News-7 at Five is next:
Several suspects are under investigation in the bombing in Atlanta.
A Botetourt County man sets the scene in Olympic Park.
And case dismissed: in the Christy Brzonkala suit.
Showers are popping up again with a bigger batch of rain in West Virginia.
The complete weather story just ahead.
ANd on Health Check-- it's a successful day for children's advocates... as
President Clinton and the television industry agree on a required three
hours of educational T-V every week for kids.
Two days after the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park- authorities have
leads on several suspects.
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These people are now considered potential suspects in the bombing.
That word comes from a law enforcement official in Washington.
The individuals are reportedly American men- not international terrorists.
The possible suspects are people who've been pictured in composite sketches
based on witness interviews.
Manuel Gallegus is at Olympic Park with the latest.
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SUPER=01-Christian Sobb/Bombing Victim;
((CHRISTIAN SOBB/BOMBING VICTIM:
Christian Sobb never heard any warnings to evacuate Centennial Park. He
estimates he was about 25 yards away when the pipe bomb exploded.
Sobb who is visiting from North Carolina was lucky. His right leg
was hit with shrapnel.. but he will soon be able to walk on his own. Like
other visitors he says he will stay and see the Olympics and has no problem
going back to Centennial Park.
The park has been closed since early Saturday morning. Olympic
organizers say they will re-open the venue Tuesday morning with a memorial
service for the victims. Workers have already tried to eliminate any
reminders of the murderous attack.
Meantime the investigation into the bombing is moving forward--federal
investigators say they have identified several potential suspects.
They are believed to be Americans, not international terrorists.
Investigators say they have been flooded with information including videotapes
and photographs, and hundreds of phone calls.))
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A lawyer from Botetourt County, was in Olympic Park enjoying the concert
when the blast happened.
Steve Wills captured some of the events on his video camera.
Wills says he was relaxing and soaking in the the Olympic atmosphere when he
heard the blast.
IN Q=The first thought I
((STEVE WILLS: THE FIRST THOUGHT I HAD WAS THAT IT MIGHT BE A SPECIAL EFFECT
FROM THE CONCERT BECAUSE THAT WAS GOING ON. AND TH OTHER THOUGHT WAS THAT IT
MIGHT HAVE BEEN A TRANSFORMER EXPLODING OR SOMETHING OFF THE EQUIPMENT JUST
POPPING OFF AT THAT POINT BUT IT WAS SO LOUD THAT YOUR IMMEDIATE THOUGHT WAS
THAT IT WAS VERY SERIOUS.))
OUT Q=was very serious.
He recorded police and rescue crews trying to make their way through the
Wills says the park didn't look a bomb had just exploded.
IN Q=But what was
((BUT WHAT WAS VERY ODD WAS THAT YOU DIDN'T HEAR ANY SCREAMS AND EVERYBODY WAS
KIND OF WALKING AT A NORMAL PACE SO NO ONE WAS REALLY SURE IF A BOMB HAD GONE
OFF OR EXACTLY WHAT HAD OCCURRED.))
OUT Q=what had occurred.
Wills says despite the attack he attended other Olympic events that day and
believes the bomb did NOT destroy the Olympic spirit.
President Clinton and top lawmakers are hoping to strengthen the fight
They began an anti-terrorism meeting at the White House today.
((I THINK WE OUGHT TO TAKE EVERY TOOL WE CAN TAKE, EVERY POSSIBLE ADVANTAGE WE
CAN BECAUSE THIS IS NOT GONNA BE EASY. BUT WE'VE SHOWN WE CAN GET RESULTS WHEN
WE GET TOGETHER AND DO THE RIGHT THING AND THE SMART THING.))
OUT Q=AND THE SMART THING."
Specifically, Clinton wants an expanded use of federal wiretapping.
He also wants chemical markers in all explosives to make it easier to trace the
source of bombs.
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY;
Divers at the TWA crash site hope to retrieve a critical piece of aluminum-
It could prove whether a bomb placed in the front cargo section caused the
The fragmented metal coating could indicate whether a bomb pierced from the
inside or a missile pieced from the outside.
The underwater search is now focusing on a debris field 100 feet below the
surface where the first wreckage settled.
Christy Brzonkala's rape case against two Virginia Tech football players
was dismissed last week by a federal judge.
Brzonkala wanted it heard in FEDERAL court, so she could rely on a law
recently passed by Congress.
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But it won't happen... says Keith Humphry, at least not anytime soon.
It would only happen, now, Jean, if Brzonkala appeals and wins a reversal
of Judge Jackson Kiser's decision... a bit of a legal long- shot.
The 42-page ruling accepted a factual basis for Brzonkala's case against
the two athletes: Tony Morrison and James Crawford... that the two men sexually
assaulted her in their dorm room at Tech in September of 1994.
The judge had already dropped Tech as a defendant, and now he's dismissed
the case entirely, declaring the Violence Against Women Act UNconstitutional.
While Judge Kiser concluded violence against women is a troublesome aspect
of American life, he said Congress can't "cure all of the ills of mankind."
The case could be heard in STATE Court. Brzonkala's lawyer filed a claim
in Montgomery Country two weeks ago.
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But, Jean, an appeal of the FEDERAL court order is probably more likely.
Well, you remember that the U-S Justice Department and NOW, the National
Organization for Women both rallied to Brzonkala's cause. With their clout and
financial support, it seems likely attorney Eileen Wagner will appeal.
She would much prefer to try the case under the Violence Against Women act
in FEDERAL court.
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The Appeals Court would have to say judge Kiser was wrong and send it back
to him for trial eventually.
The appeal, briefs, oral arguments, another ruling- - It could take another
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Straight ahead--more from yesterday's fatal stabbing at a Roanoke Housing
And in Montgomery County, a Sheriff's Deputy wounds a dog. But was the
Plus on Health Check...the state board of medicine continues hearings to
reinstate a doctor whose license was suspended for prescribing high dosages of
So stick around more news right after this break.
Michael Dent of Roanoke dreamed of one day getting a job at the Yokohama
Tire plant in Salem so he could start living on his own.
But that day never came.
Dent was fatally stabbed yesterday outside the Hurt Park housing complex,
where he had lived nearly all 20 years of his life.
The stabbing came after an argument.
Police say so far they don't believe drugs were involved.
Family members and close friends continue to grieve today.
They say Dent always stayed out of trouble.
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IN Q=He didn't bother
((DEBRA SAUNDERS/VICTIM'S MOTHER: MICHAEL DIDN'T BOTHER ANYBODY. I GUESS
THAT'S WHY HE WAS SO WELL LIKED.))
SUPER=01-Debra Saunders/Victim's Mother;
OUT Q=so well liked.
The 17 year old accused of killing Dent appeared in court this morning.
Robert Reed of Detroit is being charged with murder and held without bond at
the Coyner Springs Detention Center in Botetourt County.
The family of a teenager electrocuted on James River last weekend is asking
for million dollars in damages.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;
Rescue workers say 15-year-old Eric Bowden of Wisconsin was electrocuted
from an exposed wire. It happened on the James River Limestone Plant property
in Botetourt County.
IN Q=We hope first to
((DANIEL CRANDALL/ATTORNEY: ))
OUT Q=the Global Stone Company.
State and Federal Mining officials are still investigating.
A Montgomery County family is accusing a sheriff's deputy of animal cruelty
for shooting their dog.
Apparently the Willistons' one year old Rottweiler freed himself from his
The deputy responded to Evans Trailer Park around 4-30 Friday morning when a
neighbor called to report a dog causing a disturbance.
The deputy says the dog, Shadow, prevented him from approaching the caller's
IN Q=THE DOG TURNED
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF: THE DOG TURNED AND CAME TOWARDS HIM IN
ATTACK MODE. THE HAIR ON HIS BACK WAS STANDING UP AND HE FEARED FOR HIS
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=for his life
The bullet struck Shadow in the nose, penetrated his mouth and was lodged in
The family says the deputy over re-acted.
IN Q=THERE'S NO BLOOD
((DOW WILLISTON/SHADOW'S OWNER: THERE'S NO BLOOD OR NOTHING WE COULD FIND. WE
SEARCH THAT LOT TWICE AND ALL THE BLOOD IS RIGHT HERE IN MY YARD.))
SUPER=01-Dow Williston/Shadow's Owner;
OUT Q=in my yard.
Williston would like the county to pay the vet bills.
Sheriff Marrs says Williston violated a county ordinance by not keeping his
dog tied up.
Everything from antique tractor pulls to a beauty pageant are on the fair
grounds in Dublin for the New River Valley Fair--
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stocks bump next
The New River Valley Fair is in full swing in Dublin, and we've dispatched
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
our own fair-goer Patrick Evans for a live report.
Patrick, what's new this year?
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SUPER=330-Cloudy Skies/Isolated Showers/63-66/Cloudy & Humid/With
SUPER=331-Showers And/Patchy Fog/64-68/Clouds And/More Showers/84-86;
SUPER=333-Isolated/Showers/60-63/Humid With/Showers Likely/78-82;
SUPER=334-Thunderstorms/Likely/60-63/Heavy Showers/At Times/76-79;
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Stay tuned for more NEWS-7 at FIVE, Mike has a progress report on Dale
Earnhardt who was hurt on the track yesterday.
Up next on Health Check-- the television industry and child advocates come
at the White House, where the President announces that you'll see more quality
children's programming on television.
((IT SAYS TO AMERICA'S PARENTS, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. ))
OUT Q=NOT ALONE
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Topping tonight's Health Check Report.
It's being called a good thing for the country.
Today the four major television networks and the National Broadcasting
Association agreed to air a weekly minimum of three hours of educational
programming for kids.
((THIS PROPOSAL FULFILLS THE PROMISE OF THE CHILDREN'S TELEVISION ACT, THAT
TELEVISION SHOULD SERVE THE EDUCATION AND THE INFORMATIONAL NEEDS OF OUR YOUNG
OUT Q=YOUNG PEOPLE.
Until this morning the three hour mandate was opposed by the televison
Now President Clinton is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to
adopt the rule.
Clinton also advocated the controversial V-chip. It would allow parents to
prevent certain programs from coming into their homes.
The agreement was announced at the beginning of a White House meeting on
Locally, the program manager for WDBJ-7 believes requiring three hours of
educational television could improve the situation for local television
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IN Q=What they are talking
((MIKE BELL/WDBJ PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR: WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS
WHAT THE NETWORKS HAVE TO DO. ALREADY CBS PROVIDES ONE HOUR A WEEK OF
EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL AND WE RUN CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMING FROM 6 TO
8AM, SO WE'RE MEETING THIS THREE HOUR MANDATE ALREADY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Bell/WDBJ Programming Director;
OUT Q=mandate already.
The rule does not apply to cable television, and does offer the networks
some flexibility on how they will meet the rules of the agreement.
The state board of medicine continued its hearings on whether Doctor William
Hurwitz should be able to practice medicine in Virginia.
One Maryland man testified in Richmond today that his experience with
prescribed painkillers was like a nightmare.
He testified Hurwitz gave him narcotics for chronic back pain without
The Board suspended the doctor's Virginia license in May to look into the
alleged over-medication of 30 patients-- TWO DIED.
A woman who's brother died of an apparent overdose says more people will
IN Q=It came as
((LAURA BRESKO/VICTIM'S SISTER: IT CAME AS QUITE A SHOCK TO ME TO FIND OUT
THAT MY BROTHER WAS RECEIVING DILAUDID AND SOME OF THESE OTHER PRESCRIPTIONS IN
QUANTITIES THAT TERMINALLY ILL CANCER PATIENCE DON'T RECEIVE AND THAT THIS
SUPER=01-Laura Bresko/Victim's Sister;
OUT Q=THIS WASN'T ILLEGAL.
Hurwitz says he's NOT responsible for how patients use his massive dose
Many patients who support the doctor are also attending the hearing.
Time now for sports-- and some tense moments on the track in Alabama
yesterday-- here's Mike Stevens with tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker and the start of
brand new work week.
Let's begin on the NASCAR circuit with an update on the condition of seven
time champion Dale Earnhardt, who I'm glad to say is out of the hospital.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/Yesterday; :00
Earnhardt was involved in this nasty crash yesterday when Ernie Irvan tapped
Sterling Marlin, who in turn put Dale in the wall.
His car turned on its side and was hit in the back and then T-boned on the
He suffered a fractured clavicle and sternum in the pileup,
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL/Last Night;
but he was able to walk under his own power into Carraway Medical center in
Birmingham last night.
This morning he was released after being held overnight.
His misfortune cleared the way for Jeff Gordon to not only win the race but
take over the points lead heading into Saturday's race at Indianapolis.
IN Q="We just gotta...
((JEFF GORDON/WINSTON CUP POINTS LEADER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Winston Cup Points Leader; :00
OUT Q=...REST OF THE YEAR."
On the baseball front, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has
announced his retirement from baseball tonight.
Lasorda had some heart problems back in June, and TODAY he decided to step
aside and let Bill Russell run the team on an interim basis.
The Carolina Panthers are in their second full week of training camp at
Wofford College in Spartanburg South Carolina.
Steve Mason has a few Panther notes.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :18
OUT Q=.../news 7 sports"
((All but one Panther has reported to training camp. Michigan running back
Tamanga Biakabatuka is still holding out.
His absence not only puts him behind, but it hurts a team whose first year 7
and 9 success was built on team unity.
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
And one quick reminder those of us still hoping to see the Diehard 500 on
The network tells us it will broadcast the race this coming Sunday from 2 to
four pm. And we'll have that for you right here on your Hometown station.
I'll see you at six. Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Vintage cars are a rare sight to begin with,
SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA;
But these cars are even more special. They belong to Hollywood stars.
This is the 16th Annual Beverly Hills Charity Car Show.
Autos owned by David Hasselhoff, Jason Priestly, and Tim Allen were just
some of the machines on display.
The proceeds of the show benefit children's charities in the Los Angeles
COming up at six:It's one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country
without an interstate, but that could change.
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Keith Humphry joins us with more on Lynchburg's efforts to attract the
Jean, the Hill City is one step closer today to getting an interstate
of its own..
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says Virginia has been given 400-
thousand dollars for an engineering study of the east-west corridor.
The study will focus on a route that runs from Covington, Roanoke and
Lynchburg then on to Chesapeake.
Local officials say an interstate is vital to Lynchburg's economic future.
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We'll have more on that at 6.
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