Up next on News 7-
The death penalty or life in prison. We'll find out what a jury decided for
Lyle and Eric Menendez.
If you drive a Ford car, you'll want to hear about the latest possible
recall- It may involve millions of vehicles.
And it takes extra innings but UVa beats Tech in Baseball tonight at Salem.
Plus the warmer forecast-
News 7 is next.
Life in prison- Not the death penalty for the Menendez brothers.
A jury recommended life in prison without parole for the brothers.
They're convicted in the shotgun slayings of their parents.
SUPER=03-Great Falls, MT;
A grand jury met in Montana, but no indictment against the Unabomber
supsect, Theodore Kaczynski
Plus if you drive a Ford Car, you may want to hear the latest news about a
Some are blaming defective ignition switches for hundreds of fires.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Eric and Lyle Menendez will not go to the death chamber.
The two instead got life in prison.
Jennifer Sabih reports from Los Angeles.
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SUPER=01-Gil Garcetti/L.A. District Attorney; 30
SUPER=01-Leslie Abramson/Defense Attorney; 1:07
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((The stakes couldn't have been higher, death by execution or life in prison
without possibility of parole. The 28-year old Lyle Menendez and his 25 year
old brother Erik were surprisingly stonefaced as they listened to a jury
decide their fate. Only a small sigh of relief was audible when the 8-man,
4-woman jury spared their lives and recommended instead that the brothers
spend the rest of their lives for the murders of their parents.
GIL GARCETTI/LOS ANGELES DISTRICT ATTORNEY:
It's been seven years and two trials since Jose and Kitty Menendez were found
murdered in their Beverly Hills mansion. The first trial ended in mis-trial.
Then on march 20th the jury found Erik and Lyle guilty of first degree murder
with special circumstances. The D.A. argued for the death penalty saying if
anyone deserved it, the Menendez boys did, and that although they were only 18
and 21 years old at the time, jurors should have no sympathy and should
remember instead how the boys ambushed their parents with 12 gauge shotguns
while Mr. and Mrs. Menendez were watching TV.
LESLIE ALESLIE ABRAMSON/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THEY BOYS WILL BE PRODUCTIVE IN JAIL.
THEY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY. EVEN SOME MEMBERS OF THE JURY SAID THEY
BELIEVED THE TWO WILL FIND A WAY TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN JAIL.
In both trials the brothers contended they were victims of sexual, physical and
emotional abuse by their parents, and they killed their mother and father for
fear of their own lives. In Los Angeles, Jennifer Sabih, For CBS News.))
A federal grand jury has finished day one in Montana- without indicting
the suspected Unabomber.
SUPER=03-Great Falls, MT;
The U-S marshal says
the panel adjourned at day's end and is not scheduled to meet again until
Theodore Kaczynski was arrested April third at his mountain cabin. But he
has been charged only with possession of bomb components, not with
any of the Unabomber attacks.
Almost one year after the Oklahoma City Bombing- an anti terrorism bill
wins Senate approval.
The bill now moves on to the house where lawmakers hope to act before
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/April 19, 1995;
It was one year ago this Friday that the blast destroyed the federal
building in Oklahoma City- killing 168 people.
From Ruby Ridge to Waco to Oklahoma City, the date April 19th has become
synonymous with anti-government related violence.
One expert on cults and militia groups hopes this Friday won't bring more of
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Rick Ross/Cult & Militia Expert; :39
SUPER=@ssm2; :56 (quick!)
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IN Q=Today in the
((TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES THERE IS A SUBCULTURE OF FANATICISM, EXTREMISM
THAT IS BUBBLING UP AROUND OUR COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=around our country.
Rick Ross has made it his job to help the victims of that fanaticism, people
who get caught up in cults and militia groups without fulling knowing what
they're getting into.
Even though events like Oklahoma City have scared off many militia members,
the groups continue to recruit heavily.
Ross says there are dozens of Randy Weavers and David Koresh's out there,
just waiting for their chance to confront the government.
Dealing with them is a fine line between enforcing the law and avoiding
IN Q=I think the
((RICK ROSS/MILITIA EXPERT: I THINK THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ENFORCE THE LAW...
VICTIMIZED BY THE INFLUENCE OF ITS LEADERS.))
OUT Q=of its leaders.
What do those leaders have planned for this Friday, the next April 19th?
Ross hopes the day passes quietly.
IN Q=I'm hoping that
((ROSS: I'M HOPING THAT THE MILITIA GROUPS... APRIL THE 19TH.))
OUT Q=April the 19th.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
F-A-A Investigators from Richmond spent the day today pouring over the
wreckage of a small plane in Franklin County.
The "home-built" aircraft took a nose-dive yesterday on a flight from
Greenville, South Carolina to Leesburg in Northern Virginia.
((TOM JONES/FAA: THE PROPELLER WAS IN THE GROUND PROBABLY THREE FEET, THAT'S
WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR IS TO PULL HIS PROPELLER OUT AND TAKE A LOOK AT
SUPER=01-Tom Jones/Federal Aviation Administration
OUT Q=look at that.
It took hours to dig it out- -even with the help of a front- end loader.
The two- seater aircraft went down in a sudden storm of high- wind and rain
The pilot, an experienced flier from Austin, Texas and his wife- -both in
their 60's, were on their way to Leesburg to visit their son.
He's an air traffic controller.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, local agencies must find new funding after
the General Assembly fails to override the Governor's veto.
and we'll tell you why some people are afraid their Ford Trucks and cars are a
We're going to be trading in tonight's chilly temperatures for much warmer
Winds will shift to the southwest, and we'll see high temperatures rise
into the 70s.
As for today-- just about everyone was in the 60s...
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The Federal Government is trying to determine if 23-Million Ford cars, vans
and light trucks are fire hazards.
Defective ignition switches are blamed for more than 800 fires in North
Some owners have reported the fires start in the steering column. In some
cases in vehicles that were parked with the engines off.
Ford has already recalled a quarter of a million vehicles in Canada, but no
action has been planned for America.
The company says it's cooperating with the investigation.
In the meantime, officials say if your ignition sparks, smells or smokes,
you should get it fixed.
The Governor's office says the Roanoke region has gotten THE most business
incentive money in the state over the last two years.
But Roanoke area Democrats still came close to overriding two of George
Allen's vetoes of even more money.
They came up short.
Ellen Qualls has the story of the testy final hours of the 1996 General
IN Q=They needed 67
SUPER=01-Del. Kirk Cox/(R) Colonial Heights; 1:19
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They needed 67 votes to override Governor Allen's veto.
SOT 13:24:45 vote on va. cares 65-34
((CLOSE ... THE ... ROLL. CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.))
But despite emotional, bi- partisan expressions of support, Virginia CARES
will now have to somehow bid for money, when it's funding runs out by July.
Then there was the College of Health Sciences funding -- for students all
over southwest Virginia.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: 600 AND SOME PLUS STUDENTS... BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, LET
ME SHOW YOU THE FACES OF THE PEOPLE THAT IF YOU VOTE TO SUSTAIN THIS VETO,
YOU'LL BE TAKING THEIR JOBS.))
That veto stood too.
And so did Allen's veto of the language that would have forced him to ask
for federal Goals 2000 money -- if two thirds of local school boards said to.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT I DON'T WANT TO
SUGGEST TO THE SCHOOL BOARDS IN THIS COMMONWEALTH THAT WE DON'T HAVE FAITH IN
THEIR JUDGMENT. THAT WE SAY TO THEM WE'LL LEAVE IT UP TO YOU TO DECIDE. AND
THEN WHEN THEY MEET THE MANDATES THAT THEY'VE SET OUT, WE SAY "OH. SORRY."))
((DEL. KIRK COX: IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCUMBENT UPON US NOT TO PUT THE ONE THING
THAT'S VALUED IN THE CLASSROOM AT RISK, AND THAT IS WHAT WE TEACH THE KIDS. I
AM ABSOLUTELY NOT WILLING TO GIVE THAT OVER TO THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION.))
Then there are the lawsuits.
House Democrats say the Governor has misused his line item veto powers.
The Governor says the legislature is limiting them too much on another bill.
All sides say Virginia's first Governor, Patrick Henry, would be spinning in
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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John Warner could easily win re-election IF he can just win his party's
That's what a News-7/Roanoke Times poll shows.
Warner is leading among likely Republican voters in the June primary but
not by much.
If the vote were held today, the survey says Warner would get less than half
the vote, but still beat challenger Jim Miller.
Seventeen percent of the voters surveyed said they had not made up their
But among GOP voters, just 39 percent have a favorable opinion of Virginia's
senior senator; and 25 percent have an UNfavorable view.
John Warner is maintaining a comfortable lead over his likely Democratic
opponent, Mark Warner, 56 percent to 24 percent.
Pressing business in Richmond and Washington kept most of the state's
polticians away from the 48th Shad Planking in Wakefield.
Lt. Governor Don Beyer and U.S. Senator John Warner sent their regrets, but
senate candidates Mark Warner and Jim Miller were there.
And so was Joe Dashiell.
IN Q=The Wakefiled Ruritan Club
SUPER=01-Eric Peterson/John Warner's Spokesman; :25
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/(R) U.S. Senate Candidate;:40
OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Wakefield.
About five thousand Southside workers are expected to join the United Food
and Commercial Workers union.
The employees currently belong to the United Textile Workers Union, but
they've taken steps to merge with the state's largest union.
The move was expected.
Last fall, both unions on the international level also combined.
About four thousand of the local workers are employed by Dan River.
The others work for Hickson DanChem, Commodore Mobile Homes and (IN-ISS)
Ennis Business Forms.
IN Q=We have
((MICHAEL FALLEN/HICKSON DANCHEM EMPLOYEE: WE HAVE GOOD MEMBERSHIP BUT WE JUST
DON'T, WE CAN'T RAISE ENOUGH CAPITAL TO REALLY DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I
FEEL WE NEED TO DO.
TOM MCNUTT/LOCAL UFCW PRESIDENT: WE THINK THAT BECAUSE WE REPRESENT 40-THOUSAND
PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT OUR COMBINED
STRENGTH WITH THE UTW WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING SOME REAL
SUBSTANTIAL BENEFIT TO THE EMPLOYEES WHO WORK IN THIS AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Fallen/Hickson DanChem Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/Local UFCW President; :10
OUT Q=in this area.
Three of the four local unions have already agreed to the merger.
The fourth is expected to vote Thursday night.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Roanoke is slated to get new jet service,
and we'll hear from former Congresswoman and civil rights leader Shirley
Chisholm as she passes through our area.
A candidate who made a run for the White House in the 70's made a stop at
Virginia Tech tonight.
Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm spoke to students.
Her theme: "Social Justice in America: in the Individual and the
She was invited by the Black Students Alliance of Virginia Tech.
Chisholm told the audience institutionalized racism is still a major
challenge for America.
She also had a message for young people who want change.
IN Q=The most important
((DR. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM/FRM. U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT
YOUNG PEOPLE IS SO OFTEN THEY DO NOT HAVE PATIENCE. THEY EXPECT EVERYTHING
SHOULD BE DONE IMMEDIATELY. I ALWAYS TRY TO TELL THEM ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A
SUPER=01-Dr. Shirley Chisholm/Frm. U.S. Congresswoman;
OUT Q=built in a day.
Chisholm was the first African-American woman to serve in congress in 1968.
And the first to run for President in 1972.
It will soon be easier to become a member of the "jet set" in Roanoke.
That's because Comair announced that as of this July, it'll begin jet
service to the Roanoke Regional Airport.
The regional carrier will upgrade one of its four daily flights with its new
50 seat CANAD-air jet.
SOT 10:08:28 FROM NEWSER
IN Q=We've been
((JOE KAUFMAN/COMAIR: WE'VE BEEN SERVING THE MARKET SINCE OCTOBER OF 1984, AND
WE'RE VERY PLEASED THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ENHANCE THE LEVEL OF OUR SERVICE BY
BRINGING IN THE JET AIRCRAFT.))
OUT Q=the jet aircraft.
Comair's three other flights out of Roanoke will remain in prop planes, at
least for now.
The jet service will not cost any more than the prop plane flights.
The only other carrier that offers jet service to Roanoke is U-S Air.
Tech and UVa battle on the diamond in Salem, the Keydets and Tarheels trade
jabs in the cage in Lexington, the RUsh gets a new head coach, and the Barbers
hold court at Hunting HIlls.
And what a difference a day makes.
After striking out five times yesterday, Sammy Sosa came back to hit two homers
today including this two run game winner in the 10th to lift the Cubs over the
Reds 8-to-6. The scores.
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Over at Salem Memorial Stadium last night another classic match up between
Virginia Tech and Virginia.
And the Cavaliers come through with a run in the top of the 10-th to beat
the Hokies 2 to 1.
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The Hokie bird was leading the cheers as the two rivals went at it on the
The Hokies answered the call. Shortstop Kevin Kurilla hits a single up
the middle to centerfield in the bottom of the 4-th Former Byrd catcher Josh
Herman scores and Tech led 1 to nothing.
But Virginia tied it in the top of the 7-th. Former U-V-A quarterback
Symmion Willis hits a shot off the Miller Lite sign in left-centerfield for a
solo homer and the Cavaliers tied the game at one to one.
The Cavaliers scored the winning run in the top of the 10-th. Pat
Bransford hits a line drive off the rightfield wall Adam Robinson legs it out
from second and the Cavaliers win it 2 to 1.
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((DENNIS WOMACK/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/UVa Head Coach; :
The Virginia Alumni Association gathered last night at Hunting Hills and
heard from a couple of the Star City's finest Cavaliers.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Tiki and Ronde Barber returned home last night to talk to the alumni and sign
some autographs for some future Wahoos.
Ronde also talked about coming back from his recent Elbow injury that will
take about three months to heal.
IN Q="i'm really...
((RONDE BARBER/UVA CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Cornerback; :00
OUT Q=...for the program."
The University of North Carolina Lacrosse team was in Lexington last night
for a showdown with VMI at Rockbridge County High School.
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Keydet coach Doug Bartlett had a pregame chat with Carolina's Dave Klarmann.
The Tarheels jumped out in front just a couple of minutes into the game as
Spencer Deering nets one with a little help from Rob Tobin's assist.
The pounding wouldn't end there. Carolina took a 4-0 lead off this Brendan
Carey shot in the first quarter on the unassisted tally.
VMI finally did get on the board. The Keydets had a two man advantage on
the Tarheels when Joe Brockman scores. Credit the assist to Chris Feltmann.
This would pull VMI to within 3 goals, 4-1.
The second quarter featured 5 unanswered goals by the Heels culminating in
this shot by Jude Collins with 3:22 left in the half.
Carolina would go on to win the game 23 to 3.
In other action, the Roanoke men's lacrosse team beat Radford 16-13 and the
Lady Maroons beat Washington & Lee 10-6.
The Ferrum College softball team split a doubleheader today with Dixie
conference rival Methodist, losing 9-to-5 and winning game two 5-to-1.
Tomorrow at 3:30 the Ferrum baseball team opens play in the Dixie Tournament
in Danville against Shenandoah.
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Still to come tonight, tonight some new coaches take over today in Raleigh
and in Roanoke where Duke Strager takes over as head coach of the Roanoke
Opening games in four more opening round Stanley Cup playoff series were on
tap last night, including game one of the Caps-Penguins series.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Caps vs. Penguins; :00
The Pens skated to a commanding 4-to-1 lead before the Caps mounted a most
Todd Krygier keyed the five goal rally with two tallies including the game
winner as the Caps win it 6-TO-4.
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In the N-B-A the Miami Heat lost to the Philadelphia 76'ers, and as a result
they are now tied with the Charlotte Hornets for the final Eastern playoff
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The Bullets and Celtics are out of the postseason hunt, but last night in
Landover former UVa star Junior Burrough got his first start of the season
after coming off the bench in 58 straight games.
Junior would play one of his finest games of the season with 17 points and 10
rebounds as the Celtics beat SUPER=32-Boston/121/Washington/106;
the Bullets 121-to-106.
This is the 8th straight year the Bullets will miss the postseason.
The Roanoke Rush has nabbed a former Hokie and Frank Beamer aide to lead
the team this coming season.
Duke Strager, the team's defensive coordinator in the its inaugural season
last year replaces Denie Marie as head coach.
Strager was a defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech from 1987 to 1991.
He coached the defense at Concord College in 1992.
The Rush was 9 and 5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs last year.
Strager plans to build on that team's success and enhance the squad by
attracting more talented players from the area.
IN Q="We've always felt
((DUKE STRAGER/RUSH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Rush Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......looking for."
The North Carolina State basketball program finally has found a replacement
for Les Robinson, who resigned last month.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/This Morning;
Herb Sendek, who led the Redskins of Miami of Ohio to three straight
postseason appearances takes over as the youngest coach in the ACC at 33.
Wolfpack athletic director Todd Turner says Sendek's character is flawless.
Kids will climb and swing on a brand new playground come Sunday afternoon,
thanks to a massive volunteer effort in Pembroke.
With the help of Leathers and Associates Architects out of New York, the
Giles County community is building Treasure Island Playground in just four
More than 12 hundred volunteers will contribute to the playground by
Sunday night, and children will be able to enjoy the new $70,000 facility.
It took more than a year to raise all the funds.
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SUPER=01-Scott Keaton/Playground Volunteer;
OUT Q=fund raising.
Leathers & Associates has built hundreds of playgrounds across the country,
and asked for advice designing Treasure Island from students at Eastern
Elementary in Giles county.