The feds arrest an alleged spy.
This man tells how he pulled victims from a car crash.
And the big game ISN'T so big with customers.
What a glorious day it turned out to be but it won't last...an easterly wind
will bring in the clouds tomorrow.
On Health Check-- the latest findings on the safety of birth control pills.
Plus, maybe you were thinking of eating out tonight?
The bulldog of consumer groups hopes you'll think again, after their latest
An alleged spy is snagged at Fort Myer in Northern Virginia- charged with
passing defense secrets to South Korea.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Justice Department confirms Robert Kim of Sterling has been arrested.
Kim is a Navy Intelligence Analyst- who had access to top secret
He is a native of Korea who became a naturalized American Citizen.
Kim was arrested last night at Fort Myer.
While South Korea is a U-S Ally, it is interested in U-S secrets on North
Korea and American military technology.
Kim's alleged scheme was detected by videotape and telephone surveillance
as well as searches of his work space and mail.
If it weren't for the quick action of Frankie Lee Hall, yesterday's fiery
crash on Interstate 581 might have had a fatal conclusion.
Today, the marine recruiter said HE is thankful he was able to help.
IN Q=I heard a loud bang
SUPER=07-Staff Sgt. Frankie Lee Hall;
OUT Q=had blown a tire.
Hall was travelling behind the two vehicles when the small car collided
with the truck and became wedged beneath its trailer.
He helped a young woman from the car, then went back for the young man who
was trapped inside the burning vehicle.
IN Q=I had to get him
SUPER=07-Staff Sgt. Frankie Lee Hall;
OUT Q=get you out of here.
Police reports identify the two occupants of the car as Nicole Hicks and
Both were treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and released.
The state court of appeals has overturned the conviction of a woman
involved several armed robberies in the Blacksburg area four years ago.
Tina (Zell-i-NACK) Zelenak claimed she did it, because she was AFRAID of
her boyfriend, Paul Morehead.
The judge would not let Zelenak's social worker bolster the claim at trial.
Without that testimony, the jury found Zelenak guilty of attempted robbery.
That prompted her to plead "no contest" to murder a few days later, rather
than risk another trial.
The Court of Appeals sent the case back to Montgomery County for a new
trial on the attempted robbery.
Zelenak is serving a LIFE sentence for her role in two other incidents
where the victims were KILLED.
A classroom full of students watched as a fellow student shot and killed his
teacher in Georgia.
SUPER=03-DeKalb Co., GA;
Authorities say the 16-year old student was new to the Alternative
Education School in DeKalb County.
They say he shot his English teacher-- and was taken into custody a short
IN Q=two guys got into a fight
((TWO GUYS....BREAK IT UP.))
OUT Q=break it up
The Alternative Education school is designed to help get students back on
the right track--
Many parents say the school should have metal detectors so kids can't
bring weapons to school.
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Straight ahead-- Bob Dole and President Clinton clash over debate details--
And in Evington--a blaze burns itself out-- destroying a storage facility in
On Health Check-- some alarming statistics about the number of CHILDREN,
who could face heart disease some-day.
That's why a new learning program is making its way to the classrooms...
it's called HEART-POWER.
Plus Patrick let's the pros show us the ropes in Newcastle--
All these stories and Hometown Hoops Weekly...don't go away.
Protests have turned deadly in Israel.
((NAT SOUND BULLETS ETC.))
SUPER=03-West Bank, Israel;
OUT Q=nat sound of bullets"
Four Palestinians are dead-
At least 240 hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers.
Palestinians are protesting construction of a tunnel near a Jerusalem
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: IT DOESN'T TOUCH THE TEMPLE
MOUNT. IT'S ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUNT. IN NO WAY DOES IT MOVES IN OR BODE INTO
THE ISLAMIC HOLY PLACES.))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q=Islamic Holy places."
Netanyahu says Israel has full respect for the Islamic and Christian holy
The Presidential debates have hit a snag over details- according to the
It says Bob Dole wants a podium in the second debate while the President
Dole says in the first debate he'll remind voters they haven't had a tax
cut in ten years-
He told college students in St. Louis, Americans should get a tax break and
a balanced budget.
((BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: WE'RE GONNA BALANCE THE BUDGET BY THE
YEAR 2002. WE'RE GONNA LOCK IT IN WITH A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE
CONSTITUTION WHICH PRESIDENT CLINTON WILL NOT DO. HE OPPOSES A BALANCED BUDGET
AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THAT JUST MEANS THEY CAN'T DO IT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=they can't do it.
Dole is also proposing a 15 percent across the board tax cut.
Firefighters from three Central Virginia companies fought a losing battle
with a blaze that destroyed a storage barn near Evington today.
Authorities say the fire had a good start by the time they arrived at New
London Auto Parts on Route 623.
Within a matter of minutes, the entire building was engulfed in flames.
Crews spent most of their time protecting nearby structures from catching
More than 30- thousand dollars worth of auto parts and hardware were
The cause has not been determined.
If you are looking for some obstacles to build character and confidence how
about a place that is as good for your inside as well as your outside.
IN Q=if you're looking
OUT Q=stay with us
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The Virginia Lottery needs to sell 72-million Big Game tickets by July to
meet the state budget.
Things are not going according to the Big Game plan.
Sales of the three-week old multi-state game are below projection.
IN Q=It seems
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: IT SEEMS THAT ENOUGH PEOPLE HAVE DRIVEN
TO OTHER STATES AND PLAYED POWERBALL THAT THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE GAME. I
THINK THUS FAR IT'S JUST SIMPLY THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD A 35- MILLION DOLLAR
JACKPOT OR A 50- MILLION DOLLAR JACKPOT AS THEY HAVE HAD IN POWERBALL IN THE
PAST. AND UNTIL WE GET ONE OF THOSE FOLKS AREN'T REALLY GOING TO UNDERSTAND
WHAT'S BIG ABOUT THE BIG GAME.))
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Va. Lottery Director;
OUT Q=the Big Game.
This Friday's Big Game jackpot is 15-million dollars.
That's finally getting out of Lotto range -- making the Big Game's much
longer odds of winning more attractive.
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health music under
Stick around-- Steve Mason tells us its time to get down to business on the
hardwoods-- with this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
And on Health Check,
Doctors have long been concerned (----------------)
that the birth control pill could raise the risk of breast cancer.
But the latest study may put that fear to rest.
((OVERALL BIRTH CONTROL USERS DO NOT HAVE ANY INCREASED RISK IN BREAST CANCER.
health bump next
For years, women have been frightened about a possible link between using
oral contraceptives and breast cancer.
Now, in the largest-ever analysis of the possible link-- the pill is given
a clean bill of health-- even for women with a family history of the disease.
In the Journal CONTRACEPTION, 200 scientists examined data on 150-thousand
women from 54 separate studies.
IN Q=Women who use
((CAROLYN WESTOFF MD, COLUMBIA PRESBYTERIAN: WOMEN WHO USE THE PILL HAVE THE
SAME RISK OF BREAST CANCER AS WOMEN WHO DO NOT USE THE PILL WHEN YOU LOOK AT
LIFE OVER THE LONG RUN.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Carolyn Westoff/Columbia Presbyterian; :
OUT Q=the long run.
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
However, over the short run, during the actual time a woman takes the birth
control pill, there may be a slightly increased risk of breast cancer.
Still, doctors aren't sure whether they're detecting more cancers because
women on the pill are more likely to undergo screening.
IN Q=The evidence from
((ROBERT SPIRTAS/NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: THE EVIDENCE FROM THIS STUDY
SUGGESTS THAT THERE IS AN INCREASED
RISK OF APPROXIMATELY 25% FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS))
SUPER=01-Robert Spirtas/National Institutes of Health; :
OUT Q=first few years.
Here's the bottom line:
Since the risk of breast cancer is small to begin with for a woman during
her reproductive years, a 25-percent increased risk doesn't amount to much.
Then years after she stops taking it, her risk of breast cancer from the
pill declines to zero.
After that, there may even be a protective effect.
GRAPHIC=gulf war syndrome
In response to the many Gulf War veterans who've complained of a mystery
illness since the conflict-- last week, the government upped the number of
soldiers who MAY have been exposed to nerve gas.
Doctor Jim Moss, a former research scientist with the U-S Department of
Agriculture, has ANOTHER theory.
He believes that American troops were accidentally poisoned by a
combination of chemicals.
In his experiments on cockroaches at this U-S-D-A lab, Moss found that
when he mixed DEET-- a perfectly safe insect repellant used by American
soldiers in the Gulf, with Perido-Stigmine, the anti-nerve gas pill taken by
the troops, the mixture instantly killed all the cockroaches
He says his supervisors at the U-S D-A didn't want to hear about it.
((DR. JIM MOSS/OVERT HOSTILITY, THEY TOLD ME TO STOP DOING THE RESEARCH. KEEP
YOUR MOUTH SHUT? DON'T SAY ANYTHING TO ANYONE OUTSIDE THE BUILDING ))
SUPER=07-Dr. Jim Moss; :
OUT Q=outside the building.
Recently, two independent studies, including this one on chickens at Duke
University cooberated Moss's findings.
They confirm that mixing DEET with Perido-Stigmine creates a toxic brew--
causing nerve damage in the chickens, which affected mobility.
Moss was eventually told by the U-S-D-A to end his research.
His contract with the government was not renewed, and he's now out of
The statistics are staggering.
Four million children have higher- than- normal blood pressure.
Up to one- third of the nation's children are obese.
And 27- million kids have high cholesterol levels.
But a national health organization is trying to reduce those figures with
the help of a new program.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=Nat sound
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; :27
SUPER=01-Joe Pirro/Oak Grove Third Grader; :41
SUPER=01-Victoria Longley/American Heart Assoc.; 1:10
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
IN Q=Heart disease
((HEART DISEASE IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH PROBLEM IN AMERICA TODAY. ))
OUT Q=America today
Educators and health officials are afraid THAT message is getting lost..
especially when it comes to area youngsters.
That's why the American Heart Association has introduced "Heart!Power"-- a
new program designed to get kids excited about healthy lifestyles.
It's a series of videos, books, and activities presented in a slick,
Nickelodian- style package.
IN Q=It's colorful
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT. IT'S
QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL AND IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN
THEIR LEARNING. ))
OUT Q=their learning
Students from Oak Grove Elementary School got the first look at Heart!Power,
and they're giving the program high marks.
IN Q=They're neat
((JOE PIRRO/THIRD GRADER: THEY'RE NEAT. I THINK EVERYBODY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE
HEALTH MORE INTERESTING TO LEARN AND THE KIDS WILL LIKE THEM FOR WHATEVER GRADE
THEY'RE IN. ))
OUT Q=they're in
Thanks to a 74- thousand dollar grant from Columbia Healthcare, Heart!Power
will be found in every elementary school in the Roanoke Valley-- and parts of
the New River Valley, too.
But that's not all.
There will be one kit for every two teachers.
A- H- A officials say that's the key to the program.
IN Q=With so
((VICTORIA LONGLEY/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY: WITH SO
MUCH OF IT, WE FEEL IT WILL BE USED. IF YOU JUST HAD ONE KIT THAT SAT IN THE
LIBRARY, THEY'RE GOING TO FORGET ABOUT IT. BUT THIS IS COLORFUL AND IT'S GOING
TO BE SITTING IN THE ROOMS AND THEY'RE GOING TO USE IT-- AND THAT'S WHAT IS
IMPORTANT- THAT THEY USE IT. ))
OUT Q=they use it
And students won't have to wait very long.
Heart!Power will make its classroom debut in a few weeks.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Killer chicken wings and poison potato skins.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says some restaurant fare is
downright DANGEROUS if eaten regularly.
They're talking about restaurants like Bennigans and Applebees.
IN Q=Some of our
((MICHAEL JACOBSON/CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: SOME OF OUR
FINDINGS ALMOST GAVE US A HEART ATTACK. IMAGINE A PLAIN HAMBURGER WITH AN ORDER
OF ONION RINGS PROVIDES 1550 CALORIES AND TWO DAYS WORTH OF
ARTERY CLOGGING FAT THAT'S SUOMO-WRESTLER CUISINE. IT MAKES MCDONALD'S FARE
LOOK LIKE SPA CUISINE, WHICH IT DEFINITELY IS NOT. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Jacobson/Center for Science in the Public Int.; :
OUT Q=definitely is not.
For instance, a mushroom cheeseburger with onion rings has 18-hundred
calories and 122 grams of fat.
That's equal to five strips of bacon, four chocolate frosted doughnuts,
three slices of Domino's Pepperoni Pizza, two Dairy Queen banana splits and a
The National Restaurant Association disputes the findings.
Turning now to sports-- with Fall getting into full swing-- so does girls
Let's check in with the slam-dunking Mike Stevens with tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon, and welcome to your two minute ticker. Wednesday means
girls basketball and specifically Hometown Hoops Weekly..
SS=Hometown Hoops Weekly full screen
By now most teams have warmed up with out of district opponents and Steve
Mason says it's time for the real deal!
He now chimes in from Byrd, Salem, Lord Botetourt, James River, Galax and
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Vinton/Spartans vs. Terriers; :11
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Girls Coach; :31
SUPER=03-Galax/Pioneers vs. Maroon Tide; 1:04
SUPER=01-Verl Brown/Galax Girls Basketball Coach; 1:14
SUPER=01-Danny Jonas/Fort Chiswell Head Coach; 1:34
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
Byrd and Salem came into last night's Blue Ridge battle undefeated in the
Behind Brandy Allen's 18 points, the Lady Terriers emerged the victor
Salem got another solid night from inside/outside threat Sarah Palmer, Byrd
remains the surprise of the district after replacing 4 starters from a year
((RICHARD THRASHER/WILLIAM BYRD GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH:))
Lord Botetourt All state first teamer Sarah Hicks sat out last night's 74-53
win over Alleghany. Head coach David Wheat said she won't play Thursday against
Rockbridge, but should be ready next week against salem.
Galax fans are rocking and they have reason to be. Their Maroon Tide is 2
and OH in the district under 1st year head coach Verl Brown who is trying to
lead Galax to it's 4th straight Mountain Empire crown. 3 starters are back.
((VERL BROWN/GALAX HEAD COACH:))
The Empire strikes back with Fort Chiswell, who is 3 and 1 in the district
after losing to the Tide last night 60 to 44. All 5 starters return from last
year's team that went to regionals.
Don't miss Brookville at Jefferson Forest or William Campbell at Rustburg
tomorrow. Octoberfest begins with Covington at James River and Parry McCluer at
And update on Dan Marino and a profile for former Hokie and current San
Francisco 49er Tyronne Drakeford is coming your way at six tonight.
And more News 7 at Five is one tap right after this quick break.
take a break
When the going gets tough, the tough go to Newcastle.
It is home to a training ground for physical strength and endurance.
Here's Patrick Evans with a report on Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing.
IN Q=Today we're
SUPER=03-New Castle; :00
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :08
SUPER=01-Col. Gene Nervo/Wilderness Adventure; :21
OUT Q=News 7 at Five.
Coming up at six--A Giles County man who murdered two hikers on the
Appalachian Trail in 1981 is being released from prison.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/Keith
Keith, is Randall Lee Smith returning to the area.
Yes, he is, Jean. The parole board SUPER=@KEITH1;
says he's returning to Pearisburg to live with his mother.
Smith killed two hikers from Maine who were camped near a shelter in Giles
He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and is now being released on
There are restrictions on Smith's freedom though.
DOUBLE BOXES KEITH/JEAN
Tracy Altizer will have the details on News-7 at Six.
Plus the region's first AND only local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Have a good evening.