Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
New information that American soldiers may have been exposed to chemicals in
the Persian Gulf.
Strawberries are suspected of making some people sick. We'll have a report.
Plus Shakespeare's works come to life on stage at Virginia Western.
News 7 is next.
Gulf War veterans claiming to suffer from Gulf War Syndrome have some new
evidence in their favor.
The Pentagon says that American soldiers in the Persian Gulf War were
exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons.
A rare parasite suspected in Strawberries may be causing stomach aches,
nausea, and diarrhea for scores of customers in Texas.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
A robber got stuck in sticky situation in San Antionio.
He allegedly attempted to slide down an exhaust vent of a convenience store
but got stuck.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Some shocking news about the Gulf War.
Information now suggests Gulf war soldiers were unknowingly exposed to
David Martin reports from the Pentagon.
SUPER=01-Kenneth Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman; 15
SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Joseph/Assistant Secretary of Defense; 34
OUT Q=Gulf War Syndrome. (NON STANDARD OUTCUE!!!!!!!)
((THE MYSTERY SURROUNDING GULF WAR SYNDROME TOOK A STARTLING TURN TODAY
WHEN THE PENTAGON REVEALED THAT SHORTLY AFTER THE WAR AMERICAN TROOPS BLEW UP
AN IRAQI AMMUNITION BUNKER WHICH CONTAINED ROCKETS ARMED WITH NERVE AND
KENNETH BACON/PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON: BASED ON A NEW REVIEW OF THE AVAILABLE
INFORMATION IT NOW APPEARS THAT ONE OF THE DESTROYED BUNKERS CONTAINED CHEMICAL
UNTIL TODAY, THE PENTAGON HAD INSISTED THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE AMERICAN
TROOPS WERE EXPOSED TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THEREFORE NO REASON TO THINK
CHEMICAL WEAPONS MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THE AILMENTS GULF WAR VETERANS HAVE
DR. SETPHEN JOSEPH/ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: WHAT THIS INCIDENT, OR WHAT
THIS DOES PROVIDE US IS AN AREA ON WHICH WE MUST NOW FOCUS OUR INVESTIGATION.
WHEN AMERICAN TROOPS BLEW UP THE BUNKER, THEY DID NOT SUSPECT IT
CONTAINED CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND WERE NOT WEARING MASKS OR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.
JOSEPH: IF THERE WERE ANY ACUTE HEALTH EFFECTS . . . FROM EITHER MUSTARD
OR SARIN, WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN IT THEN. WE HAVE NO RECORD OF ANYTHING BEING
NOTICED AT THE TIME.
BUT NOW THE PENTAGON MUST TRACK BACK THROUGH ALL 20,000 VETERANS WHO
HAVE COMPLAINED OF GULF WAR ILLNESSES TO DETERMINE WHO WAS ANYWHERE NEAR THE
BUNKER WHEN IT WAS DESTROYED.
THE ISSUE REALLY TURNS ON WERE THERE ANY LOW LEVEL CHRONIC HEALTH
EFFECTS FROM THE DISPERSION OR ANY EXPOSURE THAT TOOK PLACE. 11
DAVID MARTIN/CBS NEWS: EIGHT OTHER IRAQI BUNKERS ARE SUSPECTED OF HAVING
CONTAINED CHEMICAL WEAPONS, SO THE PENTAGON MUST ALSO DETERMINE IF THEIR
DESTRUCTION COULD BE LINKED TO GULF WAR SYNDROME.))
Theodore Kaczynski is California bound.
Federal marshals say the Unabomber suspect will arrive in Sacramento Monday
Kaczynksi is charged with ten counts in California- including two fatal
bombing attacks that took place in Sacramento.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore wants to know if insurers are unfairly dropping
the fire insurance policies of black churches hit by arson.
A church in Richmond is on the list of more than three dozen
arsons being investigated by federal officials, and its fire
insurance was cancelled shortly after the blaze.
Gilmore says many other churches destroyed by fire have had the same problem.
He's asking state regulators to investigate.
One of Roanoke County's largest manufacturing plants is cutting jobs.
Ingersoll- Rand will layoff eighty workers connected to its tool and hoist
The local plant has shifted its focus and will strictly produce rock-drill
Company officials announced the organizational shift last year.
At that time they said layoffs would likely be part of the restructuring
California's supreme court took a bite of its "three strikes you're out"
The court ruled that judges can ignore the tougher sentencing guidelines if
they feel the punishment is too harsh.
Two dozen states have enacted similar laws, aimed at cracking down on repeat
Virginia's own measure passed in 1994, but Governor George Allen says the
California ruling has no bearing on what happens here in the Old Dominion.
IN Q=The three strikes
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE THREE STRIKES LAW WE HAVE ON THE BOOKS HERE IN
VIRGINIA IS FINE BUT IT IS COMPLETELY OVERSHADOWED AS FAR AS ITS IMPORTANTCE BY
THE ABOLITION OF PAROLE, WHICH GETS AFTER VIOLENT CRIMINALS AFTER THE FIRST
STRIKE. SO FOR ALL INDICATIONS, FROM MY PRELIMINARY VIEW OF CALIFORNIA'S LAW,
THAT'S THEIR PROBLEM. WE'VE ABOLISHED PAROLE, THREE STRIKES IS PASSE', THAT'S
OLD STUFF AND NOT APPLICABLE TO OUR SITUATION HERE.))
OUT Q=our situation here.
Allen is in the midst of a week- long "listening" tour, where he is
criss-crossing the state, talking with residents about their concerns.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on our newscast, one of the driving forces in Valley tourism
decides to call it quits,
and we'll see how one local theatre group is trying to make the Bard's work
more accesible to its audiences.
Patrick in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
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A prosecutor says being high is no exuse for a crime.
But that's what a man accused of stealing mail is blaming for his troubles.
Officials say Jeffrey Scott Wright was part of a mail theft ring.
The group stole thousands of dollars by forging and cashing checks.
But, at an arraignment today Wright blamed it all on his "expensive drug
SOT 14.31.47 - 14.31.59
IN Q=He passed stolen
((TOM ECKERT/ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY; HE PASSED STOLEN CHECKS, STOLEN FROM THE
MAIL; CREDIT CARDS AND SO FORTH. IT COST A LOT OF PEOPLE A LOT OF
INCONVENIENCE AS WELL AS LOSS AND THE MERE FACT THAT HE WAS USING DRUGS IS
CERTAINLY NO EXCUSE FOR THAT.))
SUPER=01-Tom Eckert/Assistant U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=excuse for that
Wright is the only adult charged in the ring.
Officials already prosecuted the other juveniles involved.
If convicted Wright faces five years in prison and 250 thousand dollars in
They are tomorrow's leaders, and all this week they've been learning just
how state government operates.
Steve Smallshaw pays a visit to both the Boys State and Girls State
conventions in central Virginia.
IN Q=For fifty years
SUPER=01-Verna Vance/Girls State Director; :15
SUPER=01-Karen Thomasson/Girls State Attendee; :24
SUPER=01-Chris Molino/Boys State Governor; 1:07
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot Girls State marching
For fifty years they've been coming to Girls State to learn how government
works and the importance of being good citizens.
And after five decades, it's safe to say the girls of the 1990's are
marching to the beat of a different drummer.
IN Q=When I went
((VERNA VANCE/GIRLS STATE DIRECTOR: WHEN I WENT TO GIRLS STATE, THERE WAS VERY
LITTLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND NOW A GIRL CAN BE ANYTHING SHE WANTS TO
OUT Q=wants to be.
IN Q=The work here
((KAREN THOMASSON/GIRLS STATE ATTENDEE: THE WORK HERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF FUN,
I'VE LEARNED A WHOLE LOT ABOUT HOW OUR VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT WORKS AND THE PEOPLE
HERE ARE GREAT, THE FRIENDS YOU MEET FROM ALL OVER THE STATE.))
OUT Q=over the state.
natsot @ Liberty
From Longwood to Liberty, where a record crowd of young men welcomed
Governor George Allen to the 54th annual Boys State convention.
Allen played mailman, delivering letters from the girls in Farmville to
their male counterparts, but his real message was about reaching your
IN Q=I have no
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT OUT OF THIS GROUP OR THE FOLKS OVER
AT GIRLS STATE THAT THERE IS UNDOUBTEDLY A GOVERNOR, A FUTURE GOVERNOR OF
VIRGINIA, IF THEY WANT TO RUIN THEIR LIVES THAT WAY.))
OUT Q=lives that way.
Indeed, there's never a shortage of political role models at these
conventions, but elected office is not necessarily what these students are
IN Q=When I came
((CHRIS MOLINO/BOYS STATE GOVERNOR: WHEN I CAME HERE THE TWO QUALITIES I WAS
LOOKING FOR WERE THE LEADERSHIP ASPECT AND THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, AND I CAN
TELL YOU I'VE TAKEN AWAY MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER DREAMED OF.))
OUT Q=dreamed of.
And organizers say that's the whole idea of being here.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
One of the driving forces behind the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors
Bureau is stepping down.
Executive Director Martha Mackey's been associated with the Bureau for
nearly ten years.
She announced her resignation earlier this week.
Board president James Sears says Mackey led the Bureau through a time of
significant growth in personnel, budget and "leisure tourism."
If you're looking for something to do this weekend-- Why not take in
The second annual Roanoke Valley Shakespeare Festival is gracing the
stage at Virginia Western Community college.
Performances are free.
And as Kimberly McBroom reports, the actors hope that'll bring in more
IN Q=Shakespeare may be an acquired taste
SUPER=01-Bart McGullion/Director and "Malvolio"; :22
SUPER=01-Karen Moore/"The Minstrel"; :46
SUPER=01-Beth Ramos/"Maria"; 1:15
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Shakespeare may be an acquired taste--
But the players in Roanoke's Shakespeare Festival say it's not just for the
They hope their free performance of the comedy, "Twelfth Night" will bring
new awareness and appreciation for the Bard.
SOT tape 1 16:32:18
((BART MCGULLION/DIRECTOR AND "MALVOLIO": HE SPEAKS ABOUT LIFE. TWELFTH
NIGHT, IN ITS COMEDIC WAY, IS ABOUT LOVE AND GOING AFTER YOUR MAN OR WOMAN AND
ULTIMATELY WINNING OUT. I THINK IT REALLY IS HIS SIMPLICITY. ))
"Twelfth Night" encompasses Shakepeare's trademark use of mistaken
identities and sexual innuendo.
And once you get past the Elizabethan- era language-- performers say the
experience will surprise you.
SOT tape 1 16:39:28
((KAREN MOORE/"THE MINSTREL":IT WON'T BE WHAT YOU DIDN'T LIKE READING IN
FRESHMAN ENGLISH IN HIGH SCHOOL. BECAUSE, IF YOU ACTUALLY SEE IT PERFORMED,
IT'S NOT THE SAME THING THAT YOU READ WHEN YOU READ IT BECAUSE YOU HAD TO AND
YOU DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE READING. ))
In this age of high- tech action movies and limitless video rentals-- the
actors believe live theatre is still an appealing source of entertainment.
SOT tape 1 16:36:58
((BETH RAMOS/"MARIA": YOU NEVER KNOW WHO'S GOING TO REALLY GET THAT GOOD
READING ON THAT LINE, OR THE AUDIENCE IS GOING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT REACTION, OR
SOMEBODY MAY STUMBLE AND SOMEBODY COVERS IT. IT'S UP TO DATE. IT'S LIVE.
IT'S AN ADVENTURE.))
The festival has no budget-- so donations are welcome.
Performances of "Twelfth Night" will continue Saturday evening at eight
and Sunday afternoon at two.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
When we return after this short break, strawberries could be making some
and an alleged hamburglar gets stuck in an embarassing situation as he tries
to give police the slip.
MUSIC UP FULL
Strawberries may be making some people sick-
In Houston scores of people got stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea- and ran a
It's believed it may be from eating California Grown strawberries suspected
of carrying a rare parasite.
((DAVID SMITH/TEXAS HEALTH COMMISSIONER: WE HAVE THREE CLUSTERS OF OUTBREAK IN
HOUSTON, AT LEAST TWO OF THOSE HAVE BEEN LINKED TO STRAWBERRIES.))
SUPER=01-David Smith/Texas Health Commissioner;
OUT Q=linked to strawberries."
Though Texas is the only state making that connection- the parasite called
Cyclospora has been linked to illnesses in at least nine states from
Massachusetts to Texas.
So far more than 200 people have gotten sick.
But Federal investigators have yet to single out strawberries as the source.
((MIKE BLANCHARD/PRODUCE WHOLESALER: THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BERRY. I'M
NOT AFRAID TO EAT THE BERRY.))
((BILL CANINO/PRODUCE RETAILER: IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO CONDEMN ALL THE
STRAWBERRIES OF CALIFORNIA.))
SUPER=01-Mike Blanchard/Produce Wholesaler;
SUPER=01-Bill Canino/Produce Retailer;
OUT Q=strawberries of California.'
The California Growers Association says it is producing a safe and
While the FDA says it's ok to eat strawberries, health officials recommend
washing strawberries first and that people with weakened immune systems avoid
A slick attempt to break into a convenience store has landed a would be
robber in jail.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
Police say 22-year old Felix Rivera attempted to break into a convenience
store by sliding down the exhaust vent over the store's grill.
Even though the vent was coated with grease and grime, Rivera became stuck
Rescue workers had to dismantle the vent to get the man free.
Having to deal with the policemen's ribbing was probably worse than being
stuck for Rivera.
One officer told the rescue crew to "hold the onions on that burglar."
No word on if they grilled the suspect for information.
Jordan on his contract, another Riverdawgs win, racing news from Michigan,
Bristol and Myrtle Beach, plus archery and the Dog races.
But first the Celtics tonight traded center Eric Montross the former Tarheel
to the Dallas Mavericks for the number 6 pick in Wednesday's draft, and
Dallas's number one next season.
Now here's the scoreboard.
wipe to chyron
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
take a break
Last night the Bulls signed Phil Jackson after both sides caved in a little,
Michael Jordan says don't expect him to give an inch.
SUPER=03-Naperville, IL; :00
Michael played in a celebrity golf event today in the Chicago area and
afterwards he warned that he will play elsewhere if the Bulls play games during
his contract negotiations that begin July 1st.
IN Q="If I feel...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/BECOMES FREE AGENT JULY 1ST:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Becomes Free Agent July 1st; :00
OuT Q=BUTT HEADS.
The Riverdawgs won their 4th straight tonight and improved to 5 and 2 in
the Eastern Premiere North Division, good enough for first place. The
victim?...The South Florida Future.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Future vs. Riverdawgs; :00
The Dawgs went with former Radford University goalie Sasha Drouin tonight,
who started in pace of Aaron Ewert. Ewert was nursing an injured ankle.
The Dawgs started barkin early. Premier USISL co player of the week Ian
Spooner proved why he was honored. He scored the first goal on the header just
3 minutes into the game.
About 7 minutes later, Spooner strikes again, this time taking the
pinpoint pass from Grayson Prillaman and putting the ball over the Future's
Roanoke's Mike Dunn made the count 4-nothing, still in the first half and the
Riverdawgs end South Florida's Future with the 6-2 win.
The Winston Cup circuit is at Roger Penske's joint in Michigan this weekend
for the Miller 400.
SUPER=03-Brooklyn. MI; :00
While this was just another Friday of practice and qualifying for most, it
was anything but business as usual for Ernie Irvan, who was in the spotlight
and the hotseat as he made his way onto the track for the first time since he
was nearly killed in a crash in August of 1994.
Ernie says he has no fear, but he's still not quite 100 percent.
((ERNIE IRVAN/QUALIFIED 32ND TODAY:))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Qualified 32nd Today; :00
Ernie was just 32nd fastest today in first round qualifying while Rick Mast
was a respectable 17th, but another Pontiac stole the show. Here's the top 25.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=400-=1/Bobby Hamilton/185.166/=2/Derrike Cope/=3/Morgan Shepherd/=4/Mark
SUPER=401-=6/Terry Labonte/=7/Jeff Gordon/=8/Sterling Marlin/=9/Lake
SUPER=401-11/Dale Earnhardt/12/Ted Musgrave/13/Jeremy Mayfield/14/Ricky
SUPER=401-16/Kenny Wallace/17/Rick Mast/18/Rusty Wallace/19/Dick
SUPER=401-21/Geoff Bodine/22/Steve Grissom/23/John Andretti/24/Joe
OUT Q=...Jeff Burton.
This is not only Hamilton's first pole, but it's the first pole for Petty
Enterprises since the King won on at Bristol in 1979.
David Green won the pole for this weekend's Busch Grand National race at the
Myrtle Beach Speedway this evening.
SUPER=03-Myrtle Beach, SC; :00
But the shock of the night is that Dale Earnhardt Junior, who's never made a
Late Model Event at Martinsville without the help of a provisional, qualified
seventh in the number 31 chevrolet.
The Carolina Pride/Advance Auto 250 is set for tomorrow.
The NASCAR Super Trucks are in the Tri-City area this weekend.
Tonight Mike Skinner won the pole for tomorrow night's Coca-Cola 200.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/June 23, 1995; :00
The race starts at nine tomorrow and this marks their second appearance on
the fast banked concrete oval.
Last year Jimmy Hensley went out in a Dodge and destroyed the field in the
opening 40 laps before blowing an engine.
So far, this year he has three top five finishes and is tenth in the points
((JIMMY HENSLEY/QUALIFIED THIRD TODAY:))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Hensley/Qualified Third Today; :00
OUT Q=...THIS WEEKEND."
Still come tonight, Roy Stanley draws back his bow at the Virginia Archery
and as promised the big bad Jack Russell terrier races from the Horse show.
Union Hall in Franklin County is playing host to some of the top archers in
the country this weekend.
Roy Stanley has more on the ASA Trebark Virginia Championships.
IN Q="It's difficult
SUPER=03-Union Hall; :00
SUPER=01-Dave "Firehawk" Abbott/Native American Interpreter; :16
SUPER=01-Dave Foster/Director Event Relations; :48
SUPER=01-Daryl Young/Archery Shooter; 1:15
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((It's difficult to pin point exactly when archery came to this part of
But Dan "Firehawk" Abbott of the Virginia's Explore Park, was on site with
a display of the bows and arrows used for archery by the Indians over 12
hundred years ago.))
((DAN "FIREHAWK" ABBOTT: ))
((Over 13 Hundred shooters, from as far away as Mississippi, registered this
morning for the two day competition.
Throughout the weekend 16 men's and lady's pro and amateur divisions will
And those competing this weekend are comfortable with the surroundings.))
((DAVE FOSTER/DIRECTOR EVENT RELATIONS: ))
((The targets for the competition are spread throughout the woods around Union
Hall, Virginia. Daryl Young and Linda Owens are veteran shooters.
They traveled 863 miles from Mississippi to shoot in the event.))
((DARYL YOUNG/ARCHERY SHOOTER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Valley Horse Show
Some talented four legged friends were the featured attraction at the
25th Roanoke Valley Horse Show tonight over at the Salem Civic Center competing
for 640 dollars in prize money.
Not horses!!!! It was time for the Jack Russell Terrier Races again!!
The event features a flat race with no jumps that serves as a practice run
and then the official qualifying heats begin.
The top two finishers in each qualifying heat make the finals where they have
a chance to win 340 bucks. The top three dogs were Allie Oop, Midget Idget and
Spencer would go on to capture the blue ribbon, he got to the fox tale
first in the final heat.
((RON SHIPE & "SPENCER"/1ST PLACE:))
((TOMMY MARTIN & "MIDGET IDGET"/2ND PLACE:))
((BECKY ASHWORTH & "ALLIE OOP":3RD PLACE:))
SUPER=01-Ron Shipe/Owner of "Spencer"; :00
SUPER=01-Tommy Martin/Owner of "Midget Idget"; :09
SUPER=01-Becky Ashworth/Owner of "Allie Oop"; :16
OUT Q=...what she does"
Scores of model airplanes danced through the skies over Danville today.
It's all part of the annual model airplane show underway at the Danville
The show gives builders an opportunity to fly their aircraft, which are
built by hand from a kit.
It also gives spectators a chance to enjoy their beauty.
IN Q=It's a family
((MICHAEL FARLOW/EVENT DIRECTOR:IT'S A FAMILY THING, BECAUSE A LOT OF FATHERS
AND SONS GET TOGETHER AND BUILD MODELS AND FLY MODELS. IT GIVES THEM A BONDING
THERE THAT THEY CAN HAVE SOMETHING TO DO. IF YOU'RE AN AIRPLANE ENTHUSIAST OR
AVIATION ENTHUSIAST, YOU KNOW, FULL SCALE PILOTS FLY ALSO. IT'S JUST SOMETHING
TO RELAX AND TO HAVE SOMETHING TO WATCH. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Farlow/Event Director; :00
OUT Q=to watch.
The model airplane show continues through Sunday.
Admission is free with a two dollar donation for parking that goes to the
Danville Police Department Explorer Post.
Art in motion-- The Artrain arrived in Pulaski just in time for this
Residents kicked off Depot Days with a tour of the mobile museum.
The Smithsonian Associates commissioned art work for the Artrain.
The train then takes the borrowed works of art all over the country.
The mission is to take exhibits to people who don't have access to
The Artrain also gives children a chance to get some hands-on art
IN Q=we cut out
((JASON O'NEAL: WE CUT OUT CARDS AND CROSSES AND STARS AND WE GOT TO DROP
LITTLE DROPS OF PAINT ON THEM.))
((JEANNETTE HILGERT/ARTRAIN TOUR DIR.: WE CAN INTRODUCE YOUNG PEOPLE TO ARTS
EDUCATION AND ALSO WE ALWAYS HIGHLIGHT ARTS IN THE BACK OF THE ARTRAIN WHERE WE
ARE RIGHT NOW, SO YOUNGSTERS CAN MEET PEOPLE FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SEE ART
BEING MADE BEFORE THEIR EYES.))
SUPER=01-Jeannette Hilgert/Artrain Tour Dir.;
OUT Q=before their eyes
The Artrain is in Pulaski until Sunday.
Tomorrow the Depot Days celebration will include live music and a car and