Up next on News 7 at Five-
Life on Mars?- NASA makes an announcement calling this an UNBELIEVABLE day.
The man who interrupted air traffic control in Roanoke talks from prison.
Plus many refugees come to Southwest Virginia- but are they getting a bad
We stay in the soup for another day with fog early and scattered storms late.
On Health Check-- a link between infidelity and cervical cancer.
Plus, another way to screen for the H-I-V virus, without using a blood
And, government efforts to improve the safety of our drinking water.
((WE THINK LIFE MIGHT HAVE EXISTED AT SOME POINT ON MARS.))
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NASA scientists call it an unbelievable find.
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Good afternoon This is News 7 at 5, I'm Jean Jadhon.
NASA says it's found reasonable evidence of ancient life on Mars.
But they're not claiming conclusive proof.
Scientists have been working on a rock they believe came from the Martian
They think it contains organic compounds deposited by primitive life
((FIRST THE METEORITE CAME FROM MARS... OF OUR EVIDENCE.))
OUT Q=OF OUR EVIDENCE."
NASA says there is no consensus the rock proves life existed. Scientists say
it demands more scientific review.
Bob Dole is getting close to picking a running mate and a source says it may
be a surprise.
An announcement is expected Saturday.
Meanwhile there are signs that a public fight over abortion could take place
at next week's convention.
((GOV. PETE WILSON/R- CALIFORNIA: THERE IS AN EFFORT BEING MADE RELUCTANTLY TO
GATHER THE NECESSARY VOTES TO ENSURE SOME STATEMENT THAT INCLUDES THESE OF US
WHO ARE IN FACT PRO-CHOICE.))
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OUT Q=in fact pro-choice."
The threat comes after
conservatives removed Dole's language of tolerance from the party platform.
A brain-damaged Ohio man faces up to 25 years in prison for his alleged role
in a fatal July third fire at a fireworks store.
The fire in Scottown, Ohio killed nine people.
A grand jury today indicted 24 year old Todd Hall on nine counts of
involuntary manslaughter and four counts of arson.
Lawyers say Hall, who has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, is
incapable of understanding his actions. Hall underwent a lobotomy in 1987
after a skateboarding accident.
Prosecutors say Hall started the deadly fire when he held a cigarette to a
box of firecrackers in the store.
About this time three years ago, local pilots and air traffic controllers
were plagued by a "phantom" on the airwaves.
Rodney (BOW-cook) Bocook interrupted transmissions between aircraft and the
Roanoke tower for a couple of months before his arrest in late September 1993.
He's now serving an eight-year prison sentence.
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Keith Humphry went to West Virginia this week to talk with him.
Bocook is now 30 years old. And I think he's still stunned that his little
escapade will cost him eight years of his life.
IN Q=Well, I'd like
SUPER=01-Rodney Bocook/"Phantom Air Traffic Controller"; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :10
OUT Q=to be heard.
IN Q=Well, I'd like
((WELL, I'D LIKE TO SAY I'M SORRY FOR THE TROUBLE I CAUSED FOR THE AIR TRAFFIC
CONTROLLERS, AND THE PILOTS IN THE ROANOKE AREA.))
OUT Q=the Roanoke area.
He'd started out cussing and clowning around on the air, gradually working
up to the point where he ordered pilots to change altitude, abort landings,
"hold short" on the runway.
He even broadcast a bogus "mayday" signal, pretending to be flying an
ultralight aircraft, later masquerading as Lifeguard, the medivac helicopter.
IN Q=Well, I guess
((WELL, I GUESS THE MOTIVATION WAS TO GET ATTENTION OR TO BE HEARD.))
OUT Q=to be heard.
He's the one who contacted us three years after all this happened.
He says he watches us on cable at the Federal Prison in Beckley, Jean.
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Why now?- -why does he want to tell his story?
Well, he is asking the judge to reconsider his sentence.
As it is now, Bocook wouldn't get out until the end of the year 2000.
He also wants the world to know he's not "some kind of terrorist," as he
said in his letter last month.
He's concerned about the crash of T-W-A Flight 800.
We'll get into that in our interview on NEWS 7 at SIX.
A gold medal group visited the White House today-
Five hundred U-S Olympic team members made it to the White House- where
President Clinton thanked them.
((AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THEY WERE THE BEST. THEY WERE THE GREATEST IN THE
HISTORY OF THE OLYMPICS. CHEERS.))
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After his address, Clinton posed for a picture with the group.
One gold medal olympian who stood out- Injured gymnast Keri Strugg being
carried by an Olympic wrestler.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE--a federal report supporting the A-E-P
power line project is called into question.
And they're looking for a fresh start in the Roanoke Valley.
Refugee families adjust to their new home.
For many people-- especially women, urinary incontinence is an
embarrassing fact of life.....but it doesn't have to be.
The story, on Health Check.
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Plus there's a great way to cool off and see Fairy Stone Lake in Henry
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Patrick Evans takes us paddleboating a little later on.
Opponents of American Electric Power's proposed transmission line are taking
issue with a recent federal report on the project.
A briefing in an Energy Department study says delays in the approval of the
line stretching from West Virginia to Botetourt County threaten the reliability
of the mid-Atlantic electric system.
Opponents note that the section on the AEP line was prepared by members of
the ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY.
Even so, A-E-P doesn't believe this gives the findings any kind of bias.
IN Q=I think
((RON POFF/AEP PROJECT MANAGER: I THINK PROBABLY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT THERE
IS THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE EXPERTISE TO DEAL WITH THESE KIND OF ISSUES ARE
BASICALLY ORGANIZED IN SUCH A WAY TO LOOK AT IT IN A BENIGN FASHION.))
SUPER=01-Ron Poff/AEP Project Manager;
OUT Q=benign fashion.
A-E-P first proposed building the line in 1990.
A 59-year old Cincinnati woman is the latest patient of Dr. Jack Kevorkian,
who wheeled the body of the woman into a hospital last night, telling
officials that she was a Lou Gehrig's disease victim who died in his presence.
Kevorkian identified the woman as Elizabeth Mertz of Cincinnati.
Meanwhile the prosecutor who tried twice to convict Kevorkian of assisted
suicide has lost his job.
Oakland County Prosecutor Richard Thompson got only 44 percent
of the votes in yesterday's Michigan Republican primary.
From Iraqis to Cubans, many refugee families are starting over in the
But many experts are concerned that they may be get a bad wrap.
Some Americans view refugees as foreigners who drain the economy, live on
welfare and don't pay taxes.
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Ron Jones joins us from our newsroom and says some local officials maintain
it's an unfair myth.
Jean, according to the Refugee and Immigration Service at least 98 percent
of refugee adults living in Virginia are employed and contribute to the local
IN Q=Thousands of refugees
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SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Immigration Services Dir.; :14
OUT Q=but individuals as well.
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Thousands of refugees flooded the shores of America at the turn of the
Many are still coming to the valley.
Some local services are trying to dispel the stereotype--that refugees are
looking for free ride.
((THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY PAYING THE SAME TAXES THAT YOU AND I ARE PAYING. IF
THEY DIDN'T THEY'D GO TO JAIL. THE SAME AS YOU AND I WOULD GO TO JAIL. THEY'RE
ALSO ARE IMMEDIATELY ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAFT. THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO DEFEND OUR
Do Virginians give refugees the cold shoulder?
((BABARA SMITH/IMMIGRATION SERVICES DIRECTOR:I'VE JUST NOT FOUND THAT TO BE THE
CASE AT ALL. THEY'VE BEEN VERY WELCOMING. NOT JUST EMPLOYERS AND SYSTEMS BUT
INDIVIDUALS AS WELL.))
Over the years a sizeable group of volunteers have helped refugees settle in
Smith also says most refugees are willing to take jobs that most
Double Boxes=Ron and Jean/Newsroom
Americans shy away from... such as farm work and other manual labor... a work
ethic local employers welcome.
Looking for a quick day trip?
Patrick Evans takes us to a nearby park where paddling isn't such a bad thing.
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Fairy Stone Park in Henry County has been a popular place for summer fun,
and now they offer paddleboat tours of their scenic lake.
Patrick Evans took a tour earlier this afternoon, and has the highlights for
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Still to come on News 7 at 5--
Which Olympic heroes from Atlanta will have their image on grocery store
Mike Stevens will have the story and more in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check, more than ten-million Americans suffer from urinary
incontinence....now there are some new non-surgical treatments.
Plus a little meditation.... not only is it good for the soul, it
apparently may offer big benefits in reducing blood pressure.
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The top medical news of the day includes one possible cause of cervical
cancer, a new way to test for AIDS-- efforts at insuring safe drinking water--
and the benefits of meditation.
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U-S- researchers are warning of a potentially deadly link between
infidelity and cervical cancer.
They say the risk of getting the cancer is five to 11 times greater for
women with husbands who have many sexual partners.
The reason-- the men are more likely to carry the human papilloma virus or
H-P-V....which helps cause the disease.
Women can also put themselves at increased risk by having many sexual
partners-- and lower that risk, by using condoms.
There will soon be another way to detect the AIDS virus.,
The most common test is of course a blood sample, but there's also a
saliva test-- and now, there's a urine test, just approved by the F-D-A.
It works by pinpointing H-I-V fighting antibodies-- instead of the virus
itself....and it's expected to be especially helpful in developing nations,
where blood testing is often inconvenient.
President Clinton has put a new law on the books, for drinking water
The measure requires that utility water bills include information about
the safety of the water supply.
The new law strengthens standards against contaminants that pose the
greatest health risks.
And meditating may be the key to lowering your blood pressure-- at least
that's according to researchers at Maharishi University-- A Center for the
Study of Transcendental Meditation.
They say African Americans who practiced meditating for 20 minutes, two
times a day saw a noticeable decrease in their pressure...and those who simply
tried to change their diet and exercise habits did not.
It's not always easy to talk about-- but ten million Americans suffer from
urinary incontinence-- the
inability to control their bladders.
Most sufferers are women, mainly those who've had a baby-- particularly a
Many have trouble controlling their bladder, especially when they cough or
sneeze-- it's called stress incontinence.
IN Q=I had my son
((ANN HACKETT/PATIENT: I HAD MY SON WHEN I WAS 27, AND THE PROBLEM BEGAN WHEN I
WAS ABOUT 28 YEARS OLD SO I'VE LIVED WITH IT FOR 12 YEARS ))
OUT Q=12 years.
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Ann's son weighed 10-pounds, 10-ounces at birth. And when the problem
started, it wasn't just having to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes.
IN Q=You constantly
((ANN HACKETT: YOU CONSTANTLY HAD TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU ATE AND DRANK. AND
WHAT I FOUND MYSELF DOING WAS INSTEAD OF DRINKING I WOULD EAT MORE SO I WAS
HAVING WEIGHT GAIN ALONG WITH IT.
I HAD TO STOP GOING TO AEROBICS CLASS, I STOPPED WHEN WE WENT OUT TO DINNER, I
WOULDN'T DANCE ANYMORE, IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS DEVELOPING URINARY
TRACT INFECTIONS AND I WAS AFRAID TO GO INTO SWIMMING POOLS. ))
OUT Q=swimming pools.
Ann's problem was eventually cured with surgery.
Dr. Howard Torman explains though that there are two new breakthroughs
that could offer a NON-surgical alternative for those with stress incontinence.
IN Q=The first thing
((DR. HOWARD TORMAN: THE FIRST ONE THAT WAS APPROVED IS CALLED THE MINI-GUARD,
THIS THING IS ESSENTIALLY A PATCH YOU JUST TAKE THE ADHESIVE OFF AND PUT IT
OVER THE OPENING OF THE URETHRA AND IT BLOCKS THE FLOW OF URINE. MOST WOMEN
FIND IT REALLY CUTS DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF INCONTINENT EPISODES THAT THEY HAVE.
THIS ONE HAS BEEN APPROVED, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET IT IN STORES IN THE NEAR
FUTURE. THE OTHER DEVICE IS THIS GUY HERE, A URINARY CONTROL INSERT, YOU PUT IT
INSIDE THE URETHRA, IT'S NOT NEARLY AS DIFFICULT AS IT SOUNDS AND A LITTLE
BALLOON IS BLOWN UP AND IT BASICALLY BLOCKS THE URETHRA SO THAT URINE CAN'T GET
BY IT. HOW WELL DOES IT WORK?
IN THE CLINICAL TRIALS THEY DID WITH THESE THINGS, 80% OF WOMEN WERE COMPLETELY
DRY AND 95-% OF THE WOMEN
FOUND THAT THEIR INCONTINENCE EPISODES
WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED OR THEY HAD VERY LITTLE LEAKAGE AT ALL. ))
OUT Q=leakage at all.
About 15-percent of women between 30 and 55 suffer urinary incontinence,
along with about 30-percent of women over age 60.
In sports it was a big night for Darryl Strawberry.
Plus Olympic heroes will soon be coming to a grocery store near you.
Mike Stevens explains in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody welcome to the middle of the work week sports
Let's get started this afternoon by getting you ready for Breakfast tomorrow.
As you may know there was a lot of concern over just which olympic athlete
would represent the U.S. on the traditional Wheaties box.
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Well, rest easy, because the General Mills folks are coming out with five
different boxes to commemorate the 100th Olympiad.
Swimmers Tom Dolan and Amy Van Dyken are featured along with Michael Johnson,
Dan O'Brien and the entire US gymnastics team known as the Magnificent seven.
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This morning about 500 members of the United States team were guests
President Bill Clinton, HIlliary and Chelsea.
The President posed with the athletes in a group picture and they presented
him with a commemorative set of Olympic pins.
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In baseball action this afternoon, the Cubs are battling the Mets at Wrigley
And already today Sammy Sosa has rocked his 39th homer of the year.
Right now the Cubs and Mets are tied at 6-all in the top of the 8th.
The Salem Avalanche will indeed have former major league all-star Larry
Walker in the lineup tonight.
Walkers is taking batting practice in Salem at this hour and we'll hear form
him tonight at six.
The Warthogs and Avalanche get underway tonight at 7.
Last night in the major leagues, the Yankees Daryl Strawberry got the second
hat trick of his career as he ripped 3 homers in the same game.
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The Yanks were hosting the Whitesox at Yankee stadium and in his first at
bat, Daryl hit this solo homer into the seats in right field.
Then in his second at bat off Kevin Tapani, Strawberry hit a monster drive
way up into the upper deck for his second in a row.
Then in his third at bat he hit a line drive homer to right. It's the second
time in his career he's hit three homers in one game.
And the first time this year he's really felt comfortable at the plate.
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((DARYL STRAWBERRY/THREE HOMERS LAST NIGHT:))
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OUT Q=...the right track (2).
Coming up at six, we'll have more baseball from Salem as the Avalanche again
looks for Larry Walker to be in the lineup tonight.
Plus, we'll have some highlights from this afternoon's Dixie Pre-Majors
semi-final matchup between Salem and Vinton.
See you at six everybody. Have a good night.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Lynchburg high school students who want to compete in team sports will once
again have to pass a drug test to play.
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Keith Humphry is in our newsroom with more on that..
Jean, Lynchburg's drug testing program has been in place for six years, and
it is producing results.
Twelve student athletes tested positive for drugs in the 95-96 school
year...up from just one the year before.
Officials say the rise reflects an increase in drug use in the community.
They also say that increase illustrates the need for the drug testing
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We'll tell you more about it at 6.