The sad conclusion to a historic city landmark. The wrecking crew does
what arsonists could not at Old First Baptist.
We'll have more on the demolition on NEWS 7 at SIX, and a Lynchburg
connection to the explosion on T-W-A Flight 800.
In sports, MIke Stevens will have a report from Redskins training camp in
Frostburg, Maryland, Joe Gibb's son Coy is gearing up to race at Franklin
and Shaquille O'Neal is headed west after signing a new contract with the
You may have to duck inside as locally heavy downpours dot the weather
landscape. Our warm weather story continues.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Search teams have reportedly found one of the "black boxes" from the crash
of T-W-A flight 800. That words comes from a New York Congressman but it has
yet to be confirmed by investigators.
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY
The Boeing 747 exploded shortly after take- off from New York's Kennedy
Airport last night.
All 228 aboard are presumed dead.
President Clinton has cautioned Americans against assuming this is the work
of international terrorists.
Ironically, a delegation of Lynchburg residents was on the same flight,
possibly the same plane, two and a half weeks ago.
IN Q=I awakened and
((FRANK BRITT/SISTER CITY CHAIRMAN: I AWAKENED AND THERE WAS A NEWS FLASH ABOUT
THE CRASH. AND I SAID `OH NO, NOT ANOTHER CRASH AND I REALIZED IT WAS A TWA
FLIGHT AND THEN THEY SAID IT WAS THE FLIGHT FROM JFK TO DE GAULLE, AND YOU
CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT WENT THROUGH MY MIND. I SAID THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ME AND
EVERYONE ELSE WHO WAS ON THE PLANE THAT I KNEW. IT WAS SCARY, IT WAS VERY
SUPER=01-Frank Britt/Sister City Delegation; :00
OUT Q=it was very scary.
Britt headed up the Lynchburg committee which traveled to Rueil- (RAY)
Malmaison (mahl-may-zone) to sign the sister city agreement.
Ten members of the delegation were on that TWA flight July 1st.
A student orchestra and Lynchburg mayor James Whitaker took separate flights
out of Washington.
It was a sad day for members of the first black church in the Roanoke area.
Rubble is all that's left of the old First Baptist Church.
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OUT Q=nat sound
The remnants of the church were brought down around 2- 45.
It took several hours to knock down the steeple.
IN Q=I'm a member
((LANBAN REID: I'M A MEMBER OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. I WAS BAPTIZED IN
THAT CHURCH. IT WAS A LOT OF SENTIMENTAL VALUE. I'LL MISS IT. IT WAS A REAL
PART OF ME.))
OUT Q=part of me.
Construction crews were hoping to bring down the 97- year- old structure
using a bulldozer and cables.
After two tries...they decided to use a crane to finish the job.
Arsonists destroyed the church in April of 95.
Joe Savino had wanted a swift execution six years ago.
Then he changed his mind and recanted his confession.
Four years after that he attempted suicide in prison.
Last night, after a two- hour delay for final court proceedings, Savino went
to his death.
Even the lethal injection was delayed.
IN Q=Then they
((SONJA BARISIC/MEDIA WITNESS: THEN THEY HAD SOME DIFFICULTY FINDING A GOOD
VEIN IN WHICH TO PUT THE I-V'S SO THAT TOOK ABOUT 15 MINUTES.))
SUPER=01-Sonja Barisic/Media Witness;
OUT Q=15 minutes.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./November 1988;
Savino initially confessed to the the bludgeoning death of his lover Tom
McWaters in Bedford County.
His final words last night declared his innocence.
...a correction on the sentence for arsonist Phillip Orren.
Rather than spending NO additional time in jail- -as we said at this time
last night- -he will serve six- years in prison- -one year for each of the six
fires he set.
When school starts this Fall, about 90 middle and high school students in
the New River Valley will be making a new effort to help their friends in need.
The students have spent the last three days attending a leadership
conference at Virginia Tech.
They're training to be peer counselors and conflict managers who will use
their skills in their schools.
((KATHY KENLEY/NRV COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: IMPACTING TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL AND
OTHER DRUG PROBLEMS IN THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS ISSUES AROUND DIVERSITY,
VIOLENCE AND OTHER STRESS- RELATED THINGS. ))
((KIM JONES/BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT: I'VE LEARNED HOW TO HELP PEOPLE
AND KIND OF CONTROL THE SITUATION AD HOW TO TRY AND SETTLE ARGUMENTS.))
SUPER=01-Kathy Kenley/NRV Community Services Board;
SUPER=01-Kim Jones/Blacksburg Middle School Student;
OUT Q=and settle arguments.
The students have discussed such topics as domestic abuse, AIDS, and social
The program is sponsored by the New River Valley Community Services Board.
A two-year-old Carroll County boy is a hero today after alerting his family to
a house fire.
Zachary Phillips is credited with saving the lives of his mother
and grandmother when fire broke out in their home yesterday.
The boy woke his mother, Denise Phillips, who saw the smoke and got her
mother and Zachary out safely.
Investigators suspect an electrical short in a back bedroom
started the fire, which destroyed two bedrooms.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
why the letters "C-I" stir up strong feelings in the newsroom of the region's
largest newspaper. Len Besthoff continues his look at "Changing Times at the
Also--he's a good man, that Charlie Brown.
IN Q=nat sot singing
OUT Q=nat sot singing
An all-kid cast takes on a musical version of the comic strip favorites.
We'll have a preview.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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No subject gets Roanoke Times employees stirred up like "Continuous
"C-I," as they call it, is a team- based program the paper adopted in 1990.
In part four of "Changing Times at the Roanoke Times," Len Besthoff tells us
more about "C-I" and explains how it affects the newsroom.
IN Q=With slow
SUPER=01-Rich Martin/Roanoke Times Editor; :32
SUPER=03-Salem; :47 (QUICK!!!!!)
SUPER=01-Ginny Melton/Medeco Employee; :56
SUPER=01-Walter Rugaber/Roanoke Times Publisher; 1:06 (QUICK!)
SUPER=03-Columbia, SC; 1:16
SUPER=01-Doug Pardue/Former Roanoke Times Reporter; 1:47
SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Editor; 2:00
SUPER=01-Dwayne Yancey/Roanoke Times Reporter; 2:09
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
With slow ad growth,
and potentially higher newsprint prices,
the parent company of the Roanoke Times knew in 1990 it had to control its OWN
costs to remain profitable down the road.
So Landmark Communications had all of its newspapers adopt Continuous
Improvement, a program of Japanese origin emphasizing less management, more
employee input, and putting the customer first.
IN Q=And we
((RICH MARTIN/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: AND WE TRIED TO ANTICIPATE AND TAKE SOME
PROACTIVE STEPS THAT WOULD MAKE THE DOWNTURN IN THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS LESS
TRAUMATIC FOR US IN ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=in Roanoke.
Landmark was a pioneer, because C-I was mostly used in industrial settings
like Medeco Security Locks in Salem.
There, C-I helped workers dramatically reduce the time it takes for a
customers to get their orders.
IN Q=It used
((GINNY MELTON/MEDECO EMPLOYEE: IT USED TO TAKE THEM 8-9 WEEKS TO GET AN ORDER
AND THEY CAN GET IT NOW IN TWO DAYS.))
OUT Q=two days.
In departments at the paper similar to a factory, C-I has helped.
SOT RUGABER TAPE 3 TOT 15:51:44
IN Q=That's where
((RUGABER: THAT'S WHERE WE'VE REALLY BEEN ABLE TO DO WONDERFUL THINGS FROM A
COST STANDPOINT. ))
OUT Q=cost standpoint.
The Roanoke Times says C-I has helped prevent newsroom layoffs, at a time
when many papers have cut back.
But numerous staffers, both past and present, don't give it high marks.
SOT PARDUE TAPE II 14:54:35
IN Q=I think
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: I THINK IT'S A JOKE. ))
OUT Q=it's a joke.
Doug Pardue says while the concept of C-I is a good one, the paper has taken
it to an extreme.
SOT PARDUE TAPE I tot 14:39:35
IN Q=Kinda got
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: KINDA GOT THE SENSE THAT THERE
WERE WHAT WE USED TO CALL IN THE NEWSROOM C-I NAZI'S RUNNING AROUND.))
OUT Q=running around.
Pardue and others say C-I exercises like measuring how many stories you
produce, or mandatory team meetings, hurt their ability to practice journalism.
SOT 15:40:47 DELLINGER TAPE
IN Q=It does
((PAUL DELLINGER/ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: IT DOES MEAN A LOT MORE MEETINGS, A
LOT MORE TIME THAT YOU'RE NOT OUT COVERING STORIES. ))
OUT Q=covering stories.
SOT 14:39:01 TAPE ONE
IN Q=You begin
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: YOU BEGIN TO FEEL LIKE THERE WERE
MONITORS GRADING YOU, WEIGHING YOU, AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO SLICE AND
DICE AND WEIGH JOURNALISM TO DETERMINE WHAT'S GOOD. ))
OUT Q=what's good.
But C-I supporters say the meetings and measuring have proven useful.
SOT ZOMPARELLI TAPE 4 TOT 9:02:59
IN Q=The meetings
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: THE MEETINGS ARE NOT SACRED. THEY
ARE NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THEY ARE THERE WE ARE LEARNING TO DO THIS STUFF SO
THAT WE CAN DO IT MORE READILY, AND MORE EASILY, AND MORE RAPIDLY.))
OUT Q=more rapidly.
SOT YANCEY TAPE ONE TOT 14:05:49
IN Q=You can't
((DWAYNE YANCEY/ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: YOU CAN'T SAY YOU'RE GETTING BETTER
JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU'RE GETTING BETTER. YOU'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO MEASURE
IN SOME WAY THAT YES, I'M GETTING BETTER IN THESE PARTICULAR WAYS.))
OUT Q=particular ways.
(( C-I will be around for a while, because Roanoke Times executives say it
takes five to ten years before a company can realize C-I's benefits.
We'll conclude our series by discussing how C-I, newsroom turnover, and a
smaller coverage area have changed the paper. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
A local home manufacturer has moved into a new home of its own.
Mod-U-Kraf showed off its 3- million dollar facility this morning at the
Franklin County- Rocky Mount Industrial Park.
The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary... making the event twice as
IN Q=It's a very
((JOE CAMPBELL/MOD-U-KRAF VICE PRESIDENT: IT'S A VERY EXCITING DAY BECAUSE OF
OUR NEW FACILITY HERE, OF COURSE, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES IT MAKES FOR OUR
EMPLOYEES AND FRANKLIN COUNTY. IT WAS TIME WE HAD A NEW FACILITY AND WE'RE
VERY, VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Joe Campbell/Mod-U-Kraf V.P.;
OUT Q=results of it
Mod-U-Kraf will continue to build homes from its other Rocky Mount plant.
Add that output to the new facility... and production could quadruple.
The workforce has already doubled to 120 employees.
A relatively strong rally on Wall Street today.
The Dow gained 87 points, closing at 54 hundred 64.
Nasdaq was up 23 points.
You can call 'em crayfish, yabbys, little lobsters...but please don't call
A Virginia woman is single-handedly introducing the Virginia crayfish as an
epicurean delight far superior to the crawfish of Cajun cooks.
Ellen Qualls has her story.
IN Q=It's a niche
SUPER=01-Janet Sutton/Crayfish Farmer; :52
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Kilmarnock.
(( It's a niche market at best.
But the these feisty little crustaceans are the cream of the crop as
crayfish go, and Janet Sutton wants others to get hooked.
Other crayfish farmers that is -- who'll take the Virginia's Finest label
she's earned for her acres of crayfish statewide.
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((JANET SUTTON/CRAYFISH FARMER: IT MAKES A NICE WATERFOWL HABITAT... WITH THE
For Sutton, it was a way to use wetlands for farming.
But if you're into the really exotic, you can raise tropical ones inside.
nat sot 03:50:29 TAPE ONE
((THEY'RE CALLED BLUE LOBSTERS... WILL DIE IN THE VIRGINIA WATERS.))
The secret for these gourmet beauties is NOT in the sauce -- it's in the
Sutton harvests the crayfish, March through early July, and holds them in
aerated tanks until they've cleaned out their little insides.
sot TAPE TWO 04:05:04
((IN THE DEEP SOUTH ...COOKING THEM IN MUD.))
And if pinching the tails and sucking the heads is NOT your style -- feed
'em to the fish.
They make great bait.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Kilmarnock.))
Shack daddy has a new address on the west coast, the Roanoke Rush talks
about high expectations,
and Mike stevens will have a report from Redskins training camp where the
player and coaches are calm but the weather is not.
Shaquille O'Neal signed the richest contract in NBA history today as the
center joined his NEW team, the Los Angeles Lakers for 120 million dollars!!
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Lakers owner Jerry West joined Shack in an afternoon news conference today
from the Reebok headquarters in Atlanta to announce the deal.
The contract is for 7 years for 120 million dollars.
((SHAQUILLE O'NEAL/SIGNED WITH THE LAKERS:))
SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Signed with the Lakers; :00
The Roanoke Rush will open its season with a three game home stand
beginning August third.
The Rush has been in camp for several weeks now.
The tryouts are over and the team is carrying 63 players.
The team's progress is far ahead of last years and the type of athletes on
the squad have the Rush coaches ready to start the season.
IN Q="The Biggest
((PAUL RIPLEY/ASST. COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Paul Ripley/Rush Assistant Coach; :
OUT Q=......want to play."
GRAPHIC=Redskins Training Camp
If the Washington Redskins upcoming season is anything like the start of
training camp, The teams fans might be in for a long wet year.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayres have been fighting the rain in
Frostburg all day.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :20
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head coach; :31
SUPER=01-Heath Shuler/Redskins Quarterback; 1:00
SUPER=01-Michael Westbrook/Redskins Receiver; 1:10
SUPER=01-Andre Johnson/First Round Draft Pick; 1:33
OUT Q=.......for us on Friday."
Former Redskin head coach Joe Gibb's son Coy is stepping up his racing
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
Coy has raced cars on the legends circuit and just recently opened up a
shop in North Carolina to build Late Model Stocks.
In the next two weeks Coy will be among the field of late model stock Cars
in an upcoming Franklin County Speedway race.
IN Q="I think I
((COY GIBBS/LATE MODEL STOCK DRIVER: ))
SUPER=01-Coy Gibbs/Late Model Stock Driver; :
OUT Q=........as you go."
SUPER=330-Pop Up/Showers/68-72/Scattered Showers/Early/88-92;
SUPER=332-Pop Up/Showers/65-69/Showers Early/Then Clearing/86-89;
SUPER=333-A Few/Showers/68-70/Turning Partly/Sunny/86-89;
A musical written for adults is being performed by children in Blacksburg.
This is the opening weekend for "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," the
Playmakers and Company Theater's first production with an all- kid cast.
Tracy Altizer has a sneak preview.
IN Q=(SINGING) You're a good man...
SUPER=00-Lauren Trice/"Snoopy"; :32
SUPER=01-Christina Longobardi/"Lucy"; :39
SUPER=01-Scott Call/"Schroeder"; :44
SUPER=01-Ross Thompson/"Charlie Brown"; :56
SUPER=01-Robbin Nuckolls/Director; 1:14 QUICK
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7. (STAGE LIGHTS FADE TO BLACK, BE CAREFUL NOT TO PUNCH
OUT OF THE PKG BEFORE THE TAG.)
SOT 15:15:15 NAT OF SINGING
((YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, YOU'RE A PRINCE AND A PRINCE COULD BE KING
The gang's all here...Charlie Brown, piano whiz-kid Schroeder, Snoopy and
Woodstock, make that THREE Woodstocks, don't forget know-it-all Lucy, and of
course Charlie Brown's heartthrob, known only as the Little Red-headed girl.
((SHE NIBBLES HER PENCIL, SHE'S HUMAN. ))
For these young actors and actresses, the play is a chance to forget their
own human natures and be someone else.
((LAUREN TRICE/"SNOOPY": I LIKE BEING ABLE TO BE WILD AND CRAZY WITHOUT MY MOM
GOING "YOU CAN'T DO THAT" OR "CALM DOWN." ))
((CHRISTINA LONGOBARDI/"LUCY": THIS IS LIKE, WHAT I HOPE TO DO WHEN I GROW UP
AND IT'S REALLY FUN."))
((SCOTT CALL/"SCHROEDER": I THINK IT'S REALLY FUN JUST TO WORK WITH OTHER KIDS,
AND THE APPLAUSE AT THE END IS REWARDING.))
Rewarding enough for most of the cast to make all the summer sacrifices
((ROSS THOMPSON/"CHARLIE BROWN": IT'S BEEN FUN EXCEPT IT'S ALSO BEEN A LOT OF
HARD WORK. I'VE HAD TO STOP PLAYING BASEBALL AND STOP 4-H CAMP. ))
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((RUM PUM PUM, RUM PUM PUM 15:18:54RUM PA PA NA RUM PUM PUM))
The sacrifice and hard work have apparently paid off.
((ROBBIN NUCKOLLS/DIRECTOR: I SET MY EXPECTATIONS REALLY HIGH, PROBABLY HIGHER
THAN I PROBABLY SHOULD, BUT THEY ALWAYS RISE UP AND THEY MEET IT, YOU KNOW,
IT'S BEEN GREAT. ))
Of course, Charlie Brown is the hero. But it just wouldn't be Peanuts
without Lucy getting the last word.
((IF ONLY HE WEREN'T SO WISHY-WASHY. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))