Coming up on NEWS- 7 at SIX:
The holiday is observed INdoors.
A new school mascot gets the axe.
And the prison director's view of new prisons still on the drawing board
but coming to life in a community in southwest Virginia before long.
Tonight in sports, the Bulls look to sweep the Magic out of the playoffs
Two members of team Saturn sweep the Saturn festival cup bike races in
downtown Roanoke this afternoon.
And this goal in overtime by the Princeton Tigers denies UVa its national
championship in Lacrosse.
Our partly sunny skies have turned downright sinister--
A line of thunderstorms continue marching across the region.
We'll have the watches, warnings, and the doppler radar, coming up.
The day we pause to honor our war dead- -was THIS YEAR- -also marked by
recognition that we have entered "a very difficult, peculiar period."
IN Q=It was difficult
SUPER=01-Albert Beveridge/Marshall Foundation; :38
SUPER=01-Sen. John Warner/(R) Virginia; 1:10
OUT Q=over the world.
(( It was difficult planning an outdoor event.
The rain held off. But the ceremony in Bedford was moved off the
courthouse steps... to the middle school auditorium.
nat sot- -band
The Liberty High School band helped set the stage.
This community lost 23 men in the Normandy invasion of France.
A National D-DAY Memorial is in the works- -to be built in Bedford.
The Marshall Foundation has taken on a support role.
The foundation's director used the occasion to lament a difficult period of
"extraordinary nastiness... rampant selfishness and disrespect."
IN Q=Therefor I am
((I AM HOPEFUL THAT THIS D-DAY MEMORIAL WILL NOT ONLY CELEBRATE THE FEATS OF
THE MEN OF ARMS WHO TOOK PART IN THAT GREAT ENTERPRISE, BUT WILL REMIND US OF
THE SENSE OF MUTUAL OBLIGATION AND RESPECT THAT MADE THIS NATION GREAT.))
The other guest speaker mentioned Bedford's D-Day role, but was also
anticipating FUTURE military conflicts.
IN Q=I fight hard
((I FIGHT HARD IN THE SENATE AND WILL NEVER GIVE UP THE SENATE TO TRY TO
CLARIFY THE FUTURE SUCH THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES GO FORTH IN
HARMS WAY ONLY AND I REPEAT ONLY WHEN ITS IN THE VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY
INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. ))
The Senator voted against the American peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
IN Q=But our troops
((WARNER: BUT OUR TROOPS WENT. AND ONCE THEY'RE THERE THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB,
BUT IT THINK WE'VE GOT TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHERE WE SEND OUR TROOPS. NOT
ONLY TO PROTECT THEM, BUT ALSO IT'S TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE TO THE AMERICAN
TAXPAYER. AND WE CANNOT BE THE POLICEMAN ALL OVER THE WORLD.))
OUT Q=over the world.))
Warner is locked in a struggle for his party's nomination.
His stop in Bedford was one of four Memorial Day appearances he made today,
barely two weeks before the Republican primary.
The weather didn't stop Roanoke from honoring its veterans.
Federal officials joined with local family and friends to praise those who
fought for freedom.
Intern reporter Stacey Martin has this report.
IN Q=The rainy weather
SUPER=01-Matthew Zimmerman/Ret. Chaplain Dept. of Veterans Affairs;
SUPER=01-Sloan Hoopes/World War II Veteran;
OUT Q=I'm SM.
(( The rainy weather did not stop many people from coming out for Memorial
Families and veterans gathered at Greene Memorial Methodist church in
Roanoke for a day of solemn remembrance of America's fallen soldiers.
SOT 10.44.57 - 10.45.09
IN Q=They felt they
((MATTHEW ZIMMERMAN/RET. CHAPLAIN DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS;
THEY FELT THEY HAD A RESPONSIBILITY BOTH CIVIC AND SPIRITUAL TO PROTECT AND TO
DEFEND THIS NATION THROUGH WHICH GOD CAN OFFER UP A TESTIMONY.))
OUT Q=up a testimony.
The tribute attracted veterans from almost every American war and conflict
SOT 11.00.59 - 11.01.12
IN Q= It represents lives
((SLOAN HOOPES/WORLD WAR II VETERAN;
IT REPRESENTS LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AND THEY SHOULD
OUT Q=should be remembered
The tribute also included the traditional playing of taps and the laying of
But, some veterans felt a part of the meaning may have been lost.
SOT 11.24.01 - 11.24.16
IN Q=Even though Memorial
((STACEY MARTIN/INTERN REPORTER;
EVEN THOUGH MEMORIAL DAY IS MEANT TO HONOR SOLDIERS LIKE THESE WHO DIED WHILE
FIGHTING FOR THEIR COUNTRY, MOST OF THE VETERANS WHO GATHERED HERE TODAY THINK
IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE THESE FORMER
SOLDIERS MADE. FOR NEWS SEVEN, I'M STACEY MARTIN.))
Two motorcycle riders were seriously hurt in a wreck on Interstate 81 south
of Salem this morning.
The accident occurred at about 11:30, and backed up holiday traffic for
miles on the northbound side of the road.
The wreck involved a motorcycle towing a small trailer. State police say one
tire of the trailer went off the road, throwing the bike out of control.
The driver and his female friend were thrown off the bike at about 65 miles
an hour. They were both airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where they're
both in serious condition.
Police have not released the names of the riders, but say the driver was a
retired police officer from the Tidewater area.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
As the Allen Administration leaves office in Virginia in 1998, four of the
nation's most secure prisons will be opening their doors to the state's
Death Row will move to Sussex County.
And for the first time ever, officers on the INSIDE will be carrying guns.
Ellen Qualls has a glimpse of the future behind bars in Virginia.
IN Q=Corrections Director
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director; :08
SUPER=04-Courtesy of DOC; 1:11
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Corrections Director Ron Angelone (ANN-ja-loan) thinks like a hardened
He's got to to keep up.
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: HAVE INMATES IN THE DAYROOM KILLED
AND INJURED OTHER INMATES. YES. HAVE THEY HURT STAFF UNDER MY WATCH, YES.))
He's been the man in the hot seat -- as his boss abolished parole and
started packing 'em in.
There was the loaded gun that may have found its way onto Death Row.
Most recently, a corrections officer stabbed by an inmate at Mecklenburg.
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I
ALWAYS LOOK AT IS YOU HAVE TO HAVE A STAFF THAT WANTS TO RUN THIS PRISON. AND
TO HAVE A STAFF THAT FEELS SAFE EVERY PLACE THEY ARE TO RUN IT. THEY DO NOT
FEEL THAT THEY'RE OVERWHELMED, OUTNUMBERED, INTIMIDATED, NOT IN CHARGE.))
Hence, Red Onion and Wallen's Ridge in Wise and Dickenson Counties.
They're just drawings now -- but by dividing the state's most violent
predators into two separate units, they're the safest plans Angelone's 27
years' experience has to offer.
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: ULTIMATELY RIGHT NOW, UNTIL AFTER WE
GET IT OUT AND WORKING AND SAY WE COULD ADD MAYBE SOMETHING TO IT, IS THE
ULTIMATE DESIGN IN THE UNITED STATES RIGHT NOW. IT PROVIDES THE BEST
Sussex I and II in Sussex County are actually a little less sophisticated --
but one will become the new home to Death Row.
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: DEATH ROW IS NEVER YOUR MAJOR
PHYSICAL PROBLEM WITH INDIVIDUALS. THEY'RE NOT INMATES THAT ARE CONTINUALLY
CAUSING PROBLEMS. THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT. I MEAN THEY ARE
FACING THE ULTIMATE OF SENTENCES.))
So all four prisons have a new first in Virginia: guns and gun turrets
INSIDE, overlooking the common areas, the mess hall.
Their ammo is rubber bullets meant to stop, hurt, teach a lesson -- but NOT
The sound track of the architect's video inspires confidence.
But really it's the view that warms the hearts of corrections officers.
All four prisons are slated to open by 1998.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six, V-Wil officials tell cadets they cannot use
a potentially offensive nickname,
and they only come around every 17 years, but that's still too often for Henry
County. We'll tell you how their dealing with the return of the cicadas in
just a moment.
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I doubt the cicadas (si-Kay-duhs) are out in this messy weather.
We're expecting the showers and thunderstorms to continue off and on
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe thunderstorm Watch until
10 p-m for much of southwestern Virginia.
A Flash flood watch is also in effect for those areas and most of the
Let's take a peek now at the highs and lows and rainfall totals so far
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
They're commonly called locusts-- but they're really cicadas (si- KAY-
Whatever you call them, the insects are currently infesting parts of
Martinsville and Henry County.
And as Kimberly McBroom reports, the creatures are bugging some residents.
IN Q=With its prominent
SUPER=07-David Helms; :27
SUPER=01-Gene Amos/VA Cooperative Extension; 1:08
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( With its prominent red eyes-- the cicada has a face only a mother could
These insects which resemble large flies, first surface from the ground.
They then attach themselves to trees-- preferably oaks-- and cling to them
until they emerge from their shells.
Cicadas can be detrimental to young trees, where they typically lay their
The bugs jump on people, too-- but pose no risk to humans.
((DAVID HELMS: I'VE HAD TO KNOCK A FEW OFF MY MOM'S BACK-- AND IT DOESN'T MAKE
MOWING THE LAWN A VERY FUN EXPERIENCE. BUT-- IT'S PRETTY GROSS. ))
A couple of weeks ago, Helms noticed a loud chirping sound-- the mating
call of the male cicadas.
And insect shells began covering his trees.
((DAVID HELMS: THEY'RE SHELLS BEING EVERYWHERE AND THE SOUND, ONCE IT GETS TO
ABOUT 12 O'CLOCK NOON, IT'S UNBEARABLE. BUT YEAH, YOU JUST GOT TO WATCH YOUR
STEP FOR THE MOST PART. ))
Agricultural officials say the cicadas are often confused with locusts--
which date back to the Bible.
((GENE AMOS/VA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE: I THINK THE LOCUSTS TERMINOLOGY
GOES BACK BECAUSE OF THE BIBLICAL PLAGUE TERM OF LOCUSTS. THE LOCUSTS IS IN
THE GRASSHOPPER FAMILY-- THAT'S NOT THE SAME INSECTS AS THE CICADAS, WHICH WE
SOT standup here tape 2 6:39:03
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THESE HARMLESS, BUT NOISY VISITORS ARE ONLY
EXPECTED TO STICK AROUND FOR ANOTHER MONTH OR SO-- NOT TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER 17
YEARS. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE. ))
First they couldn't be rats, now they can't be WOGS either.
Student's at V-M-I's counterpart for woman will have to come up with a new
The V-Wil cadets were looking for a name to match "Rats," which is what
first year cadets are called at V-M-I.
They selected "WOGS"-- short for polliwogs.
But school administrators checked their dictionaries and found another
WOG is also a British racist term for blacks.
School officials are telling students they have to drop the new nickname.
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The Stock Market is closed today in observance of the holiday.
But still to come on News 7-
They're ripe and ready to be picked. When we return we'll take a look at
berry picking in the Roanoke Valley.
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The Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start of summer, but there
are other signs of the season.
And tonight, Joe Dashiell reports one of them is ripe for the picking.
IN Q=On a morning of blue skies
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Kathy Davis; :08
SUPER=01-Buddy Hill/Garrett Farms; :23
SUPER=07-Wendy Lundstrum; :53
SUPER=07-Nancy Davis; :58
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County
((On a morning of blue skies and cool breezes, Gretchen Davis was getting
her first taste of fresh- picked strawberries.
SOT KATHY DAVIS 10:25:30
IN Q=I just wanted to bring her out
((KATHY DAVIS: I JUST WANTED TO BRING HER OUT AND EXPOSE HER AS MUCH AS
POSSIBLE AND SHE LOVES TO EAT THEM AS YOU CAN SEE. SHE'S GOT THEM ALL OVER
OUT Q=all over her.
At Garrett Farms in Roanoke County, and at pick- your- own operations
throughout western Virginia, a bountiful crop of strawberries is now in season.
And the growers are thankful.
SOT BUDDY HILL
IN Q=North Carolina lost
((BUDDY HILL/GARRETT FARMS: NORTH CAROLINA LOST 40 PERCENT OF THEIR CROP TO A
LATE FREEZE. WE WEREN'T QUITE SO UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE A FULL CROP.
WE DID HAVE TO IRRIGATE SEVERAL TIMES FOR FROST CONTROL WHEN IT WAS COLD LATE
IN THE SEASON AND LIKE I SAID WE ARE 10 DAYS LATE STARTING TO PICK THIS YEAR.))
OUT Q=starting to pick this year
The rows at Garrett Farms will produce tons of berries... and it will
probably be another couple of weeks before this two- acre patch is picked
For those who head into the field, getting the berries home is half the
SOT WENDY LUNDSTRUM 10:24:03
IN Q=We love strawberries in
((WENDY LUNDSTRUM; WE LOVE STRAWBERRIES IN OUR HOUSE. IN FACT, I'LL PROBABLY
EAT A BUCKET FOR LUNCH.))
SOTNANCY BURNS 10:27:39
((NANCY BURNS: WE EAT THEM BEFORE THEY'RE EVEN HOME. JUST WASHING THEM AND
EATING THEM FRESH AS THEY ARE IS PROBABLY THE BEST WAY MY KIDS LIKE TO EAT
OUT Q=like to eat them.
Ripe strawberries fresh from a local field may be a fleeting pleasure. but
berry lovers aren't crying the blues. They know the blueberries are on the way.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
Coming up tonight in sports, highlights from the Virginia Cavaliers bid for
the NCAA lacrosse championship, plus fallout from last night's Coke 600,
and we'll in the groove with today's Saturn Festival Cup races in downtown
Roanoke and hear from some of the big winners.
The Virginia Cavaliers lacrosse team was in College Park, Maryland this
afternoon trying to bring
the NCAA national lacrosse championship back to Charlottesville as they took on
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/ESPN; :00
The Tigers won the title in 92 and 94 and they started fast taking a 4-to-2
lead on the Cavs as Jeff McMean's assist leads to a Princeton goal from from
the right side of the crease.
But Michael Watson would keep the Cavaliers close in the first half. Watch
this sprawling shot with time running out in the first period. Princeton leads
4-to-3 after one.
Watson had three goals in the first period, and he kept coming in the fourth
with the bouncer in front, his fifth of the game and it cuts Princeton's lead
to 12-11 with 7:06 to go.
Head Coach Dom Starcia kept his Cavs focused and with 5 minutes to play,
Curry scores on the dive and we're headed to overtime tied at 12.
But just 34 seconds into the sudden death period, Lawrence Smith finds Jesse
HUbbard, who fires a leaning bouncer between the pipes from 20 yards out as
Princeton beats Virginia 13-to-12 in sudden death.
The sixth annual Saturn Festival Cup bike races headlined today's Festival in
the Park activities.
Cyclists from ages 3 and up took part in one or more of the 12 different
But the highlight was the action in the two pro division races.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturn Festival Cup; :00
SUPER=01-Clara Hughes/Women's Pro Division Winner; :40
SUPER=01-Steve Bauer/Men's Pro Division Winner; 1:57
SUPER=01-Billy Pearlman/Third Straight Masters Champ; 2;19
OUT Q=...FOR THIS RACE."
(( The sun started peeking through the clouds about midway through the women's
25 lap pro race.
But it took awhile for the heat to dry up the rain soaked one kilometer
course so, race officials covered the ultra slick manhole covers with colored
gripper tape to improve traction.
Instead they should have made team Saturn pro Clara Hughes drag a couple of
spare tires behind her bike.
The Hamilton, Ontario native who will compete for Canada in the upcoming
summer olympic games lapped the entire field and easily won the 25 kilometer
event in a time of 33 minutes and 48 seconds.
((CLARA HUGHES/WOMEN'S PRO DIVISION WINNER:))
The men's pro event had more than twice as many cyclists as the women's with
34, and a participant from New Zealand in Anthony MortiMer, who was riding for
East Coasters bike shop.
And with the streets now completely dry the pace in the turns was at times
A number of riders took turns playing the role of the rabbit and setting the
pace for the 45 lap race, but on course this short and tight, it usually only
took a lap for the chase pack to reel in the leaders.
Despite the temptation - not one of the riders chose to make a pitstop at
the world famous Texas Tavern, but with 11 laps to go three cyclists had formed
a breakaway pack and distanced themselves from the others.
Christopher Blake, Matthew Kosharo and Steve Bauer would duel for the final
10 circuits with Bauer getting the win ina time of 54 minutes and 44 seconds.
((STEVE BAUER/MEN'S PRO DIVISION WINNER:))
And 37 year old Roanoke physician Billy Pearlman pulled off a three peat
today winning his third straight Master's division title for cyclists over 35.
((BILLY PEARLMAN/THREE STRAIGHT MASTERS TITLES:))
A couple of major league games are in the books this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Astros vs. Pirates; :00
In Pittsburgh, the Astros beat the PIrates 5-to-3 thanks to the efforts of
Craig Biggio who doubled, tripled, homered and walked.
The Pirates have now lost 16-to- their last 20 games.
Again, today's final Astros 5 and PIrates 3.
Also this afternoon the Rockies beat the Cardinals by a score of 5-to-2.
The Coca-Cola 600 turned into the Dale Jarrett show last night as the
HIckory, North Carolina won the race by a staggering 12 point 9 seconds.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Last Night; :00
Jarrett led the final 61 laps of the race and 199 of the final 400 laps
He also picked up the second jewel of the Winston Million and now earn a
million dollar bonus with a win September 1st at Darlington.
Also, last night Kyle Petty and Ted Musgrave's tango on this restart sent
Lyle to the penalty box for 7 laps and Musgrave and several other cars behind
the wall with serious damage.
IN Q="hey that's...
((TED MUSGRAVE/DRIVER - FAMILY CHANNEL FORD:))
SUPER=01-Ted Musgrave/Family Channel Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...HAPPEN LIKE THAT."
The Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs resumed this afternoon in
Orlando. The Chicago Bulls trying to capture the series 4-0 over the Magic.
VO-NAT #eng; :00
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC; :00
The Bulls start off shaky. In the 2nd Quarter Shaquille O'Neal strips Luc
Longley of the ball, one of Chicago's 10 first half turnovers, and lays it in
to make the score 40-32 Orlando.
Then a few minutes later, Shaq grabs the rebound and makes this monster Jam
to make the score 44-36.
But the BUlls would strike back with Michael Jordan.
Who scores 45 as the Bulls win it 106 to 101 to clinch the sweep.