Up next on News 7 at Five-
A fatal fire in Lynchburg claims the lives of a Lynchburg couple and their
A scare in Nashville- A bird is sucked into a plane's engine-
Plus the latest on Rubatex and a vote that could save hundreds of jobs.
Scattered showers, some severe, dotted the weather landscape this afternoon.
And hurricane Bertha grows stronger in the tropical atlantic.
On Health Check--
We'll check in at the 11th annual World AIDS Conference, where for once,
there is optimism in the air.
Plus, hypochondria-- and its effects on the health care system and the
IN Q=You always see
((YOU ALWAYS SEE IT IN THE MOVIES, BUT YOU NEVER THINK IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN
NEXT DOOR TO YOU, YOU KNOW.))
OUT Q=you know.
Neighbors are still stunned tonight after a tragic fire takes the lives of a
Lynchburg couple and their three young daughters.
The family of five perished in an early morning blaze in Lynchburg.
Double Boxes=Jean and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us live, Steve what have authorities told you about
how this fire might have started?
Jean, fire marshals spent more than six hours sifting through the rubble of
that house on Sheffield Drive, but they say it could be a while before they
know for sure what happened.
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SUPER=01-Steve Kinzer/Neighbor; :
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Kenneth Crawford/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :
OUT Q=sparked the blaze.
(( Steve Kinzer woke to the flash of sparking electrical wires, and the light
of an orange glow coming through his bedroom window.
Seconds later, Kinzer realized his neighbor's house was on fire.
IN Q=Intense heat
((STEVE KINZER/NEIGHBOR: INTENSE HEAT, THE WHOLE LIVING ROOM WAS UP IN FLAMES,
THE SMOKE WAS CHOKING. IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE, WASN'T NOTHING REALLY
THAT I COULD HAVE DONE.))
OUT Q= could have done.
Firefighters also were too late.
Judging from the intensity and the damage, the fire had been burning for
several hours before anyone discovered it.
IN Q=Like I say
((CMDR. KENNETH CRAWFORD/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: LIKE I SAY, THE DOOR WHEN YOU
JUST TOUCHED IT, THE DOOR IT FELL IN, THAT'S HOW LONG IT HAD BEEN BURNING. I
MEAN IT HAD BURNED THE HINGES AND ALL OFF OF THE FRAME.))
OUT Q=off of the frame.
Fire investigators spent the day turning over shovels full of rubble,
looking for clues.
They believe the fire started in or near the living room, where the family
kept a computer, and where an electrical problem may have sparked the blaze.))
The family has been identified as Osama Abouzeid, his wife Felicia and their
three daughters: Sara, Nadia and Gina... ages 5, 6 and 10 respectively.
Double Boxes=Jean and Steve/Microwave
They'd been living in that house for about a year... the father worked for
V-DOT... they've been described as the perfect neighbors. Jean?
Eight days ago union workers at Bedford's Rubatex plant shot down a contract
Since that time the company has announced job cuts.
Now union members are back at the ballot box for another vote, hoping to
save nearly 300 jobs.
Double Boxes=Jean and Scott/StarLink
Scott Prince joins us from Bedford where the voting took place.
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IN Q=Members of the
SUPER=01-Ruby Trent/Union Member; :23
SUPER=01-Kenneth Williams/Union Member; :30
OUT Q=the same proposal
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Double Boxes=Jean and Scott/StarLink
(Jean question: What was the reaction from most union members you talked to?)
A helicopter crashed in Ohio today, killing all five people on board.
Witnesses say they heard the chopper's engines shut off, shortly
after it took off from an airport in Salem, Ohio.
The aircraft went down
in a field- It's still not clear what happened.
Meanwhile a scare for passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight in
The plane was taking off for Chicago when a bird was sucked into one of the
The pilot was forced to abort the takeoff- overshooting the runway and
rolling into the grass.
All 127 passengers and crew aboard were forced to evacuate.
Three people were hurt- one with a broken leg.
The center of Hurricane Bertha has moved past St. Thomas and is now
advancing toward Puerto Rico.
((HAMMERING SOUNDS ))
SUPER=03-San Juan, Puerto Rico;
People in Puerto Rico are gearing up and closing down for Bertha.
All fights in and out of San Juan are now cancelled- Even most of the
national guard has pulled out.
An American man is missing- Authorities say he was surfing in high seas
with a friend who was rescued.
Hurricane Bertha may reach Florida's Southeast coast on Thursday.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- An attack on a British school by a man
believed to be carrying a machete. We'll have the story.
Plus Housing Authority officials respond to those who claim they've
neglected one Roanoke housing project.
We'll have an update on the Hurt Park situation.
On Health Check, the Clinton Administration is apparently putting the breaks
on regulations effecting health maintenance organizations.
Plus, hypochondria, and what it may be costing some people.
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And if you're hungry for seafood, Patrick Evans will have the catch of
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Healthy and delicious recipes for summer seafood dishes are the topic
Police are looking for a man who
attacked seven people outside a school in England- including several
pre-schoolers and a teacher.
((THE TEACHER WAS ATTACKED WITH A MACHETE OR AN AX AND THEN THE MAN ALSO
STARTED TO ATTACK THE YOUNG CHILDREN THEN WHO OBVIOUSLY PANICKED AND RAN OFF.))
SUPER=01-Pat Wing/West Midland Police;
OUT Q=AND RAN OFF."
Officials say parents chased the man away- He's still on the loose.
One teacher and one child are in serious condition- None of the injuries
are life threatening.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginians who want to know more about their neighbors are getting some help
from the Allen administration.
Starting today, Governor Allen has ordered the Department of Corrections to
make public a list of inmates released from prison, but still under parole
IN Q=Well I certainly
((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: WELL I CERTAINLY TRUST THE PUBLIC
TO USE THIS INFORMATION WISELY AND MAKE THE APPROPRIATE CHOICES. I DON'T THINK
THE PUBLIC WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NON-VIOLENT PAROLEES IN THEIR
NEIGHBORHOOD. THEY WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SEX OFFENDERS OR THE VIOLENT
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary;
OUT Q=violent ones.
Kilgore says the list responds to a flood of requests from individuals and
neighborhood watch groups.
Local circuit courts have already made names and addresses available -- but
only in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.
The new list is based on zip codes where ex-inmates currently live.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Officials of the Roanoke Housing Authority say they haven't neglected the
Hurt Park neighborhood.
Today, they responded to criticism leveled at them last week.
In the last two years, officials say the Housing Authority has spent four
million dollars on improvements.
Crews are currently re-roofing the entire complex.
A major sewer upgrade and other site improvements are also in the works.
IN Q=We have a number of staff
((NEVA SMITH/HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR: WE HAVE A NUMBER OF STAFF, WHO ARE
OVER THERE ON A DAILY BASIS. OUR RESIDENT DEVELOPMENT PERSON HAS AN OFFICE AT
HURT PARK, IS THERE DAILY. WE WERE NOT AWARE OF A LOT OF THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE
BEEN EXPRESSED RECENTLY.))
SUPER=01-Neva Smith/Housing Authority Director;
OUT Q=expressed recently.
The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners also affirmed its support for
the COPE Team, the community policing program that has focused on the city's
public housing communities.
Seafood is a summer favorite. Already a healthy meal, there are ways to
make it even more nutritious.
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Summer is when Seafood is at its best, just ask Patrick Evans.
Today he welcomes a guest to offer up some unique seafood recipes.
Patrick, I understand you are on a "Seafood Diet"?
SUPER=01-Don Mankie/Registered Dietician;
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Stick around there's more News 7 at 5---Steve Mason has Winston Cup Racing
On Health Check-- about 15-thousand experts and activists are in British
for the annual International AIDS Conference-- and the mood is split--
depending who you ask.
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((SANDY PUTNAM, MAINE MEDICAL CENTER: I THINK IT'S VERY VERY UPBEAT. SO MANY
THINGS HAVE HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND THERE ARE SO MANY EXCITING
THINGS GOING ON THAT THERE'S A PRETTY POSITIVE MOOD.))
((WE MUST END THE GREED. WE MUST DEMAND ACCESS FOR ALL. ))
OUT Q=access for all.
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The Clinton administration has temporarily shelved new rules which would
restrict financial incentives offered to doctors by health maintenance
''The New York Times'' reports the
administration had come under fierce pressure from the HMOs, so it opted to
suspend enforcement of the rules which are mandated by a 1990 law.
The companies argue the government failed to understand the importance of
financial incentives in their intensely-competitive industry.
Thousands of doctors, researchers, educators and activists have converged
on the 11th Annual International AIDS Conference in Vancouver.
This year, they're hoping to hear some GOOD news.
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SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Helen Gayle/Centers for Disease Control; :04
SUPER=01-Dr. Martin Schechter/AIDS Conference Co-Chair; :22
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Volberding/Univ. of California; :36
SUPER=03-Vancouver, British Columbia; :54
SUPER=01-Spencer Cox/Treatment Action Group; :58
OUT Q=AIDS-related deaths.
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OUT Q=NAT SOUND PSA
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IN Q=The annual
((DR. HELEN GAYLE/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: THE ANNUAL RATE OF INCREASE IS
ABOUT 3-5% NOW, AS OPPOSED TO 80-PERCENT IN THE MID TO LATE 80'S. ))
OUT Q=late 80's.
15 years into the epidemic, and in this country, the face of AIDS is
changing-- some believe the prevention message is beginning to work.
IN Q=We are
((DR. MARTIN SCHECHTER, CO-CHAIR, AIDS CONFERENCE: WE ARE AT A CROSSROADS IN
THE HIV PANDEMIC. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A VERY LONG TIME WE ARE SEEING
GLIMMERS OF HOPE. ))
OUT Q=glimmers of hope.
But the big news is that patients are getting better,
IN Q=We're realizing
((DR. PAUL VOLBERDING, UCSF:WE'RE REALIZING THAT WE HAVE DRUGS AND COMBINATIONS
THAT REALLY SUPPRESS THE
VIRUS A LOT MORE THAN ANYTHING WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST.
SANDY PUTNAM, NURSE COORDINATOR, MAINE MEDICAL CENTER: WE'VE HAD VERY POSITIVE
LUCK...WE'VE SEEN VIRAL LOADS DROP TO UNDETECTABLE LEVELS. ))
OUT Q=undetectable levels.
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OUT Q=ban A-Z-T
Still, AIDS activists are worried about the optimism at this meeting--
calling it the "Don't Worry, Be Happy International AIDS Conference."
IN Q=I don't want
((SPENCER COX, TREATMENT ACTION GROUP: I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THIS IS A
MAGIC WAND AND THAT EVERYTHING IS
GOING TO BE OKAY. AND THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE NO MORE AIDS RELATED
OUT Q=AIDS-related deaths.
More than one-point three million people this year will die of AIDS, most
in the developing world.
And others worry that new drugs, costing patients some 15-thousand dollars
a year, are off limits to developing countries-- a situation some liken to
Next time you're at your doctor's office....look around.
If there are ten people in the waiting room, the odds are that one is a
It's estimated this fear of sickness costs the health care system
between ten and 30 billion dollars a year.
Hypochondriacs often have medical bills ten times the national average.
Carla Cantor, a journalist and former hypochondriac herself, has written a
book on the subject.
IN Q=We all get
((CARLA CANTOR/AUTHOR, "PHANTOM ILLNESS": WE ALL GET SYMPTOMS EVERY DAY. ONE
OUT OF FOUR DAYS THE AVERAGE PERSON WILL HAVE A BACKACHE, A HEADACHE, A STOMACH
SOMETHING THAT YOU JUST TAKE AN ASPIRIN IT WILL GO AWAY. SOME GO TO DOCTORS AND
THE DOCTOR SAYS DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. AND THEY'RE FINE. THE HYPOCHONDRIAC
TAKES THE ORDINARY BODILY SYMPTOMS
AND THE MIND AND THE MOTIONS INTERMINGLE AND IT GOES OFF.))
SUPER=01-Carla Cantor/"Phantom Illness" Author; :
OUT Q=goes off.
Some doctors believe hypochondria is a form of obsessive-compulsive
disorder-- they're using medications and behavior therapy to treat it.
Single people are more likely than married people to suffer from
The children of hypochondriacs are more prone to emergency room visits,
disability and suicidal tendencies.
In sports some area soccer players are getting the chance to play in Europe.
While Winston Cup drivers are gearing up for next week's race. Here's Steve
Mason with the Monday Sports Ticker.
We will hear from some Winston Cup drivers, take a trip over to Roanoke'
lacrosse camp and check out some local soccer players that left today to play
over in Europe...all in 120 seconds.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/This Past Weekend; :00
First to the track where Sterling Marlin and his Kodak Chevrolet team
will take their win at Daytona to Loudon this coming weekend for the Slick 50
300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Morgan Shepherd finished 2nd at Loudon last year and hopes to have another
((MORGAN SHEPHERD/DRIVER OF REMINGTON FORD:))
SUPER=01-Morgan Shepherd/Remington Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...this time"
Michael Waltrip, the driver who replaced Morgan in the Wood Brothers Ford
has yet to visit victory lane in a cup race this season, but the team is
optimistic at the mid way point.
IN Q="We see
((MICHAEL WALTRIP/DRIVER OF WOOD BROTHERS FORD:))
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/ Wood Brothers Ford Driver ; :00
OUT Q=...great experience"
On to soccer. The Roanoke Stars under 15 team left for Europe today for 3
weeks of soccer.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The team has been training for a month at the Berglund Soccer Complex.
The Stars will play in the biggest youth tourney in the world with 800
teams from 47 countries and they are not in the least bit intimidated.
IN Q=I say...
((TOM ASHTON/STARS SWEEPER:))
((WES SAVAGE/STARS MIDFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Tom Ashton/Stars Sweeper; :00
SUPER=01-Wes Savage/Stars Midfielder; :06
OUT Q=...than over here"
The Roanoke College Lacrosse camp is underway, about 160 campers are on
hand some from as far away as England. We will hear from the journeyman,
plus a salem camper at 6.
Also at 6, we will check in on baseball as the majors gear up for
tomorrow's all star game.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Communities all over Virginia are looking for prison inmates packing
chainsaws, hammers, and machetes.
Jean/Keith double boxes
Here's Keith Humphry with an explanation.
Coming up at Six, it's the one year anniversary of the Community Work
That tame title means non-violent prison inmates will come to your locality
and help carry some of the workload.
And state officials will tell you, what first seemed like a hard sell has a
waiting list today.
It's all part of Governor George Allen's promise NOT to "coddle criminals."
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That's coming up in just one half hour on News 7 at SIX.
That's it for News 7 at FIVE...