE/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: IT GIVES US SOMETHING TO REFLECT BACK ON
AND KIND OF WORK OFF THAT BASE-- O.K. HERE'S THE WORST CASE SCENARIO TYPE OF
SITUATION. IF THAT HAPPENS AGAIN WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? ))
OUT Q=going to do
Right now, THIS is what they're doing.
Step tests are being administered by the U- S Forest Service, to make sure
volunteer fire fighters are in strong physical condition.
Nat sound 3:20:06
((A SCORE OF 51, WHICH IS GOOD. ANYTHING IN THE FIFTY'S IS REAL GOOD.))
Stand up 3:33:59
(( Preparations go far beyond step tests.
Volunteers go through dozens of hours of training before they're allowed to
fight a fire.))
end stand up
But when volunteers ARE called out to battle a forest fire, they'll be able
to use a new weapon.
IN Q=The one thing
((STEVE ELMORE/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: THE ONE THING I'VE GOT ON THIS ONE THAT I
DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE IS FOAM CAPABILITY. THAT'S THE LATEST CRAZE THAT SEEMS TO BE
IT IN BRUSH FIRES. ))
OUT Q=in brush fires
Forestry officials are confident these measures will aid them this fire
But they know that even with new equipment and well- trained volunteers, the
threat of brush fires will never be extinguished.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a Roanoke principal has to face charges he
assaulted a student,
and more bad news for the tobacco industry as more charges surface that
companies knew nicotine was addictive.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Roanoke City School principal was in court today for allegedly striking
one of his students.
35 year old Michael McIntosh is principal at the Noel C. Taylor Learning
Academy-- a school for troubled youth.
He's accused of striking a child last October on campus.
McIntosh says he's confident the outcome will be in his favor.
IN Q=We're looking forward
((JOHN P. FISHWICK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR DAY IN COURT.
WE ASKED THE JUDGE TODAY FOR A QUICK TRIAL DATE OF APRIL 12TH. WE'RE LOOKING
FORWARD TO THE TRUTH COMING OUT IN THIS CASE. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF WITNESSES
WHO WILL BE TESTIFYING AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING OUR HEARING.))
SUPER=01-John P. Fishwick/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=having our hearing.
McIntosh has been suspended from his job pending the outcome.
Noel C. Taylor school caters to 170 students who are having trouble
adjusting in their homes.
Speed and Ritalin are fast becoming the most popular ways for American
teens to get high.
But locally, these dangerous fads are not catching on as fast.
Kimberly McBroom explains.
IN Q=It's a drug prescribed
SUPER=01-Steve Eckstein/Richfield Pharmacy; :23
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police; 1:03
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((It's a drug prescribed to treat hyperactive children, but Ritalin is
often abused by teens for its effects as a stimulant.
And when abused, it can be deadly.
Last year a Roanoke high school senior died after snorting
the drug at a party.
Local health officials say incidents of Ritalin abuse continue to
increase-- mainly from teens who buy or steal the drug from younger children
taking the medication.
That's why parents have to take control.
IN Q=As a parent
((STEVE ECKSTEIN/RICHFIELD PHARMACY: AS A PARENT, YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO KEEP
THIS STUFF IN YOUR POSSESSION AND GIVE IT TO THEM AS THEY NEED IT. ))
Meanwhile, methamphetamine or speed is also hitting the fast track as the
preferred drug in much of the U-S.
It's an often hazardous mix of drugs like ephedrine or dexedrine and
((THESE THINGS ARE VERY DANGEROUS. SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE HOME-MADE OR
SHIPPED IN FROM UNDERGROUND LABS. ANYTHING THAT IS NOT MADE IN A CONTROLLED
ENVIRONMENT CAN JUST DOWNRIGHT BE DANGEROUS. ))
Although methamphetamine hasn't taken the Roanoke Valley by storm-- it has
made its presence known.
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: SOMETIMES IT TAKES LONGER FOR CERTAIN TYPES
OF DRUGS TO SPREAD TO OTHER AREAS. YOU ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE
DEALING WITH NUMBERS OF COMPLAINTS AND REPORTS THAT WERE GIVEN TO THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT-- SO IT WASN'T NECESSARILY AS ACCURATE AS WE'D LIKE IT TO BE. ))
While trendy drugs like Ritalin and Methamphetamine aren't as common here
locally, Kincaid says there's still a high usage of marijuana and L-S-D.
But as drug abuse is still a problem-- Kincaid says outreach programs like
D.A.R.E. are spreading the message to end it.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
They say they're bringing the light of science into politics.
They're the candidates of the four- year old Natural Law party.
And they may be coming soon to a ballot near you.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Vice- Presidential
SUPER=01-Mike Tompkins/Natural Law V.P. Candidate; :13
SUPER=01-Jackie Bowser/Va. Natural Law Party; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Vice- Presidential candidate Mike Tompkins is travelling Virginia this
week, recruiting Congressional candidates and raising signatures to get on the
He believes crime can be prevented by communities practicing yogic flying.
sot TAPE TWO 02:37:35
((MIKE TOMPKINS/NATURAL LAW VICE- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: AND WHAT YOU SEE IS
YOU SEE A PERSON RISING UP INTO THE AIR THEN AND COMING BACK DOWN. A KIND OF
HOPPING MOTION. AND I THINK THE CLASSICAL TEXTS TALK ABOUT THREE STAGES OF
THIS. THE KIND OF HOPPING, HOVERING, AND FLOATING AROUND. AND I DON'T KNOW
THAT ANYBODY HAS EVER PASSED BEYOND THE HOPPING STAGE.))
All connections to the Maharishi aside, the Natural Law party has a serious
platform, and means to be on all 50 states' ballots.
sot standup 03:07:32 TAPE TWO
((THE NATURAL LAW PARTY NEEDS 16- THOUSAND SIGNATURES TO GET ON THE BALLOT IN
VIRGINIA. IT CAN BE DONE. LENORA FULANI DID IT. SO DID LYNDON LAROUCHE.))
Pragmatic ideas about crime prevention, energy conservation, sustainable
agriculture, and preventive medicine will ring true with many Virginia voters
... like Jackie Bowser of Dinwiddie.
Bowser says she can sell the party to her neighbors and friends who want
more say in their government.
((JACKIE BOWSER/Va. NATURAL LAW PARTY: THEY KNOW ME FIRST. SO THEY KNOW WHO I
AM AND WHAT KIND OF PERSON I AM. AND THAT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHETHER I'M
MEDITATING OR NOT MEDITATING OR FLYING OR NOT FLYING.))
SOT TAPE ONE 02:17:02
((MIKE TOMPKINS: WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS OUT THERE THAT IF APPLIED IN A
PREVENTIVE WAY CAN ACTUALLY REDUCE THE PROBLEMS THAT GOVERNMENT IS CONTENDING
WITH. AND THEREBY REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT, THE COST OF GOVERNMENT, AND
BE ABLE TO LOWER TAXES IN A RESPONSIBLE FASHION.))
The Natural Law party originated in Iowa -- but takes it's name from the
Thomas Jefferson wrote about the laws of nature and nature's God in a little
document called the Declaration of Independence.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Just when the tobacco industry thought things couldn't get worse.
Government documents have now surfaced.
In them, former Philip Morris employees say the company intentionally
manipulated the level of nicotine in cigarettes, knowing the substance acts
like a drug.
That contradicts testimony by tobacco executives, and appears to support the
F-D-A's position that it should regulate tobacco as a drug.
Last week for the first time ever, one of the nation's largest cigarette
companies agreed to settle a lawsuit over smoking, possibly opening the
floodgates to more anti-smoking litigation.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in the broadcast, legal problems dog one of Kirk
and racing will return to Victory Stadium, but this time it's on a smaller
MUSIC UP FULL
The Victory Stadium Speedway will be back in business this year.
Today, Roanoke City Council okayed an agreement with promoter Danny Taylor.
It'll bring a new and smaller class of cars to the stadium.
Taylor is planning races on 13 dates during the spring and summer.
Drivers will race mini-cup, mini-stock, mini-modified and legends.. all
smaller than the cars that have raced in Victory Stadium in the past.
IN Q=This will provide a greater
((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: THIS WILL PROVIDE A GREATER COMPETITION AND
MORE OF A COMPETITION WITH THESE TYPE OF VEHICLES. THE NEW CLASSES AND FOLKS
WILL RELATE VERY WELL TO THEM BECAUSE THEY LOOK JUST LIKE A WINSTON CUP CAR.))
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Racing Promoter;
OUT Q=winston cup car.
Also today, Council endorsed the plan to build an interchange on Interstate
581, south of Hershberger Road.
And it decided on a name for the Pedestrian Bridge that links the Hotel
Roanoke with downtown. The new name? Market Square Walkway.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=....last score
Harry Johnson has been named the triple A coach of the year by the
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/AAA State Championship; :00
Johnson ended a 19 year career at G.W. Danville by coaching the Eagles to
their first state title since 1933 and a perfect 27 and OH record.
The AP named William Fleming 6' 5" senior James Stokes to the 1st team all
Danville's Bobby Wimbush was named to the state's first team as well.
Eagle teammate Tyrone Robertson was a second team all state selection.
The VMI football and basketball programs got a welcome boost today as both
head coaches received gigantic votes of confidence.
Mike Stevens has more from Lexington.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Lexington/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Stewart/VMI Head Football Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Basketball Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Davis Babb/VMI Athletic Director; :37
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( With the Marshall museum and library as the backdrop, basketball boss Bart
Bellairs and head football coach Bill Stewart inked six-year contract
extensions that will keep them on the barracks into the next century.
((BILL STEWART/VMI HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD BASKETBALL COACH:))
((DAVIS BABB/VMI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
Bellairs took VMI hoops to new levels this past season with 18 wins. He's
also found a way to put people in the stands at Cameron Hall and get big name
programs to play in Lexington.
For the 43 year old Stewart, the 6 year deal is a God Send. After spending
the past 16 years at 9 different programs, this is the stability he's wished
for for his wife and 18 month old son.))
Funny you should mention Dennis the Menace MIke.
Yesterday, the NBA slapped the league's bad boy with a 6 game suspension
and a 20 thousand dollar fine!!
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ; :00
Why? Because he did this!! he head butted a referee after being ejected
from the Bulls/New Jersey Nets game this past weekend.
Rodman is out until April second.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Bulls vs. 76ers; :00
With Rodman out; Sir Michael carried the load as the Bulls took on
Philadelphia. He scored 38 points and had 11 boards.
Rookie Jerry Stackhouse led Philly with 31 points. Bulls win 98-94.
Express team captain Dave Stewart will miss the team's final home game
of the regular season tonight!
The ECHL has suspended Stewart for fighting at the conclusion of the
Roanoke/Raleigh game Sunday night.
Stewart's 3; game misconducts this season warrants a game suspension by the
More sports still to come tonight. We will head to chambers where council
honored both the Virginia football team
and the Roanoke Junior Hockey team for bringing back the bronze from Canada.
The Roanoke Junior Express hockey team was honored at City hall tonight.
Council presented each player with a gift. A resolution detailing the team's
accomplishments was also presented.
The juniors brought home a bronze medal in the Can-Am Invitational last
month in Montreal.
IN Q="I didn't...
SUPER=01-Patrick Savard/Jr. Express Player;
SUPER=01-Dick Pitman/Jr. Express Head Coach;
OUT Q=...a whole lot."
Council also tipped it's hat to the Virginia football program for the
Cavaliers outstanding season.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
UVa head football coach George Welsh was unable to make it today but his
administrative assistant Phil Monahan did show up to accept a Jefferson Cup, a
proclamation and some kinds words for the Barber twins.
IN Q="The Roanoke Valley...
OUT Q=...CITED FOR THAT."
Kirk Douglas' son Eric was released on ten thousand dollars bail today.
FBI agents arrested Douglas for causing a disturbance on a Continental
Airlines flight to Newark, New Jersey.
Douglas let his dog loose on the plane.
When asked to put the pet away, he allegedly became loud and verbally
abused the flight crew.
Previous charges concerning his dog had been dropped.
Now he must have psychological, alcohol and drug tests, and is scheduled
for court at the end of April.