In just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX....
A construction worker falls to his death at Cassell Coliseum.
And we'll take another look at the Supreme Court ruling on V-M-I, measuring
its impact on other single-gender colleges in the Commonwealth.
Tonight in sports, Tommy Lasorda is recovering after suffering a heart
attack, one of the Hornets number one picks checks out the hive, Roy Stanley
checks in from a Milwaukee Bucks camp in Danville,
and Frank Beamer turns the tables on Tech, giving his alma mater a $50
thousand dollar gift, two days after landing a contract extension.
Planning outdoor activities? You'll love the forecast through the weekend.
Details are just ahead.
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A construction worker who was helping repair Virginia Tech's Cassell
Coliseum crashed through the roof and fell to his death this afternoon.
Tracy Altizer is at Virginia Tech where she joins us now with the details.
((Rollcue:..Duncan of Pulaski)
IN Q=as part of the
SUPER=01-Jeff Douglas/Virginia Tech Spokesperson
OUT Q=hit the floor below
(Tracy adlibs. We have :50 of video.)
(Q&A: Have there been problems with the roof in the Coliseum in the past?)
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference claims Roanoke City police
officers used excessive force in a couple of cases recently... one involving a
nine-year-old boy last week, the other his mother arrested yesterday.
The S-C-L-C said the boy had to have stitches after he hit his head while
police forced him into a patrol car.
Connie Stevens got a different story from Police Chief M. David Hooper.
IN Q=It's a story
SUPER=07-Janie Saunders; :14
SUPER=01-Rev. Lenord Hines/S.C.L.C. Representative; :38
SUPER=01-Chief M. David Hooper/Roanoke Police; :59
SUPER=07-Sherry Allen; 1:53
SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Tinsley/N.A.A.C.P. Member; 2:22
SUPER=01-Benny Cook/Roanoke Resident; 2:50
OUT Q=C.S.News 7.
(( It's a story that moves from the streets of Southwest Roanoke, to the Hurt
Park Housing Project, and to the City Jail.
Let's start with Wednesday-- when Jaynie Saunders says seven police cars
descended on her house.
IN Q=I was sleeping
((JAYNIE SAUNDERS: I WAS SLEEPING IN BED, THEY COME IN HARASSING ME, KICKING
THE DOOR, BANGING ON THE DOOR, MY SON WITH WHAT HE IS GOING THROUGH, HE'S
AFRAID OF POLICE OFFICERS. AND I ASKED THEM PLEASE NOT TO BANG ON THE DOOR
ANYMORE.THEY'RE UP THE STEPS, THREE OF THEM ON THE BACK DOOR, THREE OF THEM ON
THE FRONT DOOR, THREE OF THE ON THE WINDOW? WHAT THEY WANT? WHAT THEY WANT?))
OUT Q=what they want? (2X)
Members of the S-C-L-C are standing behind Saunders-- escorting her from
the magistrate's office where she was charged with assault and battery.
SOT 11:56:38 tape one
IN Q=The bottom line
((REV. LENORD HINES/S.C.L.C REPRESENTATIVE: THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS RACISM, NO
ONE WANTS TO ADMIT IT, BUT IT'S BLATANT RACISM IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
OUT Q=Roanoke Valley.
But the Chief of Police tells a different story.
He says Janie Saunders has an extensive police record-- and has failed to
appear in court for her last four hearings.
It took two days for police to find her.
SOT 3:13:27 tape two
((CHIEF M. DAVID HOOPER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: OFFICERS, IN DEALING WITH HER,
THAT SHE KNEW BY NAME, EXPLAINED TO HER WHAT THE CHARGES WERE, THAT THEY WERE
SOUGHT BY A CITIZEN, THAT WE HAD NO OPTION BUT TO SERVE THEM. ))
OUT Q=to serve them.
And as to the City's recent treatment of 9-year-old Jawward Saunders:
SOT 03:14:27 tape two
IN Q=I told you
((CHIEF HOOPER: I TOLD YOU I WILL NOT DISCUSS AN INCOMPLETE INTERNAL
INVESTIGATION. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE MANY THINGS ABOUT THAT, THAT ARE
JUST NOT HOLDING UP. THERE ARE NO STITCHES, THERE WERE NO STITCHES, THERE
HAVEN'T BEEN ANY STITCHES. ))
OUT Q=been any stitches.
Off- camera, Chief Hooper explains the sequence of events leading up to
this whole situation.
Apparently, Jawward and another child playing at the Hurt Park Housing
Project were arguing over a toy-- when Jawward's mother, Janie became
involved-- and walked into Sherry Allen's apartment, and started pulling her
That's what lead to Saunders' arrest.
IN Q=Oh, this is
((SHERRY ALLEN: OH THIS IS RACE. BUT BETWEEN HER AND MY SON. NOT BETWEEN THE
POLICE AND THEM. THEY CALL ME WHITE TRASH, WHITE BITCH, THAT'S RACIST. ))
OUT Q=that's racist.
Less than a mile away, Etonia Simmons credits the black eye she's been
sporting for three weeks to Jaynie Saunders-- she's filed charges against
Saunder's for robbing her.
But some say this case goes beyond a few families fighting-- rather, they
believe it's indicative of race problems within the city police department,
IN Q=We seem
((REVEREND CARL TINSLEY/N.A.A.C.P. MEMBER: WE SEEM TO DRAW THE POLICE LIKE
FLIES ON MOLASSES, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS THEY COME IN FORCE, THEY USE NO TACT
WHATSOEVER, AND ANYTIME THERE'S AN INCIDENT INVOLVING BLACKS THERE'S ALWAYS A
BIG UPROAR ABOUT IT. ))
OUT Q=about it.
The S.C.L.C. also has a few words about the City's Cope team-- claiming
officers taunt children with innuendo-- a charge some residents are quick to
IN Q=The ones
((BENNY COOK/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THE ONES THAT AREN'T ABIDING BY THE LAW ARE THE
ONES COMPLAINING, AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM. BECAUSE THEY'RE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
TRYING TO DO SOMETHING, AND THE COPE UNIT IS TRYING TO CLEAN UP. ))
OUT Q=trying to clean up.
standup tag ((NOT SHOT YET)))
In the meantime, Chief Hooper is welcoming comment on the issue.
He says allegations of racism are not only unfortunate for him and his
department, but also for the community at large.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
Two big employers in Henry County and Bedford are talking about major
cutbacks resulting in the loss of hundreds of high paying jobs.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=The Dupont
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Winske/Plant Manager; :20
SUPER=01-Billy Buchanan/Dupont Employees Union; :32
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; 1:14
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( The Dupont Nylon plant in Henry County has told employees that in several
years the efficiency gains they've achieved won't be enough to overcome more
price reductions by foreign nylon producers.
Because of this, Dupont may close and idle 600 people who make the highest
wages in the area.
IN Q=This is
((JOHN WINSKE/PLANT MANAGER: THIS IS ALL PRELIMINARY DATA THAT WE'RE LOOKIN'
AT BUT WE THOUGHT IMPORTANT FOR OUR PEOPLE TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE NOW. WE'D
EXPECT OVER THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS WE WILL REACH A POINT WHERE A
DECISION WILL BE MADE, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. ))
OUT Q=or the other.
IN Q=The people
((BILLY BUCHANAN/MARTINSVILLE DUPONT EMPLOYEES UNION: THE PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO
MEET THE CHALLENGE AND I THINK HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB OF TRYING TO MAKE THIS SITE
A MORE PROFITABLE SITE WHICH I THINK IT HAS DONE IT JUST SEEMS NOT TO BE QUITE
ENOUGH FOR THE FUTURE. ))
OUT Q=the future.
IN Q=The Dupont
((The Dupont plant isn't alone. In nearby Bedford, the city's largest employer
is also grappling with productivity problems that may result in job cuts.))
OUT Q=its workforce.
*****************Nat from file***************
Rubatex has 600 employees making rubber related products in Bedford.
It has apparently become exasperated with a union that wants wage increases
in its new contract, even though the plant isn't meeting productivity
standards...for that reason, Rubatex will consider transferring 300 jobs to
IN Q=Everyone needs
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: EVERYBODY NEEDS TO LOOK AT IT AS NOT A GAME, NOT
A BLUFF BUT ONE THAT REQUIRES I THINK ALL THE PARTIES COMING TOGETHER TO MAKE
SURE THAT THE PLANT OPERATION REMAINS SOLID IN THE BEDFORD COMMUNITY.))
OUT Q=Bedford community.
Also consider that these plants are old, and that makes keeping them running
a less attractive option.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six returns-
The State Board of Education may shut down some public schools if they don't
begin to make the grade.
And women's colleges in this area hope their single sex status will pass
We'll look into what yesterday's VMI ruling may mean for them.
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Henry County investigators say a band of professional thieves has struck
several more times.
Earlier this month News 7 told you about a theft ring that police say has
been hitting tire stores in at least four different jurisdictions.
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Lt. Kimmy Nester says the thieves have hit four different tire businesses in
the past week.
Nester says the crime ring is burglarizing businesses in Franklin, Patrick
and Henry Counties as well as Martinsville.
Nester says the thieves make their way into the businesses by knocking a
hole into a back wall using a sledge hammer.
He say local crime stoppers will pay up to one thousand dollars for
information on these thefts.
It's truth or consequences for Virginia's public schools.
The State Board of Education is gearing up for a massive revision of the
standards by which schools are accredited.
And for the first time ever, schools with bad test scores could be shut
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Governor George
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Assoc.; :21
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education; :42
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Governor George Allen appointed the majority of this board, and it's his
new testing program that these members are gearing up for.
Students would be tested in the 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 11th grades.
The testing contract is out to bid now.
But with the do or die emphasis on the so-called basics, where does that
leave art, foreign language, phys ed?
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: MY FEAR IS THAT IN SOME OF THE SCHOOL
DIVISIONS THAT ARE FOR EXAMPLE NOT MEETING THE STANDARDS IN THE FOUR CORE AREAS
THAT THEY'LL BE UNDER SUCH PRESSURE -- THEY'LL BE BEING TOLD THAT YOU KNOW
WE'RE GONNA PULL YOUR FUNDS IF YOU DON'T GET STUDENTS' SCORES UP. BUT PROBABLY
NOT AT THE COST OF ELIMINATING ART INSTRUCTION, MUSIC INSTRUCTION. SO IT'S
GONNA BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT.))
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: ABSOLUTELY NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN
MADE YET. THERE'S BEEN NO DISCUSSION YET. AND THAT'S REALLY A CRITICAL AREA
WHERE WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC. FROM PARENTS, FROM TAXPAYERS, PARENTS
WITH CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, PARENTS WITHOUT CHILDREN, TEACHERS. WHAT'S THEIR
VIEW ON THAT? SHOULD THERE BE? SHOULD THERE BE CONSEQUENCES? OR SHOULD WE
LEAVE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE WHERE EVERYBODY IS ACCREDITED AND EVERYTHING IS
The obvious implication from board president Easton is no -- schools should
be held accountable for student performance.
The question for the board of education is how sharp the teeth should be
that bite the schools whose students fail.
Critically important public hearings will be scheduled for this fall.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
A small plane made a belly landing tonight in Lynchburg after the pilot was
unable to deploy the landing gear.
There were no injuries.
The single engine cessna reported problems around five fifteen... and the
pilot brought the plane in safely about a half hour later.
We'll have video of the landing and more information tonight on News 7 at
On Wall Street, after losing ground all week, technology stocks began to
But it still wasn't enough to boost the stock market into positive
The DOW lost five points closing at 56-hundred-78.
Nasdaq gained nearly 13.
New traditions are on the horizon at VMI... but will yesterday's Supreme
Court decision effect other single- sex colleges in the state?
Scott Prince has that story.
IN Q=The implications
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Linda Steele/Hollins College Spokesperson; :32
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :44
SUPER=01-Monica Dean/Sweet Briar College Spokesperson; :55
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((The implications of the Supreme Court ruling might not be confined to
Virginia Military Institute and Mary Baldwin College.
The justices ruled V- M- I's all male policy is unconstitutional because
it's a STATE funded school... clearing the way for women in Lexington and
possibly spelling the end of the VWIL program in Staunton.
So what does this say to PRIVATE, single- sex schools?
SOT 12:40 Bunting tape
IN Q=I think
((JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI PRESIDENT: I THINK IT SAYS TO THEM, EN GUARD.))
OUT Q=en guard
But the thoughts of VMI president Josiah Bunting are not shared by officials
at some of the local all- female schools.
IN Q=We perceive
((LINDA STEELE/HOLLINS COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON: WE PERCEIVE NO EFFECT WITH THE VMI
DECISION. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT VMI IS A PUBLIC INSTITUTION. HOLLINS AND OTHER
WOMEN'S COLLEGES IN VIRGINIA ARE PRIVATE COLLEGES.))
OUT Q=private colleges
Steele says Hollins College itself does not receive any state or Federal
funding... but students do in the form of grants and student loans.
The same holds true at Sweet Briar College.
((MONICA DEAN/SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON: STATISTICS OVER THE YEARS HAVE
PROVED AGAIN AND AGAIN THE VALUE OF WOMEN'S EDUCATION AT WOMEN'S COLLEGES.
GRADUATES OF WOMEN'S COLLEGES SUCCEED AT RATES FAR HIGHER THAN WOMEN GRADUATES
AT COED COLLEGES.))
OUT Q=coed colleges
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Despite those comments from Hollins and Sweet Briar.. there still may be
some degree of concern for the future of private single- sex education.
That's one of the topics being discussed this week... as school presidents
meet with state lawmakers in Hot Springs.
Scott Prince, News- 7.
Coming up tonight in sports, Beamer pass the Buck or the bucks, if you will,
back to his alma mater.
We'll have an update on Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda,
Plus, hear from one of the Hornets number one draft picks, former Kentucky
Wildcat Tony Delk.
Earlier this week Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer landed a
five year contract extension and a pay raise,
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tonight the coach and his wife Cheryl thanked the University nit with a card
or flowers but with a hefty donation.
The Beamer's have donated $50 thousand dollars to Tech.
The gift will be used for facilities improvements, and it marks the second
time Beamer has given his alma mater $50 thousand. He also did so in 1991.
The Los Angeles Dodgers wil be without manager Tommy Lasorda for at least the
next few weeks after the 68 year old skipper suffered a heart attack.
Lasorda drove himself to the hospital on Tuesday night complaining of stomach
Last night doctors performed an angioplast procedure to open a clogged artery
and that time they discovered some heart muscle damage.
IN Q="SAY WHAT YOU WANT
((DR. ANTHONY REID/DODGERS TEAM DOCTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dr. Anthony Reid/Dodgers Team Doctor; :00
OUT Q=...HE COULD RETURN."
In last night's NBA draft the Hornets used their two first round picks to
select a star of the national championship team and a high school grad.
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This afternoon the All-American, Tony Delk out of Kentucky arrived in the
Carolinas to begin his pro career, which will immediately force him to move
from shooting guard to point guard.
IN Q="I can bring...
((TONY DELK/HORNETS FIRST ROUND PICK:))
SUPER=01-Tony Delk/Hornets First Round Pick; :00
OUT Q=...FOR THAT."
The Hornets are trying to trade their other first round pick Kobe Bryant to
the Lakers from Vlade Divac. But Divac says he'd rather retire than play in
The stars were out in Danville this morning as John Newman held his annual
basketball camp for the City's youth.
And Roy Stanley says the camp mixes fun along with something the kids can
use for the rest of their lives.
IN Q="For 13...
SUPER=01-John Newman/Camp Director; :11
SUPER=01-Garrett Dillard/G.W. Asst. Coach; :40
SUPER=01-Nathan Poole/Camp Counselor; 1:14
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((For 13 years, Newman, who plays with Milwaukee, has returned to his hometown
to conduct the camp.
And because of its success the changes have been minimal.))
((JOHN NEWMAN/CAMP DIRECTOR: ))
((More than 40 kids are enrolled in the morning session of the camp.
They go through drills and play a little hoop.
And there's even a session where the kids view film.
But the main highlight of the camp is when Newman and his staff present the
kids with their camp jerseys.))
((GARRETT DILLARD/G.W. ASSISTANT COACH: ))
((JOHN NEWMAN: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((NATHAN POOLE/CAMP COUNSELOR: ))
((The camp concludes June 28-th. In Danville Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
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And finally, if you were planning on heading out to Palm Springs, California
for the "clothing optional" night at the ball park on July 8th, forget it the
event has been cancelled.
It seems too many fans wanted to watch the game naked.
A spokesman for the Palm Springs Sun says the team received enough requests
to fill Dodger stadium, and they just don't have enough room for the nudity.
The nude fans were originally supposed to watch the game from inside a tent
through an opaque screen, but team officials say the promotion went far better