Up next on News 7 at Five-
The head of the FAA admits his agency should have acted sooner dealing with
((VALUJET VALUJET VALUJET))
OUT Q=VALUJET VALUJET VALUJET.
While Valujet workers say it's all politics.
And why all the fuss over parking spaces in Lynchburg. We'll have a live
The weather pattern settles down over the east and even looks mild for this
time of year. Complete details just ahead.
On Health Check, the country's most powerful physicians' organization takes
a stance on physician-assisted suicide.
Plus, good news from the "BACK TO SLEEP" campaign, designed to curb Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome.
((WE SHOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB OF HELPING VALUJET MANAGE THEIR
INFRASTRUCTURE, THEIR MANAGEMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE ESPECIALLY WITH RESPECT TO
OUT Q=RESPECT TO MAINTENANCE."
The Head of the Federal Aviation Administration makes that comment today-
and then announces he's leaving the agency by the end of the year.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon
David Hinson says he will leave his post by the end of the year.
He is one of several people who told a house panel about FAA problems
Hinson says the FAA should have dealt with the problems created by
Valujet's fast growth sooner.
Others said the rule making process at the FAA just takes too long.
((JIM HALL/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: IT IS A TIME CONSUMING
PROCESS AND MANY TIMES IS NOT AS RESPONSIVE TO CHANGES THAT SHOULD BE MADE FOR
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/National Trans. Safety Bd. Chairman;
OUT Q=MADE FOR SAFETY."
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL/Last Month;
The FAA has been widely criticized since a Valujet plane crashed in
Florida killing 110 people.
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((CONGRESS CONGRESS DON'T YOU KNOW. CONGRESS CONGRESS DON'T YOU KNOW. WE WANT
TO FLY, SO WE WON'T GO. WE WANT TO FLY, SO WE WON'T GO.))
OUT Q=WE WON'T GO."
Valujet workers rallied at the Capitol today- chanting for Congress to give
them their jobs back.
Pilots held banners saying they're committed to safety- They want Valujet
back in the air.
((KEVIN WINDELBERG/PILOT: I WOULD NEVER AND NONE OF THESE GUYS WOULD EVER SIGN
FOR AN UNSAFE AIRPLANE. IT'S NOT IN MY BEST INTEREST TO TAKE OFF AND NOT THINK
THAT I'M GONNA BE ABLE TO LAND.))
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((I THINK IT'S A POLITICALLY DRIVEN GROUNDING, IS WHAT I THINK.))
OUT Q=grounding is what I think.
Valujet's President Lewis Jordan showed up at the rally- He's appealing to
Congress to let Valujet fly again.
A battle over parking spaces in Lynchburg- is dividing a neighborhood there.
Today, the city's board of zoning appeals voted to allow Sassy's restaurant
to use all 87 spaces in a parking lot behind its downtown business.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg bureau... Steve, why was this such a
Jean, the extra parking spaces mean extra customers for Sassy's, especially
at night and on the weekends.
Another Hill City nightclub, The Glass House, already has seen two murders
this year, and residents are afraid the same problems could occur in their
IN Q=But Sassy's owners
SUPER=01-Willie Mae Dates/Sassy's Owner; :11
SUPER=01-Dale Smith/Business Owner; :29
OUT Q=the city as well.
(( But Sassy's owners say it's not fair to compare their business to the Glass
They feel they deserve a shot at proving themselves to the neighborhood and
to the city.
IN Q= To say that
((WILLIE MAE DATES/SASSY'S OWNER: TO SAY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE A PROBLEM
BECAUSE OF OTHER BUSINESSES IS NOT GIVING US A CHANCE, BECAUSE WE'VE NEVER
OUT Q=never opened.
Still opponents are worried that if Sassy's is given more parking space and
possibly a liquor license, Fifth Street will become just one more trouble spot
for residents and tourists to avoid.
IN Q=What we have
((DALE SMITH/NEARBY BUSINESS OWNER: WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE YEARS WITH
PROBLEMS ON FIFTH STREET, IT'S A MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT, NOT ONLY FOR US BUT FOR
THE CITY AS WELL.))
OUT Q=the city as well.))
The variance that allows Sassy's to use that entire parking lot lasts only
for one year.
They'll have to reapply this time next year...and if there have been
problems associated with the restaurant, the next variance could very well be
Ted Kaczynski pleaded innocent to being the Unabomber today.
He was transported from a downtown Sacramento jail to the Federal
courthouse-- where he was arraigned on several charges including two counts of
Kaczynski plead not guilty to ten charges in all.
Cameras are not allowed in federal court, so except for court sketches
Kaczynski will probably remain hidden during this trial.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Norfolk Southern tells what it thinks
about passenger train service on freight tracks.
And on a smaller scale, it's full steam ahead for the Zoo Choo, as it
returns to the rails at the Mill Mountain Zoo.
On Health Check, some stores are removing plastic mini-blinds from their
That, after a warning that aging miniblinds can deteriorate-- creating
poisonous lead dust.
Mike Stevens takes us to Wimbledon for the latest in Tennis--
...the upsets on the grass continue. Don't go away.
Federal Agents find a potential link between two arsons that destroyed black
churches in Mississippi.
Authorities are now looking for a connection with a third church blaze in
The fires were also a topic for Virginia officials this morning.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore was in Roanoke... speaking to the Baptist
IN Q=We have to
((JIM GILMORE/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE HAVE TO PUT A STOP TO THIS
DIFFICULTY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES BURNING ACROSS THE SOUTH. AS ATTORNEY
GENERAL OF THE STATE AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTH ATTORNEYS GENERAL, I'M TAKING
A LEADERSHIP ROLE TO PREVENT THAT AND TO BRING PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THESE KINDS
OF WRONG DOINGS TO JUSTICE. ))
OUT Q=to justice
Gilmore says his office is sponsoring a rebuilding fund.
He says black churches in Virginia that fall victim to hate crimes will
receive some financial assistance.
A direct message today from Norfolk Southern railroad to state senators:
passenger trains are NOT welcome on freight tracks.
That being said, railroad officials say they're are open to proposals.
They made the comments during a field trip by train.
IN Q=IT CAN BE
((WILEY MITCHELL/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: ))
SUPER=01-Wiley Mitchell/Norfolk Southern;
OUT Q=OUR PROFITABILITY
To make profitability possible-- state tax dollars would surely pay for some
improvements to Norfolk Southern tracks.
Chatham Senator Charles Hawkins would like to see a passenger monorail built
above freight tracks.
IN Q=trying to get
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/CHATHAM: ))
OUT Q=public transportation
A study of high speed passenger train service from Washington DC to Bristol
is a different, more expensive proposition, lawmakers have yet to consider.
GRAPHIC=mill mountain zoo
After two years- the Mill Mountain Zoo Choo is chugging along again!
Zoo officials and civic leaders cut a ribbon today to recommission the
SUPER=04-July 15, 1994; QUICK
In 1994 it was put out of service after it derailed and injured several
But after 28-hundred dollars in repairs the tradition continues.
IN Q=I was pretty exciting
((CHUCK DOANE/ZOO CHOO ENGINEER: I WAS PRETTY EXCITING TODAY AFTER WHAT
HAPPENED LAST TIME WITH THE TRAINS. SO WE'VE GOT IT UP GOT IT GOING. WE'RE
GOING TO TAKE CARE OF IT. FOR IT GOING TO BE A FUN RIDE FOR THE KIDS.))
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO EXEC. DIR.: THE KIDS REALLY MISSED IT. IT'S BEEN
PART OF THE ZOO SINCE THE EARLY FIFTIES AND IT STOPPED RUNNING ON JULY OF 94.
SO IT'S BEEN A MISSING ELEMENT OF THE ZOO. SO WE'RE JUST REAL EXCITED.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Doane/Zoo Choo Engineer; :04
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo Exec. Dir.; :10
OUT Q=just real excited.
The zoo is open daily.
Train rides are a dollar for adults and 75 cents for those 12 and under.
Stay tuned for more NEWS-7 at Five-- where can you go
to hear the latest tunes as well as satisfy your appetite?
Patrick Evans takes us to Ride the Rhythm for the answer when we come back.
stocks bump next
How would you like to pick up some brand new music, and eat lunch all at
the same time?
Well now you can thanks to a new business on Orange Avenue.
It's called Ride the Rhythm, and as Patrick Evans reports-- it caters to
your musical taste AND your taste buds.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Victor Banks/Ride the Rhythm; :40
OUT Q=NEWS-7 AT FIVE.
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health music under
Stick around-- a ban of a different sort in one Florida office may not come
out smelling like a rose... We'll explain.
On Health Check-- a report for diabetics and the elderly....who have
special needs in foot care.
Prevention is the key.
IN Q=It's a lot
((IT'S A LOT LIKE TAKING CARE OF A CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE, YOU WANT TO PREVENT
SOMETHING FROM HAPPENING BEFORE IT HAPPENS. ))
OUT Q=before it happens.
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Plastic miniblinds that can cause lead poisoning are being removed from some
store shelves-- that, following a warning from the Consumer Product Safety
Apparently, aging miniblinds can deteriorate from exposure to sunlight,
heat or cold temperatures.
Poisonous lead dust is then formed, which can cause brain damage.
Children are susceptible when they touch the blinds and then put their
hands in their mouths.
The blinds in question are the least expensive types, costing five to ten
dollars a piece.
25- million non-glossy, vinyl miniblinds are imported to this country from
China, Taiwan, Mexico and Indonesia every year.
Lead is used during production to stabilize the plastic in the blinds.
Inhaling or swallowing lead can cause brain damage, lifelong learning
disabilities and behavioral problems for children under six.
The American Medical Association has decided to stick with it's policy
AGAINST physician-assisted suicide.
The vote today came after just minutes of debate.
IN Q=What the
((DR. LONNIE BRISTOW/AMA PRESIDENT: WHAT THE PHYSICIANS OF AMERICA ARE SAYING
IS THAT THAT IS NOT OUR ROLE. WE ARE HEALERS NOT KILLERS. IF SOCIETY WANTS TO
HAVE THAT DONE, THEY MUST FIND SOME OTHER SEGMENT OF SOCIETY TO DO THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lonnie Bristow/AMA President; :
OUT Q=to do that.
Only one physician voiced support for changing the policy to help terminally
ill patients die.
There's been a dramatic drop in cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome-- or
SIDS-- in this country in the past year.
Cases have dropped by 30-percent, possibly because of the "Back To Sleep"
campaign, which encourages mothers to put their babies to sleep on their BACKS
instead of their stomachs.
In fact, the number of mothers putting their babies to sleep on their
stomachs has dropped from 70-percent, to 30-percent.
IN Q=We believe
((DR. DUANE ALEXANDER/NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT:
WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE ARE ABLE TO REACH OUR ORIGINAL GOAL OF LESS THAN TEN
PERCENT OF BABIES SLEEPING ON THEIR TUMMIES, WE WILL BE ABLE TO REDUCE SIDS
EVEN FURTHER, PERHAPS BY 50% OR MORE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Duane Alexander/National Inst. of Child Health; :
OUT Q=50% or more.
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Up to six-thousand babies a year die of unexplained causes-- usually in
While the technique of putting babies to sleep on their backs was tried
earlier in Europe and Australia, with similar results-- one parents group
cautions it is not the entire solution.
IN Q=Babies are still
((MELANIE PANGBURN/PARENTS SIDS ALLIANCE: BABIES ARE STILL DYING ON THEIR
BACKS, WE JUST KNOW THAT SOME ARE NOT...SOME ARE SAVED. ))
SUPER=01-Melanie Pangburn/Parents SIDS Alliance; :
OUT Q=are being saved.
Other risk factors include babies sleeping on soft mattresses, passive
smoking, and not breast feeding.
And poor pre-natal care, which adds the highest risk factor.
Though the cause of SIDS remains unknown, as is so common in science, the
solution is often found before the cause.
A new class of AIDS drugs wins Food and government approval.
It will be marketed under the name Viramune-- and it's said to work much
like the older AIDS drugs such as A-Z-T and d-d-I, and should be used WITH
The combination may help raise patients' immune cells and lower the amount
of H-I-V floating in their blood streams.
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Sufferers of Lou Gehrig's disease have won a round with federal regulators
on a new but unproven treatment.
The F-D-A has also approved a lottery system for patients to get
free, experimental doses of the drug called Myotrophin.
Scientists are not in agreement, about whether Myotrophin works in slowing
the paralyzing disease-- which killed Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig in 1941.
GRAPHIC=health check bug
Yesterday, we introduced you to a pair of podiatrists-- Dr.'s Conrad
Claytor and Pink Wimbish.
The two practice at Valley Podiatry, but they opened a new NON-medical
clinic for foot care, called G-F-C.
It specializes in relaxing care, including whirlpool, massage, and paraffin
As we hear from Dr. Wimbish, diabetics especially need to pay extra care
to their feet.
IN Q=The systemic
((DR. PINK WIMBISH, III/PODIATRIST: THE SYSTEMIC DIABETES EFFECTS ALL PARTS OF
THE BODY, INCLUDING CIRCULATION, THE NERVOUS SUPPLY, HEALING ASPECTS AND THOSE
DIFFERENT TYPES OF THINGS, SO WHAT WE TRY TO ENCOURAGE IS EDUCATION SO THAT WE
CAN PREVENT A LOT OF THINGS FROM HAPPENING.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Pink Wimbish, III/Podiatrist; :
OUT Q=from happening
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*******
And because of the peripheral neuropathy that many diabetics suffer, the
IN Q=So you
((DR. WIMBISH: SO YOU LOSE THE FEELING OR SENSATION WHICH WOULD CAUSE A CUT OR
INFECTION TO TAKE PLACE UNDER THE SOLE OF THE FOOT, AND THE PATIENT TO NOT
REALIZE IT UNTIL THEY SEE THE SWELLING ON THE TOP PART OF THE FOOT))
OUT Q=of the foot.
The elderly often have similar problems with decreased circulatory and
For anyone in this risk group, it's important to wear comfortable shoes
that fit properly.
Turning now to sports--some upsets on the grass in England.
Our ace sports guy Mike Stevens has details-- in tonight's two minute
Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Tuesday Ticker and day number two on
the slippery grass at Wimbledon.
Yesterday three of the top men's seeds including Andre Agassi were upset,
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
and another top seed bites the dust.
Fifth seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the reigning French Open champion lost in five
sets to Britain's Tim Henman 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, and 7-5.
Five of the top eight seeds have now lost in the opening round. That has
never happened before.
On the women's side, top seeded Steffi Graf had an easy time with Ludmila
Richterova trouncing her in straight sets 6-4 and 6-1.
Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Mary Joe Fernandez and Lindsey
Davenport also advanced with wins.
Mark Rosset and Cedric Pioline also won first round matches today.
The Atlanta Braves had their six game winning streak snapped last night by
the St. Louis Cardinals, but the 9-to-2 setback was more than just a loss.
John Smoltz was hoping to rack up his 15th straight victory on the mound,
SUPER=03-Atlanta/Cards vs. Braves; :00
instead the Cards spent most of the evening jacking up his fastballs.
On the first pitch of the night, Ron Gant, Smoltz's former Braves teammate
sends the ball over the left center field fence for a solo homer.
It's one to nothing Cards and Smoltz's string of 23 straight scoreless
innings is snapped.
Brian Jordan really hammered Smoltz as he picked up a career high 6 rbis,
three coming on this towering 400 foot homer to straight away center field.
The Cardinals win it 9-to-2, and afterwards Smoltz said win number 15 just
wasn;t in the Cards.
IN Q="YOU KNOW...
((JOHN SMOLTZ/14 AND 2 ON THE SEASON:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/14 & 2 On The Season; :00
OUT Q=...PITCHES EITHER."
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Locally, the Salem Avalanche will also be looking to get on track tonight as
they play game two of their 3 game series with Prince William.
Last night even this John Guidice three run homer in the fifth inning could
save the day as the Cannons pulled off a 4-to-3 win.
Game time tonight at Salem Memorial stadium is set for seven o'clock.
Coming up at six, Steve Mason checks in from the New River Valley Speedway
where some very special kids got a taste of racing today.
I hope to see you in about a half hour.
There's more News 7 at five coming your way right after this short break.
take a break
At least 60-people are dead at a United States Air Force facility in Saudi
Arabia....after an apparent truck bombing.
The Air Force says the bomb exploded in a housing area in Dhahran.
The announcement was made before the House National Security
The CBS Evening NEws will have the latest at 6:30.
Many companies have dress codes, but what about fragrance codes?
SUPER=03-Pinellas Co., FL;
In Pinellas County Florida-- the personnel department is pitching a proposal
to stop employees from wearing fragrance.
The sweet smell of perfume or cologne may make some people feel sexy, but it
makes others feel ill.
IN Q=It's no
((DR J WAYNE PHILLIPS: IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN SECONDARY SMOKING OR STANDING BY
THE BUS STOP. THEY'RE MAJOR IRRITANTS AND MORE LIKELY TO BOTHER PEOPLE WITH
UNDERLYING IRRITATION FROM ALLERGIES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. J. Wayne Phillips/Asthma-Allergy Specialist;
OUT Q=from allergies.
County employees have been complaining about strong scents.
In some cases, the offending fragrance wearers retaliated by putting on even
The new policy encourages employees "to avoid the used of scented personal
products, such as perfumes, colognes, and aftershave lotion, in the workplace."
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(ROBIN tosses to jean)
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