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A judge could rule on whether to delay the Conrail CSX merger- Len Besthoff
joins us live from Philadelphia.
The search is on for a man who robbed an traumatized a Henry County Family.
A rather pleasant day with afternoon sun. Looks Like more clouds are on the
horizon. Details just ahead.
On Health Check-- the latest research in understanding mental health
issues, including obsessive compulsive disorder.
Plus, modern science, and the latest in cardiac care-- and keeping diseased
A federal judge in Philadelphia is expected to rule whether he will side
with Norfolk Southern by temporarily delaying a merger between Conrail and
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon
More fireworks in day two of the courtroom battle between Norfolk Southern
N-S wants a federal judge to temporarily halt Conrail's merger plan with
C-S-X-- Norfolk Southern's rival.
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Len Besthoff joins us from our CBS affiliate in Philadelphia where the case
is being heard.
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(roll cue: "..Conrail's turn.")
IN Q=Obviously what
SUPER=01-Bruce Wilson/Conrail Vice President;
OUT Q=whole story.
out=early this evening.
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(questions: What specifics did Conrail bring up this afternoon.)
A few weeks ago, Ben Lilly was sentenced to death for the carjacking and
killing of a Virginia Tech student.
Today, his younger brother was sentenced for his role in that same murder.
Mark Lilly received a total of 97 years behind bars, but his prison term is
suspended after he serves 49 years.
Last December, the body of Alexander Defillipis was found in the Whitethorne
(WHITE-thorn) section of Montgomery County.
He had been shot four times.
Mark Lilly pled guilty to more than a half dozen charges including second
degree murder and abduction.
Prior, to his sentencing, his mother said she's still in disbelief.
IN Q=This stuff
((FRANCES LILLY/MARK LILLY'S MOTHER: THIS STUFF GOING ON, IT'S SOMETHING
UNUSUAL. IT'S SOMETHING KIND OF HARD TO DEAL WITH. HARD TO BELIEVE. ))
SUPER=01-Frances Lilly/Mark Lilly's Mother;
OUT Q=to believe
Mark Lilly will be in his sixties by the time he gets out of prison.
After that, he'll still face two decades of probation.
The Texaco Employee who taped executives using racial slurs is now facing
SUPER=03-White Plains, NY;
Richard Lundwall is charged with obstructing justice.
F-B-I agents says Lundwall and other Texaco officials tampered with
documents in the discrimination case against Texaco.
((CHRISTOPHER RILEY/LUNDWALL'S ATTORNEY: I THINK IT'S TRULY IRONIC THAT THE
ONLY PERSON UNDER INDICTMENT IS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO CAME FORWARD WITH THE
SUPER=01-Christopher Riley/Lundwall's Attorney;
OUT Q=with the tapes."
Executives used racial slurs and discussed destroying documents on the
The discrimination suit was settled Friday for 176 million dollars.
Five people were hurt this afternoon when a pickup truck slammed into a line
of cars waiting behind a school bus.
The bus had stopped to let students out on Peter's Creek road about
Two cars were stopped behind the bus, when a pickup truck hit them from
The impact pushed the two cars forward, wedging the lead car under the
busses rear bumper.
All the children on the bus are ok.
The driver of the pickup and a passenger were taken to the hospital, along
with three people in the first car that was hit.
The Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off successfully.
((SIX, THREE, MAIN ENGINE UP AND BURNING, TWO, ONE AND LIFTOFF.))
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Cntr.;
OUT Q=and liftoff."
The crew will be busy- They'll launch two satellites, do some spacewalking
and conduct scientific experiments.
One crew member is also breaking a record- 61 year old Story Musgrave is
the oldest person ever to travel into outer space. (----------------)
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- O-J Simpson's infamous house guest
takes the stand....
And it's a sign of the times in the Henry Street Community-- times when the
Dumas Hotel was very much alive-- we'll explain.
On Health Check-- a battery powered pump means diseased hearts can still
keep ticking-- giving hope to people who otherwise would need transplants.
Also ahead-- Patrick is relaxing on the job--
You can too-- find out when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
A man who allegedly robbed and traumatized a Henry County family at gunpoint
is still at large.
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with more on the story.
Jean, authorities say the suspect not only bound the Fernandez
by their hands and feet but also placed pillow cases over their heads while he
searched their Axton home looking for money.
IN Q=We're really
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :09
OUT Q=to the robber.
IN Q=We're really
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:WE'RE REALLY FORTUNATE THAT THIS
DID NOT END IN SERIOUS INJURY OR BODILY HARM OR EVEN DEATH TO ANY OF THESE
FAMILY MEMBERS. ))
OUT Q=family members.
It all started around nine- o'clock last night when Marsha Fernandez went to
empty the garbage outside her home on Route 614.
She says that's when a man wearing a ski mask pointed a gun.
Authorities say the suspect then forced the family, including the couple's
young children, into the dining room where they were held captive.
Later, the suspect allegedly forced Marsha Fernandez to drive to the Rock
House-- a convenience store the couple owns about a half- mile away.
IN Q=She was
((SHE WAS FORCED AT GUNPOINT TO OPEN THE SAFE, REMOVE THE CASH, AND GIVE THE
CASH AND CHECKS FROM THE BUSINESS THAT DAY, TO THE ROBBER.))
OUT Q=to the robber.
At that point, Marsha Fernandez says she was forced to drive the suspect to
the intersection of route 616 and 934, where he exited the vehicle.
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(Does the Sheriff's Department have any leads?)
O-J Simpson's former houseguest is again testifying about the thumps he
heard in the night.
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Kato Kaelin says he heard sounds like someone falling back behind his
bedroom wall the night of the murders.
It's the first time he's said the noises behind the wall sounded like a
Kaelin is testifying in the civil case against O-J Simpson.
It was a nostalgic moment for those who remember the glory days of Henry
A new sign with an old name--
Total Action Against Poverty renamed the former Henry Street Music Center,
the Hotel Dumas Music Center.
It's a gesture to honor the history of Roanoke's black community-- and
bring something back to the Hotel's former owners.
IN Q=I know that
((DARTHULA LASH: I KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T REALLY RETRIEVE THE PAST AND IT BE THE
GLORY DAYS IN WHICH I RECALL. BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE IT CAN HAVE SOME OF THE
GLAMOUR AND WONDERFUL THINGS AND IT CAN JUST BE A COMMUNITY PROJECT. ))
OUT Q=community project.
It'll take about a million dollars to finish the center's renovation.
TAP welcomes investors to help fund the project.
Does your neck feel all knotted up-- are you feeling tense and need
something soothing? Patrick Evans is finding relief right now.
(Patrick ad lib)
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Parts of the Northwest are under a seige from snow.
In Seattle, this is what people are dealing with.
Wheels are spinning-
and shovels are out in force.
The wintry weather is also blamed for several accidents- the worst on
Interstate 90 in Spokane during the morning commute.
In Portland, the snow is melting- but that coupled with heavy rain is
causing flooding for people there.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/36-38/Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/50-54;
SUPER=332-Clouds And/Sprinkles/35-38/Cloudy Skies/With Sprinkles/48-50;
SUPER=333-Variable/Cloudiness/30-32/Variable Clouds/Wind NW-10/40-42;
SUPER=334-Clouds And/Sprinkles/36-39/Clouds And/Sprinkles/48-50;
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Still to come-- the Virginia Tech Hokies may be winning, but they still have
some tough games ahead...
On Health Check, the role of the brain chemical seratonin-- we'll hear the
latest research linking seratonin levels and suicide.
Plus, how the chemical comes into play with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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(( IT WOULDN'T BE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE UNLESS THESE THOUGHTS OR BEHAVIORS
REALLY CAUSE MARKED DISTRESS, UNLESS THEY WERE VERY TIME CONSUMING, OR UNLESS
THEY SIGNIFICANTLY INTERFERED WITH FUNCTIONING. ))
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A single case of Legionnaire's disease has been confirmed by central
Virginia health officials.
The victim remains in Lynchburg General Hospital, where his family has
requested no information be released about his condition.
Authorities say there's "no" connection between this case and the recent
outbreak in Christiansburg.
IN Q=Of course
((DR. JOANNA HARRIS/LYNCHBURG HEALTH DEPT.: OF COURSE, THE ORGANISM IS AROUND
IN THE ENVIRONMENT A LOT, IN STREAMS AND PONDS, AND THIS GENTLEMAN DID LIKE TO
FISH, WE UNDERSTAND.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Joanna Harris/Lynchburg Health Dept.; :00
OUT Q=we understand.
Dr. Harris says Virginia sees about 30 isolated cases of Legionnaire's
disease every year.
Harris also is NOT expecting any new cases of salmonella poisoning in
connection with the Jumbo Family Restaurant in Lynchburg.
Seventeen workers and customers have tested positive for salmonella since
For some, it's a relentless fear of germs, leading to endless hand
Or repeated driving back to the same location to try to find the body of a
person who was never there-- but who they believe they've run over.
Research suggests that obsessive-compulsive disorder is caused in part,
by a disruption of the brain chemical Seratonin, as well as over-activity of
certain circuits in the brain, that locks in a repetitive cycle.
This theory has lead to new treatment.
IN Q=It's highly
((DR. ERIC HOLLANDER/MT. SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: IT'S HIGHLY LIKELY THAT IF
PATIENTS GET EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, THE SELECTIVE SERATONIN RE-UPTAKE BLOCKING
MEDICATION AND SPECIFIC KINDS OF BEHAVIOUR THERAPY THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A
GOOD RESPONSE. ))
((CAROLYN PHILLIPS/OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER PATIENT: THE MEDICATION WORKS,
IT SEEMS TO CAUSE ME TO BE LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO ATTACKS, I THINK THE KNOWLEDGE
OF KNOWING WHAT OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE IS HELPS, I CAN DIVERT ATTACKS BY TELLING
MYSELF, THAT'S OBSESSIVE. HOWEVER, IT NEVER GOES AWAY FULLY. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Hollander/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; :01
SUPER=01-Carolyn Phillips/Patient; :10
OUT Q=goes away fully.
For the average person with obsessive compulsive disorder, it takes
17-years from the onset of symptoms, usually in the teen years, until they
finally get appropriate treatment.
It may be possible to identify people predisposed to kill themselves.
Researchers say detecting abnormally low levels of seratonin may help
doctors predict who's most likely to commit suicide.
Seratonin, is particularly active in a part of the brain that controls
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center researchers say levels are 20 to 25
percent lower in patients at high risk of suicide.
With the continued shortage of donor organs in this country, medical
science has been forced to come up with some amazing devices to help keep
One being used more and more is a heart pump that helps patients waiting
One-hundred-ten people in the U-S have been given new life with
battery-powered heart pumps.
The pumps were originally designed to bridge the gap until a heart
transplant could be made.
But they're proving so effective, some patients--like Ed Heap-- may end
up using them permanently.
IN Q=We suspect
((WE SUSPECT HE'LL BE ON THIS DEVICE FOR A LONG TIME ))
OUT Q=a long time.
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Heart surgeon O.H. Frazier helped pioneer the pumps.
An even smaller variation now in development looks promising.
IN Q=A pump like
((DR. O.H. FRAZIER, TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE: A PUMP LIKE THIS WE CAN USE IN
CHILDREN, BUT WE CAN ALSO USE IT IN
NORMAL SIZE PEOPLE BECAUSE IT HAS A WIDE RANGE OF OUTPUTS. WE'RE VERY HOPEFUL
FOR THIS TECHNOLOGY.))
((ITS INCONVENIENT, AND ITS CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE, BUT I'M HERE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. O.H. Frazier/Texas Heart Institute; :
OUT Q=but i'm here.
With its batteries that need recharging, the noise, and the risk of
malfunction, the pump isn't perfect, but nonetheless, it is allowing some to
live long after their own heart would have given out.
Are the holidays already stressing you out?
Need to relax before the family arrives for Thanksgiving?
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Patrick Evans has found something that will not only relax YOU, but may
make the perfect gift, because one size fits all.
SUPER=01-Carl Yeatts/Massage Therapist;
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The best known coach in college football stepped down today as Lou Holtz
confirmed that he is giving up his head coaching position with the Fighting
Irish, effective at the end of this season.
IN Q="I cannot...
((LOU HOLTZ/ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION:))
SUPER=01-Lou Holtz/Announces Resignation; :00
OUT Q=...there isn't."
Elsewhere this afternoon Albert Belle officially teamed up with Frank Thomas
to form a terror in the middle of Whitesox lineup as leaves the Indians for
And in Boston, former Toronto skipper Jimy Williams was named the Boston
Redsox new manager.
He won 281 games with the Jays from 1986-89.
The Hokies don't have long time to savor what many are calling the biggest
win in school history.
That's because what many are calling the biggest came of the season is on the
And Roy Stanley says that's the West Virginia game - not the Virginia game.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :16
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/1995 Season; :39
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Wide Receiver; :48
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.
We'll hear from the Express at 6 as they host Wheeling tonight in a 7 o'clock
faceoff at the Roundhouse.
See you then everybody.
take a break
Finally tonight-- journalist Walter Cronkite now has a place among the
An asteroid that could someday crash to Earth was renamed in honor of the
veteran CBS broadcaster.
Cronkite visited California Institute of Technology to deliver a
lecture--little did he know he'd walk away with an asteroid of his own.
Cronkite's asteroid is a piece of space debris the size of Colorado's
Pike's Peak, that orbits in a belt between Mars and Jupiter.
An astronomer discovered it, so she holds the right to name it--and
she chose to name it after Cronkite.
Also at six--
Despite drug education programs, recent studies show that
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drug use among teens continues to climb. Here's Keith Humphry--
Tonight we continue our series "Under Whose Influence,"
We'll look at how some baby boomer parents may be contributing to the rise
of substance abuse.
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((JOANN BURKHOLDER: WE HAVE A LOT OF BABY BOOMER PARENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIMENTED
AND USED SUBSTANCES ESPECIALLY IN COLLEGE. PARENTS ARE DRAWING ON THEIR OWN
EXPERIENCE OF HAVING USED AND WHAT THAT TELLS THEM IS THAT IT'S A PHASE. ))
OUT Q=it's a phase.
Melanie Moon will have the details in
part two of her series "Under Whose Influence"
in just 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at SIX.
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That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.