Up next on News 7-
New clues to why a Delta engine blew into pieces on takeoff.
Plus another contender joins the Presidential Race.
And Hurricane Bertha could head toward the Carolina coast. We'll have the
Lower humidity and fairly pleasant weather for now...those heading for the
coast this week may see rough seas.
On Health Check, a report on Joint Replacement Therapy.
Plus, we'll check in at the World AIDS Conference-- where a celebrity of the
cause has a few criticisms of current AIDS strategies.
East Coasters are stocking up-
and boarding up- just in case Hurricane Bertha hits.
Hurricane Bertha continues to churn in the Atlantic.
She is now moving toward the Bahamas- and could possibly hit the East
coast of the United States.
SUPER=03-Outer Banks, NC;
Forecasters say a slight northward turn likely means Florida will be
But there's still a threat to the Carolinas.
((JAMES LEE WITT/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY: THE TRACK THAT RUNS
TOWARD THE OUTER BANKS SO THAT CONCERNS US GREATLY.))
SUPER=01-James Lee Witt/Federal Emergency Mgt. Agency;
OUT Q=CONCERNS US GREATLY."
Hurricane Bertha swept across St. Thomas and nicked Puerto Rico.
Damage was relatively light, but there were human casualties- Two surfers
drowned and two people died in a car wreck blamed on Bertha's heavy rains and
The Senate today passed a bill that includes a 90 cent increase in the
The lawmakers rejected Republican efforts which would've exempted new
workers and employees of many small businesses from the increase.
Democrats had wanted just the opposite, trying to push an amendment that
would have meant an increase for even more workers, but that effort also
Another Candidate is throwing his hat in the Presidential race- but he's
not a Democrat or a Republican.
Richard Lamm wants the nomination of Ross Perot's reform party.
((RICHARD LAMM/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND IF WE
DON'T FIX IT WE CAN NOT BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE OTHER CHALLENGES FACING AMERICA.))
SUPER=01-Richard Lamm/Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=FACING AMERICA."
Lamm says he'll restore fiscal sanity to Washington.
The former Colorado Governor says spending on programs like Medicare and
Social Security must be controlled.
Defense chiefs admit officials did not plan for a bomb as big as the one
that killed 19 people last month in Saudi Arabia.
Top military commanders say the threat of attacks has increased.
((GENERAL JOHN SHALIKASHVILI/CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: IN THE PAST
EIGHTEEN MONTHS THE TERRORIST THREAT IN THE PERSIAN GULF REGION HAS GONE FROM A
RELATIVELY LOW LEVEL TO A VERY HIGH LEVEL TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Gen. John Shalikashvili/Joint Chiefs of Staff Chrm.;
OUT Q=very high level today."
Defense Secretary William Perry says U-S forces need better protection.
He says he's considering moving American troops out of (Ree-YAHD) Riyadh
the Saudi capital, because of security concerns.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Friends remember the young victims of a
fatal fire in Lynchburg.
Plus new cops will soon be on the beat in Danville. We'll tell you why the
force is growing.
On Health Check one of the world's most obese men goes on a heavy-duty
In just six weeks he's lost about 250 pounds.
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Plus--Red, white or blush? How do you choose the right wine for your
Anchor=Connie 2 shot
Patrick Evans is going straight to the source to find out--he'll join us
from a wineshop in downtown Roanoke.
Investigators find a critical clue that may help explain why a Delta engine
Metal experts discovered a pre-existing crack in the hub connecting the fan
((GEORGE BLACK/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: THE CRACK STARTED IN A HALF
INCH BOLT HOLE AND MIGRATED ABOUT AN INCH OUT FROM THROUGH THE TITANIUM ABOUT
AN INCH OUT FROM THAT BOLT HOLE.))
OUT Q=that bolt hole."
The fractured engine blasted shrapnel into the cabin killing Anita Saxton
and her son Nolan.
The crack went undetected by routine maintenance and apparently reached
the breaking point as the plane rolled on takeoff.
Scotty Wayne Overby has been spared the death penalty.
Overby pled guilty to raping and murdering his estranged wife Sheila
Stafford last August, and defiling her body.
Montgomery County circuit judge Ray Grubbs sentenced Overby to life in
prison without parole today.
He cited the compassion and forgiveness of some of Stafford's family as a
major deciding factor.
((ALL OF OUR PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE 12:52:11TEMPERED WITH MERCY AND COMPASSION
AS DICTATED BY THE FACTS DISCLOSED DURING THIS TRIAL DEMAND THAT YOU BE
MEANINGFULLY PUNISHED FOR YOUR CRIME, BUT THAT YOUR LIFE BE SPARED. ))
OUT Q=life be spared.
Sheila Stafford was strangled to death and stabbed, and sexually assaulted
with various objects.
Overby testified that in the weeks prior to the killing he sought treatment
for alcoholism AND the threatening feelings he says he had for her.
Danville police are adding to their ranks, and department leaders hope the
measure will make city streets safer.
Danville was recently awarded a one million dollar grant from the Department
The money will allow the city to hire 19 new police officers.
The recruits will patrol as community police officers-- a philosophy which
encourages the officers to get to know residents.
The grant requires matching funds from the city and that means a one cent
hike in Danville's property tax rate.
Police Chief Neal Morris believes it's a small price to pay for added police
IN Q=I'm very
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE RELATIONSHIP THAT
WE HAVE HERE IN DANVILLE WITH THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY COUNCIL. I THINK
THEY ARE DEDICATED TO DING WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO MAKE THE CITY SAFE. THAT IS
VERY REWARDING TO ME, THAT YOU CAN PRESENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND THEY SUPPORT
IT WAS THEY HAVE AND I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF DANVILLE ARE THE BEST PEOPLE YOU
CAN WORK FOR ANYWHERE. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=work for anywhere.
The federal grant will expire in three years.
At that point, city council must decide how it plans to continue to pay for
the additional officers.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Roanoke City Fire Chief and some firefighters are at odds over the
The chief wants to lose twenty plus positions through attrition.
He'd fill the vacancies by retraining EMS personnel as firefighters.
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: WHATEVER WE COME UP WITH SHOULD BE AT
LEAST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO CITIZENS. THAT IN OUR
BUSINESS RESPONSE TIMES MEAN A WHOLE LOT. SO THAT WE WOULD NOT JEOPARDIZE OR
REDUCE TIMES TO THE CITIZENS BOTH FIRE AND EMS SERVICE DELIVERY.))
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Chief;
Union members disagree.
They contend converting E-M-S personnel into firefighters could jeopardize
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. PRESIDENT: WE FEEL LIKE THE EMS HAS THEIR
OWN RESPONSIBILITY, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN JOB TO DO. AND THEY'LL BE OUT DOING
THEIR THING AND THEY JUST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BACK US UP IN FIRE PROTECTION.))
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Assoc. President;
The chief denies the union's charges. He says he'll present a draft
proposal to city council members some time in the near future.
Friends and neighbors of a Lynchburg family that perished in a house fire
are trying to cope with the tragedy today.
Two of (Oh-SAHM-a Ah-boo-zade's) Osama Abouzeid's daughters attended
Sheffield Elementary School just down the street from their home.
Their deaths prompted the school to offer counseling for any student or
adult who might need it.
IN Q=It was a
((SANDY WALKER/SCHOOL COUNSELOR: IT WAS A VERY LIKEABLE FAMILY, AND IT'S A REAL
TRAGEDY, AND I THINK THE ADULTS MORE SO THAN A LOT OF CHILDREN REALIZE THE
FINALITY OF ALL OF THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Sandy Walker/School Counselor; :00
OUT Q=all of this.
Walker says about 20 children and adults sought counseling at the school
The list of places to find great wine in the Roanoke Valley continues to
grow, Patrick Evans checks out the wine list in downtown Roanoke today...
(Patrick ad lib)
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From expensive rarities to affordable favorites, there's a wine to fit
every palette and price range.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Today Patrick Evans explores the possibilities in a place you might not
expect to find vintage wines: Downtown on the City Market.
SUPER=01-Barry Corswandt/Sumdat Farms;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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Stay with us--still to come on News 7 at 5--it's All Star Night for Major
League Baseball. Steve Mason will have a preview.
On Health Check, some doctors are complaining about what they call gag
orders, keeping them mum about HMO's.
Plus, we'll check in at the World AIDS Conference, continuing in Canada.
IN Q=Fight AIDS
((FIGHT AIDS, ACT UP, FIGHT BACK. ))
OUT Q=FIGHT BACK nat sound
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More encouraging news, as researchers from around the globe continue
meeting in Canada at the 11th Annual Conference on AIDS.
SUPER=03-Vancouver, BC; :
New statistics show fewer than two of every one-thousand young women in the
U-S are infected with H-I-V, the virus that causes AIDS.
IN Q=We have
((SCOTT HAMMER:WE HAVE SEEN A GROWING LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHICH HAS
CONTRIBUTED TO A RENEWED SENSE OF OPTIMISM AND HOPE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Hammer/AIDS Researcher; :
OUT Q=and hope
**Connie on cart**
The latest figures provide more evidence that the AIDS epidemic has
stabilized in the U-S.
But 90-percent of AIDS patients are found in the developing world-- where
most patients can't afford even a single day's drug therapy.
With such limited budgets, the only real hope for ending the worldwide
epidemic of AIDS is a vaccine.
IN Q=Some of the
((SUSAN ZOLLA-PAZNER/NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: WE'RE PRESENTING RESULTS TODAY THAT
SUGGEST THAT SOME OF THE HIV VACCINES THAT WE HAVE IN HAND NOW ARE GIVING US
BETTER RESULTS THAN WE HAD EXPECTED. ))
SUPER=01-Susan Zolla-Pazner/New York University; :
OUT Q=we had expected.
The National Institutes of Health believes it will soon find vaccines that
can be used for large-scale human trials.
A long-time celebrity champion of AIDS research made an appearance at the
Liz Taylor criticized the U-S- ban on clean needle exchanges-- calling it a
measured act of premeditated murder.
She drew both kudos and criticism, for denouncing Canada's National AIDS
IN Q=In a
((LIZ TAYLOR: IN A COUNTRY AS WEALTHY AND APPARENTLY PROGRESSIVE AS CANADA,
FRANKLY I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED SOMETHING BETTER. ))
SUPER=07-Liz Taylor; :
OUT Q=something better, then cheers
Taylor also criticized what she considers scattered research efforts in
this country-- she blames Congress, for not giving more power to the Office of
AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health.
Some doctors say they're being prevented from telling their managed care
patients about the cost of expensive tests and treatments.
The American Medical Association wants clear, concise disclosure of
so-called "gag" clauses in contracts.
The insurance and H-M-O industry maintain doctors are never discouraged
from providing clinical information-- only such things as criticism of the
GRAPHIC=Chronic Joint Pain
For thousands of people who live with chronic joint pain, joint replacement
surgery can keep them on their feet.
SUPER=04-Baylor College of Medicine; :
Though the surgery is a last resort, replacements for the hip, knee and
other joints have enabled patients to continue working-- or to just enjoy
IN Q=Some people that
((SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE GOOD CANDIDATES ARE THE ELDERLY OR THE OLDER PATIENTS
THAT HAVE A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE.
YOUNGER PATIENTS ARE HARDER ON THE JOINTS AND CAN CAUSE PREMATURE FAILURE OF
THE PROSTHESIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ken Mathis/Orthopedic Surgeon; :
SS=Chronic Joint Pain
As with many other surgical fields, new advances and better technology have
made joint replacements stronger, and built to last longer-- 15 years on the
A few months ago on Health Check, we told you about 43-year-old Micheal
Hebranko of New York.
SUPER=04-May 17; :
He weighed in as one of the world's heaviest people-- at nearly a
In May, he had to be removed from his house through a bay window, using a
SUPER=03-New York City/Today; :
Now though, with the help of Richard Simmons and a nurse at St.
Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, he has lost 250 pounds-- enough to get him released
from the hospital today.
He told an entourage of reporters he's feeling great.
IN Q=I'm looking
((I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING HOME.
I JUST STARTED WALKING LAST TUESDAY SO I CAN'T WALK THAT WELL...BUT IT IS A
START. BY THE END OF THE SUMMER I WILL BE WALKING AROUND MY BLOCK. ))
OUT Q=my block.
The excess weight has caused Hebranko severe health problems.
He worked with Simmons before-- he once lost 700 pounds on the Dial A Meal
program-- but gained it all back.
Maybe you need an occasional reminder about why you live where you do--
A new study finds the Big Apple can make you sick.
That's right-- there's a link between the New York City lifestyle and
There are several possible reasons for the finding-- including eating out
too often, eating too fast, drinking too much caffeine and working long hours.
Time now for sports--the fan favorites will take to the diamond tonight for
baseball's All Star Game.
Steve Mason has that plus high school all stars--standouts in boys and girls
The 1996 Major League Baseball game hits the diamond tonight at 8:30 in
Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
While the game is all about fun, it's been anything but for a few all
stars. Ken Griffey Jr. has already been scrapped from his second straight all
star game. Frank Thomas, Roberto Alomar and Matt Williams are also doubtful.
IN Q=I realize...
((CHIPPER JONES/NL THIRD BASE STARTER:))
SUPER=01-Chipper Jones/NL Third Base Starter; :00
OUT Q=...line up"
The healthy group of players are excited about tonight's game.
IN Q="I think
((BRADY ANDERSON/AL OUTFIELDER:))
((KENNY LOFTON/AL OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Brady Anderson/AL Outfielder; :00
SUPER=01-Kenny Lofton/AL Outfielder; :08
OUT Q=...for that"
One racing note to get to. The company that owns the Charlotte Motor
Speedway says it's buying a drag strip next to NASCAR's track in Bristol,
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :00
Speedway Motorsports Incorporated, which already owns the Bristol track, is
buying Bristol International Drag way.
The quarter mile dragstrip hosts the spring and and fall nationals for the
Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith made the announcement today.
In other sports, The East beat the West 101-93 last night in the Virginia
High School Coaches Association all star game.
William Fleming's James Stokes played for the west and scored 13 on the
The West beat the East in the girls all star game. Watch William Byrd's Cathy
Smith dive for the loose ball. She puts it into the hands of Tammy Cox of
Galax, who starts the break. Smith then gets the assists at the other end.
Coming up at 6, more from the all star game, plus Roy Stanley checks in
with a Roanoke husband and wife combo head to the Olympics as a referee and a
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Coming up at Six, Bob Dole turns down the N-Double-A-C-P for a visit to
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
It is the Republican candidate's fourth campaign visit to Virginia in the
last few months.
Dole used the instant background check system Virginia pioneered to promote
a new stance on law and order.
And while the candidate posed at State Police headquarters, questions were
raised about turning down an invitation to speak to the nation's largest
We'll have the whole story on his Richmond visit.
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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...