Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
The man charged with starting the fatal fire at a fireworks store in Ohio,
says it isn't his fault.
The driver of a van that killed one and injured 12 in Amherst County will
And what a beautiful morning it was for Roanoke College.
The beat goes on weatherwise but little change except some increasing heat.
Weekend details coming up.
On Health Check--
A rare strain of the AIDS virus has now been confirmed in the U-S.
Plus, heart disease in women.
Researchers are finding even the SYMPTOMS for heart disease may be
different than from men.
Don't go away, those stories are all coming up next.
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((I DIDN'T DO IT. IT'S NOT FAIR. YOUR HONOR, I DIDN'T DO THIS.))
OUT Q=do this.
The man accused of starting a fatal fire in a fireworks store appears in
Good evening, this is News 7 at FIVE. I'm Connie Stevens.
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 had explained
((JAMES HALL/DEFENDANT'S FATHER: I HAD EXPLAINED TO THE BOYS HE WAS WITH, THEY
KNEW ABOUT TODD'S PROBLEM. ))
((MARCIA WILKES/FIRE VICTIM: THIS IS JUST A TOUCH OF WHAT HE HAS DONE TO MY
SUPER=01-James Hall/Father; :00
SUPER=01-Marcia Wilkes/Fire Victim; :07 quick!
OUT Q=to my mom, CRIES NAT sound
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.
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The dangers of fireworks are a little clearer today, after accidents at
several ORGANIZED displays around the country last night.
A spectator died in Reynoldsburg Ohio, in an explosion during this
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN; :
Also, investigators believe fireworks are to blame for a Memphis house fire
that killed a three year old girl, sleeping in her room.
In Cameron, West Virginia, a firefighter died-- and another volunteer was
hurt while helping with a community display.
In Fairfax-- a professional from the famed Zambelli firm is now in critical
condition after a fireworks accident.
Charges are pending in connection with an accident in Amherst County
yesterday that killed one person and injured 12- others.
Two vanloads of students from the Old Dominion Job Corps Center were on a
scenic outing when one of the vehicles ran off Route 635 and turned over in a
State police say the driver, 35- year- old Harry Johnson, may have been
going too fast.
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((TROOPER JOHN RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: THE DRIVER HAD SOME SERIOUS HEAD
INJURIES, WAS INCOHERENT, COULDN'T BE INTERVIEWED, NONE OF THE OCCUPANTS THAT
WERE ABLE TO TALK HAD ANY INFORMATION THAT COULD HELP US. ))
SUPER=01-Trooper John Ratliff/Virginia State Police; :00
OUT Q=could help us.
21- year -old Lionel Miller of Alexandria died at the scene.
Counselors at the Job Corps center have been helping students deal with the
IN Q=We've brought
((ROY WOOD/OLD DOMINION JOB CORPS: WE'VE BROUGHT PLENTY OF COUNSELORS BACK AND
MANY OF OUR STAFF CAME BACK AND WE'RE GIVING THOSE THAT NEED COUNSELING,
COUNSELING. SOME HAVE BEEN ALREADY RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND HAVE GOT SOME
SCRAPES AND CUTS, SOME PARENTS HAVE COME AND TAKEN SOME OF THEM HOME TO LET
THEM GO THROUGH THE HEALING PROCESS. ))
SUPER=01-Roy Wood/Old Dominion Job Corps; :00
OUT Q=the healing process.
Wood says while the mood at the center is somber, he's proud of how the
students have handled the situation.
More than 200 people are dead following severe seasonal flooding in China.
Soldiers have rescued more than half a million people in Southeast China--
more than a million are still stranded.
Hundreds of thousands of army troops are at work shoring up defenses-- as
more rain is expected.
Damage is estimated at over one billion dollars.
Chinese government officials say international aid is needed to prevent more
toss to robin
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Unemployment is down-- and the
president is patting his administration on the back.
Plus-- a choir from Salem was featured this morning on national television.
On Health Check, the C-D-C is working overtime, trying to find the source of
a parasitic outbreak that's left about a thousand people sick.
We'll have advice on safe food handling, coming up on News 7 at FIVE.
Unemployment is at a six-year low according to the latest numbers.
And President Clinton is taking credit for the five point three percent
THe President took the opportunity to further his case for re-election in
((THE DEFICIT HAS BEEN CUT MORE THAN HALF, AND WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS ARE
FINALLY ON THE RISE AGAIN. WE HAVE THE MOST SOLID AMERICAN ECONOMY IN A
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These June figures also showed the U-S economy spawned a high number of new
Economists say that's another indicator of a vibrant economy and they
speculate that inflation and higher interest rates may be just around the
The President got another boost when it comes to his re-election campaign.
The nation's largest teachers' union endorsed President Clinton.
In 1992, the National Education Association also backed him.
N-E-A officals say they selected the President over Republican Bob Dole
because Clinton has stood firm to protect children as well as stregthen public
Students wanting to attend college in Virginia may have another campus to
consider in the future.
Averett College is reportedly considering building a campus in Caroline
County-- as part of a planned community at Haymount.
The Haymount campus would become Averett's second largest.
The school's largest campus is in Danville.
College officials are reportedly discussing the proposal with Haymount
developers but would not comment.
The new school would be built on about 50- acres northwest of the main
A Christiansburg woman was reunited today with a brother she hasn't seen in
35 years...after an unconventional search.
Helen Harrison and William Pietri (PEE-TREE) met today after losing contact
with each other in 1961.
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Harrison's son located Pietri after searching the internet for eight months.
The brother and sister lost contact when Pietri joined the Navy and Harrison
went off to college in Miami.
That was the same year Harrison said she received her last letter from her
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IN Q=God will help
((HELEN HARRISON/LONG LOST SIBLING;
GOD WILL HELP US BOTH BECAUSE YOU'RE THE INNOCENT ONE. AND, I KEPT IT. THAT
WAS MY LIFE.))
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Pietri now lives in Florida.
He plans to stay here for a week but says he has no plans to lose contact
with his sister again.
Harrison says she also hopes to be reunited with her older sister who she
hasn't seen in 23 years.
Looking for some live music this weekend? You might want to tune into
Freedomfest-96...for a variety of bands.
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Independence Day celebrations didn't end yesterday, Freedomfest 1996 will
take place this weekend, bringing together bands from all across the region.
DOUBLE BOX CONNIE/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from Highland park for a preview of the musical
SUPER=01-Jane Gabrielle/Radar Rose;
SUPER=01-Bill Hudson/Singer - Songwriter;
SUPER=01-Rodney Cousins/"The Spirit of Freedomfest";
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Stick around on NEWS-7 at Five--
Finally-- after a rainy Independence Day, qualifying got underway in Daytona
for tomorrow's Firecracker 400-- and we'll have results in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check,
As we're warned about the dangers of skin cancer, the cosmetic industry is
out with a new line of tanning creams.
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A rare form of the AIDS virus has been confirmed in the U-S.
The first carrier of the strain known as Group-O is a woman in Los Angeles,
who immigrated to this country from West Africa in 1994.
The unusual strain fools conventional screening techniques in one in five
cases-- so the tests will be re-configured.
Group-O progresses in the same manner as other strains of the virus.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
It will hospitalize two-and a half million women this year alone.
But despite these grim statisitics, women still underestimate their risk
for heart disease.
Often the symptoms of heart disease are different with women-- they may
have chest pain, but also, shortness of breath, or even an earache or a
IN Q=The typical
((DR. HOLLY ANDERSEN/CARDIOLOGIST: THE TYPICAL STRESS TEST, THE TREADMILL
STRESS TEST, WE GET FOR DIAGNOSING HEART DISEASE IS A MUCH BETTER TEST IN MEN
THAN IT IS IN WOMEN. MORE WOMEN PARTICULARLY YOUNG WOMEN WITH COMPLETELY NORMAL
HEARTS HAVE A HIGH CHANCE OF HAVING AN ABNORMAL STRESS TEST ON A TREADMILL. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Holly Andersen/Cardiologist; :
OUT Q=a treadmill.
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In general, women get heart disease about ten years later than men and
have their first heart attack about 20 years later.
But when women DO have heart attacks more frequently they are fatal.
Typical treatments produce more complications for women than they do for
Clot busting drugs used to treat acute heart attacks are more likely to
produce fatal complications.
Bypass surgery is also more likely to be fatal.
One reason is women were traditionally excluded from clincial studies of
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((DR. ANDERSEN: THERE ARE THREE MAJOR TRIALS FROM WHICH CARDIOLOGISTS HAVE
GLEENED THEIR PARADIGMS OF INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS
SURGERY. IT INCLUDED APPROXIMATELY 2200 PEOPLE. 78 WERE WOMEN.))
OUT Q=were women.
In terms of treatment for heart disease, women have one advantage over men--
Studies have shown that estrogen replacement in healthy women after
menopause reduces the risk of heart disease by 50-percent.
For women who already have heart disease, the benefit is even greater.
Government scientists are working around the clock, trying to find the
source of a cyclospora outbreak.
About a thousand people have been sickened from a parasite since May.
Fresh fruit is the suspected culprit--
Scientists are using D-N-A- fingerprinting to find a trace of the parasite
from hundreds of samples of produce-- they're also checking soil and water used
in the farming.
The illness causes stomach upset and other intestinal problems-- it can be
treated with antibiotics.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends washing your fruit before you
Most types of food borne illness do increase in warmer weather.
The experts say some people simply aren't handling their food properly.
IN Q=A common
((DR. CHARLES GERBA: A COMMON ERROR IS TO TAKE YOUR HAMBURGER PATTIES OUT ON A
DISH. YOU COOK THEM RIGHT ON A BARBEQUE WHICH DESTROYS THE BACTERIA THAT CAN
MAKE YOU ILL BUT THEN YOU PUT THOSE SAME HAMBURGERS RIGHT BACK ON THAT PLATE.
WE BROUGHT UP THE RAW HAMBURGER THAT CONTAINS JUICES, BACTERIA
THAT COULD ACTUALLY GROW ON THOSE HAMBURGERS. SO REMEMBER TO USE TWO DIFFERENT
PLATES OR PUT IT ON A BUN RIGHT WAY BUT DON'T PUT ANY MORE PRODUCTS YOU MAY EAT
ON THAT SAME PLATE. ))
SUPER=07-Dr. Charles Gerba; :
OUT Q=same plate.
Some other tips-- be sure to cook all food thoroughly, and keep products
stored in clean, sealed containers.
Refrigerate perishables quickly, and keep your hands and counter surfaces
As we've been saying this week on Health Check, even moderate exposure to
the sun can mean trouble for your skin.
Not suprisingly, cosmetic companies are jumping in right on cue-- with
self-tanning creams that contain a vegetable dye called D-H-A-- that won't turn
IN Q=The manufacturers
((DR. JEFFREY DOVER/DEACONESS HOSPITAL: THE MANUFACTURERES HAVE CHANGED THE WAY
THEY FORMULATE DHA - THEY WON'T TELL US HOW EXACTLY..BUT NOW PEOPLE GET AN EVEN
BROWN COLOR THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE A TAN...))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jeffrey Dover/Deaconess Hospital; :
OUT Q=like a tan.
One thing though with any sunless tanning cream-- is that you're not
really tan, so there's no natural protection against a sunburn.
Well I don't know if they were worried about their tans, but I hear the sun
did come out for the drivers in qualifying at Daytona.
Here's Mike Stevens--
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Friday afternoon two minute Sports
ticker and start of the weekend for many of you out there.
Let's begin down at Daytona where the skies cleared enough to finally get in
all of the qualifying for tomorrow's Pepsi Firecracker 400.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
Jeff Gordon was one of just 9
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 his first pole
IN Q=The first lap...
((JEFF GORDON/FIRECRACKER 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Firecracker 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...WELL FOR US."
Now let's check out the entire starting lineup for tomorrow's race that gets
started at 11.
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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.
Rain has again played havoc with today's schedule of matches at the All
England Tennis Club at Wimbledon.
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But it did stay dry long enough 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 in a rematch of last year's three set thriller that
Rain has delayed the completion of the men's quarterfinal match between Todd
Martin and MaliVai Washington.
They split their first two sets before the skies opened. They'll have to
Coming up at six, Steve Mason tells us how some of the Winston Cup stars have
been on the move this week.
Plus Botetourt all-star hoop star Sara Hicks commits to Tech.
Have a nice weekend everybody.
take a break
The Roanoke College Choir received a moment of well-deserved fame, appearing
on national television this morning.
The group was in fine voice as it sang the "CBS This Morning" theme song.
IN Q=Oh What A Beautiful
OUT Q=beautiful day.
The performance was taped in March by one of our photographers, Tim Wright.
The Roanoke College Choir is under the direction of music professor Jeffrey
The choir has 60 members, from every academic discipline on campus.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to Connie)
Six months on the Appalachian Trail can be a solitary experience, but not
for one young man from Charlottesville.
Connie/Keith double boxes
Keith Humphry is in the newsroom tonight with a preview of that story.
Connie, Waldo Jaquith (JAY-kwith) has companySUPER=@Keith1;
on his two- thousand mile hike.
The 17- year- old is now making his way through western Virginia, and
thousands of people have been following his progress on the internet, reading
the journal he is posting on the world wide web.
We'll hear from Waldo...
double boxes Connie/Keith
and check out the rest of the day's news, weather and sports in one half
Thanks Keith, sounds interesting...that's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE, and have a