News 7 at Five is next-
The White House Cabinet shakeup begins- a top official resigns.
One day after several Hokies are indicted- complaints are flying from all
And Dr. Kevorkian's back in the slammer.
Alright cold weather fans. Get ready for a very chilly weekend. But first
we have to cover up for the rain on Friday.
On Health Check-- we'll hear what one patient has to say about care
through Carilion Health Systems-- in light of union talks there.
Plus, kids and nutrition....many young athletes are trying to starve
themselves to perfection-- and it may have long-term health consequences.
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((FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE NATION AND
HIS UNIQUE FRIENDSHIP TO THE PRESIDENT. MR. SECRETARY. APPLAUSE.))
President Clinton bids farewell to Secretary of State Warren Christopher
who's stepping down.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Christopher announced his resignation today- He will not stick around for a
He described his work as taking part in history's relay race.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: IT'S BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO
HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RUN THIS CHALLENGING LEG OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS. I'VE
DONE SO WITH THE ASSURANCE THAT WE HAVE BEGUN TO SHAPE AMERICA'S FOREIGN POLICY
FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=FOR THE 21ST CENTURY."
Christopher is the first in a string of cabinet members expected to leave
in this post-election shakeup.
Another name added to that list today- Transportation Secretary Federico
The backlash has begun in the wake of indictments against eight Virginia
Tech football players and one former player.
Yesterday head coach Frank Beamer announced suspensions against seven
Today, Beamer is taking the heat from all sides.
An attorney for two players, Angelo Harrison and Brad Baylor says the
university should've waited for a finding of guilt before taking action.
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE LAWYER: IF YOU'RE GONNA FIND FACTS LET'S FIND THEM AND THEN
PUNISH, BUT DON'T PUNISH BEFORE YOU KNOW ALL THE FACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Lawyer;
OUT Q=all the facts.
But Tech officials have also been under pressure for waiting too long to
punish the players allegedly involved in a fight last August.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIV. RELATIONS DIRECTOR: MANY, MANY STUDENTS WERE INVOLVED IN
THIS SITUATION. WE KNEW THAT THE BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS GONNA BE
CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND WE FELT THEY WERE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION
THAN UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE WHAT ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Univ. Relations Director;
OUT Q=actually took place.
The investigation into the fight took two months to finish.
Hincker says Tech officials called police weekly, in hopes it would be
wrapped up much more quickly.
The U-S Supreme Court has denied a Virginia death row inmate's appeal.
Now the fate of Joseph Payne
is in the hands of Governor George Allen.
A spokesmen said Allen is reviewing Joseph Payne's Clemency and would act at
the appropriate time.
Payne is scheduled to die tonight by injection at 9.
In 1986, he was accused of dousing another inmate with paint thinner and
setting him on fire.
Four members of the jury that convicted Payne have since called for clemency.
Joe Waldholtz is sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance
The former husband of Congresswoman Enid Greene- got a longer sentence than
the government asked for.
The judge says that's because Waldholtz continued to write bad checks and
use heroin after pleading guilty to tax fraud.
The charges were in connection with his former wife's campaign.
Greene cried during the hearing.
She said she attended the hearing so she might find some closure on her life
Jack Kevorkian is in jail tonight once again charged with assisted suicide.
He was arrested outside a pawn shot near his home- handcuffed and thrown in
((GEOFFREY FIEGER/KEVORKIAN'S ATTORNEY: WE WOULD'VE SURRENDERED DR. KEVORKIAN
IF HE WANTED TO CHARGE HIM BUT INSTEAD TO WRESTLE HIM DOWN ON THE STREET AND
DRIVE HIM HANDCUFFED TO IONIA.))
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Feiger/Kevorkian's Attorney;
OUT Q=handcuffed to Ionia."
The case stems from the August death of Loretta Peabody- who suffered from
It's the 45th death Kevorkian has acknowledged attending.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- sheriff's deputies raid schools in
And he helped Virginia's Explore Park become a reality, now Director Rupert
Cutler will explore elsewhere.
On Health Check, it's an all too common scenario at schools this time of
year...outbreaks of head lice.
Check Elementary is going through one right now....we'll tell you what
they're doing about it.
Also coming up-- Is Rush okay to read at one Bedford County school?
We'll have the latest, when we come back.
Virginia's Explore Park is launching a national search for a new director.
Today, Rupert Cutler announced he's leaving to work with a new group, the
Western Virginia Land Trust.
Cutler joined the Explore staff six years ago, and became executive director
after Bern (You-ert) left.
As Explore opens a spur from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a restaurant and a new
welcome center, Cutler says the living history museum needs a different kind of
IN Q=I have a background in forestry
((RUPERT CUTLER/EXPLORE DIRECTOR: I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE
BIOLOGY AND WILDERNESS CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WHICH MET SOME
OF THE CRITERIA, BUT IT'S NOT REALLY ON POINT WITH WHAT EXPLORE PARK NEEDS
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Director;
OUT Q=needs today.
Though Cutler's departure follows the resignation of general manager Chet
Simmons, Cutler says the decision to leave was his alone.
The Western Virginia Land Trust will work to preserve scenic views,
greenways, historic sites and undeveloped land.
Cutler will stay on at Explore until his successor is chosen.
A surprise raid at a school for troubled students in Halifax County ended in
17-year old Greg Hamlett was taken into custody this afternoon outside
"Project Hope" on Route 360.
Sheriff's officials say when they pulled into the parking lot the young man
attempted to run.
Authorities say they found several pieces of aluminum foil in his pocket
which contained a substance that appeared to be crack cocaine.
Hamlett was charged with possession of an imitation drug with intent to
IN Q=We've had
((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE'VE HAD REPORTS THAT THEY DID
HAVE DRUGS UP HERE AT THIS SCHOOL ON OCCASION, THAT THEY HAD SMOKED MARIJUANA,
AND SHERIFF OAKES DECIDED IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO TRY TO SEE IF THEY DID
HAVE ANYTHING UP HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=up here.
A similar raid took place earlier in the morning at Halifax County high
Authorities came up virtually empty handed in that raid.
A pocket knife and part of a marijuana cigarette were the only items found
after a search of nearly two-thousand students.
Bedford County educators have "not" responded to the threat of a lawsuit
over the banning of outside reading material at Moneta Elementary School.
Attorneys for 9-year old Jason Gardner say the school has violated Jason's
civil rights by preventing him from reading Rush Limbaugh in class.
The latest incident occurred in September, when Gardner's copy of the
"Limbaugh Letter" was taken away from him by his fifth grade teacher.
Two other teachers have since banned any reading material not found in the
Attorneys for the Rutherford Institute gave the school one week to revoke
that policy or face a lawsuit.
That deadline came and went yesterday, with no response from the school.
The attorney for the school could not be reached for comment.
The sounds of barbershop quartets will ring throughout the valley this
weekend-- and Patrick Evans has a preview.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
If you love the sounds of a barbershop quartet, we have a treat for you
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans has a sample of this weekend's Annual Barbershop Show at Cave
Spring High School.
Patrick, fill us in.
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Publicity Director;
SUPER=01-"Time Was"/Barbershop Quartet;
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health music under
Still to come-- Intern Sports Reporter Kent Shiner takes us to the Roanoke
College soccer field where the team is looking for an ODAC championship.
On Health Check-- the pressure on young athletes for the "perfect" athletic
It may have long-term health implications, with teens taking drastic
measures to "make weight"
IN Q=I think there
((I THINK THERE IS AN INCREDIBLE LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY ON A PARENT NOT TO
ALLOW SOME EVENT LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM AND WRESTLING TEAM JEOPARDIZE SOMEONE'S
OUT Q=someone's health.
health bump next
Last week we told you how nurses may set up a union at two Roanoke
They say this is because of a system wide reorganization by the hospitals'
parent company, the Carilion Health System.
Some nurses believe it has stretched Carilion's resources too thin and
impacted patient care.
Alma Walker has been in and out of Carilion's Roanoke hospitals for the past
eight- to- ten years, suffering from chronic heart disease.
She says during the past year or so she's noticed a change in the way
patients are treated in their hospital rooms.
IN Q=I have been
((ALMA WALKER: THIS TIME AT MY STAY THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE, I HAVE BEEN
NEGLECTED ON BED BATHS AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OTHER PATIENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Alma Walker/RMH Patient;
OUT Q=other patients.
Carilion says you need to put this one patient complaint in perspective.
IN Q=We treat
((SHIRLEY HOLLAND/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM: WE TREAT LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF
PATIENTS HERE EACH YEAR IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND WE GET LETTERS, PHONE CALLS,
FROM PATIENTS EVERY WEEK TELLING US HOW PLEASED THEY WERE WITH THEIR CARE.))
SUPER=01-Shirley Holland/Carilion Health System;
OUT Q=they were with their care.
Carilion adds that it monitors its patient satisfaction on an ongoing basis,
and it gets consistently high ratings.
There may be a very small silver lining in being genetically predisposed to
Researchers say women who have a flawed BRCA-ONE gene seem to have a
greater survival rate-- than other women with the disease-- meaning the cancer
is less aggressive.
Of the women they tested, those with the mutated gene survived six years,
while those with a normal form of the gene lived an average of two years.
About ten-percent of all ovarian cancers are believed to be genetically
It's a major irritant many parents have experienced with their kids
Headlice-- tiny but visible insects that live in the hair.
At Check Elementary School, some 40- kids have been infected with headlice
in recent weeks-- most are in kindergarten.
Right now, about 20 kids are out of school, because of the condition.
If lice are found, parents are called to pick their children up from
school and keep them off the bus.
They can't come back until their hair is egg and nit free...that usually
takes just about a day, with treatment.
The agressive, competitive nature of some school sports may be driving
some young athletes on a dangerous quest for the PERFECT athletic body.
It's seen a lot in gymnastics and wrestling.
Even sports like football can require young athletes to "make weight".
Although losing a few pounds here and there may not seem like much of a big
deal-- for a growing child, abrupt changes in body chemistry can have serious
IN Q=At the beginning
((DUKE FERRO/HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER: AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK I MAY
BE SIX POUNDS OVER OR SEVEN POUNDS OVER. SO I GRADUALLY LOSE THE WEIGHT BY
GAME TIME. IF BY THE END OF THE WEEK I'M WORRIED ABOUT MAKING WEIGHT, THEN
I'LL RUN OUTSIDE WITH A TRASH BAG..JUST TO GET DOWN TO UNDER WHAT I HAVE TO
SUPER=01-Duke Ferro/High School Football Player; :
OUT Q=have to weigh.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
Running wrapped in plastic to lose excess water weight could cause
dehydration, alter electrolyte balance, and affect muscle function.
To top it off, some young athletes are starving before the big game...to
IN Q=The severe
((DR. PETER PIZZUTILLO/PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: THE SEVERE RESTRICTION FOR
EXAMPLE IN CALORIES WHICH A YOUNG PERSON WHO'S NOT ONLY COMPETING, BUT WHOSE
BODY IS ACTUALLY GROWING.. THEIR MUSCLES ARE DEVELOPING, THEIR BONES ARE
GROWING.. THEY HAVE SOMETIMES ZERO CALORIES COMING IN WHEN THEY NEED 3 OR 4
HUNDRED CALORIES A DAY. SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN HERE AND WHAT HAPPENS IS A
TEAR DOWN PHENOMENON. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Peter Pizzutillo/Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; :13
OUT Q=tear-down phenomenon.
Calcium deficiencies have lead to multiple stress fractures in ballerinas--
simply because they often steer clear of fat found in dairy products.
And muscles don't perform well if potassium and calcium levels are below
That means some techniques used by high school and college wrestlers to
drop pounds for a weight category advantage may actually hurt their
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday ticker!
The Roanoke Express is still on the road getting set for the next to last
game in its gruelling six game, nine day road swing in the south.
Tomorrow night they play in Mobile, Alabama,
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but they will not have the services of goalie Paul Taylor, who was brought
into the express camp last week.
Taylor beat the Checkers last Friday but tonight he's flying out out of
Pensacola , Florida to join the the AHL's St. John Flames.
The Flames have been unhappy with their net minding and hope Taylor can
provide some help.
The semi-finals of men's soccer in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference are
set for tomorrow at Roanoke College.
And Intern reporter Kent Shiner says will take some doing to kick the
championship away from the host Maroons.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Scott Allison/Roanoke College Men's Soccer Coach; :13
SUPER=01-Shane Green/Sweeper from New Zealand; :50
SUPER=01-Adam Birch/Midfielder from New Zealand; 1:05
SUPER=19-Kent Shiner; 1:15
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
(( After a slow start, the Maroons finish the regular season with a ten game
win streak which Coach Allison attributes to solid teamwork, hard practice and
the boost from his hundredth victory halfway through the season.
Two players taking a part in the Maroons success are New Zealanders, Shane
Green and Adam Birch.
The missed opportunity to participate in sports while receiving a solid
education in Europe, is what has drawn many athletes like Green and Birch to
Adam expresses that the biggest style difference from European play is that of
The Maroons will have home field advantage throughout the tournament, which
should also be an added bonus to their success. From Salem, Kent Shiner News-7
Coming up at six, Roy Stanley will have a report from the ODAC's preseason
basketball media day.
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
It's a birthday cake- without all that frosting.
Might not sound good to you, but it's exactly what these two polar bears
The special cake is made of frozen seafood and carrots for a surprise
birthday party at Sea World.
The birthday bears- Klondike and Snow had no trouble wolfing down the 100
The two bears were abandoned at birth-
Their home is now Sea World in Orlando, Florida.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Also coming up tonight at six, how much longer can the old Alleghany County
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/Keith
Keith Humphry has a preview...
Jean, Alleghany CountySUPER=@KEITH1;
officials say they need a new jail plan now. (----------------)
The old building is deteriorating around them, and state inspectors will
check it out next year.
This week county supervisors told the City of Clifton Forge to get on board,
or get out of the way.
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We'll tell you where things stand today.
Plus join us for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime tonight at 10 on WEFC.
from the Barbershop quartet "Time Was", see you later, goodnight.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- before we leave, let's hear one more time