(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...WIND DRIVEN FIRES
CONTINUE DESTROYING HOMES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--SO FAR THE BLAZES HAVE
BLACKENED NEARLY 35-THOUSAND ACRES--
SHOULD LAWMAKERS BE IMMUNE FROM THE SAME LAWS THEIR CONSTITUENTS MUST FOLLOW?
THE CURRENT POLICY COULD CHANGE. ))
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It's Tuesday, October 22nd, our TOP STORY--
One of the men with Ben Lilly the night a Virginia Tech student was murdered
takes the stand for the prosecution.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC....Good Evening, I'm Tracy
Altizer filling in for Connie Stevens.
Ben Lilly was named the triggerman in court today as a key witness took
the stand for the prosecution.
Gary Wayne Barker was with Lilly and Lilly's brother the night a Virginia
Tech student was carjacked and killed.
The body of Alexander Defillipis was found in the Whitehorn area of
He had been shot four times.
Barker is already serving 53 years in prison for his part in the murder.
Almost in tears, he told the court it was Ben Lilly who pulled the trigger.
IN Q=He told
((GARY BARKER/WITNESS: HE TOLD MARK TO GIVE HIM THE PISTOL BACK. HE GOT OUT OF
THE CAR. RAN UP TO HIM. TURNED HIM AROUND AND SHOT HIM. ))
OUT Q=shot him
Barker went on to testify that he and the Lilly brothers then robbed a
couple of convenience stores that night.
He's expected to be back on the stand tomorrow for cross examination.
One person was taken to the hospital after gunshots were fired at a
Pittsylvania County trailer park.
It happened around 7- 30 tonight at the Old Mayfield Trailer Park near
Authorities are still trying to piece together what happened.
Sheriff's deputies say the victim had already been taken to the emergency
room when they arrived.
He's apparently in surgery.
Authorities collected evidence at the scene, but still need to talk with
So far the victim's name and condition have not been released.
Wildfires in Southern California have now consumed about 35 thousand acres
and destroyed nearly 100 homes.
In the Malibu area alone at least a thousand residents have been evacuated.
Among them, actress Shirley MacLaine, who's home has so far survived 10
SOT 15:07:26 3PM FEED
((QUESTION: DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE MAYBE MALIBU IS THE WRONG PLACE TO LIVE?
SHIRLEY MACLAINE/ACTRESS: NO, THERE IS SO MUCH ABOUT IT THAT HAPPENS MOST OF
THE TIME, THAT WHEN THIS HAPPENS IT'S OKAY, IT ALL MAKES IT WORTH IT. I DO
THINK THEY SHOULD CHANGE THE AREA CODE THOUGH AND MAKE IT 911. ))
SUPER=01-Shirley Maclaine/Actress; :03
OUT Q=make it 911.
So far six firefighters have been injured, including several who were
severely burned when flames overran their stalled truck.
Fortunately the fierce Santa Ana winds have begun to let up, allowing
firefighters to make some headway.
They hope they may be able to contain some of the fires tonight.
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Lawmakers in Virginia could be held responsible for their actions just
like the rest of us.
A legislative subcommittee is recommending changes to a law that granted
lawmakers immunity from arrest during the winter legislative session.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING
PHYSICALLY INCARCERATED FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANORS. THAT THEY CAN BE CHARGED
WITH A SUMMONS OR A WARRANT OR INDICTED DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION SO THAT
THE PROCESS WILL GO FORWARD TO MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT NOBODY
IS IMMUNE FROM THEIR CRIMINAL CONDUCT BECAUSE OF SERVICE IN THE GENERAL
The immunity law came under close scrutiny earlier this year when Suffolk
Delegate Robert Nelms used it as a defense for an indecent exposure charge.
Nelms ended up pleading GUILTY.
An autopsy confirms Barry Peters died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police believe the 43-year old killed himself at his parents' home in
Peters held police at bay for six hours.
He had armed himself with nearly half a dozen weapons, and fired aimlessly
around the house throughout the day.
Police tried to negotiate, and after they finally resorted to teargas and
entered the residence, they found Peters dead.
Neighbors said Peters suffered from depression.
Stick around for more NEWS-7 Primetime-- Peace talks in the Middle East seem
to be back on track again--
And from the track to the trail-- the campaign trail that is-- Mark Warner
picks up an endorsement from the Perot backers in the Commonwealth.
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Israeli and Palestinian peace talks may have been saved at the eleventh
Talks resumed late today after stalling on Monday.
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a deal is "very close."
Israel Radio reports the two sides may even wrap up a deal during the night
on Israel's pullout from Hebron.
U-S envoy Dennis Ross, who was to have returned to Washington last night,
delayed his departure, saying new progress is being made.
John Warner backed the last Virginia Independent Reform Party candidate to
run for the U.S. Senate.
That was Marshall Coleman, who lost in a three way race in 1994.
Now Ross Perot's party in Virginia is NOT saying thank you to the Republican
IN Q=So today
((BILL DAGGETT/VA. INDEPENDENT REFORM PARTY: SO TODAY, THE VIRGINIA
INDEPENDENT REFORM PARTY ANNOUNCES ITS SUPPORT OF MARK WARNER FOR SENATE. THIS
ENDORSEMENT IS A DIRECT RESULT OF MARK WARNER'S WILLINGNESS TO AFFIX HIS
SIGNATURE TO THE REFORM PARTY'S CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PLEDGE.))
((MARK WARNER/D-SENATE CANDIDATE: YOU KNOW WHEN I STARTED THIS CAMPAIGN,
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HAD IT THAT JOHN WARNER WOULD GET THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE
VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT REFORM PARTY.))
SUPER=01-Bill Daggett/Va. Independent Reform Party; :00
OUT Q=Reform Party.
The Reform Party pledge calls for redesigning entitlement programs, campaign
finance reform, a balanced budget, and a new tax system.
Current polls show Perot's support in Virginia is in the single digits.
John Warner picked up an endorsement of his own today.
Warner's Coalition for Women called a news conference in Roanoke this
Members of the group say John Warner has served their interests in the
Senate, on issues including health care, economic opportunity, and personal
Among the speakers was Connie Seagle (SEE-guhl), of Wythe County, who
endured a violent assault in 1979, and now works for victims' rights.
IN Q=I think it's important
((CONNIE SEAGLE/ADVOCATE FOR VICTIMS' RIGHTS: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE
STEP FORWARD FOR ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS AS CRIME VICTIMS
AND AS WOMEN. CRIME HAS NO PARTY LINES.))
SUPER=01-Connie Seagle/Advocate for Victims' Rights;
OUT Q=has no party lines.
Supporters say John Warner has supported breast cancer research, business
opportunities for women, and laws protecting them from violent crimes.
In the race for the Sixth District Congressional seat, Jeff Gray hoped to
get ahead in the polls by supporting the head start program.
Today he said if elected he'd focus on children.
Speaking with reporters outside the Salem Head Start Center, Grey said the
program has worked well, and should be expanded to include all children who are
Today, he charged that republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte voted to cut
funding for the program.
IN Q=He went to Washington D.C.
((JEFF GREY/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: HE WENT TO WASHINGTON D.C. AND VOTED FOR
BILL NUMBER 2127 WHICH REDUCED FUNDING FOR HEAD START BY 137- MILLION DOLLARS.
IF THAT BILL WOULD HAVE PASSED HE WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE ABILITY OF 48-
THOUSAND CHILDREN TO CONTINUE GOING TO HEAD START.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Grey/(D) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=going to Head Start.
A spokesman for Goodlatte says the incumbent has been a consistent
supporter of Head Start, most recently voting for a budget that included a 31-
million dollar increase for the program.
First it was consumed by fire, then a flood made its mark--
But now a homeless shelter in Lexington has weathered those setbacks...as
Gladys House prepares to reopen....that story next on NEWS-7 Primetime.
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It's taken nearly two years, and several setbacks, but the Gladys House
shelter in Lexington is finally about to re-open.
Eric Earnhart has this success story.
IN Q=For Gladys Steele
SUPER=04-December 25, 1994; :12
SUPER=01-Gladys Steele/Gladys House Founder; :20
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( FOR GLADYS STEELE, LIFE HAS BEEN A TEST OF FAITH LATELY. 10 YEARS AGO SHE
CREATED THIS HOMELESS SHELTER... THINGS STARTED GOING BAD TWO YEARS AGO,
EARLY CHRISTMAS DAY,
AN ELECTRICAL FIRE BROKE OUT. STEELE AND ALL FIVE SHELTER RESIDENTS ESCAPED,
BUT THE SECOND FLOOR SHELTER ITSELF WAS A CHARRED WRECK.
IN Q=everything went fine
((GLADYS STEELE/GLADYS HOUSE FOUNDER;EVERYTHING WENT FINE UNTIL WE HAD THE
FIRE, THEN WE HAD THE FLOOD.))
OUT Q=had the flood
THE FLOOD HIT A FEW MONTHS LATER, AS STEELE WAS STILL TRYING TO RE-OPEN THE
SHELTER UPSTAIRS, RUINING THE FURNACE AND THE CARPET DOWNSTAIRS.
IN Q=when I came out
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; WHEN I CAME OUT IT WAS LIKE COMING OUT THE
BACK DOOR INTO A BIG ISLAND. THE WHOLE PLACE WAS WATER.))
OUT Q=whole place was water
Steele went back to work again. With the help of volunteers and insurance,
the house has been repaired literally from top to bottom.
She's still short on supplies like towels and linens, but she plans to
re-open the shelter November first.
IN Q=this is my work
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; THIS IS MY WORK, THIS IS MY MINISTRY, AND UH,
WE HAVE ALL THESE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE
THEM IN LIFE, AND I DON'T THINK YOU BACK DOWN, I THINK YOU PICK UP AND PRAY
ABOUT IT AND GO ON.))
OUT Q=and go on
When homeless people once again check into Gladys House... they'll find
their host is a person who's been there, and knows how to come out on top.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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Five years after the Persian Gulf War, the U-S government is now reaching
out to soldiers who may have been exposed to chemical weapons.
Liz Mullen reports.
IN Q=In March of 1991
SUPER=03-Kamisiyah, Iraq/1991; :13
SUPER=01-Kenneth Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman; :25
SUPER=10-Ronald Blanck/Former Army Brig. General/1991; :57
SUPER=01-Dean Oley/Gulf War Veteran; 1:15 quick!
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:32
OUT Q=Mullen, CBS News New York.
((In March of 1991, at the peak of the Persian Gulf War, U-S troops
destroyed an ammunition depot at Kamisiyah in southern Iraq.
The explosion sent a huge
white cloud into the air, a cloud that might have contained chemical nerve
gas. Now, for the first time ever, Pentagon officials are ackowledging the
possibility that those chemicals may have medical significance.
KENNETH BACON, PENTAGON SPOKESMAN,
WE'VE DECIDED THAT, AFTER LOOKING AT THE FACTS, THAT IT WOULD BE BEST TO GO
OUT AND TO AGGRESSIVELY REACH OUT TO THESE 20,000 PEOPLE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
WE THINK WERE IN A 50 KILOMETER RADIUS OF KAMISIYAH, IN ORDER TO ASK THEM TO
COME FORWARD WITH BOTH INFORMATION AND ALSO TO REGISTER FOR HEALTH SERVICES AND
Until recently, the pentagon has denied that American troops were ever
exposed to dangerous chemicals. But even five years ago, during the Gulf War,
the man who is now the army's Surgeon General had this to say about the release
of cancer-causing nerve gas.
RONALD BLANCK, FORMER ARMY BRIG. GENERAL, FROM 1991: IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE,
EVEN PLAUSIBLE, THAT A NUMBER OF THESE INDIVIDUALS OR MOST OF THEM IF NOT ALL,
WERE EXPOSED TO MULTIPLE CHEMICALS IN SMALL AMMOUNTS.
Three years later, Gulf War Veteran Dean Oley of Kansas believed that's
exactly what caused his medical problems.
DEAN OLEY/GULF WAR VETERAN FROM MAY 1994: I THINK I'VE BEEN INFECTED WITH A
More than 3,000 Persian Gulf Veterans have reported similar symptoms.
Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon refused to answer why it took the government
so long to reach out to U-S troops. He did say that this is the first of
possibly more steps to solving this medical mystery.
Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.))
For our video of the day, let's go off- shore...to the coastal waters of
SUPER=75-Palm Beach Co., FL;
If you're a diver you'll want to check this one out.
Don't be alarmed, there's no one actually on board this German carrier ship.
It's actually being sunk on purpose off the coast of Boynton Beach.
The 175- foot vessel called the M-V Becks will be a vertical diving reef.
Today it made its final voyage to the ocean floor, where it will provide an
artificial habitat for sea life, and a new exploration site for divers.
GRAPHIC=PRIMETIME IN SCREEN
Coming your way on tonight's PrimeTime sports, Frank Beamer talks about being
mentioned in connection with head coaching job at Kentucky, Gabriela Sabatini
talks about calling it quits at the age of 26.
But as you know there is no quit in Tiger Woods.
After winning two tournaments and over
$734 thousand dollars in his first seven events as a pro, the PGA's newest and
brightest star has rightfully earned himself spot on the cover of Sports
Tiger has the sports world by the tail in this week's issue.
The rest of tonight's sports is straight ahead.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies return to Big East this Saturday after a week off as
they host the Pitt Panthers in a Noon kickoff.
But before Frank Beamer could talk about the Panthers, Roy Stanley asked him
about the Wildcats.
Beamer is one of the first names mentioned in connection with the soon to be
vacant job at the University of Kentucky.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Morning; :12
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; 24
SUPER=04-October 12; :32
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
A Tennessee assistant coach is also being mentioned in connection with that
The Vols Current Offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe had this to say about
the situation today.
IN Q="I think...
((DAVID CUTCLIFFE/TENNESSEE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
SUPER=01-David Cutcliffe/Tennessee Offensive Coordinator; :00
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And you can watch Cutcliffe's offense in action Saturday here on WDBJ as we
bring you the Tennessee-Alabama game from Knoxville at 3:30.
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And right before that one, you can catch Syracuse battling Boston College in
the Big East.
Game three of the world series is winding down in Atlanta at this hour.
Right now at the top of the seventh inning the Braves trail the Yankees
two to one.
The Braves came in with a commanding 2 games to none lead.
She's only 26, but she hasn't won in two years, and even that gets old for a
millionaire athlete so, tennis star Gabriela Sabatini has decided to end her
Sabatini turned pro in 1985 as was in the top ten in rankings for more than a
But most felt she never really reached her full potential.
Recently she has been battling a stomach injury that has forced her to slip
as low as 29th in the rankings.
Her retirement takes effect immediately and their are no plans for a farewell
Sabatini won 27 tournaments, and her biggest by far was in 1990 when she
defeated Steffi Graf to claim the U.S. Open title.
In Tuesday night hardwood action, defending state champ, Lord Botetourt
tuned up for the post season with a 65-26 pasting of Rockbridge County.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Lady Wildcats vs. Lady Cavaliers;
First year coach Susan Brown was looking for some answers as her club began
the 2nd half down by 24.
April Staton tries to get things started with the board and the stickback
for the Lady Cats.
But Botetourt is too much in this one. Watch Abby Fresh put the rock on
the floor and go to the hole for the bucket off the window.
Then it was time for a little fun. Sara Hicks is a blur as she goes behind
the back and then flips the no-look to SUPER=33-Lord Botetourt/=65/Rockbridge
Sara Moore for the deuce. Lady Cavs roll 65 to 26.
Here's what we are working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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The latest on tonight's shooting at a trailer park in Pittsylvania County.
SUPER=77-"Fightin' Ninth" Profile;
Our political profiles continue-- tonight it's the Fightin' Ninth
Congressman Rick Boucher talks about what he calls his non-campaign as the
democrat seeks an eighth term in Washington.
Plus the U-S Postal Service will celebrate the Festival of Lights with its
first ever Hanukkah stamp.
News-7 Primetime. Have a great night.
All this in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching