Next on News Seven-- V-M-I is taking
its first steps to make room for women.
Virginia Military Institute's Board of Visitors appointed a committee to
come up with a PLAN for co-education.
It's business as usual at Myrtle Beach after Bertha skirted the South
And a Summer Arts Conservatory is in full swing at Radford University.
The news is next.
V-M-I is taking its first steps to carve out a place for women in the corps
Virginia Military Institute's Board of Visitors today appointed a committee
to come up with a PLAN for co-education.
Keith Humphry reports from Lexington.
IN Q=The Board's been
SUPER=01-Jim Roberts/VMI Board Member; :07
SUPER=01-Bill Berry/VMI Board President; :33 Quick!!
SUPER=01-Steve Fogleman/VMI Alumni Association President; :46
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:37
OUT Q=Humphry News-7.
(( Board members have been meeting for three days, largely discussing other
Today, but they decided to...
((JIM ROBERTS/BOARD MEMBER: DEVELOP A PLAN OF CO-EDUCATION FOR CONSIDERATION BY
The board HAS to begin planning to admit women.
While the alumni are poised on a distance ridgetop trying to marshal the
cavalry for a last- minute charge in the name of taking over the institute,
making it a private school, The Board of Visitors has no choice but to begin
exploring ways of complying with the Supreme Court's decision.
((BILL BERRY/BOARD PRESIDENT: WHILE WE ARE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED BY THAT
DECISION, WE WILL OBEY IT.))
In the meantime the alumni Association and the Alumni Foundation are
scrambling to figure out whether they can afford to buy the place.
((STEVE FOGLEMAN/ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: WE'VE JUST GOT SOME QUESTIONS WE'VE GOT TO
RESOLVE OURSELVES, AND THEN WE'VE GOT TO PRESENT IT TO THE BOARD OF VISITORS.))
The Board itself cannot take any steps to make this a private institution.
SOT 12:27:10 -audio only
((BERRY: AS A STATE AGENCY, WE CAN'T TAKE OURSELVES OVER. ))
Those Alumni agencies could ask the Commonwealth to sell it to them, however,
even if the Board fails to endorse the request.
The alumni agencies and the Board of visitors are approaching it along two
((THE BOARD OF VISITORS IS EXAMINING COEDUCATION. THE ALUMNI AGENCIES ARE
EXAMINING PRIVITIZATION. AND WE WILL REACH A CONCLUSION TO BOTH OF THOSE PATHS
SOT 12:26:45 standup
((HUMPHRY: THE BOARD MEETS IN RICHMOND AT THE END OF THE MONTH AND THEN AGAIN
HER ON POST IN LATE SEPTEMBER. IT MAY BE TWO YEARS FROM THIS FALL BEFORE WOMEN
JOIN THE RAT LINE.))
((GENERAL JOSIAH BUNTING: I WOULD THINK 1998 WOULD BE A PREFERABLE DATE,
HOWEVER THAT'S VERY SPECULATIVE))
But General Bunting adds it is up to the Chief Federal judge in Roanoke to
approve a plan and set the timetable.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
After battering the Carolina coast, the weakening remnants of
SUPER=03-Ocean City, NJ;
Hurricane "Bertha" are heading north-- spawning tornadoes and dumping rain from
Maryland to Massachusetts.
Bertha is still a tropical storm but forecasters expect it to weaken into a
tropical depression by tomorrow.
In Virginia Beach-- Bertha has already come and gone and so have the clean
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=She was at
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-George Thomas/Marine Scientist; :16
SUPER=01-Jeff Loomis/Virginia Beach Resident; :24
SUPER=01-Rena Test/Virginia Beach Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Jerry Sweane/Coastal Geologist; :57
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Sandbridge.
(( She was at her worst in Virginia, an awe-inspiring experience.
But a long trip across North Carolina wore Bertha out.
Today, evidence of her visit was tough to find, and cleaned up quickly.
SOT 02:46:26 SATURDAY TAPE TWO
((GEORGE THOMAS/MARINE SCIENTIST: LOOKS LIKE THE LOWER PART OF THE BEACH HAS
BEEN DEFLATED. THERE COULD BE SOME PROBLEMS UP THE BEACH. IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE
THERE WAS MUCH OVERWASH OVER THE ROAD.))
sot SATURDAY TAPE TWO 02:42:10
((JEFF LOOMIS/VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENT: I REMEMBER WORSE. I WAS REALLY HOPING
THAT IT WOULD BRING UP A LOT OF REALLY GOOD SURF.))
SOT SATURDAY TAPE TWO 03:08:01
((RENA TEST/VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENT: I WAS TOLD THERE WAS A TREE ACROSS MY CAR
AND STUFF LIKE THAT. BUT THERE WASN'T. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THE BAY WAS FLOODED.
THE DOCKS WERE UNDER WATER AND EVERYTHING. SO YOU KNOW, I MEAN IT WAS FUN.))
sot STANDUP SATURDAY TAPE TWO 02;36:30
((THE BERTHA STORY HAS A MORAL FOR VIRGINIANS -- WHO HAVEN'T SEEN A DIRECT HIT
FROM A HURRICANE SINCE THE 60'S. THIS WASN'T ONE EITHER. IT WAS A TROPICAL
STORM BY THE TIME IT GOT HERE.))
But whether you're on the coast, or in the flood-prone mountains, these
rapidly changing storms should always demand respect.
SOT FRIDAY TAPE THREE 10:12:10
((JERRY SWEANE/COASTAL GEOLOGIST: IF YOU DON'T MIND ME BEING FACETIOUS, I
THINK IT WAS LAST YEAR PAT ROBERTSON SAID HE PRAYS FOR THIS AREA AND STORMS
BYPASS US...HIT REALLY HARD.))
Bertha came early.
A long, and potentially deadly season will test everyone's theories about
the big one.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Sandbridge.))
It's business as usual at Myrtle Beach after Bertha skirted the South
Visitors resumed their vacations following mandatory evacuations resulting
in an estimated 47- point- 5 million dollar loss of business.
Frank Payne reports.
IN Q=What a difference
SUPER=03-Myrtle Beach, SC/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Glenn West/Pavilion Amusement Park; :15
SUPER=01-Tom Grecco/Tourist; :28
SUPER=08-Annie Hooker/Tourist; :35 Screen Left!!
SUPER=01-Alan Rosensteel/Myrtle Beach Golf Club; :48
SUPER=01-Frank Payne/Reporting; :55
OUT Q=Frank Payne, Reporting.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A teenager's mysterious death unites a circle of friends.
A bomb goes off in Oklahoma City again.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
Wx ad lib
Bertha, not so big anymore--
The tropical storm that pounded the Virginia and Carolina coastlines is
fizzling out over New England.
Our weather's been fairly quiet, with some isolated showers and
thunderstorms rumbling through--
Let's check some of the rainfall numbers....
MUSIC UP FULL
Oklahoma City investigators returned to a fire-gutted motel room today.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
Last night, an explosion gutted a room at the Red Carpet Motel in Edmond, a
suburb of Oklahoma City.
Authorities discovered four UNdetonated pipe bombs in one of the guest's
30- year- old Kelly Sean Spencer was arrested.
According to police, Spencer claimed his room burst into flames when his air
conditioner blew up.
The mysterious death of a Patrick Henry High School student devastated his
family and friends.
The teenager touched a multitude of lives.
Many people honored his memory by participating in Brian Sowers Day at the
Vinton War Memorial.
17- year-old Brian Sowers, volunteered much of his time to his church and
He died last month from an UNdiagnosed illness.
Today his friends came out for a day of fun.
Several bands donated their talent.
There were two lines for the dunking booth-- one to sit on the hot seat--
the other to throw the balls.
IN Q=i just had
((VANESSA SOWERS/BRIAN'S MOTHER: I JUST HAD NO IDEA HE HAD THIS TYPE OF
INFLUENCE ON THIS MANY PEOPLE. IT'S BEEN OVERWHELMING. I'M PROUD OF EVERYONE
OF THEM . I'M PROUD OF WHAT BRIAN DID TO CAUSE THIS MANY PEOPLE TO SHOW UP.))
SUPER=01-Vanessa Sowers/Brian's Mother;
OUT Q=to show up
Many churches in the area helped organize the fund raising event.
The Sowers do not have medical insurance.
And all the money raised today will help them pay medical expenses.
IN Q=we constantly
((WE CONSTANTLY ARE THANKING THEM. TELLING THEM HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE IT AND
THAT WE LOVE THEM ALL AND I'M JUST PROUD THEY THOUGHT ENOUGH OF BRIAN.))
OUT Q=ENOUGH OF BRIAN
The Center for Disease Control is testing blood samples to determine Brian's
cause of death.
The Brian Sowers Fund has been set up at NATIONSbank in Vinton for those who
would like to make a donation.
John and Mark Warner brought their Senate campaigns to Southwest Virginia
Republican JOHN Warner visited with members of the American Legion today.
Warner told Legioneers that the U-S needs to take a stronger stand against
terrorism and provide more security for troops overseas.
Challenger MARK Warner stopped in Roanoke LAST NIGHT to talk with Legion
The Democrat says the U-S needs to keep investing in military research to
maintain its military might.
Both candidates addressed the American Legion Department of Virginia at the
78th Annual Convention.
Area communities realize that small businesses can support a local economy.
Many areas do whatever they can to cater to start- up entrepeneurs.
Later this month, a new business incubator will open in the former
headquarters of Advance Auto in Roanoke.
Organizers hope the small businesses that start here will play a major role
in the local economy.
IN Q=They're the bread and butter
((HOPE PLAYER/BOARD CHAIRMAN: THEY'RE THE BREAD AND BUTTER, ABSOLUTELY FOR THE
ROANOKE ECONOMY. NOT ONLY HERE LOCALLY, BUT NATIONWIDE IN EXCESS OF 90 PERCENT
OF ALL NEW JOBS CREATED ARE CREATED BY COMPANIES WITH LESS THAN 25 EMPLOYEES.
IF WE HAVE A 50 PERCENT FAILURE RATE WITH ALL NEW COMPANIES THAT START, THEN
WE'RE LOSING A LOT OF POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS OUT THERE. THE MORE WE CAN DO TO KEEP
THOSE COMPANIES GOING, THE BETTER.))
SUPER=01-Hope Player/Board Chairman;
OUT Q=the better.
To hear more about the new business incubator in Roanoke, watch the public
affairs program, On Record, tomorrow morning at eleven.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Later on News 7 at 11,
A program for teens focuses on learning life skills-- as well as having fun.
A Summer art program expands the horizons of students from all across
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
A housing project in Bedford is considered a Safe Haven for children.
The building is more than just a hangout.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=This is more than just a
SUPER=01-Jajuan Oliver/Safe Haven Participant; :24
SUPER=01-Nakia Shelton/Safe Haven; :32
SUPER=01-Paul Carper/Safe Haven Participant; :49
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Safe Haven; :59
SUPER=01-Libby Oliver/Safe Haven; 1:08
OUT Q=News 7.
(( This is more than just a softball game.
It's a part of a program that brings adults and children together.
Safe Haven's home is a trailer in the parking lot of Rain Tree Apartments in
It houses educational programs such as "Sexuality and You," and seminars on
But fun is also apart of the program.
IN Q=i like the
((JAJUAN OLIVER/SAFE HAVEN PARTICIPANT: I LIKE THE WAY WE GET TO GO ON TRIPS
FOR FREE. WE GO VARIOUS PLACES THAT MOST KIDS DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
OUT Q=OPPORTUNITY TO GO
IN Q=ALL OF THEIR
((NAKIA SHELTON/SAFE HAVEN: ALL OF THEIR PARENTS WORK AND WE TRY TO SPEND TIME
WITH THEM JUST TAKE THEM OUT AND KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE.))
OUT Q=OUT OF TROUBLE
STAND UP 13:33:58
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: OUTINGS SUCH AS THIS SOFTBALL GAME ARE JUST A PART OF
SAFE HAVEN. ORGANIZERS SAY THE PEACE PATROL IS ONE WAY THEY TRY TO TEACH THESE
CHILDREN TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
IN Q=we go into
((PAUL CARPER/SAFE HAVE PARTICIPANT: WE GO INTO THE COUNTY HOME AND HELP OLD
PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE PEOPLE TO COME AND VISIT THEM. WE TRY TO MAKE PEACE.))
OUT Q=MAKE PEACE
IN Q=I'VE BEEN HERE
((BILL MCGUIRE/SAFE HAVEN: I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE AUGUST, THE BEGINNING. AND
I'VE SEEN GROWTH IN THE KIDS' LIVES AND IT'S BEEN REAL POSITIVE FOR ME AND FOR
OUT Q= AND FOR THEM
IN Q=THE ATTITUDES
((LIBBY OLIVER/SAFE HAVEN: THE ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGED IN A LOT OF THEM. THEY
LISTEN MORE THAN THEY USED TO, THEY DON'T CREATE AS MUCH OF A PROBLEM FOR US
OUT Q=FOR US NOW.
The Safe Haven program also offers assistance with homework.
During the school year tutors help the children every day after school.
The children say all of these activities make Safe Haven a cool place to
And next month instead of softball, it's a trip to Kings Dominion and
Denise Allen News 7.
A lot of wheeling and dealing going on in the N-B-A this evening. It's
Reported that the Los Angeles Lakers are ready to make Shaquille O'Neal an
offer he can't refuse.
The Los Angeles times reported today that the Lakers have made a seven year
95 point 5 million dollars for the free agent.
The proposed deal averages 13 point 64 million dollars per season and
contains a player option after three years that would let O'Neal become a free
agent and sign a new contract
in order to get any money lost by not resigning with the Orlando Magic.
O'Neal is expected to respond next week.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/KHOU; :
Meantime, The three way trade among Denver, Houston and Phoenix that would
have sent Charles Barkley to Houston is in jeopardy.
Barkley is Indianapolis with the Dream Team and he didn's seem to be to
concerned about the latest rumor surrounding the deal.
IN Q="I haven't
((CHARLES BARKLEY/DREAM TEAM: ))
SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/Dream Team; :
OUT Q=......to react."
Juwan Howard may be leaving the Nation's capital.
Its reported that Howard is set to sign a seven year, 98-million dollar
contract with the Miami Heat.
John Smoltz threw his second two hitter of the season as the Braves Beat
Florida 3 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Olympic insignia on the side of the highway in Atlanta.
Smoltz would come through at the plate sending this line drive into right
field scoring Jeff Blauser who beats the John Sheffield throw and scores 1 to
Then in the sixth. Javier Lopez gets all of this pitch sending it over
the right field wall for a two run homer and the Braves jumped out to the 3 to
Smoltz strikes out 10 in winning SUPER=35-Atlanta/3/Florida/0/;his 15-th
game of the season and he also broke a three game losing streak as the Braves
beat the Marlins 3 to nothing.
Brian Jordan had a day to remember this afternoon as St. Louis built up a
10 run lead and held off the Chicago Cubs 10 to 5.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/FOX SPORTS; :
In the top of the first Jordan sends a two run homer over the left field
wall for his 11-th round tripper of the season and that gave the Cards a 2 to
Jordan finished it off in the sixth SUPER=35-St. Louis/10/Chicago/5/;when
he hit a grand slam homer. He had 3 of the Cards 13 hits, and his six R-B-I's
matched his career high. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 10 to 5.
In Baltimore, The Yankees scored twice in the top of the ninth and Mariano
Duncan singles in the go ahead run as the Yankees beat the Orioles 3 to 2 in
game one of a doubleheader.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0091-j/California/6//Seattle/4///j/New York/3//Baltimore/2//First Game/;
SUPER=0092-/Houston///New York///Rained Out/j/St. Louis/10//Chicago/5///;
And coming up, Mike Stevens has a report on the Commonwealth Games the field
is set for the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire.
And a record day at the horse racing track in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia began last Saturday, but the heaviest
competition throughout the valley is taking place this weekend.
Mike Stevens has a look at some of today's action.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Star City Skating; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Setchel/Roller Hockey Coordinator; :14
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Hilltop Lanes; :30
SUPER=01-Harold Stultz/Bowling Coordinator; :42
SUPER=03-Roanoke/The River's Edge; 1:06
SUPER=01-Carol Schmidt/Soccer Coordinator; 1:15
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Jiffy Lube 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway gets
underway tomorrow in Loudon.
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/ESPN; :00
Ernie Irvan will start 6th, he posted a lap of 128.320 miles per hour to
secure the spot during first round qualifying yesterday. He is looking for a
higher finish than that.
IN Q="Last time
((ERNIE IRVAN/DRIVER OF HAVOLINE THUNDERBIRD: LAST TIME I WAS THERE, I
DOMINATED THE RACE FOR ABOUT EVERYWHERE BUT THE LAST 50 LAPS AND GOT TOUCHED UP
NI SOME STUFF AND WOUND UP WINNING THE RACE. BUT I HAD SOME ...THINK LOUDON'S
A GREAT RACTRACK IT'S GOT GREAT OWNERS, AND WE LIKE TO GO UP THERE AND MEET A
LOT OF DIFFERENT CROWD.))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Driver of Havoline Thunderbird; :00
OUT Q=...different crowd"
First round qualifying did not turn out so well for Jeremy Mayfield. Cale
Yarborough's driver spun the RCA Ford during his run and will start 39th. To
him, that qualifying run symbolized the first half of the season.
((JEREMY MAYFIELD/DRIVER OF RCA FORD: WHAT YOU ALWAYS HOPE IS THAT THINGS WILL
GET BETTER AND WE USE THE FIRST PART OF THE SEASON AS A TEST SESSION YOU TAKE
EVERYTHING YOU LEARN THE FIRST PART AND YOU TRY TO MAKE THINKG BETTER THE
SECOND TIME AROUND, AND WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/Driver of RCA Ford; :00
OUT Q=...have a good year"
Rain washed out the final round of qualifying for the Jiffy Lube 300 at
the New Hampshire International
So Here is how the cars that failed to qualify yesterday will line up for
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-26. Brett Bodine//27. John Andretti//28. Morgan Shepherd//29. Jimmy
Spencer//30. Ward Burton;
SUPER=0107-31. Michael Waltrip//32. Rick Mast//33. Bobby Hillin//34. Dave
Marcis//35. Greg Sacks;
SUPER=0107-36. Randy MacDonald//37. Bill Elliott//38. Johnny Benson//39.
Jeremy Mayfield//40. W. Dallenbach;
SUPER=03-France/ABC SPORTS; :
The 13th stage of the Tour De France is over. Denmark's Rolf Sorensen is
the winner of the stage.
sorensen sprinted to the finish line ahead of Orlando Rodriguez of
SUPER=03-Arlington Heights, IL/CBS SPORTS; :
In horse racing, "Cigar" sprinted down the stretch to history today posting
his record-tying 16-th straight victory in the 750-thousand dollar Arlington
The finish tied the North American thoroughbred record of consecutive wins
set by "Citation" in the 1940's.
A Summer Arts Conservatory at Radford University has given students from
across Virginia a chance to work with experts and equipment they wouldn't
normally have access to.
And in the process, some are considering some life decisions.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=41 year-old Tom Bone
SUPER=01-Tom Bone/Video Animation Student; :13
SUPER=01-Melissa Rollings/Video Animation Student; :25
SUPER=01-Ian Blubaugh/Theater Student; :54
SUPER=01-J.D. Roberto/Actor; 1:02
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( 41 year- old Tom Bone took a week off from his public relations job to
learn how to create video cartoons.
In the process, he discovered a passion.
((TOM BONE/VIDEO ANIMATION STUDENT: WELL IT COULD MEAN IN A FEW YEARS A CAREER
CHANGE. 1:43:18THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE THRILL OF SEEING THAT FLUID MOTION
AND KNOWING THAT YOU'VE DONE IT RIGHT. ))
Video art was also a first for Melissa Rollings, a high school student who
has long had a passion for drawing and painting.
((MELISSA ROLLINGS/VIDEO ANIMATION STUDENT: IT KIND OF PUTS REALITY INTO ALL
THE DISNEY MOVIES AND STUFF, HOW LONG IT MUST'VE TAKEN THEM. ))
((PLANT YOUR FEET, TAKE YOUR SPACE, YOU ARE IN CHARGE, YOU ARE GIVING MELVIN
THE BUSINESS. 2:15:59YOU DID WHAT? YOU ATE MY COUGH DROPS. GOOD GOD MELVIN.
These students are learning what it takes to be IN the movies, or on stage.
J-D Roberto, a former soap opera actor and a choreographer for Disney theme
parks shared his expertise, which included a dose of not-so-glamorous reality.
((IAN BLUBAUGH/THEATER STUDENT: HE'S BEEN EXPLAINING THAT TO US, I MEAN HOW TO
SURVIVE AS AN ACTOR, WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO LIVE, GETTING JOBS AND EVERYTHING.
((J.D. ROBERTO/ACTOR: IT'S HARD TO GET ACTING TRAINING WHEN YOU'RE IN HIGH
SCHOOL BECAUSE USUALLY THE FOCUS IS ON PUTTING UP THE SCHOOL MUSICAL AT THE END
OF THE YEAR. SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET TOGETHER AND JUST DO A WEEK OF INTENSIVE
ACTING WORK. ))
SOT 2:45:49 NAT BREAK W/DANCE
Some of these teenagers hope to dance their way into the limelight.
In all, about 90 students and teachers took part in the camp. The state
department of education co-sponsored it, in the hope participants will share
their new skills in their own schools and communities. Tracy Altizer, News