Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll hear from Sharon Bottoms and April Wade
on child custody and the impact it has on their continuing love affair.
We'll also look at the high cost of clean-up after apartment tenants have
Tonight in sports, we'll see how Thomas Jones is making it in Charlottesville
with the Cavaliers, Wes Unseld in the area tonight,
And there's once again a Tiger in the Woods at the US amateur, as two time
champ Tiger Woods shoots for a three peat.
Only a few showers out there tonight so it looks like another warm evening with
The courts have spoken in Sharon Bottoms' fight with her own mother for
custody of her son.
Today, Sharon Bottoms and her lesbian lover April Wade spoke out.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( NAT SOT 11:09:48 TAPE ONE
((IT'S CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. YOU KNOW, IT'S WRONG.))
Sharon Bottoms gave up her custody battle last week in hopes of visitation
with her son Tyler -- in her own home for the first time in three years, with
Wade as part of the family.
Henrico Circuit Judge Buford Parsons said home was okay, Wade was NOT.
sot TAPE TWO 11:32:11
((SHARON BOTTOMS: HE ASKED ME ONE DAY ABOUT ME AND APRIL AND I SAID WE WERE
MARRIED...IT'S OKAY TO LOVE SOMEBODY SOMEBODY ELSE DOESN'T LOVE.))
The American Civil Liberties Union says the case did slightly advance civil
rights for gay and lesbian parents in Virginia.
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IN Q=The Bottoms
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THE BOTTOMS CASE FORCED THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT
INTO A DIFFICULT CORNER. THEY EITHER HAD TO ADHERE TO AN OLD DECISION THAT ALL
GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY UNFIT. IN WHICH CASE, DEFINITELY
THAT CASE COULD HAVE GONE TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THEY COULD HAVE LOST IT. OR
THEY HAD TO SAY "NO WE NEVER MEANT TO SAY THAT ALL GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS ARE
UNFIT. AND BY TAKING THE LATTER DECISION, WHAT THEY DID WAS LEAVE IT SO THAT
JUDGES IN VIRGINIA ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO FIND GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Va. ACLU;
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Look for more of Sharon's side of the story in a made-for-TV movie due out
SOT TAPE TWO 11:19:42
((APRIL WADE: WHAT THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO DO IS SHOW PEOPLE THAT WE ARE HUMAN
Sharon's mother Kay has the child and may get the last laugh.
Her attorney says she's considering suing Sharon for child support.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Tomorrow may be "T-Day" for Virginia's tobacco industry.
The Food and Drug Administration regulations aimed at curbing teen smoking
are expected to get President Clinton's approval -- and trigger lawsuits
The proposal is to regulate tobacco products as nicotine delivery systems.
Anti-smoking advocates say the FDA regulations are long overdue.
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((DR. BILL MOSKOWITZ/VCU PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST: THERE'S BEEN A 30- PERCENT
INCREASE IN TEEN SMOKING IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. THAT'S DESPITE ALL THE
INFORMATION THAT'S OUT THERE. BECAUSE OF THAT, AND KNOWING THAT THREE-
THOUSAND KIDS, TEENAGERS, BECOME ADDICTED EACH DAY, THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC. THIS
IS A MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS LAW IS ALL ABOUT.))
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OUT Q=all about.
Health advocates admit the regulations would have a dollar impact on
tobacco- related jobs.
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((MOST PEOPLE WHO START SMOKING, 90-PERCENT OF THEM START SMOKING BEFORE THE
AGE OF 18. SO IT'S THE RARE INDIVIDUAL WHO STARTS THE ADDICTIVE HABIT AS AN
ADULT. SO THAT OVER THE YEARS, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LESS INCLINED TO
SMOKE EARLIER. LESS INCLINED TO BECOME ADDICTED AND BECOME ADULT SMOKERS.))
OUT Q=adult smokers.
The farmer gets only three cents of every dollar spent on tobacco products.
Some health advocates say farmers should push for a better deal from
Profit aside, the golden leaf does provide a livelihood for about five
thousand growers on the Southside.
They view F-D-A intervention as a way to put the grower out of business.
Clarence Bryant is Chairman of the group "Concerned Friends for Tobacco".
He believes the proposed regulations are politically motivated and that the
government would be better served to go after illegal drugs.
He's also concerned a change in regulations will lead the way for even
IN Q=If you
((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO:IF YOU WILL GO AND READ THE
REGULATION THAT THE FDA HAS PROPOSED IT ALSO STATES THAT WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD
OF TIME, LIKE WITHIN A FIVE YEAR SPAN, IF THEY DEEM THAT TEEN SMOKING HAS NOT
DROPPED TO A LEVEL THAT'S ACCEPTABLE TO THEM THEY WILL COME BACK WITH MORE
REGULATION AND STRICTER MEASURES, SO THIS IS THE VERY BEGINNING OF A WAY TO
REGULATE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY RIGHT OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
OUT Q=right out.
Tobacco accounts for about 21- percent of Virginia's crop income and eight-
percent of the state's total agricultural income.
One of Salem's biggest employers says soft market conditions and high
industry inventory are causing it to extend its holiday shutdown.
That means this Labor Day Yokohama employees will get an extra six days off
Just last month, Yokohama announced it was cutting back its work force and
scaling down production, meaning layoffs for about 50 workers.
Problems started in January... when some defective tires were sent to one of
its biggest customers, Price Costco.
Then in July, Costco broke ties with Yokohama.
Both companies insist the bad batch had nothing to do with the loss of the
Company officials say employees will be entitled to unemployment benefits
during the work stoppage.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at six returns, we'll meet a local woman who is using her leg
power to keep Habitat for Humanity on a roll.
and Tracy Altizer looks at the battle tenants and landlords are waging
over security deposits. Some are fighting over 20 dollar hair removal fees.
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As students return to Blacksburg and Radford for the Fall semester, many are
moving into apartments for the first time.
Tracy Altizer is in Blacksburg to tell us about some problems they may
encounter as tenants.
Keith, apartments do get damaged, perhaps more often than not in college towns.
But what about the good tenants who still have trouble getting back their
IN Q=Susan Brennan was
SUPER=01-Susan Brennan/Former BCR Tenant; :25
SUPER=01-Marc Long/BCR Attorney; :35
SUPER=01-Piper Durrell/VT Student Legal Services; 1:02
SUPER=01-Mike Puffenbarger/Former Chase Management Tenant; 1:38
SUPER=01-Lori Moon/Chase Management Property Mgr. 1:53 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Mike Kisska/Va. Tech Graduate Student; 2:10
OUT Q=come back and get it.
(( Susan Brennan was a Radford University student, a new mother in desperate
need of her security deposit.
Records of her former landlord, BCR Property Management show the check was
mailed, but it never came.
After repeated phone calls and office visits, Brennan sent a certified
letter demanding her money.
She got it after a judge ordered BCR to pay up, even though it disputed the
amount it owed her.
((SUSAN BRENNAN/FORMER BCR TENANT: IT WAS A LOT OF MONEY TO ME, STARTING A
FAMILY AND EVERYTHING. IT MAY NOT BE A LOT OF MONEY TO HIM, 340 DOLLARS, BUT
THERE WERE DAYS WHEN I REALLY COULD'VE USED IT. AND YOU JUST FELT SO HELPLESS.
((MARC LONG/BCR'S LAWYER: AND SHE GOT EVERY DIME WITH INTEREST.
ALTIZER: BUT SHE HAD TO GO TO COURT TO GET IT.
LONG: WELL, WE HAVE TO DO THAT SOMETIMES, WE HAVE TO DO THAT.
ALTIZER: WHY SHOULD IT GET TO THAT POINT WHEN IT'S HER MONEY?
LONG: BECAUSE SHE WOULD NOT TAKE THE $240 THAT WAS HER MONEY. ))
Brennan's problem is also common in Blacksburg.
As head of Virginia Tech's Student Legal Services, Piper Durrell takes
several hundred such complaints involving various landlords each year.
((PIPER DURRELL/VT STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES: IT MAY BE CASH FLOW, IT MAY BE JUST
LANDLORDS WHO DON'T WANT TO GIVE OUT THE MONEY UNTIL THEY'RE FORCED TO, UNTIL
THEY'RE BUGGED ENOUGH, BECAUSE AGAIN, IT IS THE SAME LANDLORDS THAT THIS ISSUE
IS HAPPENING WITH OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ))
That's not all. Many students don't note every scratch or dusty cabinet
when they move in.
Durrell says they're shocked to be charged, often exorbitant prices for such
things when they move out.
((AND THE CHARGES ARE FREQUENTLY RIDICULOUS. ))
Some landlords do list prices at the outset.
But former New-7 photographer Mike Puffenbarger couldn't have predicted a
20- dollar charge to remove a hair from a toilet he says he had thoroughly
((MIKE PUFFENBARGER/FORMER CHASE MANAGEMENT TENANT: THEY CHARGED $10 TO CLEAN
THE BASEBOARD, THEY CHARGED $5 TO CLEAN A LIGHT, BUT I'D HAVE TO SAY THE $20
HAIR REMOVAL FEE WAS PROBABLY THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS. ))
((QUESTION: WAS THAT $20 TO CLEAN HAIR ON THE TOILET SEAT?
LORI MOON/CHASE MANAGEMENT PROPERTY MGR.: THAT SOUNDS A LITTLE TOO MUCH TO
CLEAN THAT. ))
Puffenbarger did get his FULL deposit back. It came a month after it was
due, after he sent Chase Management, his former Blacksburg landlord a certified
letter demanding it.
Most people don't go that far.
((MIKE KISSKA/VA TECH GRADUATE STUDENT: TRYING TO GET 150, 200, 250 DOLLARS OUT
OF SOMEONE OVER A COUPLE OF STATES IS LARGELY AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY AND THEY
ALSO KNOW THAT, AND THEY KNOW THAT'S WHY YOU'RE NOT GONNA COME BACK AND GET IT.
Obviously, landlords have plenty of legitimate gripes. Tomorrow we'll talk
about how tenants can minimize the problems.
Attorney Jeff Rudd surrendered his law license this week.
The State Bar Disciplinary Board had been investigating charges against
Rudd. He voluntarily turned in his ticket Tuesday.
Rudd has been in private practice in the Roanoke area since 1991.
He's known for a flamboyant trial style and a reputation as a hard- driving
Rudd also served as the regional drug PROSECUTOR for three years.
Among the pending charges against Rudd: ...that he failed to tell clients
about settlement offers and cancelled court appearances without telling
None of that will be pursued now that the Board has revoked Rudd's license.
Rudd says he decided to quit after becoming disenchanted with the practice of
The past few weeks have been good to the Pulaski County area.
Yesterday Jefferson Mills announced an expansion.
Last week the future site of the New River Industrial Park received a half-
million- dollar grant to install water and sewer lines.
Today Congressman Rick Boucher announced that after two years of work, he
has helped that same industrial park win a TWO- MILLION- dollar grant to build
a small business incubator.
IN Q=The Small Business
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-9TH DISTRICT: THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
ESTIMATES THAT APPROXIMATELY 75- PERCENT OF ALL SMALL BUSINESSES FAIL WITHIN
THE FIRST YEAR. BUT IF THEY'RE HATCHED IN INCUBATORS, THEY SURVIVE OVER THE
OUT Q=long term.
Incubators provide space and shared services with flexible leases below
This one will be called the New River Valley Competitiveness Center.
Construction begins next spring.
Technology stocks helped boost the stock market today.
The DOW was UP almost 43 points closing at 57-hundred-33.
NASDAQ finished nearly 17 points higher.
GRAPHIC=Habitat for Humanity
They don't just build homes... they help make dreams come true.
Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 20th year of existence.
But before volunteers build another house, they'll be building their
Scott Prince explains.
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SUPER=04-File Tape; :33
SUPER=01-Macon Sammons/Franklin Co. Administrator; :49
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
(( It may be an uphill climb.... but it's one Barbara Duerk is willing to
She'll be cycling from Lynchburg to Atlanta... and at the same time,
peddling support for Habitat for Humanity.
IN Q=A lot
((BARBARA DUERK/ROANOKE VALLEY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
SPONSORING ME PER MILE. I'VE GOT SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE DONATING 2- DOLLARS A
MILE. SOME PEOPLE ARE DONATING A PENNY A MILE AND EVERY PENNY COUNTS. ))
OUT Q=penny counts
Duerk is collecting funds specifically for the Roanoke Valley Chapter of
The money she raises will help the Ramshel family move into a new home.
IN Q=Oh yes
((OH YES. WE APPRECIATE THEM HELPING US A GREAT DEAL. ))
OUT Q=great deal
The event is part of Habitat's 20th anniversary celebration.
Since 1976, volunteers have helped build affordable housing for low income
It's a charity that Franklin County Administrator Macon Sammons supports.
That's why a new chapter was formed in his area... and that's also why he's
making the trip.
IN Q=This is
((MACON SAMMONS/FRANKLIN COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THIS IS A CHANCE TO PROMOTE A
PROGRAM I BELIEVE IN AND AT THE SAME TIME DO SOMETHING I LIKE. ))
OUT Q=I like
The trek to Atlanta will take eight days and span more than 500 miles.
Officials believe the money received from the trip will not only be used to
assist families now... but will also help ones down the road.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, Dan Majerle finds a home in Miami, William
Campbell gets ready to rock on the gridiron this season,
and a year after running wild on the high school level, former Powell Valley
star Thomas Jones is trying to find his place as a freshman at the University
Radford University welcomes its second Hall of Fame class to town tonight for
the school's annual Athletic Association banquet.
Five individuals are entering the hall tonight,
SUPER=03-Landover, MD; :00
And they will be treated to a speech by guest speaker Wes Unseld. The former
Bullets is a member of the basketball hall of fame, and currently he serves as
the team's executive vice-president.
Roy Stanley will have highlights of tonight's banquet tonight at 11.
In other hoopla today, "Thunder Dan" decides he is ready for the Heat as he
heads south to play in Miami.
Free agent guard Dan Majerle, who turned down a verbal agreement with the
Heat earlier this month, met with head coach Pat Riley today to sign a reported
$8 million dollar deal over three years.
In other NBA news, Michael Cage, Majerle's teammate in Cleveland last season
has signed a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Virginia Cavaliers are busy with pre season practice as freshman and
veterans continue getting to know one another.
Steve Mason says senior Tiki Barber and newcomer Thomas Jones are developing
a relationship built on mutual respect.
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SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Football Coach; 1:22
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GRAPHIC=High School pre season
With the start of the season just 8 days away, High School football pre
season practice is winding down.
The William Campbell generals find themselves with a new coach and a new
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
Kevin Sauders lead the generals to a 12 and 1 record last year and a spot
in the Group 2A state semifinals. But Saunders is now the new coach at Osborne.
His assistant, H.S. Ingo takes over the head coaching duties this season.
((H.S. INGO/WILLIAM CAMPBELL HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-H.S. Ingo/William Campbell Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.. a little bit better"
One of the things Ingo has added is a year around weight lifting and
conditioning program for his generals.
OUT Q=...pay off for us"
And don't forget, the News 7 sports team will have much more on the new
coaches and districts coming up tomorrow night as we kick off our 13th season
with our annual preseason special at 11:35.
Two time defending U.S. Amateur champion Tiger Woods is trying to complete a
three-peat at this hour in Cornelius, Oregon.
SUPER=03-Cornelius, OR/ESPN; :00
This afternoon he overcame a shaky start to advance to the third round today
by beating Jerry Courville 4-and-2.
After bogeying 3 of his first 7 holes he came back with a vengeance on holes
his third round match is again underway at this hour.
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