(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
IT'S BEING CALLED ONE OF THE WORST TRAGEDIES IN GUATEMALA'S HISTORY-- AS
HUNDREDS WERE KILLED OR INJURED IN A STAMPEDE AT A SOCCER MATCH.
CIGARETTE SMOKING CONTRIBUTES SUBSTANTIALLY TO MORTALITY FROM CERTAIN SPECIFIC
DISEASES AND TO THE OVERALL DEATH RATE.
DECADES AFTER THE SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT LINKING CIGARETTES AND CANCER,
SCIENTISTS SAY THEY'VE FINALLY FOUND THE GENETIC EVIDENCE. ))
OUT Q=genetic evidence
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Thursday, October 17th, our TOP STORY tonight--
Meet Brooke Elliott-- the first high school girl to apply to the Virginia
Military Institute since the school announced it will admit women.
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens...
She hasn't been accepted, but Brooke Elliot has already completed the
standard college application process...
IN Q=I thought
SUPER=01-Brooke Elliott/VMI Applicant; :09
SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; :19
SUPER=01-Candi Elliott/Brooke's Mother; :26
OUT Q=will adjust
IN Q=I thought
((I THOUGHT IT SHOULD HAVE STAYED ALL- MALE.))
That having been said, the state's highest ranking Civil Air Patrol cadet is
ready to become a rat.
IN Q=I've always
((BROOKE ELLIOTT/VMI APPLICANT: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN RAISED TO THINK THAT GIRLS
CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS CAN. SO I DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT FOR THEM TO HAVE TO MAKE
SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS AND GO OUT OF THEIR WAY.))
OUT Q=their way.
It was in fact when 18- year old Poquoson (puh-KOH-sun) High School senior
Brooke Elliott heard NO exceptions would be made that she decided to apply.
IN Q=I do hate
((CANDI ELLIOTT/BROOKE'S MOTHER: I DO HATE TO SEE THE SINGLE SEX EDUCATION GO
DOWN THE TUBES. I DO. I FEEL FOR THE VMI GUYS, I FEEL FOR THE CITADEL GUYS.
WE LIVED IN SOUTH CAROLINA SO WE WERE CLOSE TO THE CITADEL SITUATION. BUT NOW
THAT IT'S OPENED UP, I'M GONNA BE BEHIND HER. AND I'M SURE EVERYBODY WILL
OUT Q=will adjust
Along with her "Cadet Lieutenant Colonel" rank in the Civil Air Patrol,
Brooke has 10 hours solo flying time in a Cessna.
She plays softball and volleyball, and is taking karate.
She's the youngest person certified by the state Department of Emergency
Services to lead search and rescue missions.
Now it's up to VMI.
The Board of Visitors estimates the cost to accomodate women on post is at
least FIVE million dollars.
But Governor George Allen may not be willing to cough up all the money the
Institute says it needs.
Attending a Transportation Conference on post this morning, the Governor
says he hopes V-M-I can work within existing state appropriations.
IN Q=You have to look
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE BUDGET SITUATION IS, THE
REVENUE FORECASTS AND SO FORTH. CLEARLY, THOUGH, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP VMI.
I THINK THE TAXPAYERS DO WITH SOME OF THE TRANSITIONAL CHANGES, THE ADDED COSTS
THAT WILL BE INVOLVED.))
OUT Q=will be involved.
The Governor believes the costs will be mimimized because of the approach
the Board of Visitors has taken... that is: keeping V-M-I the way it is, as
much as possible.
In Guatemala, three days of national mourning....after a deadly stampede at
a soccer match.
It's described as one of the worst tragedies in the country's history.
Art Rascon reports from Guatemala City.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
IN Q=It was a national
OUT Q=guat. city guat.
It was a national day of mourning in Guatemala.
The central morgue was overwhelmed. One by one families of victims
searched for loved ones
slowly..one by one the dead are identified.
DR. DANIEL LEON: THEY SUFFOCATED THEY WERE CRUSHED TO DEATH.
This was the scene late last night, a soccer game between guatemala and
Costa Rica. A world cup qualifying match. But the game was oversold by 15,000
tickets -- all apparently fake. So a stadium built to hold 45,000 was suddenly
besieged by 60,000 ticket holders.
Overzealous fans pushed through the front gate crushing spectators in the
front. There were fights, then panic, and chaos. Soon a stampede of tens of
thousands began. Dozens were trampled to death, including at least 15
These medical students worked all night trying to save lives.
FLORENCE GARCIA, MEDICAL STUDENT:
THERE WERE BROKEN BONES, HEAD INJURIES, BROKEN LEGS.
JOE CANTRERAS/MEDICAL STUDENT:THERE WAS AN AVALANCHE OF PEOPLE WHO WERE
TRAMPLED TO DEATH. THAT'S WHAT IS
WAS, AN AVALANCHE OF PEOPLE
Dozens of injured remain hospitalized, many in critical condition.
The Guatemalan government has launched an investigation into where the
bogus tickets came from.
But that is little comfort for the families of victims here at the morgue
still trying to identify their loved ones.
Art Rascon, CBS News, Guatemala City, Guatemala.))
A freak accident crushed a construction worker under a steel beam in
Christiansburg this afternoon.
Rescue Squad members say two people were standing on top of a set of beams
when they gave way.
One of the workers, described as a man in his thirties, suffered serious
Lifeguard 10 was called in and the man was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial
IN Q=I mean
((I mean you came on the scene shortly after it happened, tell me the story.
FRED PRICE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: HE WAS LAYING ON THE GROUND, HE JUST
HAD A LOT OF SEVERE BLOOD LOSS. WE CONTROLLED THE BLEEDING.))
SUPER=01-Fred Price/Christiansburg Rescue Squad;
OUT Q=controlled the bleeding.
The accident happened at the Ames Textile Corporation where the company is
building an addition.
The jury in the O-J Simpson civil case is finally seated and it looks
nothing like the panel in his murder trial.
And the U-S says it isn't shocked but it will keep an eye on the political
developments in Russia after President Yeltsin fired his security chief.
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U-S officials are taking Russia's political upheaval in stride.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired national security chief Alexander
The action came after rumors that Leh-bed was planning a coup.
But U-S officials say they're not overly concerned.
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: I THINK WE CAN ASSURE THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE THAT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION HAS A SOLID, STABLE, ACTIVE, POSITIVE
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL GO ON.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=which will go on."
Leh-bed is popular in Russia- He is credited with helping control the
crisis in Chechnya.
It's an almost reverse image of the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Now the panel in his civil trial is a white majority.
Eight whites, two blacks, one hispanic and a mixed race man have been
Jury selection wrapped up today but not without controversy.
The judge rejected charges that the plaintiffs kicked black prospective
jurors off the panel because of race-- which is illegal.
Simpson is being sued by the families of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown.
If it were up to the Virginia State Bar Council... real estate agents,
independent firms and bankers would not be allowed to close a housing deal.
Earlier tonight, the council voted 50 to 12 to ban non-lawyers from such
IN Q=The transaction
((YVONNE WEIGHT/VIRGINIA STATE BAR COUNCIL: THE TRANSACTION BY WHICH DEEDS ARE
EXCHANGED, DEEDS ARE DRAFTED, DEEDS OF TRUST-- THE MORTGAGES ARE DRAFTED AND
SIGNED AND EXPLAINED-- THAT THIS IS THE PRACTICE OF LAW THAT CALLS FOR LEGAL
SUPER=01-Yvonne Weight/Va. State Bar Council;
The council said it was in the best interest of the public to vote the way
But those on the other side of the fence say it will ultimately be consumers
who are PUNISHED.
IN Q=We recently
((J.R. HIPPLE/COALITION FOR CHOICE IN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS: WE
RECENTLY COMPLETED A STUDY WITH MEDIA GENERAL AND WE FOUND OUT THAT IT IS 43
PERCENT LESS EXPENSIVE TO HAVE YOUR HOUSE CLOSED WITH A NON- LAWYER THAN IT IS
WITH A LAWYER.))
SUPER=01-J. R. Hipple/Choice In Real Estate Closings;
OUT Q=a lawyer
The Bar Council will now take it's recommendation to the state Supreme
The justices will ultimately make the final decision.
Thousands began arriving today in High Point, North Carolina--
for the world's largest furniture trade show-- about 70-thousand are expected
over the next nine days.
Buyers from 90 countries will be looking over what the furniture makers
have to offer for the coming season.
Milk does a body good for one famous ballplayer--- we'll hear from him on
But first-- hard evidence linking tobacco and cancer-- more on the study
when we come back.
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Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer says students must have a passport to get out
of school-- a literacy passport that is.
He suggests that sixth-graders who fail the literacy passport test should
attend special classes until they pass.
Speaking to superintendents in Lynchburg this morning, Beyer said that could
mean summer school, or after-school programs for those students.
IN Q=That'll cost about
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THAT'LL COST ABOUT 307 DOLLARS PER STUDENT. AND I PROPOSE
THAT THE STATE PUT UP THAT 307 DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST TIME. IF THE STUDENT STILL
CAN'T GET THROUGH IT AFTER A SUMMER THEN THE FINANCIAL BURDEN WOULD BE LEFT UP
TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS.))
OUT Q=school systems.
The literacy passport test examines a student's skills in reading, writing
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SUPER=331-Clouding Up/Light Winds/59-62/Rain Likely/Wind NW-15/68-70;
SUPER=332-Increasing Clouds/Wind S-10/57-59/Rain Showers/Gusty Winds/60-64;
SUPER=333-Showers By/Daybreak/50-54/Showers And/Thunderstorms/62-65;
SUPER=334-Clouding Up/Rain Late/50-55/Showers Likely/Gusty Winds/60-65;
Scientists say they've figured out exactly how tobacco causes cancer.
The absence of direct evidence has long been the tobacco industry's chief
But researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center today offered the first
molecular evidence directly linking cigarettes to lung cancer.
IN Q=This study shows
((DR. MICHEAL ERIKSEN/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: THIS STUDY SHOWS US THE
PRECISE CHEMICAL, THE PRECISE GENE, AND THE PRECISE LOCATION ON THE GENE THAT
RESULTS IN LUNG CANCER FORMING. ))
OUT Q=lung cancer forming.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
According to the study in Science Magazine, it forms when the tobacco smoke
carcinogen called benzo-A-PYrene-- or BP, enters the lungs.
In the body it transforms into a new compound-- B-P-D-E, which then travels
to the critical gene-- P-53, known to protect us from lung cancer.
It disables that guardian gene, which allows tumors to multiply.
IN Q=They're biding
((DR. MOON-SHON TANG/M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER: THEY'RE BINDING VERY STRONGLY
TO THE P-53 GENE AND VERY STRONGLY TO THE IMPORTANT SPOT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Moon-shon Tang/M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; :
OUT Q=important spot.
While the Tobacco Institute continues reviewing the findings, the C-D-C
says the evidence is conclusive.
Depression DOES impact physical health according to the latest study in
today's New England Journal of Medicine.
The study looked at a group of women who suffered from depression for
about 15 years.
Scans revealed all had abnormal thinning of the bones in the spine, hips
The average age of the women-- just 41.
IN Q=The bone mineral
((DR. PHILIP GOLD/NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH: THE BONE MINERAL
DENSITY IN THESE WOMEN WAS SIMILAR TO THE BONE DENSITY IN THE WOMEN SEEN AT 70
YEARS OF AGE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Philip Gold/National Institute of Mental Health; :
OUT Q=years of age.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
The women had few risk factors for osteoporosis-- their thin bones did not
come from a lack of calcium or exercise.
So researchers concluded hormone changes caused the bone loss.
IN Q=If you've had
((DR. GOLD: IF YOU'VE HAD RECURRENT DEPRESSION, IT MAKES SENSE, I THINK TO
CONSIDER HAVING ONE OF THE AVAILABLE TESTS TO CHECK FOR BONE MINERAL DENSITY.
ALL OF THIS IS PREVENTABLE AND TREATABLE.))
New medications are out that can actually increase bone production.
Depression is treatable, so it's important for patients to get help-- to
prevent ongoing physical and mental problems.
Our video pick of the day, actually stems from what's been called the "Talk
Show Slaying" trial...going on this week.
SUPER=75-Pontiac, MI; :
In Michigan, Jonathan Schmitz is accused of murdering Scott Amedure.
Last year, the victim had revealed on the "Jenny Jones" Show that he had a
crush on Schmitz.
Schmitz is NOT gay, and told police he felt humiliated.
The "Jenny Jones" show never aired the segment, but jurors were shown a
((JOHN, COME OUT HERE, LET'S SEE WHO HAS THE CRUSH ON HIM. HI JOHN. DID YOU
THINK DONNA HAS A CRUSH ON YOU?
DID I? NO, WE'RE GOOD FRIENDS.
GUESS WHAT, IT'S SCOTT THAT HAS A CRUSH ON YOU.
YOU LIED TO ME! ))
OUT Q=you lied to me.(then laughs)
Prosecutors allege it was several days later when Schmitz shot and killed
Amedure at his home.
toss to steve
The Yankees might be in the World Series...but do they have a player that
made the milk mustache brigade??...I don't think so. The Orioles do!
Cal Ripken has been enlisted by the Milk mustache campaign to promote the
benefits of milk.
Drinking milk is what makes the iron one full of iron.
((CAL RIPKEN/NAMED TO MILK MUSTACHE TEAM:))
SUPER=01-Cal Ripken/Named to Milk Mustache Team; :00
OUT Q=...drink it now"
GRAPHIC=NL championship series
Game 7 of the national League championship series is going on at this hour
between the Atlanta braves and the St. Louis Cardinals...and this one is not
The Braves jumped all over the Cards and lead 15 to nothing in the 8th
inning..so it looks like the Braves will rap up yet another national League
pennant, again the Atlanta leads St. Louis 15-nothing, so the Braves appear
headed to the World Series to meet the yankees.
Week 8 of Friday Football Extra is almost here and we will bring hard
hitting highlights from 14 games, many of which have interesting District
Here's a look at the menu.
IN Q=FIRST TEAM
OUT Q=....LAST TEAM."
It's Thursday night at the fights girls basketball style tonight. We will
bring you highlights from 4 games at 11, but we have to give ya a taste at 10.
Lets go over to Northside where the Lady Vikes tried to get a piece of the
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wildcats vs. Vikings; :00
They did a good job of that early. Watch super soph Amber Kern make the
steal at half court and go the distance for the knock out punch.
She can also do the dishes!!! Kern with the perfect bounce dish to a
cutting Crystal Barrett...she's gonna do some window cleaning.
Hand it to the Lady Wildcats, they don't give up. Carmen Hambrick gives to
Tasha Miles who nails the J,
But Northside prevails, 59-32.
The Virginia cavaliers aren't talking!!! Most know head coach George
Welsh has imposed his seasonal gag order on his players for this weekend's
Hopefully, the Cavs will let their playing do the talking for them as they
entertain ACC rival N.C. State Saturday at Scott Stadium.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/Crimson Tide vs. Wolfpack; :14
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :28
SUPER=03-Atlanta/Cavaliers vs. Yellow Jackets; :41
OUT Q=...all those little things are adding up right now"
Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murder in 1892, and now, she's been
The innocent verdicts came in San Francisco, at the mock Court
of Historical Review.
Borden -- played by a volunteer -- took the stand-- and insisted she didn't
kill her father and stepmother with an ax.
The defense argued that despite her acquittal a century ago, Borden was a
victim of media hype and a rhyme that dogged her all her life.
Here's what we're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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We continue our candidate profiles-- tonight we'll hearSUPER=78-Bob
from Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte who's got some company this time
around in the Sixth District.
The Atlanta Braves have made quite a comeback-- and some people think the
team's secret weapon is from a restaurant.
You can catch this in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Thanks for
Have a good night.
watching NEWS-7 Primetime.