The news is definitely NEXT on NEWS 7:
With an official finding of trouble at the Kennedy Space Center.
A Serb soldier telling tales of torture and mass murder at a war crimes
A hiker who packs a lap-top and a cell phone.
And a blueprint for revival of the incline tram to the top of Mill
stay with us.
Authorities in Ohio say the man they suspect of setting the fatal fire in a
fireworks store day- before- yesterday was put up to it by a couple of friends.
Todd Hall was in court today, facing charges of manslaughter and criminal
SUPER=03-Scottown, OH/Wednesday He's accused of lighting a firecracker
INSIDE the store, setting off a fire that killed eight people.
SUPER=03-Roanoke And a student architect at Tech has come up with plans to
revive the Mill Mountain Incline tram. Abandoned in 1929, city officials have
expressed interest in reviving the tram.
That's newsbreak. More at 11.
Falling morale at the Kennedy space center... together with a critical
shortage of experienced workers... may be jeopardizing the safety of the space
All this from an unusually harsh internal report by a NASA safety
The memo was written last month after an inspection at the Kennedy space
A high- level NASA team interviewed 300 Kennedy personnel and reported: "a
critical experience shortage," "morale at an all time low, "resources stretched
to the limit" and "an environment ripe for HUMAN ERROR."
Soon thousands of Kennedy employees who work either for NASA or other
contractors will be forced to transfer to a private corporation.
IN Q=The pace
((BILL HARWOOD/CBS CONSULTANT: THE PACE OF THIS CHANGE IS INCREDIBLY FAST.
BASICALLY, IN ONE YEAR, THEY ARE SWITCHING FROM A WAY THEY'VE DONE BUSINESS
OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES. AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE TRYING TO LAUNCH THE SAME
NUMBER OF FLIGHTS EACH YEAR AND THERE'S JUST NO MARGIN FOR ERROR.))
SUPER=01-Bill Harwood/CBS Consultant
OUT Q=margin for error.
The report tells of one electrical inspector who was switched to inspecting
welds- -something in which she had no experience.
NASA officials declined to be interviewed- -saying the report is a work in
One NASA source noted many of the concerns are already being confronted.
"Some managers," he said, "have been worried about this a long time."
A witness who says he played dead under a pile of corpses testified today
that he saw the military leader of Bosnia's Serbs at the scene of the
This was the scene one year ago when the Bosnian serb army overran the U-N
safe haven of Srebrenica (SREH'-breh-neet-sah).
It shows Serbian General Ratko Mladic (RAHT'-koh MLAH'-dich) telling the
refugees not to be afraid, that they would not be harmed.
Soon afterward, 7-thousand men from Srebrenica (SREH'-breh-neet-sah)
It's believed that most of them were slaughtered and thrown into mass
graves... on Mladic's orders.
SUPER=04-The Hague, Netherlands This man was one of those doing the killing
at Srebrenica (SREH'-breh-neet-sah).
Q: CAN YOU ESTIMATE HOW MANY CIVILIANS WERE KILLED BY YOUR UNIT?
A: SOMEWHERE ABOUT 1000, 1200, I DON'T KNOW.
Q: ARE YOU ABLE TO ESTIMATE HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU KILLED?
A: I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY. I CAN'T ESTIMATE. BUT TO BE QUITE
FRANKLY, I'D RATHER NOT KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE I KILLED.))
SUPER=01-Drazen Erdemovic/Serb Soldier
OUT Q=people I killed.
Er-DEM-o-vich is the only indicted war criminal to admit his part in the
massacre and plead guilty.
Most, like Bosnian Serb president Karadzic, remain at large.
Manslaughter charges may be just the beginning for 24 year-old Todd Hall.
A criminal trespass charge is also pending against him.
The local sheriff says Hall set fire to a box of firecrackers in a fireworks
store after two friends put him up to it.
The blaze in Scottown, Ohio killed eight people.
There are indications Hall may be mentally disabled because of a head injury
he once suffered.
IN Q=i DIDN'T
((TODD HALL: I DIDN'T DO IT, IT'S NOT FAIR. ))
SUPER=01-Todd Hall/Arson Suspect.
OUT Q=it's not fair.
The prosecutor says others could be charged in the case.
Hall's bond was set for 500-thousand dollars, with a preliminary hearing
scheduled for next week.
Residents of the Old Dominion Job Corps Center are still recovering from the
shock of yesterday's fatal accident involving thirteen Job Corps students.
20- year- old Lionel K. Miller of Alexandria was killed, twelve of his
fellow students injured when their van crashed on Route 635 in Amherst County.
Extra counselors and staff have been brought in to help the youths deal with
IN Q=The mood is
((ROY WOOD/OLD DOMINION JOB CORPS: THE MOOD IS VERY SOMBER, THE KIDS HAVE
CALMED DOWN AND THEY'RE GETTING TO A POINT WHERE THEY ARE COUNSELING EACH
OTHER, THEY'RE PROVIDING THE PEER GROUP CONFIDENCE NEEDED. BASICALLY, IT'S
VERY, VERY COMMON, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT IT, THEY'VE REALLY BEGUN THE HEALING
SUPER=01-Roy Wood/Old Dominion Job Corps; :00
OUT Q=the healing process.
State police say the driver of the van, 35- year- old Harry Johnson of
Bedford, will at least face a charge of reckless driving.
Johnson was allegedly driving too fast for conditions just before the crash.
A Roanoke man has been arrested for a series of Honda car thefts.
18-year-old Davie Wayne Elkins of Williamson Road is charged with stealing
four of the cars in May.
A total of 15 Accords and Civics were stolen over a six week period in
Police say Elkins may also face additional charges, along with a second
Elkins was arrested two days ago near his home, after a brief chase on foot.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, the internet breaks a brother and sister together
and we'll tell why one group is suing to make sure state employees can look at
explicit photographs on company time.
Robin in Wx office
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The American Civil Liberties Union is coming to the defense of Internet sex.
The group says it'll challenge a new Virginia law that bans state workers
from looking at sexually explicit material on the Internet while on government
Virginia A-C-L-U executive director Kent Willis says it would make criminals
of professors doing research and any state worker who happens to stumble onto
the wrong home page.
A spokesman for Governor Allen says taxpayers should not be paying for state
employees to access pornography over the Internet.
35 year old memories and a box of momentos were all Helen Harrison had to
remind her of her long- lost brother.
But technology intervened, and they were reunited today in Christiansburg.
Intern reporter Stacey Martin explains.
IN Q=A pink box
SUPER=01-Larry Dickerson/Internet Buff;:56
OUT Q=SM, News7, Christiansburg
(( This box from 1955 was once filled with chocolates.
It was given to Helen Harrison by her older brother Billy.
But now it holds photos and letters from the same brother she hasn't seen in
SOT 05.34.50 - 05.35.05
IN Q=I have somebody
I HAVE SOMEBODY OUT THERE THAT LOVES ME NOT BECAUSE I'M THEIR MOTHER, BECAUSE
I'M THEIR SISTER FROM THE SAME MOTHER I'M HIS BABY SISTER AND HE'S OUT THERE
AND I KNOW A PART OF ME IS OUT THERE.))
OUT Q=is out there
Harrison grew up in an orphanage in New York--her brother with a nearby
They were in constant contact until Billy joined the Navy and Helen went off
to college in Miami.
Today her son brought them back together.
IN Q=Oh, God
OUT Q=It's been so long
Larry started his search eight months ago.
Cruising the internet for clues of his uncle's whereabouts.
SOT 06.22.31 - 06.22.42
IN Q=Woke up one
((LARRY DICKERSON/INTERNET BUFF;
WOKE UP ONE NIGHT, I COULDN'T SLEEP AND I ENDED UP SURFING THE INTERNET AT MY
JOB AND ENDED UP FINDING TWO WILLIAM PIETRI'S ON THE INTERNET AND IT JUST SO
HAPPENED IT WAS HIM.))
OUT Q=it was him
Billy now lives in Florida.
But, he plans to stay here for a week catching up for lost time.
SOT 06.39.11 - 06.39.22
IN Q=Helen Harrison hopes
HELEN HARRISON HOPES TO REPEAT THIS SCENE AGAIN SOON, ONLY THIS TIME WITH HER
SISTER ELSIE WHO SHE HASN'T SEEN IN 23 YEARS. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7
A cell phone and a laptop computer are hardly standard equipment on the
But Waldo Jaquith (JAY-kwith) isn't a typical hiker either.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell checks in with a teenager who's on-line even as he
travels off the beaten path.
IN Q=On the Appalachian Trail
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Waldo Jaquith/Hiker; :21
OUT Q=JD News 7 Botetourt County
((On the Appalachian Trail, every step is a story, and three months into a
two- thousand mile hike, Waldo Jaquith has plenty of stories to tell.
Since he started his trek in Georgia, he has been posting his journal on
More than twelve thousand people have followed his footsteps by visiting
his site on the World Wide Web.
IN Q=Every day I get up
((WALDO JAQUITH/APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER: EVERY DAY I GET UP AND I DON'T HAVE TO
THINK WHO DO I HAVE TO CALL?. WHAT APPOINTMENTS DO I HAVE? SCHOOL TODAY? I GO,
"HMM IT'S NICE OUT, I THINK I'LL TAKE A WALK."))
OUT Q=I'll take a walk.
Still a few weeks shy of his 18th birthday, Jacquith is carrying more than
a bulging backpack.
On the trail and on- line, he hopes to reinforce the ecological and
economic importance of open spaces including the Appalachian Trail.
IN Q=If people can have
((WALDO JAQUITH: IF PEOPLE CAN HAVE A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH THE OUTDOORS
WHETHER IT BE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH ME AS I HIKE OR DIRECTLY IF THEY GET OFF
THEIR DUFFS AND DO A LITTLE WALKING, I THINK IT WILL REALLY DO A LOT FOR THE
OUT Q=really do a lot for the world.
The demands of the trail have claimed more than one of his computers, and
his latest online entries are now more than a month old.
But another laptop is on the way... and more than a thousand miles are
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County))
And if you want to keep track of Waldo's walk, here's his internet address
on the World Wide Web.
The Mill Mountain Incline may be reaching for the star once again.
That's the dream of one Roanoke native.
Intern Architect Darren Hannabass designed a new Mill Mountain tram system
for his final project at Virginia Tech.
SUPER=04-Roanoke Valley Historical Society;
The incline took tourists up the mountain until 1929.
And even though the tram hasn't run since then, the path it took is still
Darren Hannabass says his design will resemble an enclosed ski-lift.
He says this won't be as environmentally invasive as the original incline.
IN Q=IT'S ACTUALLY
((DARREN HANNABASS/INTERN ARCHITECT: IT'S ACTUALLY UTILIZING THE TREE CANOPY,
YOU CAN CARVE AND SCULPT OUT PART OF IT AND LEAVE THE REST OF IT. I THINK
THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE IT.))
SUPER=01-Darren Hannabass/Intern Architect;
OUT Q=WAY TO HANDLE IT
His plans also include the renovation of the old Virginia train station.
Hannabass designed a new tram station which would actually stand on top of
the existing railroad building.
He says city officials are interested and have made suggestions.
((HANNABASS: HE SUGGESTED A ROUTE THAT COMES FROM THE VIRGINIA STATION,
PARALLELS THE RIVER AND THEN SOMEHOW MAKES ITS WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN.))
OUT Q=UP THE MOUNTAIN
Roanoke City is looking into resurrecting the incline.
But it will take at least a decade and millions of dollars to get the
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Coming up a little later in the broadcast, we'll find out what 280 pound
gorilla gets for her birthday,
and it's a first for Halifax County, as the sheriff hires his first female
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Halifax County has two newly hired jailers who are breaking the gender
The sheriff says their presence should save the department money.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Natina Scott
SUPER=01-Natina Scott/Halifax Co. Jailer; :10
SUPER=01-Princetta Williams/Halifax Co. Jailer; :36 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax County Sheriff; 1:00
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Natina Scott and Princetta Williams are still learning the ropes but are
confident they have what it takes to go up against EVEN the toughest prisoners.
IN Q=I've grown
((NATINA SCOTT/HALIFAX CO. JAILER:I'VE GROWN UP IN A LARGE FAMILY SO I'M USED
TO BEING AROUND MEN AND I'M USED TO BEING AROUND WOMEN. AND, I'VE SEEN ALL
KINDS OF SITUATIONS SO HANDLING INMATES SEEMS LIKE AN EASY TASK. ))
OUT Q=an easy task.
Princetta Williams is equally confident.
((FIRST THING WE'RE GOING TO DO IS OBTAIN A FINGERPRINT CARD. ))
The first week on the job has been busy but also fun.
Williams earned a bachelors degree from Virginia State University.
IN Q=When I
((PRINCETTA WILLIAMS/HALIFAX CO. JAILER: WHEN I MAJORED IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE,
THEY TAUGHT US ABOUT THE FEMALES AND THE MALES AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM. ))
OUT Q=handle them.
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:TO MY KNOWLEDGE WE'VE NEVER HAD A FEMALE
OUT Q=the road.
It may be a first-- but Sheriff Jeff Oakes is more excited by the economic
When transporting a female prisoner, two male jailers must be present.
Yet, in the same situation, a female jailer, can travel solo.
IN Q=Very often
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:VERY OFTEN, WE WOULD HAVE TO SEND TWO MEN TO
CHARLOTTE COUNTY TO PICK UP A PRISONER, BRING HER BACK TO COURT, THEN TAKE HER
BACK TO CHARLOTTE COUNTY AND THEN RUN INTO OVERTIME, IT'S JUST A NIGHTMARE TO
WORK OUT THE MAN POWER AND OVERTIME. ))
OUT Q=and overtime.
Halifax County has also hired a new male jailer.
The state is picking up the tab for all three to help the county cope with
its growing jail population. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Lots of racing news on the eve of the Firecracker. We'll hear from Gordon
plus Kyle and Richard Petty.
And check out a wild night in Oakland!!
Plus mush more, right after the ballpark figures.
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score
take a break
The rains finally stopped so qualifying at Dayton cold be wrapped up today.
More on that in a moment.
But first, the racing world is still buzzing over Kyle Petty's announced
split with Sabates racing.
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :00
The two joined forces in 1989 and enjoyed six wins, 8 poles and winnings of
over $5 million dollars over that period.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;
Kyle's future is up in the air BUT he has a number of options - including
forming his own team, or running a second team out of his Dad's Petty
Enterprises shops in Level Cross.
IN Q="YOU KNOW...
((RICHARD PETTY/OWNER - PETTY ENTERPRISES:))
((KYLE PETTY/SIX CAREER WINS:))
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Owner - Petty Enterprises; :00
SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Six Career Winston Cup Wins; :09
OUT Q=...NEVER DO THAT."
Jeff Gordon managed to win his first Dayton pole today as the defending Pe[si
400 winner played the waiting game and won.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
Gordon was one of just 9 drivers
to get through time trials yesterday before the rains came.
He decided to stand on his time and it paid off as he picks up the pole with
a speed of 188 point 869.
IN Q="Things are...
((JEFF GORDON/PEPSI 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Pepsi 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...STARTED IT."
Sterling Marlin will start second and Dale Jarrett third. Now let's check
out the the entire starting grid.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=400-=1/Jeff Gordon/188.869/=2/Sterling Marlin/=3/Dale Jarrett/=4/Darrell
SUPER=401-=6/Jeff Purvis/=7/Dale Earnhardt/=8/Ken Schrader/=9/Lake
SUPER=401-11/Rusty Wallace/12/Terry Labonte/13/Dick Trickle/14/Ernie
SUPER=401-16/Robert Pressley/17/Derrike Cope/18/Morgan Shepherd/19/Bobby
SUPER=401-21/Kenny Wallace/22/John Andretti/23/Michael Waltrip/24/Jeremy
SUPER=401-26/Dave Marcis/27/Jimmy Spencer/28/Bill Elliott/29/Garry
SUPER=401-31/Bobby Hillin/32/Rick Mast/33/Jeff Burton/34/Ward Burton/35/Wally
SUPER=401-36/Brett Bodine/37/Kyle Petty/38/Ted Musgrave/39/Loy Allen/40/Geoff
SUPER=402-41/Ricky Rudd/42/Mark Martin
OUT Q=...Mark Martin."
It has been wild night in Oakland this evening as the Angels and A's opened
up a weekend series by the bay.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/Angels vs. A's; :00
In the top of the inning the Angels get some run support for starter RYan
Hancock as Chili Davis hits his 16th homer of the year and it's 3 to nothing
after a half inning.
But Hancock needed more than a trey tonight as the A's went berserk in the
bottom of the first collecting 13 runs!!
Matt Stairs did most of the damage recording 6 rbis in the inning. He got
four on this Grand slam as the A's SUPER=35-Oakland/=15/California/==7/Top
score 13 times in the bottom half of their inning.
Right now it's 15 to 7 Oakland.
in the FOURTH .
GRAPHIC=TOUR DE FRANCE
A very rainy day in France today as the cyclists in the Tour De France had to
battle the elements as well as each other.
SUPER=03-Aix-les-Bains, France; :00
While American Lance Armstrong was pulling out of the event about one third
the way through today's stage, Dutchman Michael Boggerd splashed his way to his
first stage win.
Stephane Heulot of France retains the yellow leader's jersey.
By the way Armstrong was 5 minutes behind Heulot when he withdrew.
France wasn't the only venue across the Atlantic that had to battle the
After a four hour and 26 minute rain delay, officials at Wimbledon again had
to suspend play.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
There was, however, just enough time for Steffi Graf to win her semi-final
match in a three set struggle over 12th seeded Kimiko Date.
The match was suspended by darkness yesterday, but today Steffi comes back to
win it 6-2, 2-6 and 6-3.
She will now play tomorrow for her seventh wimbledon title as she faces
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
The men's quarterfinal match between Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington will
be finished tomorrow with the score two sets apiece.
Still to come tonight, before they arrived at the beach, some of the Winston
Cup stars were hanging out
in Virginia this week. Steve Mason will take us down to South Boston and
check in with with among other Michale Waltrip, who does a pretty good Mason
For some of these drivers tomorrow will make their second race of the week.
Steve Mason caught up with some Winston Cup warriors at South Boston on
Wednesday night trying to unwind a little.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-South Boston/Wednesday; :00
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/16th in Winston Cup Points; :30
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/Driver of RCA Ford; :41
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Future Sportscaster; 1:16
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((let me set the stage. It's Wednesday evening, The Winston Cup drivers
will qualify in less than 24 hours, practice is about 14 hours away and these 4
drivers have to travel approximately 800 miles to get to Daytona.
But Ernie Irvan, Jeremy Mayfield,Kenny Wallace and Michael Waltrip spent
the hours before Daytona racing late model stock cars in South Boston
Speedway's inaugural Renegades race of Champions.
The drivers also spend about 2 hours with the fans, giving their hands a
Before we could get a comment about the Pepsi 400, Michael Waltrip tried his
hand at sportscasting..at the expense of this sports reporter...
((MICHAEL WALTRIP/15TH IN WINSTON CUP POINTS:))
Not bad for a first try. Thanks, Michael, Now what about the Pepsi 400?
IN South Boston at the speedway, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
John Rollins, the man who ousted Roanoke Charlie Keffer from the State Amateur
golf championships yesterday, won the event today at the Cascades with an
8-and-6 romp over Norfolk's Troy Ferris.
SUPER=03-Beachwood, OH/ESPN; :00
It doesn't look like there will be any kind of a romp at the US Senior Open
First round leader Bob Charles, who shot a 66 yesterday had some marvelous
today like this approach on the ninth hole today. He 's at six under at the
turn, one shot behind Dave Stockton who grabbed the lead with a five under
round of 67.
Stockton began the day four shot back.
On the PGA tour, Steve Strickler and Jay Don Blake share the lead at the
Western Open outside Chicago. Both are at 10 under.
And Meg Mallon leads this week's LPGA stop in Ohio, after shooting a 65 at
the Jamie Farr Classic.
She got a box of rubber snakes for her birthday and she loves it.
That's because the "she" in question is Koko the gorilla.
You might remember Koko as the first gorilla to learn sign language.
She turned 25 on the 4th of July.
One researchers says Koko understood that it was her birthday and expected
presents and a cake.
She asked for a box of rubber snakes and spiders because her handler says
she likes being scared.
The 280 pound gorilla celebrated with a feast of fruits, vegetables, jello,
spaghetti and cake.
A handler says Koko now has a vocabulary of 500 signs.