Russian planes and helicopters carry out air strikes on the capital of
Chechnya, trying to battle back against a rebel offensive that began this week.
And a medical examiner concludes how most of the victims of T-W-A Flight 800
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
Republicans on both sides of the abortion debate are praising the party's
G-O-P delegates and activists have agreed to keep the strict anti abortion
plank as is, but add tolerance language elsewhere in the platform.
(( NEWT GINGRICH/R- HOUSE SPEAKER: AND YES THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DEBATES ...BUT
COMPARED WITH THE DEMOCRATS...WE
ARE UNIFIED...THE ELECTION THIS FALL. ))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=the election this fall.
Next item of business for Republicans will be Bob Dole's running mate.
A campaign source says Dole's choice could end up being a surprise.
The announcement is expected Saturday.
Republican Senator John Warner ranks third among U-S Senators who accept
money from political action committees.
Warner's PAC contributions over the last 18 months make up about one third
of the 3-point-4 million dollars he has raised.
That's in contrast to Democrat MARK Warner -- who's taken a campaign pledge
NOT to accept PAC money.
John Warner ranks behind South Dakota's Larry Pressler and Montana's Max
Baucus on the PAC list.
IN Q=He's the third
((HE'S THE THIRD...SPECIAL INTEREST PAC MAN.))
SUPER=01-Eric Hoffman/Mark Warner Spokesman;
OUT Q=PAC man.
If John Warner is the special interest PAC man, MARK Warner is his OWN man.
Mark Warner contributed about 2-point-3 million dollars of his own fortune
toward his campaign.
He just got back from a stay at a health resort and now Boris Yeltsin is set
to take a second vacation.
One of his aides says the Russian President will leave Moscow tomorrow right
after he is sworn in for a second term.
Meanwhile Yeltsin's authority is being challenged as Chechnan rebels wage a
fierce battle for indepencence.
Jonathan Sanders reports.
IN Q=A Russian army
SUPER=03-Near Grozny; :00
SUPER=01-Jonathan Sanders/Reporting; :47
OUT Q= Jonathan Sanders, CBS News Moscow.
A Russian army counter-attack is gaining ground this morning
in a full scale assault to retake Grozny.
Kremlin commanders ordered the move to recapture the Chechen capital two days
after rebels over-ran Russian forces in a surprise raid.
This is the worst fighting since a badly observed cease fire was signed in
This new rebel offensive caught the Russians off guard--inflicting
whats said to be--heavy casualties: mostly on young conscripts.
They are now striking back with the regular army, and helicopter gunships,
this despite reports that the Chechens
now have sophisticated western rockets to shoot them down.
Militarily the Chechens can't hold Grozny for long against the Russians.
But this raid was a political act intended to humiliate President Yeltsin.
The candidate who promised peace in Chechnaia will be inaugurated tommorow.
The bloody battle for Grozny will
cast a dark shadow on that grand Kremlin ceremony.
Jonathan Sanders, CBS News, Moscow))
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Investigators still don't know what caused the T-W-A crash, but they now
know how many of the victims died.
A New York medical examiner says the majority of the 196 bodies he's
examined suffered broken necks caused by "massive whiplash."
Thirty four bodies are still missing and investigator says there's little
hope of finding them.
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY;
Meantime, the recovery of the wreckage is faring better.
Yesterday, Navy searchers raised a 75-foot long section of the right wing
from the ocean floor.
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: IT'S SO BIG THAT IT'S A
PROBLEM IN TERMS OF LOGISTICS, MOVING IT FROM GRASP. THEY'RE IN THE PROCESS OF
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/National Transportation Safety Bd.;
OUT Q=cutting it."
The post office is reacting to the T-W-A crash by tightening security on
SS=Plane Crash Investigation
Officials say as of next Friday, non-local items weighing more than a pound
won't be collected.
They'll have to be taken to the post office in person.
The crash of T-W-A flight 800 makes the work of Roanoke's phantom
controller seem like child's play.
But the man who pinned that label on himself three years ago wants out of
And Rodney Bocook is afraid recent events could hurt his chances.
Keith Humphry reports.
IN Q=Now an inmate
SUPER=01-Rodney Bocook/"Phantom Air Traffic Controller"; :11
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :36
OUT Q=BEAVER, WEST VIRGINIA.
(( Now an inmate at the brand new federal prison outside Beckley, West
Virginia, Bocook wrote NEWS 7 last month, urging us to let the folks at home
know he would never deliberately blow up a plane.
((I'M NOT A TERRORIST, SO I DON'T RELATE TO IT IN THAT RESPECT. BUT THE THOUGHT
DOES CROSS MY MIND, "WELL, WHAT IF A PLANE DID CRASH?" THAT KIND OF WORRIES ME.
THE WASN'T MY INTENT TO CAUSE ANY HARM TO ANYBODY.))
He says it's scary- -realizing only now, that he could have caused a
disaster like T-W-A flight 800.
When his escapade started three years ago, Bocook's interference on flight
control frequencies was just a nuisance.
Eventually he would chat with as many as eight or ten pilots a night,
telling them to change altitude, abort landings at the last minute or hold
short of a runway intersection.
The judge decided he intentionally endangered pilots, passengers and
((YEAH, I'D AGREE THAT THERE WAS SOME ENDANGERMENT.
SO WHY DID YOU DO IT?
He says he was just trying to get attention.
He insists he thought he was guilty of nothing more serious than cursing
over the airwaves.
Finally one pilot just let him have it.
((HE SAID, "I GOT A YOUNG FAMILY AT HOME AND THEY WOULDN'T APPRECIATE ME FLYING
INTO ONE OF THESE MOUNTAINS UP HERE." AND THAT KIND OF MADE ME THINK.))
OUT Q=made me think.))
At least 30 people were killed and dozens more injured when flash floods hit
a Spanish campground.
The floods triggered mudslides that swept cars and tents nearly a half mile
away from the camp site.
Police fear the death toll could rise as recue teams, including divers,
continue search for victims.
The campground was packed with nearly 800 tourists.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Athletes in Lynchburg public schools will have to pass more than classroom
tests before playing sports,
and some of the most wanted criminals in Southside are now appearing on one of
the most watched cable channels.
music up full
Drug testing will continue for athletes in Lynchburg Public Schools.
Last year, 12- athletes tested positive for drugs... that's a huge increase
from the year before when only ONE tested positive.
The numbers helped convince the school board to continue the city's drug
testing program for another year.
Organizers say the program is vital to identify students in need of
substance abuse services.
IN Q=It's a program
((YVETTE MILLER/LYNCHBURG SCHOOLS: IT'S A PROGRAM THAT WE FEEL IS VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT TO OUR ATHLETES FOR THEIR SAFETY AND THEIR WELL BEING, FOR ALL
ATHLETES, THOSE WHO ARE DETECTED AS POSITIVE AND ALSO THOSE THAT THEY PLAY WITH
ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS AND COMPETE AGAINST.))
SUPER=01-Yvette Miller/Lynchburg Schools; :00
OUT Q=and compete against.
Miller says the sharp increase in last year's numbers reflect a rise in drug
use in the community.
Of the 12 who tested positive, eleven had been using marijuana.
Pittsylvania and Bedford County authorities are still searching for a man
who escaped before his trial yesterday.
21-year old Donnell Cook was awaiting trial on four misdemeanor traffic
charges in Bedford County court.
Cook apparently escaped from the courthouse by climbing out a third-floor
window and down a refrigeration pipe.
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A Roanoke animal control officer had his hands full after a dog attacked a
woman on Sanford Street last night.
((NAT SOUND ))
OUT Q=nat sound."
According to relatives, this four- year- old Chow named "Bear" bit 39- year-
old Phyllis Sparrow multiple times while she was trying to feed him.
IN Q=I came in
((LARRY JOHNSON/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: I CAME IN AND SHE WAS EAT ALL UP. CHOW DONE
ATE HER UP. I CALLED 9-1-1. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Johnson/Victim's Relative;
OUT Q=I called 911.
The dog is owned by Sparrow's nephew who recently moved into her house.
Sparrow was able to escape.
One person who knew the dog said it has a history of biting people, but it
was not trained to attack.
Sparrow was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital- where she was treated and
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department is taking to the airwaves.
With help from a Danville cable company, a television program similar to
"America's Most Wanted" is expected to help take a bite out of crime.
Teresa Hamilton tunes us in.
SUPER=01-Maj. Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :23
SUPER=01-Don Robertson/Photo Classified Director; :49
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( Suspects hoping to escape the grip of the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's
Department have new reason to look over their shoulder.
Less than a week ago, Cable Vision Industries in Danville began devoting air
time to help locate the area's most wanted.
So far, nearly two dozen suspects have made their debut on Cable Channel 12.
IN Q=It's been
((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:IT'S BEEN VERY
SUCCESSFUL. SINCE LAST THURSDAY, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO APPREHEND FIVE FUGITIVES
THAT WERE WANTED IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY ON OLD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS THAT WE HAD
NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE. ))
OUT Q=to locate.
Goodson approached Cable Vision Industries after watching a similar program
on a cable station in neighboring North Carolina.
The Sheriff's department supplies the mug shots which are then transferred
into a computer.
The program airs during various time slots seven days a week.
IN Q=We plan
((DON ROBERTSON/PHOTO CLASSIFIED DIR.: WE PLAN TO EXPAND THIS SHOW PROBABLY
BEFORE THE FIRST OF OCTOBER, DOUBLING ITS CAPACITY OF WHAT IT IS NOW, WHICH IS
20 FUGITIVES AT A PARTICULAR TIME. WE HOPE TO GO TO FORTY, AND INCORPORATE THE
CITY CRIME STOPPERS EFFORT INTO THAT AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=as well.
Goodson is confident the leads are coming from viewers because the calls are
coming in on the Crime Stoppers Hotline number which is aired throughout the
program. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead on News 7 at Noon,
A breakthrough in treating sickle cell anemia,
and this family in Italy is alive and well, thanks to actor Tom Cruise.
U-S researchers say they've found a way to cure sickle cell anemia, a
disease that strikes nearly two out of every one-thousand African Americans.
But it is a potential cure that comes with considerable risk.
Ten percent of the patients studied--- died from the treatment which involves
chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from a sibling of the patient.
It was quite a Cruise for a French Family vacationing off the Coast of
SUPER=03-Off Capri, Italy;
Actor Tom Cruise rescued the family after their Yacht went down in an
The family of five and two Italian crew members were in a rubber lifeboat
off the resort island of Capri when they were spotted by a Yacht carrying
Cruise, his wife-- actress Nicole Kidman and their two young children.
The actor welcomed the stranded family aboard his yacht until they were
taken ashore by a Patrol boat.
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America's largest computer network is "on-line" again.
America on-line was off-line for nearly 19 hours yesterday, crashing during
routine maintenance to install new operating software.
But it's up and running again.
A-O-L says it will give its six million plus customers a day of free service
to make up for the inconvenience.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN almost 17 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - Michael Irvin returns to the Cowboys training camp,
and the spirit of the Paralympics is burning, as the torch makes its was
through South Boston.
Patrick has sports next.
MUSIC UP FULL
Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin finally arrived to training camp yesterday.
It is the first appearance at camp since the all-pro receiver pleaded no
contest to drug possesion charges last month.
SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00
Irvin's first job upon returning was to drive a golf cart and usher Emmitt
Smith onto the playing field.
His teammates appeared to be glad to have him back in the fold, Irvin
certainly was thrilled to be back in the saddle.
((MICHAEL IRVIN/COWBOYS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Dallas Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...see me here."
The Virginia State champs from Vinton have advanced to today's Dixie
Pre-Majors world series title game after beating host Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Vinton vs. Salem; :00
Salem was charged up and ready to knock off Vinton at Kiwanis Field.
We start in the top of the third with no score.
Brad Gusler hits a hard infield grounder that cannot be handled and
Vinton's Ryan Wheeling scoots home to make the score 1-nothing in favor of the
Virginia state champs.
Lazarro has been the spark on the hill for Salem and he took the mound
again in the fourth. Here he strikes out Brian Rickerson.
Vinton's Justin Likens was also strong on the hill. He gave up 1 hit through 5
innings and Vinton advances to the championship game with a 4-nothing win.
Vinton will now play Alabama for the title today at 5.
Alabama hammered Louisiana 10-to-nothing last night.
The final round of the Women's City County tournament is underway at
Botetourt Country Club.
And the field will again be chasing Dot Bolling.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Round Two; :00
Bolling had some problems with her putter Tuesday but she shot a 5 over par
81 in yesterday's second round.
Bolling's at 155 after two rounds and her score is still four shots ahead of
IN Q="That's the...
((DOT BOLLING/LEADS BY FOUR: ))
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Leads By Four; :
OUT Q=.........putt well."
Kathy Hull is in second place. She had yesterday's best round at Ole
Monterey coming home with a 76.
She's at 159 with the final round at Botetourt where the greens tend to
The Summer Olympic Games are over-- but it's just the beginning for the
The games for disabled athletes will be held on U-S soil in Atlanta for the
One stop in the torch relay was South Boston, Kimberly McBroom was there
and has the story.
IN Q=South Boston may be small
SUPER=03-South Boston; :00
SUPER=01-Tamyra Vest/Local Torch Relay Organizer; :28
SUPER=01-Becky Covington/Torch Bearer; :42
SUPER=01-Tommy Reagan/Torch Bearer; :56
OUT Q=News 7, South Boston
(( South Boston may be small-- but it has an Olympic spirit the size of
Residents filled the downtown streets-- enjoying live music and food while
waiting for the 1996 Nationsbank Torch Relay to swing through.
Organizers say it's the town's spirit that designated it the second stop on
the torch's route from Washington, D-C to Atlanta-- where the Paralympics will
get underway August 15th.
It features athletes who are physically impaired, but also highly- skilled.
((TAMYRA VEST/TORCH RELAY ORGANIZER: SOME OF THEM ARE JUST LIKE A TENTH OF A
SECOND OFF OF THE OLYMPIC RECORD. SO, IT'S PRETTY AMAZING JUST TO WATCH PEOPLE
THAT HAVE ONE LEG DOING A HIGH JUMP MUCH, MUCH HIGHER THAT ANY OF US CAN DO IT.
Some of the torchbearers aspire to someday participate in the games.
((BECKY COVINGTON/TORCH BEARER: IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT I'LL NEVER FORGET.
I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. ))
Covington's dream may come true-- she weighs only 50 pounds but can bench
((TOMMY REAGAN/TORCH BEARER: IT'S A WAY TO GO OUT AND SHOW THAT YES, WE'RE
DISABLED. YES, WE'RE PARALYZED. WE'RE QUADRAPLEGIC. WE HAVE PROSTHESIES OR
LIKE ARTIFICAL LEGS AND SO FORTH. BUT WE CAN STILL DO THINGS. ))
And with their spirit and determination, these athletes prove they CAN hold
a candle to any Olympian.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, South Boston.
(***patrick ad lib***)
Also coming up on News 7 at FIVE-- more on treating sickle cell anemia....
Plus a warning about those mushrooms that may be thriving in your yard.
Don't eat them!
We'll explain, on Health Check.
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON today.