What's this? A repeat performance of LAST Winter.
Hey it's not even Winter, yet.
We'll talk about the weather first thing on NEWS 7 at SIX.
...also take a look at the rising cost of cable T-V, and assess the prospects
of computer hackers breaching security on highly- sensitive Health Department
In sports, Virginia Tech Head coach Frank Beamer talks about preparing for
the Hokies upcoming bowl game.
And Terry Labonte is in New York ready to accept the award as the Winston
Cup Points champion.
Winter doesn't officially arrive for another 2 weeks... but you wouldn't
know that by looking outside.
The first "real" snow fall of the season has arrived.
In the Roanoke and New River Valleys there's nothing too severe... but it IS
starting to stick to the roads.
A winter weather advisory is already in effect for Alleghany, Bath and Craig
Robin Reed has been keeping track... and he's standing by with more.
Wxpro/Full Current Temps
MCU-Wx Office Toss Back To Keith
The weather is causing the cancellation of evening classes at some schools.
Take Fullscreen Schoolwatch
Central Virginia Community College has no night classes.
Dabney Lancaster Community College has cancelled classes tonight.
Also Dominion Business School--no evening classes.
The same is true for Jackson River Technical College--
No night classes at New River Community College.
Virginia Western Community College has cancelled classes tonight.
And Virginia College has no night classes.
A construction worker fell to his death this afternoon at G-W Carver
Elementary School in Salem.
Benjamin Larry Lucadoo was installing a metal frame on a window.
The Police report indicates someone was holding the bottom of the ladder,
but that Lucadoo tried to "scoot it over" from the top- -about 25-feet off the
The 48-year old worker landed on his head on the concrete walkway at the
front door of the school.
Central Virginia authorities believe a man found shot to death yesterday in
Amherst County WAS the driver of a blood-stained car abandoned in Lynchburg
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg Newsroom tonight.
Steve, how far did police get with their investigation today?
Keith, they're still trying to retrace the victim's path from New York City
down to central Virginia.
Only then will they know what path THEY need to take with their
IN Q=It started with
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./Today; :19
SUPER=01-Sheriff Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co.; :40
OUT Q=which direction to go.
(( It started with the discovery of this Nissan Pathfinder Tuesday morning in
It had been parked in this lot off Wadsworth Street for about a week.
Police forced the lock and discovered the front passenger seat was covered
But for more than 24 hours, the whereabouts of the driver were unknown.
Then, late Wednesday, a highway worker spotted the body of a black male
dumped alongside Route 617 near Lowesville.
24- year- old Vincent Lee Schulterbrandt of the Bronx appeared to have been
shot once in the head.
The regional homicide squad consisting of more than a half dozen
investigators from around central Virginia revisited the scene today.
IN Q=Right now it
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T LOOK REAL GOOD AS FAR
AS HAVING ANY POSSIBLE LEADS, BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW OF ANY ACQUAINTANCES THAT
HE HAD DOWN HERE. THE MOTHER HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO GIVE US ANY SPECIFIC LOCATION
THAT HE WAS GOING TO, SO AT THIS TIME, OR EARLY THIS MORNING, IT WAS HARD TO
PINPOINT WHICH DIRECTION TO GO.))
OUT Q=which direction to go.))
(Steve ad lib live tag)
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Fans of the Tour Dupont say the loss of the annual cycling event would be
more than just a disappointment to western Virginia.
The world- class event has focused attention on the sport and the
communities through which it passes.
It has also meant a boost in business for merchants who cater to cyclists
or the crowds that followed the race.
IN Q=We always noticed after the event
((SCOTT LEWEKE/CARDINAL BICYCLE: WE ALWAYS NOTICED AFTER THE EVENT CAME THROUGH
THAT THERE WAS A SURGE OF ENTHUSIASM. PEOPLE THAT WERE CYCLISTS BEFORE WOULD
COME IN AND GET MORE EXCITED ABOUT GOING OUT AND RIDING. WE ALWAYS HAD NEW
CUSTOMERS THAT THOUGHT WELL THIS WOULD BE A NEAT THING TO GET INTO. THEY HADN'T
REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT BEFORE, BUT IT BROUGHT NEW CUSTOMERS IN.))
SUPER=01-Scott Leweke/Cardinal Bicycle;
OUT Q=brought new customers in.
The withdrawal of Dupont as the main sponsor of the race, has left
organizers scrambling for support.
They'd have to raise more than two million dollars in the next two weeks
to keep the 1997 event on course.
Cable rates may be on the rise in the Roanoke Valley again.
Cox Communications, the area's largest cable provider, has asked for federal
permission to hike its prices.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff is outside Cox headquarters tonight.
(Len ad lib)
ROLL CUE:...heard this all before).
IN Q=It's terrible
SUPER=01-Susan Maxie/Cox Cable Customer; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Larry Corbett/Cox Cable Customer; :22
SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment Gallery; :48
SUPER=01-Ann Carter/Satellite Subscriber; :57
OUT Q=on cable.
(Len ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
(Keith Question: Do you actually pay more for satellite than for cable?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
a Roanoke Valley choral group is in the spotlight at the lighting of the
national Christmas tree.
and concerns over computer security and state health records.
Just who can access confidential medical information?
MUSIC UP FULL
(("THIS IS VIRGINIA'S NUMBER ONE NEWSCAST, NEWS 7 AT SIX, WITH KEITH HUMPHRY,
METEOROLOGIST ROBIN REED AND MIKE STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia's Health Department keeps a list of who has AIDS or HIV in the
It also knows how they got it.
It's NOT the kind of information you want falling into the hands of computer
Ellen Qualls reports on concerns about computer security of public health
IN Q=The Virginia
SUPER=01-Gary Blankenbecler/Va. Dept. of Health; :52
SUPER=01-Ken Sikora/Computer Consultant; 1:18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
The Virginia Department of Health has what its officials call an internal
To get into its database, you need a password...AND to be on a computer in
the Richmond headquarters or in the offices of one of the 35 health districts
around the state.
That means hackers shouldn't be able to get in through the public world wide
That doesn't mean they don't try to breach the security firewall.
sot standup tape two 05:21:46
((ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S OFFICIAL LOGS, ONLY ONE PERSON HAS
ATTEMPTED TO HACK IN OVER PHONE LINES FROM AN UNAUTHORIZED LOCATION IN THE PAST
He or she was stopped at the firewall.
The department did NOT try to prosecute.
Among the data within:
Anything public health officials really ought to know, including who has
AIDS or HIV, AND how they got it.
Through an IV drug injection?
From a blood transfusion?
Or homosexual sex?
((GARY BLANKENBECLER/VA. DEPT. OF HEALTH: WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. I'VE GOT
TWO INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE DESIGNATED AS SECURITY JUST TO WATCH OUR NETWORK.
AND MAKE SURE OUR POLICIES STAY CURRENT WITH OUR TECHNOLOGY.))
But some of the department's own employees tell NEWS 7 they believe the
system could be broken into.
Computer expert Ken Sikora has helped Virginia Commonwealth University with
He was able to hack into the school's financial records.
((KEN SIKORA/COMPUTER CONSULTANT: I COULD SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE AT VCU
TRYING TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WAS SECURE.))
The state and Sikora agree: confidential data downloaded onto a PC hard
drive is the most easily hacked.
The state says such downloading is a major no-no in the Internet age.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Some pee wee football players in
Salem say they were "snake bit"... or hit with a belt... by their COACH.
Three 8- year- olds say the alleged whipping took place during the team's
last practice in early November.
But coach Keith Gaines says the allegations are absolutely absurd.
He admits taking off his belt to show the kids how HE was disciplined as a
But adamantly denies ever hitting anyone.
IN Q=I just
((KEITH GAINES/PEE WEE FOOTBALL COACH: I JUST THINK THEY'RE RIDICULOUS. IT'S
REAL HURTFUL. I THOUGHT I WAS DOING A GOOD JOB. I MAY HAVE BEEN IN POOR
JUDGEMENT TAKING THE BELT OFF, BUT I NEVER HURT ANY KID.))
SUPER=01-Keith Gaines/Pee Wee Football Coach;
OUT Q=any kid
Commonwealth's Attorney Fred King says police have been actively and
aggressively pursuing this case.
He says the charges stem from an intense investigation.
IN Q=We have
((FRED KING/SALEM COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE HAVE DONE AN INVESTIGATION THAT
MIGHT BE COMMENSURATE WITH A MUCH MORE SERIOUS FELONY OFFENSE THAN THIS
PARTICULAR ACTIVITY. ))
SUPER=01-Fred King/Salem Commonwealth's Atty.;
OUT Q=particular activity
A January 13th trial date has been set.
On Wall Street stock players were moving with a measure of caution, ahead of
tomorrow morning's government report on November unemployment.
The Dow gained 14 points, closing at 64 hundred 37.
NASDAQ was UP three points.
The Gallery of Local Artists at the New River Valley Mall is temporarily
closed for business.
Friday the annual gallery opened in a previously un-used mall space, after
volunteers spent three weeks setting up.
Artists obtained donations including lumber for a stage to offer live
performances and carpet to cover part of the dirt floor.
Christiansburg High School students strung the ceiling lights.
But late yesterday the building inspector shut it down due to lack of an
((DARCY MEEKER/NEW RIVER ARTS COUNCIL: THE IDEA WAS WE'D GET THAT SPACE READY
AND THEN WE COULD USE IT EVERY YEAR FOR THREE OR FOUR YEARS. SO EVERYBODY WAS
WILLING TO REALLY PUT A LITTLE EXTRA INTO IT. ))
SUPER=01-Darcy Meeker/New River Arts Council;
OUT Q=extra into it.
The gallery will reopen tomorrow, but in a smaller space at the other end of
Organizers aren't sure yet whether they'll have to cancel all the live
A group of young people from the Roanoke Valley shared the spotlight with
President and Mrs. Clinton today in Washington.
The Roanoke College Children's choir performed this afternoon at the
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.
The group was making its second appearance at the national pageant.
SOT OF MUSIC
IN Q=This Christmastide
OUT Q=this Chrismastide.(END OF SONG)
The choir is planning two Christmas Concerts here in Roanoke.
They are scheduled December 14th and 15th at St. Andrews Catholic Church.
And coming up, Virginia Tech prepares for the holiday and their trip to a
bowl game, Terry Labonte is in New York where he will be crowned the Winston
Cup Points champion,
And this afternoon, Nascar President Bill France issues a statement
supporting Rick Hendrick who was indicted by a grand jury yesterday in North
On the eve of its Banquet to honor its drivers, Nascar issued a statement
this afternoon concerning car owner Rick Hendrick
Hendrick was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday with paying bribes
to executives of Honda of America in exchange for preferential treatment.
He said he would plead innocent and he received the backing of Nascar today
in New York.
IN Q="THE RESULTS...
((BILL FRANCE/NASCAR PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-Bill France/Nascar President; :
OUT Q=........way possible."
When Terry Labonte, one of Hendrick's drivers, won his first Winston Cup
Championship in 1984, his earnings for that entire year were just over $700
This year his take is more than 5 times that much.
Mike Stevens talked with the 39 year old Texas native about his championship
season VIA satellite from New York.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/1996 Winston Cup Champion; :00
SUPER=03-Martinsville/September 22- Hanes 500; :26
OUT Q=...IN NEW YORK CITY."
The Virginia Tech Hokies are spending this week out of pads, in the weight
room and on the road running.
The team will be giving their minds a workout as well, exams begin next
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...on that"
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies;
While the Hokies are having a chance to catch their breath, they won't get
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :
OUT Q=....on this team"
The Roanoke Express lost it's home ice to a Beauty and a Beast this week.
Walt Disney's World on Ice tour is in town.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Evening; :00
20 skaters from the Roanoke Express youth Hockey club joined the
The Express was represented. Centerman Ilya Dubkov also skated with the
younsters. Many of the Beauty and the Beast pros are also Russian, making the
evevning twice as nice for Dubkov.
((ILYA DUBKOV/EXPRESS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Ilya Dubkov/Express Center; :00
OUT Q=...laguage to"
Roanoke youth hockey players realized skating with Mickey Mouse was fun and
similar to hockey.
((FIELDING BREWBAKER/YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYER:))
((JESSE LONG/YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYER:))
SUPER=01-Fileding Brebaker/Youth Hockey Player; :00
SUPER=01-Jesse Long/Youth Hockey Player; :06
OUT Q=...much the same"
SUPER=330-Snow Ending/1-3 Inches/30-32/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-15/50-52;
SUPER=331-Light Rain/Mixed With Snow/32-34/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-15/50-52;
SUPER=332-Snow & Sleet/1-2 Inches/25-29/Cloudy Skies/Wind SW-10/45-49;
SUPER=333-Winter Wx Advisory/1-3 Inches Snow/26-29/Cloudy Skies/Wind
SUPER=334-Winter Wx Advisory/1-3 Inches Snow/24-28/Cloudy With/Flurries/44-46;