Expanding our universe with evidence of life from Mars.
On NEWS 7 at SIX: we'll talk to a Roanoke scientist who was there when the
meteor was discovered.
And an international Olympian right here in Roanoke today. We'll hear from
Tonight in sports, Darryl Strawberry rocks Yankee stadium for the second time
The Orioles also go deep to bash the Brewers.
And Hidden Valley's Dot Bolling beats the heat and the field to take the
Another batch of showers and thunderstorms are moving toward us. After
that, a georgous weekend is in the forecast.
Possible lead contamination has the Carroll County Public Service Authority
asking residents to take precautions with their water.
The source of the contamination is actually copper pipes with lead solder,
rather than the water itself.
But in accordance with E-P-A and health department requirements, the county
has hired an engineering firm to come up with a way to treat the water before
it gets to the pipes.
((RAY HILL/CARROLL CO. PSA DIRECTOR: THAT WOULD MAKE WATER LESS CORROSIVE AND
LESS ABLE TO LEACH LEAD FROM THE LEAD FITTINGS INSIDE THE HOMES. ))
SUPER=01-Ray Hill/Carroll Co. PSA Director;
OUT Q=inside the homes.
In the meantime, Hill says the water is safe for everyday use, if residents
follow certain precautions.
((WHEN THE WATER TAP HAS BEEN SITTING FOR A LONG TIME FLUSH THE PIPE 15 TO 20
SECONDS BEFORE YOU USE THE WATER, AND DON'T USE HOT WATER FROM THE HOT WATER
OUT Q=hot water tap.
Too much lead exposure is especially dangerous for babies, and may affect
the brain, red blood cells and kidneys.
Still no sign of a Pittsylvania County man who escaped police custody
yesterday in Bedford.
21- year- old Donnell Cook was about to stand trial on four misdemeanor
traffic charges when he jumped out a courthouse window and slid down a drain
pipe to freedom.
Authorities say there have been three or four similar escapes from the
courthouse over the years.
Cook is now wanted for felony escape, which carries a prison term of up to
An overturned tractor trailer has traffic tied up on interstate 81 in
The rig dumped part of its load of iron hooks used to join railroad cars.
Cleanup crews are using forklifts to transfer the load to another trailer.
The Northbound entrance ramp and the left northbound lane of the interstate
remain closed as the work progresses.
Traffic is being redirected onto route 460.
A Roanoke County School vehicle hit a construction worker today on Cove
Donald Meador was part of a construction crew re-paving part of the road.
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IN Q=The mirror struck
((HOMER DUFF/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOLS;
THE MIRROR STRUCK HIM AND HE HAD SOME ABRASIONS OR SCUFF MARKS ON HIS LEG WHERE
THE TAR MIGHT HAVE RUBBED AGAINST HIM AND THAT WAS SLOW-MOVING CONTACT.))
SUPER=01-Homer Duff/Roanoke Co. Schools;
OUT Q=was slow-mocing contact
A police officer on the scene said the victim was alert after the accident
and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The school vehicle is a maintenance van used to transport supplies.
Charges against the driver are pending.
The evidence isn't quite rock solid... but thanks to a meteor found in
Antarctica... we now know life may have once existed on Mars.
A Roanoke man with ties to NASA says: prepare to expand your universe.
Scott Prince explains.
IN Q=Life on Mars
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Dwight Holland/Geophysicist; :38
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Life on Mars.
A team of NASA Scientists says it's a distinct possibility billions of years
And this Roanoke native agrees.
Dwight Holland is a former Faculty Fellow at NASA's Ames Research Center.
He was also in Antarctica on a geophysical expedition when the so- called
"Message From Mars" was discovered twelve years ago.
Holland says the rock is practically identical to the ones found on the Red
Whether primitive life fossils are actually inside remains a question of
But Holland wouldn't be surprised to find out living organisms did exist.
IN Q=It turns out
((DWIGHT HOLLAND: IT TURNS OUT THAT MARS, IN ITS EARLY HISTORY, HAD THE RIGHT
TEMPERATURE, THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF WATER, WHICH IS JUST ANY WATER FRANKLY, AND
ALSO METHANE. SO WHEN YOU COMBINE ALL OF THESE MATERIALS, EVEN IN A LAB, YOU
CAN GET COMPOUNDS THAT CAN COMBINE TO THE FORM OF WHAT MIGHT BE CALLED THE
BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE.))
OUT Q=of life
Holland says the size of the actual sample inside the rock is very small...
possibly one 1- thousandth the diameter of a human hair.
But he believes if life IS found... the discoveries could be endless.
IN Q=It's possible
((HOLLAND: IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THERE WAS LIFE ON MARS THAT EVOLVED THAT MIGHT
HAVE BEEN FOR INSTANCE LIKE OUR EARLY FISH. OR THERE'S A WHOLE HOST OF
POSSIBILITIES. WE JUST NEED TO GO THERE AND LOOK FOR IT.))
OUT Q=look for it
NASA IS planning to go... 10 times in fact over the next 25 years.
According to Holland, these trips... along with the recent meteorite
discovery could change the way we perceive the universe.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, security gets tighter as several Olympians
make an appearance at Busch Gardens,
and security was no problem today in Lynchburg as the Fraternal Order of Police
brings its money and political clout to the Hill City.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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The Olympic spirit infused Virginia today.
Team USA said thanks to corporate sponsor Anheuser-Busch with a high profile
visit to the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg.
Ellen Qualls went to track down the sizeable contingent of Virginians who
brought home medals -- only to find that's exactly where they'd headed -- home.
Here's her report.
IN Q=We admit it
SUPER=01-Bruce Baumgartner/Bronze Medal Wrestler; :19
SUPER=01-Sarah Bond/Virginia Fan; :28
SUPER=01-Kurt Grote/Gold Medal Swimmer; :45
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Williamsburg.
(( We admit it.
It's the kind of free p-r big corporations love to get from the media.
But Olympic athletes of any persuasion -- handball, kayaking, whatever --
are something Virginians want to see.
Even if the most famous faces are those of folks like wrestler and flag
bearer Bruce Baumgartner.
((BRUCE BAUMGARTNER/BRONZE MEDAL WRESTLER: THIS IS A WAY THAT THEY CAN
ACTUALLY GIVE A LITTLE...FAMILY'S HERE, WE'RE ENJOYING THE PARK.))
SOT TAPE TWO 05:00:23
((SARAH BOND/MIDLOTHIAN RESIDENT: MY SISTER REALLY WANTS TO SEE DOMINIQUE
MOCEANU. BUT THEY'RE OFF SHOOTING A WHEATIES BOX OR SOMETHING.))
NAT SOT TAPE TWO
((THE MOST TALKATIVE PERSON HAS BEEN CHERYL KREVESNIKA. SHE DOES US CYCLING.
SHE WAS IN THE ROAD RACE.))
((KURT GROTE/GOLD MEDAL SWIMMER: WE'RE KIND OF HARD TO RECOGNIZE. WE'RE WET.
AND WE'RE WEARING SWIM CAPS AND GOGGLES AND WE LOOK A LOT DIFFERENT WITH
Swimmer Janet Evans made a brief appearance.
But a shooting incident across town Tuesday at sister park Water Country USA
had Busch Gardens officials a little jumpy.
Security was tight and lines were long.
But Virginia fans are persistent, even if they don't know whose autograph
they're waiting for.
((KURT GROTE/GOLD MEDAL SWIMMER: MY NEW POLICY I'VE DECIDED IS I ONLY SIGN
AUTOGRAPHS WHEN I'M WALKING... I DON'T GET ANYWHERE.))
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((WE'RE TOLD SOME OF THE MORE FAMOUS FACES VIRGINIANS DIDN'T SEE HERE THEY'LL
SOON ENOUGH, ON WHEATIES BOXES, TALK SHOWS, AND COMMERCIALS. OLYMPIC ATHLETES
WHO DON'T PLAY FOR THE NBA NEED TO STRIKE WHILE THE IRON'S HOT. AND RIGHT NOW,
THEY'RE ON A ROLL. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, WILLIAMSBURG.))
A Volleyball Olympian got an enthusiastic welcome right here in the Roanoke
Ingrid Visser led the Holland Women's Volleyball Team to a fifth place
finish in Atlanta.
She was in town today vacationing with her grandmother Stella Freeman, a
Roanoke resident for 20 years.
While visiting the Valley, Visser said she plans to spend some time at the
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IN Q=Tomorrow I'm going
((INGRID VISSER/VOLLEYBALL OLYMPIAN;
TOMORROW I'M GOING UP TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND JUST SWIM AND RELAX AND GO
SUPER=01-Ingrid Visser/Volleyball Olympian;
OUT Q=and go shopping
The Olympian's break from competition lasts only four days.
She said she will return home to Holland Saturday and resume a heavy
schedule of training, traveling and tournament competition.
The Paralympics are set to being on August 15th--
SUPER=03-South Boston; :
the competition features athletes who are physically impaired, but also highly
The torch relay yesterday stopped through South Boston-- with the flame en
route to Atlanta.
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IN Q=The competition
((TOMMY REAGAN/TORCH BEARER: THE COMPETITION IS VERY COMPETITIVE. I MEAN, IT'S
STRICT. THEY HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN GUIDELINES AND EVERYTHING, THE DISABILITIES
PEOPLE DO TO GET INTO THE PARALYMPICS. SO, IT'S A REAL HONOR TO BE IN IT, AS
WELL AS TO BE A TORCH BEARER. ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Reagan/Torch Bearer;
OUT Q=be a torch bearer
This is the first year ever since the games began in 1960 that they'll be
held in the U.S.
35-hundred disabled athletes representing 127 countries are expected to
On Wall Street today, a drop in technology stocks pushed the market lower.
The DOW dropped five points closing at 57-hundred 13.
NASDAQ lost three and a-half points to close at 11-hundred-38.
In addition to the added security of having a few hundred police officers
around, Lynchburg also is enjoying the economic benefits of hosting the
Fraternal Order of Police convention.
And as Steve Smallshaw reports, the biennial event has become a mandatory
stop on the statewide campaign trail.
IN Q=They're packing
SUPER=01-Wally Layne/Lynchburg FOP President; :09
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/VA Attorney General; :25
SUPER=01-Garth Wheeler/State FOP President; :49
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( They're packing the hotel rooms, the restaurants and the tourist sites...and
Lynchburg couldn't be happier to have the Fraternal Order of Police in town.
IN Q=We knew that
((WALLY LAYNE/LYNCHBURG FOP PRESIDENT: WE KNEW THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE
CITY, GOOD FOR OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT AND GOOD FOR THE FOP IN GENERAL.))
OUT Q=in general.
And what's good for the FOP can be good for politicians.
In an age where crime is a top concern among voters, an FOP endorsement can
make or break a political candidate.
IN Q=I know what
((JIM GILMORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: I KNOW WHAT YOU DO. I KNOW WHAT WE ALL DO. I
KNOW THAT YOU GO INTO THE COMMUNITY IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION EVERY DAY.))
OUT Q=situation every day.
Jim Gilmore wasted no time touting his and Governor Allen's accomplishments
in the field of parole abolition, juvenile justice and truth in sentencing.
It's a sign that police officers' voices are being heard in Richmond.
IN Q=A lot of
((GARTH WHEELER/VA FOP PRESIDENT: A LOT OF THE LEGISLATION THAT YOU HEARD THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL TALK ABOUT TODAY, THEY'RE ISSUES THAT WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND NOBODY WOULD LISTEN TO US.))
OUT Q=listen to us.
IN Q=They're listening
((They're listening now and apparently so are the voters. An FOP endorsement
helped George Allen win the governor's mansion in 1993, and the police could
play a role in another statewide race this year. The convention will hear from
both Senator John Warner and his Democratic challenger Mark Warner on
Saturday.. then members will decide which candidate they want to endorse. Steve
Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Tonight in sports, Dot Bolling wins the women's city-county, the Yanks,
Orioles, and Jays all pick up wins this afternoon on the diamond
as Darryl Strawberry makes Yogi Berra proud with a performance that was just
like deja vu all over again.
A number of afternoon games dotted the major league schedule today,
including one at Yankee stadium where the Yanks hit the field looking to pad
their 9 game lead on Baltimore.
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Yankees designated hitter Darryl Strawberry, who just two night ago hit three
homeruns in back to back to back at bats, came alive again this afternoon
against the Chicago White Sox.
Strawberry hit this three run homer in the third and then ripped a solo
homer in the fifth.
Cecil Fielder also drove in two runs as New York doubles up Chicago 8-to-4
for their 68th win of the year
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/Orioles vs. Brewers;
In Milwaukee this afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles tried their best to keep
pace with the Yankees as they battled the Brewers.
Bobby Bonilla hit his 16th homer of the year in the first to center field to
give the O's a 2-to-nothing lead.
The O's then got some long ball relief from Brady Anderson, who rockets
his 35th of the year.
It's also a two run shot as the Orioles beat the Brewers 6 to 4.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Jays vs. Red Sox; :00
In other American league east action, the the third and fourth place Redsox
and Bluejays got together at Fenway Park.
Watch the nice defense by the Redsox as Tony Rodriguez robs Alex Gonzalez of
a single and then doubles up the runner at second on the double play.
But in the top of the 5th, Gonzalez would get his revenge as he drives in
two runs with the single to right field.
The Bluejays beat the Redsox 9-to-6
VInton is playing Alabama in the Dixie Pre-Majors world series championship
game at this hour in Salem at Kiwanis field. Right now the score is tied at
nothing-nothing in the fifth.
SUPER=03-Salem/Vinton vs. Alabama; :00
The Virginia state champs started with Brian Rickerson on the mound, and
although he struck out just one batter in three innings, he only gave up two
Brad Gusler entered the game to relieve Rickerson in the fourth, and he kept
the shutout alive wit this strikeout!
In the bottom of the fourth, VInton's Tommy Chambers hit this double off the
right field wall, but he would get tagged out later in the inning to end the
threat and right now we're tied at 0 in the fifth.
I understand Alabama has just scored two runs in the fifth, and right now
they lead it 2-to-nothing.
The North Roanoke girls all star team leaves Friday for the Dixie Softball
world series in Aiken South Carolina.
The 12 and under squad returns the same pitching staff that guided the
team to the state runner-up spot a year a go. Stronger hitting now compliments
IN Q="The team
((MIKE WALTHALL/NORTH ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Walthall/North Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...going into this tournament"
12 teams will compete in the double elimination tourney. North Roanoke
opens play this Saturday against the Louisiana state champs.
IN Q="7 or 8
OUT Q=...gonna win it"
She's not ready to be crowned the queen of golf in the Valley but Dot
Bolling added another local win to her golf resume.
Bolling, who earlier this summer won the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame title,
captured the R-V-G-A's city county tournament this afternoon.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="The rolling....
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kathy Dodd/Finished Second; :23
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/City County Champion; :46
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
((The Rolling hills of the Botetourt Country Club was the site of the
tournaments final round.
Bolling started the day with a four shot lead and a 37 on the front nine
padded that lead even more.
Kathy Dodd made the turn at 40 and she made a charge on the back nine with
a birdie at 11 but her rally eventually came up short.))
((KATHY DODD/FINISHED SECOND: ))
((Bolling bogeyed the 14-th hole but she finished the day shooting a 74 and her
three day total of 229 gave her a record six city county titles.))
((DOT BOLLING/CITY COUNTY CHAMPION: ))
((Valetta Pittman shot 80 today and she finished third in the tournament.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
The PGA Championship, the final major of the golf season is in a rain delay
at this hour with a little more than half the field still on the course.
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Defending champ Steve Elkington is the clubhouse leader with a five under 67,
but Steve LOwery and George Bowman are the men of the hour.
Lowry, a University of Alabama graduate hits the tee shot on the par three
third hole and his shot will find the bottom of the cup for the hole in one.
Several groups later, Bowman will step up the tee box on the same 205 yard
downhill par three and watch him duplicate the ace with a rim shot around the
cup for a hole in one.
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SUPER=334-Showers And/Thunderstorms/62-65/Partly Sunny/Less Humid/75-80;
Dabney S- Lancaster Community College is expanding.
It's moving over the mountain into Rockbridge County.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon join us from our newsroom with more on that.
Keith the college is opening a satellite location in the College Square
Dabney's President says the new office will better serve the needs of
students, businesses, and industries.
There will also be classroom space to do traditional type of instruction and
and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have that story plus a complete wrap up of today's other news, sports