Coming up on News 7-
Nicole Brown's mother testifies at the O-J Simpson trial.
A teenager is killed in a mobile home fire.
This Amherst restaurant is forced to shut down.
Plus it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Roanoke- the
Christmas tree is lit.
News 7 is next.
It's the most emotional testimony so far at the O-J Simpson civil trial.
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Nicole Simpson's mother says she saw Simpson lean over Nicole's coffin and
whisper I'm sorry Nikki. We'll have details from court.
Fire takes the life of a teenager in Pittsylvania Coutny 17 year old
Alexander Ferrell was in a back bedroom when the blaze broke out.
Competition and rising costs force an Amherst restaurant to shut down.
Tiny tim flips the switch- the Christmas tree is lit in Downtown Roanoke
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
It appears an electrical short sparked a fire that killed a teenager in
Pittsylvania County this morning.
Fire consumed the mobile home about six thirty- while 17 year old Alexander
Ferrell was in a back bedroom.
Sheriff's officials say the teen's father had already left for work when his
mother spotted flames.
The mobile home was on Beaver Street, off Route 360 in Blairs.
Ferrell's body has been brought to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning in the United States.
It is called the silent killer-- because it's both odorless and colorless.
Carbon monoxide is blamed for the death of an elderly Halifax County couple
earlier this week.
Authorities say Isaac and Annie Garner died when their oil heater
malfunctioned sending toxic fumes into the air.
Carbon monoxide essentially prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream.
Tom Cahill of Danville survived carbon monoxide poisoning.
He says he first noticed something was wrong when he got up to care for his
cats who'd become sick.
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((TOM CAHILL/CARBON MONOXIDE SURVIVOR:AS I MOVED, I NOTICED SHORTNESS OF
BREATH, INCREASING DIZZINESS AND IT WAS AT THAT TIME IT STARTED TO DAWN ON ME
IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE CARBON MONOXIDE. ))
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OUT Q=carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide entered Cahill's home after a large number of dead birds
blocked the exhaust from his furnace into the chimney.
Experts say families should invest in a carbon monoxide detector and have
their furnaces and chimneys regularly serviced.
It's the most emotional testimony so far at O-J Simpson's wrongful death
Nicole Brown Simpson's mother took the stand.
Jennifer Sabih is covering the story from Los Angeles.
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((Nicole's mother was arguably the most emotional testimony in the civil
case thus far.
Juditha Brown frequently burst into tears, once when telling jurors that O.J.
Simpson leaned over his ex-wife s coffin at her wake, kissed her on the lips
and murmured I'm so sorry Nicki. I'm so sorry. Before Brown came Ron Goldman s
biological mother Sharon Rufo. On video tape she testified that after years of
estrangement from her son she has only pictures left to remember him by.
Listening to it all today, the man victim s families feel is responsible for
the murders and the man they want to make pay.
ROBERT PUGSLEY/LAW PROFESSOR SOT: FROM A FEW HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IT WILL DEPEND FIRST OF ALL ON THE JURYS OWN PERCEPTION OF
WEATHER OR NOT SIMPSON IS RESPONSIBLE.
Hoping to pin that responsibility on Simpson plaintiff lawyers acted out now
estranged Simpson friend Robert Kardashian's deposition.
Where the lawyer said he was surprised O.J. seemed so concerned about the where
abouts of his golf bag in the hours after his ex wife was murdered.
Plaintiff s suggest the reason is because the golf bag was where O.J. hid the
murder weapon. Jennifer Sabih for CBS News, Los Angeles.))
A topsy turvy day on Wall Street-
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 145 points early in the day.
Stocks fell after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested they're
((ALAN GREENSPAN/FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN: HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN IRRATIONAL
EXUBERANCE HAS UNDULY ESCALATED ASSET VALUES.))
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The market recovered somewhat- ending down 55 points below the 64 hundred
Marchers took to the streets in front of Lord and Taylor in New York City.
((NO MORE SWEATSHOPS. NO MORE SWEATSHOPS.))
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These union workers claim there's a sweatshop in New York where workers
make Lord and Taylor Petite label clothing.
They say the factory is called Y-P-S International- and bosses there hit
and sexually harrass workers.
They also claim workers as young as 14, work 15 hour days and go unpaid for
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, the City of Roanoke kicks off its Christmas season,
and daredevil Robbie Knievel has his day in court. We'll let you know if
he was able to jump his legal problems whem we return.
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The electric chair will be put to use again later this month.
Virginia Beach rapist and killer Joseph O'Dell has chosen electrocution
instead of lethal injection for his December 18th execution.
Barring a successful appeal or clemency, O'Dell will become the first inmate
to die in the chair in over two and half years.
Lethal injection became an option in January 1995 -- and has been used in
the last ten executions.
O'Dell wrote the Governor in 1994, requesting that his body be stuffed and
mounted for public display as an anti-crime message.
Exactly six months ago, a married couple was found dead in the kitchen of
their Day Avenue apartment.
Police have yet to make an arrest in the case but they say they have some
On June 6th, the bodies of Manfred and Wanda Woody were discovered by their
17-year old son.
Both had been beaten to death with an iron skillet.
Authorities won't get into specifics... but would say their investigation
has intensified in the past month.
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((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: WE WORK ON IT NATURALLY WHEN INFORMATION
COMES IN... OR WHEN SOMETHING DEVELOPS WHERE WE NEED TO TAKE SOME ACTION ON. IT
HAS BEEN PART OF OUR WORK EVER SINCE IT HAPPENED AND CERTAINLY IN THE LAST
SEVERAL WEEKS WE'VE BEEN WORKING QUITE HARD ON IT. ))
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There have been a total of 10 murders in Roanoke City.
Police have made arrests in all of them except the Woody slayings.
Motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel has leaped one legal hurdle... but he
still has one more to go.
This morning, through his attorney, he pled no contest to a charge of
Originally he was arrested for being drunk in public.
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((BETTINA ALTIZER/KNIEVEL'S ATTORNEY: HE FELT ADAMANT THAT HE WAS ABSOLUTELY
NOT DRUNK OR INTOXICATED OR IMPAIRED IN ANY MANNER. ))
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In October, the night before a scheduled appearence at the Salem Civic
Center, police say Knievel was making noise and banging on doors in a Northwest
He'll be forced to pay a fifty dollar fine.
Knievel also faces charges in Rockbridge County.
After the Salem show was cancelled... one of its promoters filed suit.
A family doctor who still makes house calls in Craig County was found
guilty today of brandishing a firearm.
Dr. Bill Anderson pulled his pistol September 14th on a teenager he thought
was driving erratically.
The case came up in court today- -on cross warrants. The teenager accused
the doctor of "brandishing" and pretending to be a police officer.
The doctor charged the 17-year old with reckless driving.
IN Q=I don't think
((DR. BILL ANDERSEN: I DON'T THINK THAT THE PEOPLE INVOLVED HERE TODAY
ADEQUATELY REPRESENT THIS COMMUNITY. SINCE THIS HAS HAPPENED, I'VE GOTTEN MORE
PIES AND CAKES AND TELEPHONE CALLS AND NOTES, PERSONAL THANKS AND COMMENTS FROM
PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTY.))
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OUT Q=in our county.
Doctor Andersen says he would do it again- -try to stop another driver he
thought was drunk or stoned. Next time, though he says he'd leave his gun in
The Gainsboro library is 75 years old this month, and today supporters
celebrated its designation as a state and national landmark.
The Gainsboro Branch opened its doors in 1921 with the establishment of the
Roanoke public library system.
Since then, the library has become a cornerstone of the community.
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((VIRGINIA REEVES: I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANK GOD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLED SO
THAT WE WOULD HAVE THIS LIBRARY HERE. I CAN REMEMBER THE ADULTS COMING, THE
READING CLUBS, AND ALL OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE COMING HERE SEEKING NEW KNOWLEDGE.))
OUT Q=seeking new knowledge.
The current library building was dedicated in 1942.
It now houses more than 30-thousand volumes, including an extensive
collection on African American history and Culture.
Another star is shining over Roanoke this evening--the one on top of the
city's Christmas tree.
((GOD BLESS US EVERYONE.))
Tiny Tim lit the tree and offered up a blessing to the crowd.
The 30 foot tree is decorated with 900 lights.
The Rutledge family from Vinton donated the tree and says it holds a lot of
IN Q=the children
((FAYE RUTLEDGE: THE CHILDREN ALWAYS WANTED US TO PUT LIGHTS ON IT AND WE
NEVER DID AND AS THEY GOT OLDER OF COURSE IT GOT TOO BIG, SO I SAID THEY'LL
FINALLY GET TO SEE IT IN LIGHTS. BUT THEY HAD THEIR PICTURES MADE IN FRONT OF
IT FROM THE TIME THEY WERE TODDLERS 'TIL THEY WENT TO THE PROM.))
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Mayor David Bowers says the tree symbolizes the city's diversity and
reminded the crowd that this is also a time for celebrating Chanukah and
Kawanza as well as Christmas
The ceremony was moved from Lee Plaza to the First Union Tower as a part of
the "Dickens of a Christmas" celebration.
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Coming up next on the broadcast, the Supreme Court decides to tackle the
and we'll tell you why the closing of a local landmark means Amherst will lose
a little of its local flavor.
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Just what you'll have access to on the Internet is now in the hands of the
They'll decide whether Congress violated free speech rights by restricting
sexually explicit material on the Internet.
The law was made to protect children.
A ruling is due by July.
Fast food competition and rising business costs are forcing a familiar
Amherst restaurant to close its doors later this month.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( In a town where the parking meters still take pennies, the Courtside Cafe
seems to fit right in.
Owner Hettie Cothran wishes she could buy time herself.
But in two weeks, Cothran's family restaurant is slated to close, and
Amherst will lose a little slice of what makes this town unique.
The end has been in sight for about two years... with the new McDonald's
siphoning off highway travelers, Cothran says her customer base has eroded to
the point where she can't make ends meet.
IN Q=But we have
((HETTIE COTHRAN/OWNER: BUT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT EAT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH HERE
EVERY DAY, BUT IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH OF THEM TO PAY THE OVERHEAD, BECAUSE
EVERYTHING ELSE JUST KEEPS GOING UP.))
OUT Q=keeps going up.
Courtside has become an Amherst institution in the relatively short time
span of ten years.
This is the place to come if you have business downtown...or at the
courthouse across the street.
The regulars have their own coffee cups, and you eat alone only by choice.
IN Q=It's very friendly
((DEBORAH MYERS/CUSTOMER: IT'S VERY FRIENDLY, YOU CAN ALWAYS COME DOWN, IF YOU
COME BY YOURSELF YOU ALWAYS MEET SOMEONE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH. IT'S JUST A NICE
TIME TO VISIT. WE'RE GOING TO MISS THIS HOUR.))
OUT Q=miss this hour.
Customers have taken the news of the closing hard.
For many, Courtside offers convenience, economy and a certain down-home
feeling they can't get anywhere else...even their own home.
IN Q=I guess we'll
((EVELYN MARTIN/CUSTOMER: I GUESS WE'LL HAVE TO START BROWNBAGGING IT MORE
OUT Q=more often. (laughs)
IN Q=I wouldn't really
((HETTIE COTHRAN: I WOULDN'T REALLY SAY THAT WE'RE A FAILURE HERE, IN SOME WAYS
WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL. AND I THINK WE'VE MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS HERE AND I
THINK THE CUSTOMERS REALLY ENJOY EACH OTHER. THEY ARE THE BUSINESS.))
OUT Q=are the business.
Like the customers, the business also will soon be just a memory.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later in the newscast,
we'll meet a Texas tabby who is so friendly, she knows how to say Hello.
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On of Hometown Hoops Weekly's top teams to watch out for this season will
undoubtedly be Patrick Henry.
PH beat Amherst in it's season opener, Tonight tough 2A power Northside was
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New Patriot coach Jack Esworthy made his home debut with watchful eyes on
Even a legend looked on. retired Patrick Henry coach Woody deans was on hand
to watch his former kids play...
and play they did. Ronnie casey..with the bullet to Boo Battle and look out
below, Battle on the slam.
But Bill Pope's Northside team's are always well prepared.
His pressure starting to work...the Vikings force the turnover.
Then, Greg Purdue finds a seam and SUPER=33-Patrick
goes in practically uncontested for the hop and Northside led by 1 in the first
But the PH's athleticism was too much, ...battle underneath and Patrick
Henry improves to 2 and OH with the 85-68 win.
Lots of other scores to bring you. Liberty beat martinsville 68-56, Pulaski
topped Blacksburg 62-51, Parry McCluer beat Rockbridge 56-51, and E.C. Glass
lost to Fleming 69 to 40. Glenvar played host to William Byrd on the
Highlanders hard wood tonight as the Terriers marched into the singlke A powers
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Glenvar coach Art lawrence and his team were ready for the Terriers, but
the dogs would be to much.
In the first period, Byrd's Josh Wheeler makes the nifty pass to Kevin
Stump who finishes with the lay up and the foul and the Terriers had the early
Glenvar came right back. Hunter SUPER=33-William Byrd/70/Glenvar/65;
Allen makes the cross court pass to Aaron Kawa. He makes the nice move and hits
But the Terriers had too much fire power. Jason bailey scores, Byrd wins
To the college ranks. Tomorrow at 1pm, at Castle Coliseum in Blacksburg,
the Virginia Tech mens basketball team and Coastal Carolina.
But the Hokies will be without senior guard/forward David Jackson who
injured his left knee in last night's win over East Tennessee State.
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OUT Q=...right after Christmas"
The Virginia Cavaliers host Clemson tomorrow at 4pm in a huge ACC battle.
The Cavs are ranked 25th in the nation while the Tigers are ranked 12th.
Longtime N-F-L Commissioner Pete Rozelle died of brain cancer today at his
home in California.
Rozelle was credited with helping create the Super Bowl, Monday Night
Football, and with bringing the N-F-L to television.
Rozelle led the league for 30 years before retiring in 1989.
He was 70 years old.
On to the NBA hard wood. The Phomenix Suns were in sacramento tonigyht
trying to boost their 2 and 14 season.
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Danny Ainge and his squad picked a good team to turn their fortunes around
on; the Kings came in at 6 and 12 on the season.
with KJ back in the line up the Sunds are dangerous. Kevin Johnson to A.C.
green for the bucket in the first half.
Even when the ball movement is not pretty Phoenix could score. Robert Horry to
Danny manning for the slam and the Suns win number 3 on the season 101 to 95.
A number of college conference championships will be on the line tomorrow.
NeBraska/Texas and Florida/Alabama to name two. The 97th Army/Navy game kicks
off tomorrow at Veterans stadium in Philadelphia.
This is almost always an interesting game because of the intense rivalry
between the two service academies, but this year the excitement and
anticipation surrounding the game is even greater because Army comes in with a
9-and-1 record and Navy has a 8-and-2 mark.
The winner of the game will be headed to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
And you can catch the Armry/navy clash right here on your hometown station
tomorrow at noon. Now your numbers.
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and still to come tonight, we will give you the run down of state
championship games on tap for tomorrow,
including one at Green Bay's Lambeau Field....of course i'm kidding, that's
victory stadium where salem will play tomorrow.
Virginia's Tiki Barber has another award to place under the Christmas tree.
The star tailback was named Eastern College Athletic Conference player of
Barber has carried the ball 250 times for the Cavs this season, racking up
more than 13-thousand yards.
Barber's 162 yard effort against Virginia Tech put him on top of U-V-A's all
time rushing list with 3,389 yards for his college career.
Barber's other awards include A-C-C player of the year and college football
player of the year in Virginia.
Barber and the 'Hoos finish out the season against Miami in the Carquest
Four teams from our coverage area will compete for a state championship
Salem plays Sherando for the Division 4 title at 1:30 at Victory Stadium.
This is how the Victory Stadium's field looked at 4pm this afternoon;
covered in snow.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation worked on the field for a short time today but
decided to stop for fear of doing more harm than good because the field was too
wet. They will re evaluate in the morning. Robin Reed's forecast calls for rain
to start after midnight tonight and stop sometime before kickoff.
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Salem beat Grundy in overtime last Saturday in worse conditions to advance
to the Spartans 3rd title appearance and these Spartans like Victory Stadium's
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((JEFF AKERS/SALEM SENIOR LINEBACKER:))
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Three other teams will also try and win state titles tomorrow.
In Division 6, undefeated G.W. Danville takes on 12 and 1 Chantilly at W.T.
Woodsen High School at 1:30. in Fairfax.
Of course the Salem game, which we've already talked about, gets under way
at 1:30 against Sherando.
In Division three, Brookeville hopes to cap off a great 12 and 1 season with
one more win against 12 and 1 James Monroe at Spotsylvania High School at 1:30.
Finally, 13 and OH Giles will be in Richmond playing Powhatan High School,
That game is being played at Midlothian High School, against at 1:30.
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And before we say goodbye tonight, we thought we would introduce you to
someone who wants to say "Hello."
Mike Barger brings us the story of a West Texas animal shelter's chatty cat.
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