Coming up on News 7 at Noon - the federal rape case involving Christy
Brzonkala and several Virginia Tech football players is dismissed,
and federal officials say they have a number of strong leads in the Olympic
We'll talk with a local man who was there.
Scattered showers are on the way for today and tomorrow. Stay tuned for
your first of the week details from the News 7 Weather Center.
Stay with us, the News is next.
The rape claim against two prominent Virginia Tech football players has been
thrown out of federal court.
The judge flatly dismissed Christy Brzonkala's case.
DOUBLE BOXES Keith/Melanie
Keith Humphry broke the story last Christmas and has the first word on the
Judge Jackson Kiser had already let the University off the hook, ruling
that the actions of the football players could not extend to Virginia Tech.
This is what was left:
Brzonkala claimed she'd been a victim- -not just of sexual assault on the
Her lawyer said the athletes, Toni Morrison and James Crawford discriminated
against the Fairfax woman because she was a woman... that these were NOT random
acts of violence.
The claim was brought under a new federal law, the Violence Against WOmen
Congress passed it and the President signed it just days before the alleged
rape occurred in September, 1994.
But Judge Kiser has ruled the law Unconstitutional.
The F-B-I is expressing confidence this afternoon that it will find those
responsible for the bombing at the Olympics.
Officials say there are no suspects yet, but they do have sketches from
Saturday's pipe bomb explosion at Centennial Park killed a woman and injured
more than 100.
A Turkish camerman also died after suffering a heart attack while rushing to
photograph the aftermath.
Meantime, Olympic officials plan to reopen the park tomorrow, but with much
Officials are boosting the number of security people, setting up more
surveillance cameras, and allowing for random searches of people's bags.
Dave Fehling has the latest from Atlanta.
SUPER=01-Yeri Ordonez/Visitor; :17
SUPER=01-Bob Coyne/Caterer; :29
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; :35
SUPER=01-John Hawthorne/Widower; :51
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THEY USED SHOVELS TO TRY TO REPAIR WHAT THREE PIPES FILLED WITH
EXPLOSIVES AND NAILS DID TO THE TURF AT CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK..
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SATURDAY'S DEADLY EXPLOSION , PEOPLE WERE
ALLOWED TO WALK THE PARK'S PERIMETER.
SOME SAID THE BOMBING HAS CHILLED THE IR SENSE OF SECURITY.
(SOT,YERI ORDONEZ, VISITOR)
(TALKS ABOUT SHATTERED SENSE OF TRUST)
(NATS SECURITY CHECKPOINT)
WORKERS RETURNING TO CLEAN, COOK, AND RE-STOCK WERE MET BY MUCH
(SOT,BOB COYNE, CATERER)
(TALKS ABOUT HOW THEY NOW TAKE DOWN NAMES AND SEARCH BAGS)
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING ATLANTA
"VISITORS WILL ALSO BE SUBJECTED TO RANDOM SEARCHERS OF THEIR BAGS BY A
SECURITY FORCE TWICE AS LARGE AS BEFORE."
NO ONE WAS MORE DEVASTATED BY THE BOMBING THAN JOHN HAWTHORNE.
THE BLAST KILLED HIS WIFE AND SERIOUSLY HURT HER DAUGHTER, FALLON
(SOT-JOHN HAWTHORNE, WIDOWER)
ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, HAWTHORNE'S HOME WAS BURGLARIZED WHEN HE LEFT TO
COME TO ATLANTA TO IDENTIFY HIS WIFE'S BODY.A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON
THE SITE TOMORROW MORNING.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Atlanta.))
Steve Wills, a lawyer from Botetourt County, was at the Olympics and just
300 yards from the explosion when it occurred.
Steve is back home and joins us live.
What were you doing at the time of the blast?
(Then what happened?)
(How long did it take before you realized that there had been an explosion?)
(Was there any warning?)
(What kind of security was at the Olympic Park?)
(I understand just moments before the blast a couple of your friends were
talking to the turkish journalist who died of a heart attack as he ran to shoot
video of the scene.)
GRAPHIC=plane crash investigation
Divers off Long Island continue to search the ocean floor off Long Island
for key pieces of evidence in the T-W-A disaster.
Searchers are focusing on two separate areas of wreckage of Flight 800.
And as we hear from Peter Van Sant the placement of the debris
could help explain what happened.
SUPER=03-Smithtown, NY; :09
SUPER=01-James Kallstrom/FBI; :14
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB Vice Chairman; :35
SUPER=01-Peter Van Sant/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=cbs news, Smithtown, Long Island;
With divers searching the recently discovered front section of
the TWA jet, investigators now believe they will soon know whether
the explosion that brought down the 747 was an act of murder.
JAMES KALLSTROM//FBI: "I THINK SOON. I THINK WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS
WE'LL GET SOMETHING THAT WE THINK WLL GIVE US THE CLUES THAT WE NEED."
BUSINESS AND FIRST CLASS SEATS WERE FOUND IN THIS SECTION..."
Investigators are focusing their search for evidence among the wreckage
of the forward cabin, which was discovered on the ocean floor
a mile and a half southwest of the main debeis field.
ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB:THINGS THAT COME OFF FIRST TEND TO BE AN INDICATOR OF
WHAT HAPPENED. WE'RE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN WHAT COMES OFF FIRST."
Sources tell cbs news this latest find supports the
theory that a bomb may have been detonated in the front baggage compartment
Blowing the jet in two. Divers have been video taping and photograhing the
front end wreckage.
KALLSTROM//FBI:WE'VE GOT SOME IDEAS IN OUR MIND OF WHICH PIECES
WE WANT AND WE'VE TRANSMITTED THAT TO THE TEAM."
None of the debris will be lifted until divers have recovered
any bodies that might be among the wreckage. eight more victims
were brought to the surface yesterday. 77 are still missing.
Searchers today hope to find more bodies beneath a 50 foot section of
fuselage that was discovered on saturday.
There is a fresh optimism here that in the next 48 hours, officials will
be able to conclusively say whether it was a bomb that knocked down twa flight
Peter Van Sant, CBS News, Smithtown, Long Island.))
In the wake of the T-W-A disaster and the Olympic bombing, President Clinton
is holding a terrorism summit today at the White House.
Aides say he'll ask lawmakers for more tools to help fight terrorist acts.
Among them -- increased wiretap authority and chemical markers that make it
easier to trace a bomb's origin.
Earlier in the day Mr. Clinton announced an agreement with the T-V industry
concerning children's programming.
It calls for at least three hours of educational programming a week for
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Still to come on News 7,
We'll tell you about a rare birth in Mexico,
and a teenager is in custody after a fatal stabbing in Roanoke over the
We'll hear from the victim's mother.
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A stabbing at the Hurt Park Complex in Roanoke leaves one man dead and a
teenager in custody.
It happened yesterday near the intersection of Salem Avenue and 17th Street.
Police say Michael Dent of Roanoke was stabbed to death by a 17-year-old
after an arguement.
SUPER=01-Debra Saunders/Victim's Mother;
OUT Q=following him
The juvenile, Robert Reed of Detroit, is charged with murder.
And there was a second arrest in the incident.
Police say 20-year-old Irvin Williams shot into an occupied dwelling.
No one was injured in the shooting.
New York authorities may head to North Carolina to look for leads in an
abandoned child case.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
In late March a four- year- old boy was found wandering in a Brooklyn toy
Little Jonathan Adams has been in foster care since then, after no one
showed up to claim him.
Yesterday Jonathan gave investigators a lead when he pointed to North
Carolina on a map.
Now, authorities are hoping media reports will lead to someone who knows the
Anyone with information about Jonathan is asked to call New York officials
Doctors will likely have more to say today about a rare birth in Mexico.
The baby's father says the child was born with two spinal columns and two
Doctors say the apparent twins share a single thorax and single abdomen. One
doctor says separation is impossible.
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When News 7 returns, Common Sense offers some financial tips on how to set
up an emergency fund,
and plans for a new hiking trail are on the way after a state park gains
additional land - we'll tell you about it when we come back.
An estate sale turns up a great buy for the Staunton River Battlefield State
The state has purchased 185- acres in Charlotte County from the estate of
Mrs. Frances Lynn.
The Halifax County park now has 300- acres at its disposal for education and
The new property also includes the actual site of the battle at Staunton
Family members of Mrs. Lynn are excited that their parents' property will be
IN Q=This was
((DAN LYNN:THIS WAS HOME FOR ME FOR 18 OR 20 YEARS, I KNOW THE AREA LIKE THE
BACK OF MY HAND, AND TO SELL LAND IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT BUT OVERALL IT'S A GOOD
DAY, BECAUSE LOTS OF PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING
BACK AND SEEING THE PARK AS PEOPLE ENVISION IT. ))
SUPER=07-Dan Lynn; :00
OUT Q=vision it.
Now that the state has acquired the new property--plans call for building a
one mile scenic trail .
Norfolk Southern Railway also donated land to the project.
TAPE# common sense
A few weeks ago in Common Sense we told you about setting up an emergency
fund BEFORE you start investing.
Part of that includes paying off what you may already owe.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=In this week's
SUPER=01-David Cissel/Certified Financial Planner; :08 (Quick)
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE 10:41:20
IN Q=In this week's edition
((In this week's edition of Common Sense, Certified Financial Planner David
Cissel will tell us about why one of the best investments you can make is
paying off your credit card debt.))
OUT Q=your credit card debt.
IN Q=If you are
((DAVID CISSEL/CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER: IF YOU ARE CONSTANTLY CARRYING
CREDIT CARD DEBT, OR YOU ARE CONSISTENTLY CARRYING CREDIT CARD DEBT, YOU WANT
TO TAKE EVERY STEP TO ELIMINATE THAT. ))
OUT Q=eliminate that.
IN Q=The main
((CISSEL: THE MAIN REASON IS YOU'RE PAYING SOMEBODY A VERY HIGH RATE OF
INTEREST. AND THE SECOND REASON IS THAT ANY DEBT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO
AVOID AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=as much as possible.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE TOT 17:42:49
IN Q=That's this
((That's this week's edition of Common Sense. Let's send it back to the
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN more than ten points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - sports is next including a major league baseball manager who
may be calling it quits,
and it was an exciting race yesterday at the Diehard 500.
Patrick has the details when we come back.
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After nearly two decades of guiding the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda
may be calling it quits.
The "Los Angeles Times" reports the 68-year-old baseball manager has
decided not to resume his managing duties following heart surgery
Lasorda is the 13th winningest manager in major league history.
Dale Earnhardt is recovering from injuries he received in a crash at the
Jeff Gordon won that race and Kevin Billingsley has the story.
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SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/WDEF; :
SUPER=01-John Andretti/37 Ford; :54
SUPER=01-Hut Stricklin/8 Ford; 1:13
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/10 Ford;
SUPER=01-Richard Childress/Earnhardt's Car Owner; 2:02
SUPER=01-Kevin Billingsley/Reporting; 2:46
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Diehard 500 Winner; 2:57
OUT Q=.....Race Car.
ANCHOR=patrick 2 shot
C-B-S will broadcast the race next Sunday beginning at 2 p-m.
*********Patrick toss to Mel**********
TAPE# edit of 96-43 hurwitz
Tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE's Health Check report...the state board of medicine
continues its hearings today for the doctor whose license was suspended for
prescribing high dosages of pain relievers.
The board suspended Dr. William Hurwitz's license following the deaths of two
The board says Hurwitz did not adequately supervise other patients on pain
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