Coming up on News 7 at Five-
Ellen Qualls speaks with a convicted killer who's scheduled to die tonight.
A cigarette is to blame for a fatal fire in Bedford County.
Plus one company is taking steps to expand in the area.
More heat on the way tomorrow and a few showers to cool things off as well.
On Health Check-- with the Olympics just days away-
officals are cracking down on banned drugs at the summer games..
We'll tour a multi-million dollar lab designed to sniff out drug usage by
IN Q=Day after
((DAY AFTER DAY YOU'RE FACED WITH THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE GONNA MURDER YOU. AND
OUT Q=it's torture.
Bedford County killer Joe Savino finally gets his date with the executioner.
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GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good evening this is News-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The U.S. Supreme Court so far has refused to stop tonight's scheduled
Unless the court or the Governor intervenes, the court has initially cleared
the way for Savino to die for the 1988 killing of a Bedford County man.
Ellen Qualls is at the Greensville Correctional Center.
You spoke with Joe Savino today -- what are his thoughts?
Jean, Joe Savino says he doesn't want to die,LIVE=Ellen/full
but doesn't want to spend the rest of his life on death row.
You'll remember that Savino had a date with death in 1990 that he intended
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IN Q=In 1990
SUPER=03-Jarratt/December 1990; :00
SUPER=10-Joe Savino/Condemned Killer/1990; :12
OUT Q=dragging them.
(( In 1990, Savino was admitting to the murder of Tom McWaters.
He has since recanted.
But here were Savino's thoughts about why he was NOT appealing his case six
((JOE SAVINO/CONDEMNED KILLER/1990: I'D WIND UP LIKE SAY THIS OTHER GUY WHO'S
GETTING READY TO GET A DATE NOW. HE WANTS TO LIVE SO BADLY. BUT HE'S NOT
GOING TO BE ABLE TO. AND I DON'T WANT TO WIND UP LIKE THAT. SEE, I FEEL LIKE
I'M READY NOW. FIVE, TEN YEARS FROM NOW I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD BE READY. AND
THEN THEY'D DRAG ME TO THE CHAIR KICKING AND SCREAMING. THIS WAY I FEEL LIKE
I'M DRAGGING THEM.))
It didn't turn out that way.
Death penalty opponents convinced Savino to fight his case.
I asked him today if he regretted that fight.
He says it's hard to say, because the stress of the last few day's court
actions is his worst nightmare
-- but he feels he has made progress with his family and friends in the last
few years and he values that time.
(Q&A=Did he choose lethal injection?)
A new survey done by Virginia Tech shows Virginians strongly support the
The Center for Survey Research says 83 percent of respondents
say they're for the death penalty -- up three points from last year.
But the survey also found Virginians aren't nearly as fond of
capital punishment when other options are available.
The U-S must prepare for terrorism against American troops in Saudi Arabia.
That from Defense Secretary William Perry who says the Pentagon is
developing a plan to protect U-S troops.
((WILLIAM PERRY/DEFENSE SECRETARY: WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR CHEMICAL WEAPONS
ATTACKS, A BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ATTACKS, BOMBS EVEN BIGGER THANT HREE THOUSAND
POUNDS, BOMBS IN THE 10 TO 20 THOUSAND POUND CATEGORY, MORTAR ATTACKS.))
SUPER=01-William Perry/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=category, mortar attacks."
SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia/June 25;
This changes come after a bomb attack killed 19 Americans June 25th.
A racial attack against U-S troops here in America-
SUPER=03-Fort Bragg, NC;
Red Swastikas were painted on the doors of black soldiers' bunks at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina-
((WE INTEND TO PUNISH THOSE WHO ARE RESONSIBLE. WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR
RACISM IN OUR MILITARY AND MAKE NO MISTAKE WE INTEND TO APPLY IT.))
OUT Q=TO APPLY IT."
In all eight two foot swastikas were painted on doors-
Six on doors leading to the black soldier's rooms- the other two on rooms
that were unoccupied.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- an elderly Bedford County man dies
in a house fire.
And it's considered the mother of all economic development projects in
Roanoke County-- now R-R Donnelley prepares to move into the valley.
On Health Check-- the unusual story of a bogus diet that's made it's way
around the world.
The even stranger thing is that for some people it really does work.
Roy has the latest on the Green Bay Packer's quarterback--
That's coming up on the Two Minute Sports Ticker-- stick around.
The Delta accident a couple of weeks ago is prompting the FAA to take a
fauilty engine part off of some planes.
The FAA is ordering the part taken off of six Pratt and Whitney Engines.
SUPER=03-Pensacola, FL/July 7;
It is the same part investigators think caused a Delta engine to blow up
Two people were killed in the accident.
The F-A-A has been reviewing Pratt and Whitney engines-
Records indicate the engines have surface anomalies which might cause
A stray cigarette is apparently to blame for a fire that killed a Bedford
County man early this morning.
80-year old Jobey Nelms died when his home off Route 722 burned to the
ground around 3:15.
Nelms' brother had been sleeping in a pickup truck in the yard, when he woke
to find the house on fire.
IN Q=He heard a
((ASST. CHIEF RONNIE CHEEK/MONETA V.F.D.: HE HEARD A LOUD NOISE OR SOMETHING
AND HE OPENED THE DOOR, AND WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR, FIRE JUST WENT THROUGH THE
WHOLE HOUSE WHEN HE LET THE AIR TO IT. HE CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THEN, AND
WHEN WE ARRIVED IT WAS FULLY INVOLVED.))
SUPER=01-Asst. Chief Ronnie Cheek/Moneta Volunteer Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=was fully involved.
Nothing could be done to save Nelms, who was wheelchair- bound.
He was found dead in his front bedroom.
Authorities say Nelms was a heavy smoker, and a cigarette found in his room
apparently started the fatal blaze.
R-R Donnelly is once again bringing more jobs and more money to the
Commonwealth...and today it dedicated a site.
It's opening a new plant in the Valley Tech Park in Roanoke County.
The facility will take up nearly the entire park.
A total of 312 jobs will be created once full operation begins.
Company officials say THESE jobs will offer not only security but upward
mobility as well.
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IN Q=These are really
((STEPHAN CARTER/ R.R. DONNELLEY; THESE ARE REALLY GOOD PAYING JOBS, CAREER
JOBS. THEY'RE TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS. AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE OVER 200 SITES AROUND
THE COUNTRY AND EVENTUALLY IF PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIE WE
CAN MOVE THEM AROUND.))
SUPER=01-Stephan Carter/R.R. Donnelley;
OUT Q=move them around
This will be the third Donnelley plant in Virginia.
The others are in Lynchburg and Harrisonburg.
R-R Donnelly is a printing company. It produced catalogues and magazines
including Time, People, and Glamour.
There are two phases to construction and operation of the plant.
The second should be done in 1999.
You don't have to travel the globe for Turkish food anymore. Patrick is
sampling the foods at a new restaurant in Downtown Roanoke.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
There was a time when authentic international cuisine was hard to come by
in Roanoke, but that's changed in the last few years.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the latest entry in the downtown restaurant
race, Arzu (ar-zoo), a Turkish restaurant.
SUPER=01-Ihsan Demirci/Arzu Chef;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Still to come, Radford University's basketball camp is in full swing...Roy
has the story in tonight's Ticker.
On Health CHeck-- it's the chain letter of diets.
It's called the Fat-Burning Cabbage Soup diet....and this man lost 70
pounds on it.
The proof though, is keeping it off.
IN Q=I'm going
((I'M GOING TO STAY ON SOME FORM OF THIS DIET FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
I'LL PROBABLY HAVE THAT SOUP AROUND AND IT HAS CHANGED MY EATING HABITS
health bump next
Japan is experiencing a severe outbreak of food poisoning.....about a
SUPER=03-Sakai, Japan; :
hundred schools were even closed today-- as about 400 people are sick, mostly
in the suburbs of Sakai-- south of Osaka.
The majority of the ill are primary school children-- it's believed the
culprit is a bacteria that apparently originated in school lunches prepared on
the school premises.
In Atlanta, opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics are set for
Friday, with more than ten thousand athletes prepared to compete.
Also ready-- millions of dollars in hi-tech equipment, designed to catch
any athletes who use drugs that can enhance their performance.
IN Q=If you're talking
SUPER=01-Michael Turner/British Olympic Team Doctor; :04
SUPER=01-Thomas Murray/Case Western Reserve Medical School; :37
OUT Q=pharmaceutical excellence.
IN Q=If you're
((DR. MICHAEL TURNER, BRITISH OLYMPIC TEAM DOCTOR: IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT
TRACK AND FIELD YOU'RE A TALKING A
SITUATION WHERE THE PERCENTAGE MAY BE 75% OR ABOVE OF OLYMPIC ATHLETES IN
ATLANTA WILL HAVE TAKEN SOME KIND OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUG.))
OUT Q=enhancing drug.
But standing in the way is this sophisticated laboratory, screening for
banned drugs-- and a highly sensitive machine called the mass spectrometer...
that can detect miniscule traces of drugs taken even two months earlier.
19-hundred athletes are being randomly selected for screening.
Already three Iranian Athletes have been sent home for illegal drug use--
and an Italian and and Australian have tested positive.
IN Q=We want
((TOM MURRAY/CASE WESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: WE WANT TO SEE HUMAN
EXCELLENCE NOT PHARMACEUTICAL EXCELLENCE. ))
The testing equipment can detect scores of drugs, such as: -stimulants,
including over the counter cold remedies which, in large doses, can act like
--Beta blockers to calm frazzled nerves-- and anabolic steroids which
Still, experts predict only the naive will get caught.
An unusual story of a diet today, that, I for one, keep seeing everywhere.
We had planned on telling you all about the Fat Burning Cabbage Soup Diet
from Sacred Heart Medical Center....but this afternoon, we found a catch.
The hospital says the phoney plan has been going around the world under its
name for the past decade.
The diet promises you'll lose ten to 17 pounds in a week by eating some
strange food combinations.
In Roanoke, Jim Chidester did just that-- and he's lost 69 pounds, to back
up those claims.
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IN Q=i'm eating
SUPER=01-Jim Chidester/Dieter; :00
SUPER=01-Lee Ann Mathews/Lewis Gale Health Mgmt. Center; 1:38
OUT Q=eating habits tremendously.
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IN Q=I'm eating
((I'M EATING VEGETABLES MUCH MORE OFTEN, FRUITS MUCH MORE OFTEN, AND I FEEL
LIKE THAT'S THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS THAT I'LL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN BECAUSE I'VE
CHANGED MY WHOLE PATTERN OF EATING. I'VE GOTTEN RID OF SWEETS, GOTTEN RID OF
FATS, AND I'M VERY CONSCIOUS OF WHAT'S IN THE FOOD THAT I AM TAKING IN. AND AS
LONG AS I MAINTAIN THAT PSYCHE I SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THIS WEIGHT.))
OUT Q=maintain this weight
Jim Chidester got the diet from a friend-- the menu centers on-- cabbage
soup-- a brew of onions, peppers, tomatoes, celery.
That's become his dietary mainstay for the first three days of this seven
day plan-- along with other fruits and vegetables.
Then on day four, things really get interesting.
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IN Q=Thursday is one
((JIM CHIDESTER: THURSDAY IS ONE OF MY MORE FAVORITE DAYS, IT'S BANANAS AND
MILK DAY. IT'S ONE DAY I DON'T TAKE CLIENTS OUT. THERE'S NO PLACE THAT SERVES
JUST BANANAS AND MILK AND IF THEY DO IT WOULD BE PRETTY BORING FOR THE CLIENT.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ARE MY TWO FAVORITE DAYS BECAUSE WE GET TO HAVE STEAK OR
BEEF BOTH OF THOSE DAYS AND BY THE TIME SATURDAY IS OVER YOU'RE SICK OF BEEF
FOR THE NEXT WEEK AND BY THE TIME FRIDAY ROLLS AROUND AGAIN YOU'RE LOOKING
FORWARD TO IT. SUNDAY IS BROWN RICE, VEGETABLES AND THE SOUP AND AS WE
DISCUSSED IT'S PROBABLY THE MOST BORING DAY. ))
OUT Q=most boring day.
But after nine weeks on the diet, Chidester says he's really not that
bored-- he's also exercising, and he has more energy than ever.
At Lewis Gale's Health Management Center, one dietician is
worried that such a reduction in calories can quickly put the dieter into
ketosis, where the body starts burning fat for energy.
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IN Q=It's what
((LEIGH ANN MATTHEWS/LEWIS GALE HEALTH MANAGEMENT CENTER DIETICIAN: IT'S WHAT
DIABETICS WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM BECAUSE IT'S A VERY DANGEROUS STATE WE SHOULD
NEVER TRY TO GET INTO KETOSIS. IT COULD LEAD TO COMA AS A WORST CASE SCENARIO
AND PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM GOING INTO KETOSIS. AND CERTAINLY NOT EVERYONE WHO
GOES INTO KETOSIS HAS THOSE OUTCOMES IT'S CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY. ))
OUT Q=a possibility.
Matthews is also worried that as soon as dieters break off the rigidity of
the diet, they'll gain the weight back....quickly.
Chidester though says he now has a plan.....and he's going to stick with it,
as health-fully as possible.
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IN Q=I'm going
((JIM CHIDESTER: I'M GOING TO STAY ON SOME FORM OF THIS DIET FOR THE REST OF MY
LIFE. I'LL PROBABLY HAVE THAT SOUP AROUND AND IT HAS CHANGED MY EATING HABITS
So, the diet does not belong to Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital.
The interesting thing is though, when you drop down to less than 800
calories a day you are going to lose weight-- but you have to be careful not to
lose your health with it.
Turning now to sports-- the Green Bay Packers quarterback faces the media.
Plus Radford University's basketball camp is scoring big this year. Here's
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Wednesday ticker. We start on the
basketball court where the Radford University boys camp has taken the Dedmon
Center by storm.
110 campers ages eight to 17 are learning the finer points of the game
Former Virginia Tech standouts Shawn Smith, Shawn Good and Damon
Watlington joined forces with Radford players as counselors.
This year, the camper-to-coach ratio is smaller.
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((JAMES MILES/NELSON COUNTY SENIOR:))
((TYLER CANNOY/WYTHEVILLE CAMPER:))
SUPER=01-James Miles/Nelson Co. Senior; :00
SUPER=01-Tyler Cannoy/Wytheville Camper; :11
OUT Q=...stuff like that"
While a great deal of time is spent teaching the fundamentals; there is
always time for fun.
IN Q="It's always
((THOMAS CANNOY/WYTHEVILLE CAMPER:))
SUPER=01-Thomas Cannoy/Wytheville Camper; :16
OUT Q=...good coaches"
Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre addressed the media today and
said he did not have a problem with alcohol.
Favre, who spent six weeks in drug rehabilitation for an addiction to
painkillers, said he no longer is addicted and is ready to report to training
IN Q=First audio
((BRETT FAVRE/GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Green Bay Quarterback; :
Coming up at six we'll check in with Mike Stevens who will have a report on
the first day of the Redskins training camp.
GRAPHIC=outlook downtown roanoke
Free ice cream and cokes lured folks to Crestar Plaza today to look at plans
for "Outlook Downtown Roanoke".
Consultants are here to give a presentation at the Roanoke City Market
They've identified a number of ways the city can expand and improve
Now they need to hear more ideas from people in the area.
1 30 55 000 - 1 31 15 00
IN Q=We want to find
((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: WE WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY LIKE AND
DISLIKE ABOUT DOWNTOWN. WE KNOW PEOPLE TALK ABOUT PARKING. WE'RE LOOKING FOR
IDEAS OF HOW WE CAN MAKE IT BETTER OR WHAT MAKES DOWNTOWN A PLACE PEOPLE WANT
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke, Inc.;
OUT Q=want to come.
The planning process is about halfway done.
Roanoke officials say "Outlook Downtown Roanoke" could become a reality
sometime next year.
Tonight's presentation starts at seven at the Roanoke City Market Building.
(toss to robin)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX we bring you part three of our series, Changing
Times at The Roanoke Times.
Jean/Len double boxes
Len Besthoff will explain how the paper lost a number of experienced
Len, isn't this normal in an industry with such a high turnover rate?
Jean most newspapers expect to have a lot of turnover.
But in a five year period, the Roanoke Times lost a Pulitzer Prize finalist,
a business writer with more than four decades at the paper, and an award
winning investigative reporter.
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IN Q=You've lost
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: YOU'VE LOST A LOT OF FAIRLY
EXPERIENCED REPORTERS. AND NOT THAT THE YOUNG JOURNALISTS THAT HAVE BEEN HIRED
ARE NOT GOOD JOURNALISTS. BUT THERE'S JUST A DISTINCTION BETWEEN PEOPLE WITH
10, 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE OR MORE, THAN THERE IS WITH SOMEONE WITH THREE, FIVE,
SUPER=01-Doug Pardue/Former Roanoke Times Reporter;
OUT Q=three, five, one.
The counterargument is that fresh blood brings energy and fresh perspectives
to a newsroom.
double boxes Jean/Len
That's part three of Changing Times at The Roanoke Times, coming up in just
a half hour on News-7 at SIX.
(ad lib bye)