Coming up on News 7 at Noon, the search for the data recorder of flight
eight-hundred is suspended,
and the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games are tonight.
Officials stress security is tight.
Mostly Cloudy and breezy this afternoon... and there's a good chance of
showers and thunderstorms. I'll tell you about it in a few minutes.
News 7 at Noon is next.
TAPE# rolled live from newspath
GRAPHIC=plane crash investigation
Off the coast of Long Island today Navy divers have postponed plans to
search the ocean floor for the remains of T-W-A flight 800.
Officials say they need more time to get organized for the dive.
Once they're ready, crews will take
sonar equipment below the waves, trying to locate the plane's flight data
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard continues its efforts to recover
There were 230 people on board when the 7-4-7 exploded Wednesday night.
Around 140 bodies have been recovered so far.
Liz Mullen has more in this report.
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY;
SUPER=03-Off Long Island;
SUPER=01-George Pataki/New York Governor;
SUPER=01-Capt. Raymond McCord/U.S. Navy;
SUPER=01-Chaplain Bill Weymer/U.S. Coast Guard;
OUT Q=for cbs news.
There were tears and prayers last night in the small Pennsylvania community
A memorial service was held for the 16 high school school students and their
five adult chaperones who were aboard flight 800.
About half of the town's five- thousand residents attended the service.
The students were embarking on a 10-day french club trip which they had been
saving and having fund raisers for the last two years.
IN Q=We realize that
((REV. GARY FINN/MONTOURSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH: WE REALIZE THAT THOSE LEFT
BEHIND AND THE FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING WITH MANY QUESTIONS YET LORD WE ALSO
KNOW THERE WERE OTHER PASSENGERS ON THAT AIRLINE WHO'S FAMILIES ARE ALSO
STRUGGLING AND GRIEVED.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Gary Finn/Montoursville Baptist Church;
OUT Q=AND GRIEVED.
The National Transportation Safety Board told school officials that the
bodies of 20 of the 21 Montoursville residents have been found.
It turns out a delegation from Lynchburg was on Flight 800 just two and a
half weeks ago.
Frank Britt and members of a Lynchburg committee spent six days in France.
They were working on a sister city agreement with the city of (Ray
Britt says reports of the same flight going down left him shaken.
IN Q=I said
((FRANK BRITT/SISTER CITY DELEGATION: 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 SCARY.))
SUPER=01-Frank Britt/Sister City Delegation; :00
OUT Q=it was very scary.
Britt and Lynchburg College president Charles Warren were two of the people
on that July 1st flight.
The crash of the T-W-A jetliner came just two days before the opening of the
summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Security is tight for tonight's event but officials say there's no reason to
believe the T-W-A disaster is a security warning for the summer games.
(( BEVERLY HARVARD, ATLANTA POLICE CHIEF: "AND ULTIMATELY IF IT IS CONNECTED
THEN IT POSES A NEW CHALLENGE FOR US IN LAW ENFORCEMENT."
SUPER=01-Beverly Harvard/Atlanta Police Chief;
OUT Q=in law enforcement.
President Clinton arrived in Atlanta this morning to take part in the opening
He is warning Americans not to jump to any conclusions as to what caused
Wednesday night's T-W-A disaster.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
Over a hundred workers in Roanoke spend their last day on the job,
and first fire, now demolition.
The walls come tumbling down at Roanoke's first black church.
music up full
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has given up his position as leader of
his political party.
American envoy Richard Holbrooke announced the settlement following talks
with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic -- the talks lasted all night.
The Bosnian peace accord bars Karadzic from holding political office because
he is a war crimes suspect.
HOLBROOKE:MADAM BLOSICH IS THE TEMPORARY ACTING PRESIDENT AND SHE WILL REMAIN
IN THAT POSITION UNTIL THE ELECTIONS AND NUMBER TWO DR. KARADIZC STATES AND I
QUOTE , I WILL WITHDRAWAL FROM ALL POLITICAL ACTIVITIES AND LET ME STRESS WE
KNEW WHAT HE WAS SIGNING.))
SUPER=01-Richard Holbrooke/U.S. Envoy;
OUT Q=WHAT HE WAS SIGNING.
Karadzic remains at large despite his indictment by the U-N war crimes
Workers at Roanoke's Singer plant are saying their final goodbyes.
For most employees, today is their last day on the job.
About two months ago, company officials announced that the plant would be
Manufacturing actually stopped June 28th... but workers were expected to
stay on through next week.
Vice President Bill Foster says there simply isn't any more work.
IN Q=The cleanup
((BILL FOSTER/SINGER VICE PRESIDENT: THE CLEANUP OF THE PLANT AND SO FORTH HAS
BEEN COMPLETED. THERE'S NO OTHER WORK FOR THEM SO WE'RE JUST LETTING THEM GO A
LITTLE EARLY. THEY WILL BE PAID, THOUGH.))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Singer Vice President;
OUT Q=paid, though
Foster says 160 laid off workers have already found new jobs.
Of the remaining 140 employees.... 70 will retire... and about 20 will be
kept on to keep inventory records.
TAPE#edit of 96-53
Rubble is all that remains where the first black church in Roanoke used to
SOT nat sound of falling...
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=(nat sound of falling out)
Yesterday the old First Baptist Church was brought down.
SUPER=04-Amateur Video -- April 22, 1995;
The church was gutted in April of last year when two juveniles set fire to
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 --
Beth takes a look at our weekend weather,
and let's hope the weather's not like it was in Wisconsin last night, where a
tornado ripped through this rural community.
An overnight tornado has nearly leveled a rural Wisconsin town.
The twister injured at least 15 and left hundreds of people homeless in the
town of Oakfield.
Authorities compare the area to a war zone and estimate half the town's
buildings have destroyed.
About a thousand people live there.
Officials say several people were pulled from their basements after being
trapped by debris.
For a look at weather in OUR area, plus this week's Growin' It, stay tuned
for Beth Myer.
Gardening is not always about planting plants, sometimes it's about sitting
and enjoying what you've done.
Twists & Turns says it helps gardeners do just that.
It offers LOCALLY designed and manufactured patio furniture, which can
make outdoor areas more liveable and pleasant.
IN Q=we design
SUPER=01-Cynthia Cassell/Twists & Turns;
OUT Q=metal furniture
In addition to furniture made in Roanoke, they also carry garden ornaments
and figurines, along with fountain heads for water gardens.
Many employees at the Roanoke Times complain it spends too much time
worrying about HOW it does things, rather than the quality of the paper it puts
Len Besthoff sums up his series, Changing Times at the Roanoke Times.
IN Q=A program
SUPER=01-Ginny Melton/Medeco Employee; :18
SUPER=01-Ham Smith/W&L Journalism Professor; :35
SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Editor; 1:02
SUPER=01-Doug Pardue/Former Roanoke Times Reporter; 1:32
SUPER=01-Sandra Brown Kelly/Roanoke Times Reporter; 2:09
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
A program called Continuous Improvement, or C-I, has played a huge role in
making manufacturers such as Medeco Security Locks more efficient.
SOT MEDECO TAPE 01:10:30
IN Q=It's cut
((GINNY MELTON/MEDECO EMPLOYEE: WHERE WE USED TO WORK ORDERS AND LET THEM SIT
FOR WEEKS AT A TIME, NOW THE PROCESS IS SO MUCH BETTER. ))
OUT Q=much better.
In 1990 Landmark Communications became something of a pioneer when it had
all of its newspapers, including The Roanoke Times, adopt the program.
IN Q=A lot
((HAM SMITH/JOURNALISM PROFESSOR: A LOT OF STANDARD MANAGEMENT THINGS THAT YOU
HEAR, IN BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND ON THE FLOOR OF THE PRODUCTION
COMPANIES ARE NOW COMING IN THE NEWSROOMS.))
OUT Q=the newsrooms.
C-I, which stresses flattening management and having employee teams make
decisions, has brought savings in the Roanoke Times' production oriented
The paper says C-I prevented newsroom layoffs, and its heavy emphasis on
customer feedback has improved its focus on its readers.
SOT 8:24:46 ZOMPARELLI TAPE 2
IN Q=We recruit
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: WE RECRUIT READERS WHO WILL UNDERTAKE
TO ANSWER A SERIES OF QUESTIONS EVERYDAY ABOUT THE PAPER.))
OUT Q=the paper.
A lot of staffers say they're uncomfortable with C-I's mandatory team
meetings and strict measurement of things like how many stories people write.
They say it has hurt the newsroom's morale.
So has C-I, the reduction of the paper's main coverage area, and the loss of
close to a dozen frontline journalists affected the quality of The Roanoke
Times? Many believe it has.
SOT 15:01:35 tape two
IN Q=And I have
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: AND I HAVE QUITE A FEW FRIENDS,
WHO ARE PEOPLE I'VE COVERED, PEOPLE I KNEW IN THE COMMUNITY, LAWYERS, POLICE
PROSECUTORS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND UNIFORMLY MANY OF THEM TELL ME THAT THE PAPER
HAS SLIPPED, HAS SLIPPED, AND SLIPPED NOTICEABLY.))
OUT Q=slipped noticeably.
Awards are an incomplete measure of quality, but you can develop a pattern
from them which means something.
The Roanoke Times was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1988, 89 and
90...but hasn't been since.
SOT KELLY 09:55:42
IN Q=Sometimes it's
((SANDRA BROWN KELLY/ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: SOMETIMES IT'S TIMING. IT'S, THE
SUBJECT IS THERE, AND THE PERSON IS THERE, OR THE PEOPLE ARE THERE TO PULL IT
TOGETHER. AND IT CLICKS. IN ANOTHER YEAR, IT MIGHT NOT.))
OUT Q=might not.
Even discounting the Pulitzer, staffers admit the paper has won fewer
writing and reporting awards.
The person in charge of the Roanoke Times' newsroom notes it has dominated
the competition for Virginia's Copeland Award.
SOT 8:17:13 ZOMPARELLI TAPE TWO
IN Q=Since 1990
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: SINCE 1990 WE HAVE WON IT FOUR TIMES
COMPETING WITH MUCH BIGGER NEWSPAPERS. THIS IS FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM
THAT MAKES AN IMPACT AND HELPS DEVELOP A COMMUNITY. ))
OUT Q=a community.
Even if many at the paper believe its last few years were subpar, it may be
turning a corner.
Many staffers are more comfortable with the team management structure and
the smaller coverage area, recent hires are gaining experience, and the paper
IN Q=But the
(( But the ultimate judges of the paper are its readers.
They will decide if this paper is worth buying, or not.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
You can catch the final part of Len's series tonight on News 7 at Six and
Stocks are mostly lower in heavy trading.
Investors have been selling technology shares after the latest
round of corporate earnings reports failed to impress them.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN more than 32 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
It's back to Frostburg for a look at the first day of Redskins Training
and down to Atlanta, where the Olympic Torch is making the final leg of its
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Redskins training camp
All 84 Redskins were present and accounted for as training camp opened this
week in Frostburg, Maryland.
That hasn't happened since 1991.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayres have these gridiorn notes from
Frostburg State University.
IN Q="They're were no
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Ken Harvey/Redskins Linebacker; :56
SUPER=01-Andre Johnson/First Round Draft Pick; 1:25
OUT Q=.........News 7 sports.
The Olympic torch is just hours away from lighting the Olympic Flame at
tonight's opening ceremonies.
SUPER=03-Stone Mountain, GA/Yesterday;
Early yesterday morning the flame awakened Atlanta area residents from atop
At every turn throughout the day thousands were there to greet the Flame.
And after 83 days and 15-thousand miles cross country the flame finally made
it to the streets of Atlanta last night.
It's not a school play -- but all the actors are children.
Tonight is opening night for the Playmakers and Company Theater's production
of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown."
It's the first production with an all- kid cast.
Tracy Altizer gives us a 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. ))
SOT NAT BREAK 15:13:33
((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.))
And that's it for News 7 at Noon.
Have a great weekend.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Have a great weekend.