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A jury decides whether this man will receive life in prison or the death
An explosion rocks an office building in Puerto Rico.
And look what trouble the non-stop rain is causing in the Northwest.
A rude combination of cold rain, sleet and snow greeted folks today but the
wintry mix will end shortly. The latest radar pictures straight ahead.
Today's the Great American Smokeout--
on Health Check, we'll go to Fishburn Park Elementary School where they
yelled at the top of their lungs for the annual Smoke Scream.
A Carroll County jury reccommends a sentenced for convicted killer Dennis
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Dennis Stoneman will spend the rest of his life behind bars, but NOT on
The Carroll County jury that convicted him of capital murder last night
spared his life today.
The jury found Stoneman guilty of the murders of Tina and Steve Quesenberry
(QWESS-en-berry), even after the defense tried to pin the blame on Stoneman's
17 year- old son who witnessed the shootings.
Today Stoneman's ex-wife, who says Stoneman abused her and threatened her
family, says the sentence of life without parole isn't enough.
((TERESA STONEMAN/DEFENDANT'S EX-WIFE: IF HE WAS TO EVER GET OUT MY WHOLE
FAMILY, MY CHILD AND ALL OF US WOULD BE IN VERY BAD DANGER. SO I FELT LIKE IF
HE HAD GOTTEN DEATH WE COULD'VE PUT ALL THIS BEHIND US AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO
WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE. ))
SUPER=01-Teresa Stoneman/Defendant's Ex-wife;
OUT Q=anything anymore.
Stoneman first asked the jury to sentence him to die.
But he later asked his lawyer to make a closing argument on his behalf.
((GARY LUMSDEN/STONEMAN'S LAWYER: WELL THERE'S A SAYING ABOUT SOMETHING ABOUT
THE POT COMING TO A BOIL AND I THINK THE POT WAS ON FIRE AND I GUESS HE JUST
CHANGED HIS MIND. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Lumsden/Stoneman's Lawyer;
OUT Q=changed his mind.
Stoneman has 30 days to appeal his conviction.
Their fingerprints have already eliminated a pair of drifters as suspects
in the 1985 murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Now a judge has ordered the state crime lab to take a look at a KNIFE taken
from the two men.
The medical examiner says it could have been used to kill the Haysoms...
but that some of the wounds were too deep to have been caused by the knife in
(Yenz Sirr-ing) Jens Soering confessed to the Haysom murders, then said he
took the blame to protect his girlfriend, ELIZABETH Haysom, the victims'
(Sirr-ings) Soering's new lawyer is trying to suggest that William Shifflett
and Robert Louis Albright committed the double murder in 1985.
They're serving life sentences for a murder in Roanoke right after the
Haysoms were killed.
Tomorrow, O-J Simpson will take the stand in his civil trial.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica/Last Month;
The judge denied a defense request to delay testimony-
Simpson's lawyers argued O-J needed time to get his head on straight from
the custody battle for his children.
But a judge said no, ordering Simpson to testify tomorrow.
That's the word Governor George Allen's using to describe
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's lukewarm support of tobacco regulation by the
Food and Drug Administration.
Allen says the FDA regulations aimed at stopping tobacco sales to children
would hurt Virginia's economy.
IN Q=You take
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU TAKE THAT SORT OF INCOME OUT OF THOSE COMMUNITIES,
THAT'S GONNA AFFECT HOME BUILDERS, RETAILERS, SMALL COUNTRY STORES, GROCERY
STORES, AND ALL THE REST. AND AGAIN, I THINK HE'S OUT OF TOUCH WITH EVEN
PEOPLE IN HIS OWN PARTY WITH IT.))
OUT Q=with it.
Privately, many Republicans are saying Beyer's move is a smart one.
Recent polls suggest a majority of Virginians statewide believe in more
government regulation of tobacco.
Torrential rains in Southwest Oregon caused part of the Interstate to
The sinkhole on Interstate Five is 100 feet wide- 30 feet deep.
One truck drove into the hole- another teetered on the edge and a third
wound up across the median after hitting a driver who had stopped near the
Authorities say all three truck drivers only suffered minor injures.
The driver who was hit was seriously injured.
Transportation officials say runoff water from along the highway- along with
high water in a river below caused the sinkhole.
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Roanoke's African American history is now chronicled in a book---
But first-- an update on the human remains found yesterday at the Wildlife
Hunt Club in Pittsylvania County.
On Health Check-- the Consumer Products Safety Commission issues a warning
about a popular children's playpen. We'll have details a little later on
NEWS-7 at FIVE.
It may have been natural gas that caused a building to explode in Puerto
Rico this morning-
Whatever the cause- it ripped a 50 foot hole in the side of the building.
Offices and apartments came crumbling down.
20 people are reported dead- dozens more are still missing.
Firefighters and police are still searching the debris trying to reach
people possibly trapped alive.
Gas company workers were repairing a gas main outside the building just
before the blast.
Human remains discovered yesterday in Pittsylvania County are still a
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Night;
A hunter found the decomposed body at the Pittsylvania County Wildlife Hunt
Club, near Chatham.
Sheriff's officials say it appears the body had been there for some time
which will make identification even more difficult.
Pittsylvania County officials say they've searched through their files and
still don't know of anyone who's been reported missing over the past year.
But they say they've received several calls from surrounding counties
concerning missing persons.
The remains have been sent to the Roanoke Medical examiner's office.
It was more than a year in the making, but a pictorial history of
Roanoke's African American community is now in print.
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Tonight, the Harrison Museum is celebrating the release of the book, and
that's where Joe Dashiell is reporting tonight.
Jean, here it is... The Roanoke Valley's African American Heritage and
Pictorial History... 275 photographs,
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum Dir.;
along with commentary written by Radford University Professor Reginald Shareef.
Aletha Bolden is the director of the Harrison Museum. How important is
this book in telling the history of the Roanoke Valley?
(ad lib questions)
(roll b-roll of photos over interview)
(joed ad lib)
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(questions: is the book available to the public?)
The motto is "Be Prepared" and the Boy Scouts have been doing JUST THAT for
years-- now, scouts are working on crime prevention....Patrick's live report is
next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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The Boys Scouts have always worked toward making young people better
citizens, and now a new Merit Badge continues that tradition.
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As Patrick Evans reports, Scouts can now earn a Crime Prevention Badge.
Patrick, fill us in.
SUPER=01-W. E. Latham/Roanoke Police Officer;
SUPER=01-Russ Alden/Boy Scouts of America;
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health music under
Still to come-- Thomas Hearns is back in town today to promote his fight--
but now he needs a new opponent-
On Health Check-- it's an alternative to mainstream medicine.
We'll hear about the theory that MAGNET therapy can help control aches and
IN Q=There is
((THERE IS LITTLE QUESTION THAT MAGNETS PRODUCE REMARKABLE RESULTS IN
CONTROLLING PAIN AND INFLAMMATION. ))
OUT Q=pain and inflammation.
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If you have small children and own a certain playpen... a Federal safety
group has a warning for you.
The top rails of Century Products "Fold- N- Go" play yard may collapse...
forming a potentially- deadly trap for children.
Recently, an 18- month- old boy in Centerville died because of the problem.
Now the company is sending out repair kits for the collapsing hazard.
IN Q=The repair
((DAVID CAMPBELL/CENTURY PRODUCTS COMPANY: THE REPAIR KIT INCLUDES NEW TOP
RAILS WHICH INCLUDE THE NEW LOCK FEATURE WHICH PREVENTS THE TOP RAILS FROM
FOLDING OR COLLAPSING DURING NORMAL PLAY WITH A CHILD. ))
SUPER=01-David Campbell/Century Products;
OUT Q=a child
There are two affected play pen models according to the report... 10-710 and
dissolve to pinnacle
If you own one of these products, the company urges you to call them at
GRAPHIC=health check bug
A study released last month by the National Research Council found no
connection between exposure to power lines emitting electro-magnetic fields and
serious health problems.
In fact, Liz Mullen tells us about a magnetic field that some believe may
actually have a healing quality.
IN Q=Since he was
SUPER=01-Jim Colbert/Golfer; :12
SUPER=04-ESPN/Senior PGA Tour; :30
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Rosch/Institute of Stress; :50
SUPER=07-Nancy Del Pizzio; 1:15
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Rodeo/Orthopaedic Surgeon; 1:39
OUT Q=Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.
Since he was 15, senior pro golfer Jim Colbert has suffered from back pain.
In the last few years, he's taken to strapping on magnets to help him with his
JIM COLBERT, GOLFER, 32 MONTHS, I HAVEN'T MISSED A DAY. IT'S NOT AN
OPTION FOR ME. IT CREATES A LOT OF CIRCULATION.
It's not just Colbert, but about half the members of the Senior PGA tour
use magnet therapy to relieve aches and pains.
The magnets, found in pro shops
across the country, sell for thirty to about a hundred dollars, and come in a
variety of shapes and sizes to help various body parts.
Dr. Paul Rosch, who is writing a book about the use magnets to control
pains, says one thing is certain...
DR. PAUL ROSCH, INSTITUTE OF STRESS, THERE IS LITTLE QUESTION ABOUT THE
FACT THAT MAGNETS PRODUCE REMARKABLE RESULTS IN CONTROLLING PAIN AND
Golfers aren't the only ones to discover this alternative to mainstream
medicine. Six months after knee surgery, a friend suggested Nancy Del Pizzio
give it a try.
NANCY DEL PIZZIO, I PUT THEM ON AND THOUGHT LET ME TRY MY HOPPING AND I
COULD HOP. I KNEW IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE MAGNETS. THEY DON'T ELIMINATE THE PAIN
BUT THEY REDUCE IT.
The Food and Drug Administration has neither approved nor disapproved
magnets as a treatment because it's never been asked to. And there is
skepticism in the mainstream medical community about their effectiveness.
DR. SCOTT RODEO, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER, EVERY CELL
HAS THE ELECTRICAL POTENTIAL BUT TO SAY A MAGNETIC FIELD WILL AFFECT THE
ELECTRICAL POTENTIAL IN A NEGATIVE OF POSITIVE WAY JUST HASN'T BEEN
But Dr. Rosch believes it's the results that count.
ROSCH: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN. PEOPLE SAY IT IS
A PLACEBO EFFECT. IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND. IF IT WORKS, NOBODY REALLY CARES.
Even Dr. Rosch says magnets are no substitute for seeing your doctor. but
if it's a choice between using a magnet and pain-killing drugs, he says you
might want to give it a try.
Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York))
Hundreds of students were yelling in area schools this afternoon.
It wasn't because they were in trouble.
It was the Great American Smoke Scream.
((NAT SOUND OF STUDENTS: DON'T START. ))
More than 300 students at Fishburn Park Elementary used their lungs to get
out the message that smoking is bad for you.
SOT 14:42:22 & 14:41:39
IN Q=I learned not
(( PIERRE WEBSTER/5TH GRADER: I LEARNED NOT TO SMOKE. JAY MOORE/REPORTING:
WHY SHOULDN'T YOU SMOKE. WEBSTER: CAUSE IT CAN KILL YOU.
DANIEL DRIVER/5TH GRADER: THAT YOU SHOULDN'T SMOKE AND IF SOMEONE ASK YOU
SUPER=01-Pierre Webster/5th Grader; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Driver/5th Grader; :07 Super Quick!!!
OUT Q=you say no.
The smokeout was founded in 19-77 by the American Cancer Society.
Health officials say people are starting to smoke at a younger age.
IN Q=Hit em while
((KERIN WALLACE/SCHOOL NURSE: HIT EM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG CAUSE 90 PERCENT OF
ALL SMOKERS START BEFORE THE AGE OF 18. THE AVERAGE AGE THAT A CHILD WILL
EXPERIMENT OR TRY A CIGARETTE IS AGE NINE. ))
SUPER=01-Kerin Wallace/School Nurse;
OUT Q=cigarette is age nine.
More than 12-hundred people die each day from smoking.
Good afternoon everybody, we begin the Thursday ticker with some good news
concerning Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon.
The NBA all-star, who was admitted to a Houston hospital on Tuesday night
with an irregular heart beat, was discharged today after an exercise stress
test showed no problems.
He will begin private workouts tomorrow, but will not return to the Rockets
for a few more days. Amazingly, Hakeem believes a glass of ice cold water
triggered the irregularity.
And former NASCAR driver Elmo Langley, who has served as the Winston Cup
circuits' pace car driver for the past six years died today in Suzuka, Japan.
He was 68. Doctors say heart failure is the cause of death.
The day after Thanksgiving one of the biggest fight cards ever in the
Roanoke Valley is set for the Roanoke Civic Center.
Thomas Hearns is in the featured bout but today his opponent checked out.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Thomas Hearns/Six-Time World Champion;
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 3, 1993
SUPER=01-Steve Pannell/Heavyweight Boxer; :52
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Hearns was scheduled to fight Karl Willis in a 10 round light heavyweight
bout at the Roanoke Civic center November 29-th..
But the fight's promoter informed the media that Willis had to withdraw
because of medical reasons.
Promoters are working on another opponent but Hearns says he's disappointed
that Willis was not physically able to fight because he's trained very hard for
the upcoming bout.))
((THOMAS HEARNS/LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER: ))
((Roanoker Steve Pannell is also on the boxing card.
For the past year and a half Pannell has been working with Don King's stable
of boxers including former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall.
Pannell is bigger and stronger and anxious to show the hometown fans what
he's all about.))
((STEVE PANNELL/HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER: ))
((Plenty tickets are available Civic Center officials say only a couple hundred
tickets have been sold in the 10-thousand seat arena.
Roy Stanley news 7 Sports.))
The Hokies talk about West Virginia tonight at six, we'll hear from the
Express they play Charlotte tonight at 7:30 at the Roundhouse.
Have a safe evening everybody.
take a break
It's beginning to look like Thanksgiving...
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, that is.
Some students got to see the finishing touches on a few of the newest floats
that will parade down Broadway next week.
Expect a real celebration on the party-time float which is a giant birthday
cake with candles.
And get ready for the Snow Family Holiday, complete with three 30-foot
The parade kicks off at nine Thanksgiving Morning in New York City's
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Many of America's teens apparently aren't getting the message to say NO to
drugs and alcohol.
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Here's Keith Humphry.
But they may be listening a little closerSUPER=@Keith1;
when the message is coming from their peers.
One teenager is sharing her story of drug addiction in an effort to keep
others from going through what she's experienced.
IN Q=AGE IS NO FACTOR.
OUT Q= happen to me either.
Melanie Moon will share Marci's story in "Under Whose Influence"
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in just 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at Six.
Thanks Keith...for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.