Up Next on W-D-B-J 7, the legal battle is over but another fight may be
just beginning. The Supreme Court says VMI must admit women if it wants to
continue receiving state money.
We will have a complete wrapup from Lexington, including reaction from
VWIL, the alternative womens military program rejected by the justices as a
"pale shadow" of VMI.
Tonight in sports, Lynch, Curry and Newman talk about tonight's NBA draft.
Monica Seles bites the dust at Wimbledon,
And Sugar Bowl star Bryan Still signs a three year contract with the Sam
The radar is clear for a change and so is the forecast for the rest of the
week. A cool night ahead.
ANCHOR=Keith via Starlink
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((THIS IS A SAVAGE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR OUR ALUMNI. I DON'T DISGUISE THAT. THIS
IS A BITTER, BITTER BLOW. ))
OUT Q=BITTER BLOW
A 157 year old admissions policy is rejected as the Supreme Court opens the
doors of VMI to women.
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SUPER=01-Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :
SUPER=01-David Nash/VMI Cadet;
OUT Q=are admitted/
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The Court's decision today also drew reaction from Governor Allen.
He said the military tradition at VMI will continue in spite of the high
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WE WANT TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING SINGLE-GENDER COLLEGES AS WE HAVE IN VIRGINIA.
IT'S AN OPTION THAT NOT ALL WANT TO TAKE BUT SOME DO AND AGAIN THE MILITARY
SCHOOL AND EFFORTS AT VMI NEED TO CONTINUE.))
OUT Q=need to continue
Allen also said that VMI will have to pay millions of dollars to construct
facilities for the new women cadets.
And, he said the school's "adversarial approach" will have to change as
He calls the decision "unfortunate" but says the state will comply.
GRAPHIC=VMI & Mary Baldwin
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IN Q=Last fall
SUPER=01-Cynthia Tyson/Mary Baldwin College President ; :33
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet; 1:08
OUT Q=behind them
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ANCHOR=Keith Via Starlink
The ruling itself may NOT be a surprise after the tone of January's oral
arguments, but the magnitude of agreement shocked those on both sides of the
case in Richmond.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with some reaction there.
Keith, there may be doom and gloom in Lexington and Staunton, but those who
fought against what they saw as taxpayer-supported discrimination are ecstatic.
The ACLU led the fight against the Citadel, and its Virginia attorneys
joined the Justice Department in the fight against VMI.
IN Q=Faced with VMI
((KENT WILLIS: FACED WITH VMI, THE SUPREME COURT HAD TO EITHER TURN THE CLOCK
BACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS BY SAYING WE'RE GONNA ADOPT AN OLD, DISCREDITED
PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. OR IT HAD TO LET IT MOVE FORWARD BY SAYING A
PLACE LIKE VMI CANNOT ACCEPT TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS AND DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS
OF GENDER. AND THEY CHOSE OVERWHELMINGLY TO LET THE CLOCK GO FORWARD.))
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;
OUT Q=clocks go forward
On the other hand, VMI alumnus Robert Patterson was the lead attorney in
every court below the Supreme Court.
The 7-to-one vote is hard for him to stomach.
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((ROBERT PATTERSON/VMI ATTORNEY & ALUMNUS: QUITE FRANKLY I WAS SURPRISED AT
THAT AND IT'S VERY HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW SOME OF THOSE JUSTICES WENT
ALONG WITH MRS. GINSBURG'S OPINION.))
SUPER=01-Robert Patterson/VMI Attorney & Alumnus;
OUT Q=Ginsburg's opinion.
Patterson says he's, quoting now, "proud of the VMI men who've been stalwart
in the face of this attack."
But he and many of his attorney/lobbyist/legislator colleagues are keeping a
pretty tight lid on their discussions about the feasibility of a
privately-supported, all-male VMI.
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In the words of one state official, that would be a real headache to
ANCHOR=Keith via Starlink
One local Supreme Court expert agrees the V-M-I ruling could signal the end
of most gender- based segregation.
Dr. Barbara Perry recently completed a two- year fellowship with the high
court, during which she interviewed all nine sitting justices.
Perry notes that Chief Justice William Rehnquist voted against admitting a
man to an all- woman nursing school in 1986, but today SUPPORTED admitting
women to V-M-I.
IN Q=But it does
((DR. BARBARA PERRY/CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERT: BUT IT DOES SHOW HOW FAR WE'VE
COME. I THINK, AGAIN, IF YOU LOOK AT JUST THE EVOLUTION HERE OF NOW CHIEF
JUSTICE REHNQUIST TO HAVE CHANGED HIS VOTE FROM THE HOGAN CASE SOME TEN YEARS
AGO TO THIS VOTE, AND THE FACT THAT PERHAPS EVEN HE SEES THAT WE ARE HEADED
INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND THAT INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE V.M.I. AND THE CITADEL
SIMPLY CANNOT MAINTAIN THIS KIND OF SEGREGATION BASED ON A STEREOTYPE OF WHAT
WOMEN CAN OR CANNOT ACCEPT IN AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Perry/Constitutional Law Expert; :00
OUT Q=an educational institution.
Perry is writing a book on her Supreme Court experiences which will go on
sale next year.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six returns- Jean Jadhon will be along with the rest of
today's news, including a guilty plea in this spring's fatal accident that
killed a family from Vinton,
and a restaurant in Salem is closed after two workers developed Salmonella
poisoning. Now here's Robin Reed.
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The man accused of causing a fatal traffic accident while fleeing from
Roanoke County police pled guilty.
21-year old Scott Allman appeared in court and pled guilty to three counts
of involuntary manslaughter, and two misdemeanor traffic charges.
Allman is accused of killing a Vinton couple and their infant in April when
he struck their car while fleeing from police.
Allman told the judge he's sorry. The prosecution expects he'll do the
same during sentencing.
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((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: BY THE TIME THEY COME TO
SENTENCING THEY'RE USUALLY CRYING AND UPSET AND THEY'RE SO SORRY AND THEY WISH
IT WAS THEM RATHER THAT SOMEONE ELSE. IT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE HEAR AT ALL
THESE SENTENCING. AND I'D BE SURPRISED IF I HEAR ANYTHING DIFFERENT.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=hear anything different.
Allman will be sentenced in September and faces up to 32 years in prison.
The man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend in Roanoke over the weekend
was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday.
Police believe Aquila Barnett committed not one, but TWO murders.
Barnett is accused of stalking and fatally shooting his former girlfriend,
23-year old Robin Williams.
Police suspect Barnett of setting fire last April to the home Williams
shared with her boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Barnett is also facing murder and robbery charges related to the
death of a South Carolina man.
The victim's body was discovered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Barnett was arrested at his mother's home, after police got a tip from a
An outbreak of salmonella in the area could prove trickier to handle than
previous cases because of a critical error by a restaurant employee.
The food borne disease is characterized by severe stomach upset, headaches,
and abdominal pain.
The Hardees on route 419 in Salem closed yesterday after the regional health
department discovered two Hardees employees there had contracted salmonella.
To make matters worse, a manager REOPENED the restaurant before getting the
okay from health inspectors.
IN Q=Apparently one
((DR. MOLLY RUTLEDGE/REGIONAL HEALTH DIRECTOR: APPARENTLY ONE OF THE MANAGERS
MISINTERPRETED WHAT WE SAID AND TOOK IT UPON HIS AUTHORITY TO REOPEN THE STORE
BEFORE WE HAD FINISHED OUR PROCESS. That's unusual, I'd imagine. RUTLEDGE:
IT WAS DISCONCERTING.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Molly Rutledge/Regional Health Director;
OUT Q=was disconcerting.
During the inspection at Hardees, the health department discovered multiple
code violations, described as "too many to count".
All workers at the route 419 location are being tested for salmonella
If you think you've contracted salmonella, call your doctor, or the Salem
On Wall Street today, a steep drop in technology stocks forced the market
The DOW lost 36 and a-half points to close at 56-hundred-83.
NASDAQ dropped nearly 20 points.
The regulatory wheels may turn slowly, but they have finally caught up with
a Roanoke Memorial Hospital nurse.
A state nursing board panel today recommended a one-year suspension of Helen
Marie Doyle's license.
Doyle was changing a newborn's diaper at the hospital in 1981 when the baby
fell from a table.
Seven and a half months later, the infant died.
The hospital never admitted fault, but did change its policy for handling
Doyle can still appeal the suspension.
The United Way of Roanoke Valley's fourth annual Day of Caring was in full
About one-thousand volunteers converged on the valley and did more than
4-thousand hours of community service and participated in 130 projects.
One pre-school benefitted from the program as 82 volunteers lent a helping
IN Q=Lot of different things
((RONNIE SIGMAN/UNITED WAY VOLUNTEER: LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON OTHER
THAN THE MOSS. WE'VE GOT CLEANING AND PAINTING OF OFFICES AND JUST ABOUT
ANYTHING WE CAN GET DONE OUT BACK.))
((SANDRA CARROLL/GREENVALE SCHOOL EXEC. DIR.: WE'VE WASHED WINDOWS, WE'VE
CLEANED BLINDS, WE'VE PAINTED PARKING LOTS, WE'VE MOVED MULCH, WE'VE PLAYED
WITH OUR CHILDREN, WE'RE VACUUMING, WE'RE LOADING COMPUTERS. JUST NAME IT.
JUST THINGS I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO GET DONE.))
SUPER=01-Ronnie Sigman/United Way Volunteer;
SUPER=01-Sandra Carroll/Greenvale School Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=able to get done.
Volunteers say this year was another success.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll preview tonight's NBA draft as we check in
with Lynch, Curry, and Johnny Newman, plus Bryan Still signs,
and Monica Seles loses at Wimbledon in the second round.
The 1996 NBA draft is set for tonight in New Jersey at the Meadowlands.
And without question this is the year of the underclassmen. Three dozen kids
are leaving school early to take a shot at becoming a millionaire.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
Among those is former high school phenom Kobe Bryant who is trying to go
straight from the prom to what he hopes will be the promised land.
But Roanoker George Lynch, who stayed in school four years at UNC, says some
of these kids are in for a rude awakening.
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((GEORGE LYNCH/L.A. LAKERS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/L.A. Lakers Forward; :00
OUT Q=...league look bad."
wipe to eng#
John Newman of the Milwaukee bucks is in his 10-th season in the N-B-A.
Recently he spoke to some of the players who have left school early to enter
Newman remembers his draft class 10 years ago and only about 7 of those
players including him made it in the N-B-A.
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((JOHN NEWMAN/MILWAUKEE BUCK FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-John Newman/Milwaukee Buck Forward; :
OUT Q=......good job."
Newman is back home in Danville conducting his annual basketball camp.
We;ll check in with him and the campers tomorrow at six.
The Charlotte Hornets who just missed the playoffs this past season, have two
picks in the first round of the draft tonight.
The Hornets have a number of needs mainly at the point and in the middle.
IN Q="Well, we need...
((DELL CURRY/HORNETS ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER:))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets All-Time Leading Scorer; :00
OUT Q=...TRY TO ANSWER."
Many folks in the Carolinas are hoping the Hornets use their first pick to
select former N.C. State center Todd Fuller.
While NBA is drafting, teams in the NFL are doing some signing.
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Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl hero Bryan Still has signed a three year contract
with the San Diego Chargers.
Besides returning a punt for a touchdown in the Sugar BOwl, Still caught
six balls for 119 yards and a TD against Texas.
The Chargers traded away their number one pick in 1997 to make sure they
No financial terms of the deal were released.
The upsets continue at Wimbledon today and now the epidemic has spread to the
women's side as Monica Seles is knocked off the grass.
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Seles hadn't played at Wimbledon in four years, and she would last just two
matches in her return.
Slovakia's Katarina Studenikova in the far court ousted the tourney's second
seed in 3 sets, winning 7-5, 5-7, AND 6-4.
It's the earliest Seles has ever lost in her 18 Grand Slam
And it was also an rough day for an oldie, who wasn't such a goodie today!
Pam Shriver on match point barely hits the ball on her second serve and
strides off the court a bit red faced, and a straight sets loser to fifth
seeded Anne Huber.