Up next on News 7 at Five-
The Republican Abortion Stance- It's causing some controversy before the
convention even begins.
Luggage could provide critical clues in the TWA crash investigation.
Plus what can women at the Citadel expect when it comes to living
arrangements? We'll have details.
Afternoon heat and humidity spark thunderstorms, some of them fairly
powerful. I'll have the complete forecast, full of hot hazy weather, coming up
in a few minutes.
On Health Check--
A fatal meningitis case in Floyd County--
The race for a cure for leukemia--
And, the Paralympics are set to begin, with the lighting of another torch,
on its way to Atlanta.
A battle could be brewing over abortion- at the Republican National
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Good afternoon this is News 7 at 5, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The question is over the GOP platform on abortion.
The party adopted a statement saying it tolerates differing views- but
that statement no longer has a direct reference to abortion.
Bob Dole wanted to acknowledge that many Republicans disagree with the
party's anti-abortion stance.
But GOP leaders say the party is still united.
((HALEY BARBOUR/REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CHAIRMAN: THE PRESS HAS BEEN WANTING TO GET
READY FOR SOME BIG BLOODY BATTLE OVER ABORTION AND YESTERDAY THE ABORTION
BLANKET PLATFORM THAT SECTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSED
INCLUDING LANGUAGE THAT SAYS WE RECOGNIZE PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERING OPINIONS.))
SUPER=01-Haley Barbour/Republican Nat'l Chairman;
OUT Q=HAVE DIFFERING OPINIONS."
But Democrats are criticizing the platform.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: WE HAVE A TOLERANCE PLANK IN OUR
PLATFORM. THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM PLANK ON THIS ISSUE IS INTOLERANT AND SO IS
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;
OUT Q=IS MR. DOLE."
Dole did not talk abortion today- instead he pitched his economic plan.
One week after his arrest in South Carolina, the man accused of murdering a
Vinton family has a hearing in Roanoke County circuit court.
54-year old Earl Bramblett will likely receive two court appointed attorneys
for his case.
That decision was made after Bramblett said he owned virtually nothing...
just a vehicle worth about 500-dollars.
Then he asked the judge if he could help pick his lawyer.
NAT SOT 9:46:56
IN Q=Would you
((JUDGE G.O. CLEMENS: WOULD YOU LIKE THEN FOR ME TO CONSIDER APPOINTING AN
ATTORNEY FOR YOU?
EARL BRAMBLETT: YES I WOULD. DO I HAVE ANY DISCRETION?
CLEMENS: AS TO... CAN YOU SELECT YOUR COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY? NO SIR. ))
OUT Q=No sir.
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994;
On August 29th 19-94, Blaine Hodges, his wife Teresa and their two
daughters were found murdered inside their fire-gutted home.
All of them had been shot, except for Teresa Hodges, who was strangled.
Bramblett is the lone suspect.
Christopher Shawn Wheeler faces up to 42 years in prison for the murder of
Wythe County sheriff's deputy Clifford Dicker.
The 16 year-old pled no contest today to charges of second degree murder
and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Wheeler shot Dicker when the deputy arrived at his house with juvenile
petitions to take him into custody.
Wheeler decided last month to enter the plea, after the judge ruled he could
not be tried for CAPITAL murder.
((JONATHAN VENZIE/WHEELER'S LAWYER: HE WAS RESIGNED TO IT I THINK IS THE BEST
WAY TO DESCRIBE IT. HE CERTAINLY WASN'T THRILLED WITH PLEADING GUILTY TO ADULT
OFFENSES THAT CARRY 42 YEARS IN PRISON AS A MAXIMUM SENTENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Jonathan Venzie/Wheeler's Lawyer;
OUT Q=a maximum sentence.
Wheeler has been held at a juvenile detention center since the shooting in
December of 1994.
Today the judge ordered him to jail to await his sentencing in October.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Scuba divers are on the ocean floor off New York's Long Island, looking at
luggage from the T-W-A crash.
SUPER=03-Shinnecock Bay, NY;
The divers went in the water this morning.
They're using handheld sonar equipment.
The luggage and other small items from Flight 800 are slightly
closer to Kennedy Airport than the main debris fields -- where the
fuselage and cockpit were found.
The discovery of the luggage could bolster one theory of what
happened to the plane -- that a bomb went off in the front cargo
SS=Plane Crash Investigation
That kind of blast would have blown suitcases out of the plane
first, so they would have hit the water closer to shore.
The Air Force is punishing 16 officers in the plane crash that killed
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
The punishment includes giving reprimands to a one-star general and a
colonel for neglecting duty.
Brown and 34 others died April third when an Air Force plane went down in
A stunt plane- was doing a maneuver when it spiraled out of control in
The plane was flying in the Three River's Regatta Sunday when the wings on
the left side of the plane folded back.
The plane then plunged 300 feet into the Ohio river while thousands of
spectators looked on.
Workers used a metal cutter today to pry the pilot's body from the
Clarence "Clancy" Speal was a 25 year veteran pilot- His wife was
commentating over the loudspeaker when the plane went down.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--Summer break is over a little early for kids at one area
school. That's because their school is going on a year round schedule.
Also, a ceremony of peace at a site of mass destruction. Hiroshima remembers
the dropping of the atomic bomb, 51 years later.
On Health Check, a new twist on the abortion debate unfolding in England--
a woman pregnant with twins has apparently already aborted one.
Plus, a husband and wife research team hopes to find a cure for leukemia,
after losing their own son to the disease.
Anchor=Jean 2 shot
Stay with us, News 7 at 5 will be right back.
The Olympic security guard- turned pipe bomb suspect has a new attorney.
Richard Jewell hired high powered criminal attorney Jack Martin on Sunday.
Jewell has not been charged in the Olympic Park bombing - but he's still a
Police apparently found and confiscated fragments of the bomb at Jewell's
Jewell's attorney says the fragments were souvenirs given to him by other
guards who also kept pieces of the debris for themselves.
The people of Hiroshima today recited prayers for peace and remembered the
tens of thousands of people killed when the world's first atomic bomb
destroyed their city 51 years ago.
Hiroshima's mayor led the ceremonies at Peace Memorial Park.
The park is located near Ground Zero, the spot where the bomb
exploded on August 6th 1945, instantly killing 80 thousand people.
The crowd gathered today, estimated at 50 thousand, observed a moment of
A speaker told the participants nuclear weapons symbolize the violence that
Months of hard work and dedication have paid off for the Danville school
Schoolfield Elementary is now among the first public schools in Virginia to
offer "year round" schooling.
Today marked the first day for the nearly 600-students in the pilot program.
They're required to spend 180-days in school, like any other child.
But instead of taking an extended summer vacation, the students are offered
time off in 15-day increments, four times a year.
Only 17-students opted out of the program.
IN Q=It tells us
((SUZANNE JONES/SCHOOLFIELD ELEM. PRINCIPAL:IT TELLS US THAT THE PARENTS HERE
AT THIS SCHOOL REALLY WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION AND THEY WILL
SUPPORT WHATEVER INITIATIVE THAT WILL PROVIDE THAT EDUCATION. ))
SUPER=01-Suzanne Jones/Schoolfield Elem. Principal; :00
OUT Q=that education.
Supporters of year round schooling say the program offers a variety of
We'll have more on that, tonight at six.
Democratic Senate hopeful Mark Warner is making good on his promise to bring
his campaign to every corner of the state before Labor Day.
Lynchburg was stop number 82 on the candidate's tour.
That's where Warner paid a visit to an inner city recreation center today.
Despite trailing in the polls, Warner says his statewide tour and a million-
dollar media blitz are helping.
IN Q=The more I
((MARK WARNER/D- SENATE CANDIDATE: THE MORE I CAN GET OUT, TELL FOLKS WHO I AM,
WHY I WANT THIS JOB, THE VERY REAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JOHN WARNER AND I,
PARTICULARLY IN THE AREAS OF EDUCATION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WHO'S GOT THE
VISION TO MOVE VIRGINIA AND AMERICA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.))
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Senate Candidate; :00
OUT Q=the 21st century.
Warner talked with local civic leaders about some of the problems inner city
children are facing.
He'll also greet voters at a Lynchburg pancake house in the morning.
A multi-billion dollar contract to help de-activate two nuclear sites will
mean big money for one local company.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./File Tape;
Babcock and Wilcox was part of a winning bid to clean up two sites for the
Department of Energy.
B & W will help de-commission a plutonium production facility in Hanford,
Washington, and a nuclear weapons complex in South Carolina.
The five-year contracts are worth more than 240 million dollars to the
Stay with us for more News 7 at 5.
Patrick has the hot forecast details,
and the Citadel is ready to admit women.
The military school is out with a list of do's and don't's for its first
stocks bump next
The three women who will enroll at the Citadel in South Carolina this fall
now have a better idea of what to expect.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/File Tape;
The school has come up with a policy for admitting women--it deals with
everything from make-up to sit-ups.
Pinnacle Hot Changes
Under the plan, female cadets would undergo the same stressful first-year
training as men, but be judged by the Army's current physical standards for
The women also would share barracks with men but live in rooms with
Make-up rules allow upper class female cadets to wear what's described as
"conservative" lipstick and clear fingernail polish.
Female cadets won't be able to date a superior officer.
Sexual activity between cadets on campus is not allowed.
Neither is pregnancy-- a pregnant cadet would have to leave the South
An out-of-control wildfire is ripping through Nevada, west of Reno... not
far from the California border.
The blaze has already blackened six thousand acres and prompted evacuations of
residents in the area.
Firefighters have been
going door-to-door making sure people are getting out.
Several helicopters and eight air tankers are helping in the fight.
As many as 70 engines and bulldozers are also there, with 50 more
on the way.
25 to 30 mile an hour winds are making things tough for firefighters.
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SUPER=331-Evening/Storms/65-69/Partly Sunny/Scattered Showers/86-90;
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health music under
Still to come, the Star City is throwing itself a party, and everyone's on
the invitation list.
On Health Check-- human trials are beginning, to test the effectiveness of
yet another obesity treatment.
This one, a protein called Leptin, has researchers hoping it will work to
IN Q=Every overweight
((EVERY OVERWEIGHT PERSON WILL TELL YOU
THERE WAS JUST SO MAGIC SHOT OR PILL YOU COULD JUST TAKE AND THEN EAT AND DO
WHATEVER YOU LIKE AND LOSE WEIGHT ))
OUT Q=lose weight.
Bacterial Meningo-Encephalitis-- an infection of the central nervous
system-- has claimed the life of a Floyd County resident.
The 32-year-old man had been hospitalized at Carilion Roanoke Memorial
As a precaution, the health department is consulting with family members
of the man, and co-workers at Cross Creek Apparel.
Bacterial meningitis infections are spread by direct contact with a
carrier-- though the risk of infection is very low.
Symptoms of meningitis may include:
--Stiff neck & back
In the U.S. each year, there are about six cases of bacterial meningitis
for every 100-thousand people.
Also today, debate over an unusual abortion case unfolding in England.
Now, it seems British pro-life groups are too late to save an unborn twin.
A 28-year-old unmarried woman apparently already aborted one of the
fetuses-- a few months ago.
That news came as abortion opponents won a court order today to prevent the
procedure from taking place.
The woman had said with one child at home already AND financial problems...
TWO more children would be too much to bear.
Financial help-- of more than 75-thousand dollars-- apparently came too
After their son died in 1990, these parents in England-- both doctors--
decided to immerse themselves in finding a cure for leukemia.
Doctors David and Bee Flavell were already involved in cancer research
when their son died.
They've been experimenting for several years with the drug 3-B-I-T--
derived from seeds of a common plant.
They've isolated a blend of chemical toxins, which in lab tests have
successfully attacked and killed cancer cells.
IN Q=The purpose of
(( DR. DAVID FLAVELL: THE PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISE WE'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW
IS TO MAKE SOMETHING AVAILABLE THAT WASN'T AVAILABLE BEFORE AND WHICH WILL MAKE
THE DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO CAME AFTER OUR CHILD WHO DIED AND INDEED
OTHER CHILDREN WHO ARE DYING RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=07-Dr. David Flavell; :
OUT Q=right now.
Patient trials are expected to begin in England and the U.S. within the
next six months.
The Flavells are confident a cure will be found within the next decade.
Another diet drug is about to be tested on American volunteers.
The drug-- a protein, called Leptin-- has been the topic of 15 years of
study at the University of Chicago.
The protein has produced encouraging results in animal testing so far--
and it's easy to control, as it's normally found in the blood.
IN Q=That's why were
((DR. CHARLES BURANT/UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO: THAT'S WHY WE'RE ABLE TO GIVE
LEPTIN AS AN INJECTION, TO INCREASE THE LEVELS OF LEPTIN IN THE BLOOD.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Burant/University of Chicago; :
OUT Q=in the blood.
Lab tests showed these rats lost an average of one-third of their weight.
The focus though will be shifting to human testing.
The six test cites already have a long list of volunteers--
Researcher say there's little doubt Leptin will work for the estimated one
million obese people who lack the protein to control their appetites.
The question is though, what will it do for everyone else?
While the flame of the Centennial Olympic games is out--
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
the Paralympic flame is at the moment burning strong-- now on it's way to
35-hundred disabled athletes representing 127 countries are expected to
participate in the events.
IN Q=May this torch
(( MAY THIS TORCH SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL AMERICANS TO GIVE THEIR BEST
IN EVERY ENDEAVOR, TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES AND TO
RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE ALL STRONGER AND MORE VIBRANT WHEN WE DEVELOP, RECOGNIZE
AND SUPPORT THE TALENTS OF ALL OF OUR PEOPLE. MAY THAT BE THE LASTING LEGACY
OF THE 1996 PARALYMPICS. ))
OUT Q=1996 Paralympics.
The Paralympic Games are the second-largest sporting event in the world and
have been held every Olympic year since the 1960 games in Rome.
In sports--additions to the Salem Avalanche roster.
Two major leaguers from the Colorado Rockies are joining the team. Mike
Stevens is here with the story.
Good Afternoon folks and welcome to your Tuesday ticker. The Salem Avalanche
and its fans are in for a real treat tonight against the Winston-Salem
Warthogs, as two Colorado Rockies major leaguers will play tonight as they
continue to rehab their way back to the big league club.
Steve Mason has more on Larry Walker and David Neid.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/June 9; :00
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Salem Avalanche Manager; :17
SUPER=01-Billy Champion/Avalanche Pitching Coach; :50
OUT Q=...at six, Mike.
In other baseball news off the diamond this afternoon, the California Angels
have changed managers today.
Current skipper Marcel Lacheman resigned his post earlier this afternoon.
IN Q="This decision...
((MARCEL LACHEMANN/RESIGNS AS ANGELS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Marcel Lachemann/Resigns As Angels Manager; :00
OUT Q=...NOT WORKING."
Lachemann is being replaced by former Angels manager John McNamara for the
rest of this season.
It's been a rough summer for the Lachemann family.
Last month his brother Rene was fired for a similar job with the Florida
Coming up at six, first round golf highlights from the women's city-county,
and much, much more.
Have a great night.
take a break
Model Christie Brinkley is giving marriage another try.
Brinkley is engaged to architect Peter Cook, who she's been
dating for several months.
It'll be Brinkley's fourth marriage, Cook's first.
Brinkley divorced developer Richard Taubman last year after less
than a year of marriage.
Taubman and Brinkley survived a helicopter crash.
The Uptown Girl was also married to singer Billy Joel for nine years.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Star City will polish its shine next week-- in honor of its fifth All
America City Award.
This morning officials announced a lineup of special events planned to
celebrate All America City Week.
Starting next Wednesday, open house will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and
Conference Center, the Jefferson Center, and the Tinker Creek Trash Transfer
Vice Mayor Linda Wyatt says the work that went into these projects won the
award for Roanoke.
IN Q=It's not because
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR: IT'S NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE THE BEAUTIFUL
MOUNTAINS, THE GREEN TREES, AND THE LOW CRIME RATE. IT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE
IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO BELIEVE IN WORKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. ))
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice Mayor;
OUT Q=to solve problems
The grand finale celebration will be in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, the
(toss to patrick)
(PATRICK tosses to Jean)
Coming up at SIX, U-S Senator John Warner admits he was wrong -- but he says
it's old news.
So-called "atomic veterans" were exposed to radiation by the U.S. government
in the 40's and 50's.
Senator Warner made sure they could not sue for relief in 1984.
We have the latest on the controversy.
That's coming up in just one half hour on NEWS 7 at SIX.