Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Virginia Military Institute took a big step today, accepting 4 women who
applied to be part of the currently all-male school.
A group of teens in the so-called vampire-cult murders are ordered to stay
in jail in Florida.
And they once worked in the aisles of congress... today two Senators walked
down a different aisle together.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Good evening... Virginia Military Institute has accepted four women.
The currently all-male school made the announcement at today's Board of
A group of teens in Florida was ordered held without bond for allegedly
beating one of the teen's parents to death.
Police say the teens were part of a role-playing cult, and drank each
And former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker tied the knot, marrying Kansas
Senator Nancy Kassabaum.
Those stories, and a look at today's Christmas parade, tonight on News 7 at
The Virginia Military Institute has accepted women applicants for the first
time in its history.
The transition to a co-ed institution is prompting some difficult changes.
Denise Allen attended today's board of visitors meeting and has more.
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SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Addison Hagan/First Class Pres.; :21
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:23
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(( The Virginia Military Institute has accepted four women through early
15 women have applied overall.
The business of admitting women has directed the board of visitors attention
to next year.
To make the transition easier the present corp of cadets ask the board for
better communication between the corp and the administration.
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((ADDISON HAGAN/FIRST CLASS PRESIDENT: THERE'S A SLIGHT PERCEPTION OF THE
CORP--IT'S HARD TO DECIDE IS IT THE COMMANDANT MAKING THESE DECISIONS BECAUSE
HE WANTS THEM FOR HIS OFFICE OR ARE THE CHANGES BEING DONE FOR THE ADMISSION OF
WOMEN. THE CORP CAN'T TELL.))
OUT Q=CAN'T TELL
The simple logistics involved in admitting women is overwhelming.
Dorms need to be modified and of course there is still the issue of whether
women should be required to shave their heads.
General Josiah Bunting says he and his staff are doing their own
recognizance work by visiting other service academies.
Bunting says VMI may have a difficult time recruiting top female candidates
away from these schools because of their national prominence and the military
benefits they offer.
He says the Air Force Academy has been admitting women for 20 years and
women make up just 9 percent of enrollment.
Bunting says they are doing their best to attract women at VMI.
Earlier this week, a federal judge ordered VMI to provide quarterly reports
outlining their progress.
The Justice Department had wanted VMI to submit a formal plan.
IN Q=IT AFFIRMS OUR
((GENERAL JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI: IT AFFIRMS OUR AUTONOMY. IT AFFIRMS TO US HE
TRUST US TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR VMI AND THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO WILL COME HERE.))
OUT Q=COME HERE
The state government is providing more than five million dollars to help VMI
make the transition to a co-ed institution.
But Bunting says only time will help those connected with VMI cope with the
loss of what he calls a precious heritage.
Denise Allen News 7.))
While four women have been accepted to VMI, there's is no word that any of
the applicants have made a committment to enroll.
A group teens involved in the so-called vampire cult murders, were ordered
held without bond in Florida today.
Fifteen year old Heather Wendorf and four other teens are charged with
beating Wendorf's parents to death last month and stealing their car.
Police say the teens were involved in fantasy game that turned into
role-playing cult, in which some of the teens cut themselves and drank each
Several cuts were visible on one of the teen's arms.
Two mexican journalists who wrote a book about a drug lord were killed
Yolanda Figueroa and her husband, Fernando Baldaras, and their three
children were found beaten and stabbed to death.
Police say it could have been retaliation for the book exposing mexican drug
lord Juan Garcia Abrego.
Abrego is now in jail in the United States for cocaine smuggling.
The book accuses the Mexican government of sitting on incriminating evidence
for 3 years.
But police also say one of the journalists, Baldaras, was under
investigation for drug trafficking as well.
The state's Democratic party will use a convention to nominate its
candidates for the '97 election.
That was decided at today's central committee meeting.
The party will choose its nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and
attorney general in May.
Some Democrats had pushed for a primary instead of a convention.
Former State Chairman Paul Goldman says a primary would involve more voters.
However, the idea was never mentioned at today's meeting.
Republicans will nominate their candidates in a June primary.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
The Army/Navy College Football stirred emotion for some alumni in Roanoke
and it was music at its best at the first annual "Holiday on Henry Street."
MUSIC UP FULL
Sounds of the season echoed on Henry Street tonight.
The Dumas Hotel was the site for the first annual "Holiday on Henry Street."
The festival is a fundraiser for the hotel, formerly known as the Henry
Street Music Center.
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OUT Q=happy holiday.
The festivities included music and a winter fashion show.
The William Penn Trio and Diana Lynn performed jazz and seasonal music.
Organizers hope to have more programs at the hotel in the future.
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((WILLIAM PENN/THE DUMAS HOTEL MUSIC CENTER: WE'LL BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO GET
DIFFERENT ACTS IN AND WE'RE TRYING TO GET ON A NETWORK TO HELP RAISE THE STATUS
OF THIS ESTABLISHMENT.))
SUPER=01-William Penn/The Dumas Hotel Music Center;
OUT Q=THIS ESTABLISHMENT
Total Action Against Poverty sponsored the event.
Penn says they would like the Dumas Hotel to become an educational,
entertainment and arts center.
Army and Navy waged a war on the gridiron this afternoon.
The hundred year old rivalry stirs emotion in both alumni and football fans
The West Point Society invited graduates from both academies to Hidden
Valley Country Club to celebrate the century old competition.
West Point graduate Randy Heard remembers being ordered to cheer for Navy
during the 19-43 contest when war left the Navy stands empty.
IN Q=TO SHOW GOOD
((RANDY HEARD/WEST POINT CLASS OF '45: TO SHOW GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP WE DIVIDED
THE CORP OF CADETS IN TWO. HALF OF US HAD TO ROOT FOR NAVY AND WE WEREN'T
ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT. NAVY WON THAT GAME.))
SUPER=01-Randy Heard/West Point Class of '45;
OUT Q=WON THAT GAME
Twenty years later ARMY tried to use psychological warfare to win the game.
That 1963 game is a special memory to many NAVY fans.
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((CHUCK SALDARINI/NAVY CLASS OF '65: ARMY HAD A GOOD TEAM AND SHOWED UP AND WE
HAD A SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK NAMED ROGER STAUBACH. THEY SHOWED UP IN WHITE
SHOES, THE ARMY TEAM, AND THEY GOT THEIR BUTTS HANDED TO THEM. IT WAS A
WONDERFUL MEMORY. BUT THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAVEN'T BEEN SO GOOD FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Saldarini/Navy Class of '65;
OUT Q=GOOD FOR US
But who do you cheer for if you're the Commander and Chief of the Army AND
President Clinton cheered for Navy the first half, then crossed over and
cheered for Army during the second half.
He said he was happy to see both sides with winning records for the first
time in 29 years.
IN Q=to see all these
((PRESIDENT CLINTON; TO SEE ALL THESE SERVICE ACADEMIES DOING WELL, KNOWING
THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE COME THERE PRIMARILY TO TRAIN TO BE OFFICERS AND
DEVELOP THEIR ACADEMIC POTENTIAL, IT'S VERY ENCOURAGING FROM ME AND i LOKE IT
AND YOU CAN SEE THE FANS LOVE IT ))
OUT Q=fans love it
Mr. Clinton was the first president to attend the Army-Navy game since
Gerald Ford in 1974.
Roy will have highlights of Army's victory in sports.
It's the first time two people who have both served in the Senate have
Today, Kansas Senator Nancy Kassebaum and former Tennessee Senator Howard
Baker tied the knot in Washington.
It was a simple ceremony, attended by family and a few well-known friends.
Guests included former first lady Barbara Bush.
Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth were also on hand.
The 64-year-old Kassebaum is retiring in a few weeks after serving three
Baker, who's 71, served three Senate terms ending in 1985.
The couple plans a honeymoon, but wouldn't reveal where they will go.
The space shuttle Columbia landed today, after almost 18 days is space.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
The astronauts released a telescope and and a satellite that manafactured
They didn't make 2 spacewalks because a hatch was stuck.
And this marked the last mission for Story Musgrave, who is the only
astronaut to fly six shuttle missions.
IN Q=I've had an incredible
((I'VE HAD AN INCREDIBLE RUN OF IT AND EVEN THOUGH I CAN KEEP ON RUNNING THERE
IS SOMEONE ELSE WAITING EVERY TIME. SPACE FLIGHT IS SUCH AN INCREBLE HUMAN
EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE IT WITH ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Story Musgrave/Shuttle Astronaut;
OUT Q=with all kinds of people
Musgrave also said you should finish when you're at your peak, and added that
he's as good as he's ever going to get.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the broadcast,
McDonalds has taken its burgers to all new heights...
and if you couldn't make it to Roanoke's Christmas Parade...don't worry...we'll
bring you some sights and sounds from it, right to your living room.
MUSIC UP FULL
Members of the Rosalind (Roz-a-lind) Baptist Church hope if they build it
the children will come.
The church is using some of its property to build a community playground.
The playground will be located on this lot on Brandon Road.
Pastor Tom Stocks says it's in the perfect spot--right in the middle of a
residential area and within walking distance of more than three hundred
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((TOM STOCKS/PASTOR ROSALIND BAPTIST CHURCH: WE DECIDED TO PUT TOGETHER A
STATE OF THE ART PLAYGROUND. THAT'S GOING TO COST BETWEEN 75 TO 100-THOUSAND
DOLLARS THAT WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE HANDICAP. OUR
VISION IS TO INVITE OUR COMMUNITY TO COME AND PLAY.))
SUPER=01-Tom Stocks/Pastor Rosalind Baptist Chruch;
OUT Q=come and play
This is an artist's rendering of the finished product.
One end of the playground will be for preschoolers and the other will be
more suitable for school age children.
But Stocks says the whole community is going to have to pitch in to make
this project a reality.
IN Q=PURCHASING A BRICK
((PURCHASING A BRICK IN A FRIENDSHIP PATH FOR A 100 DOLLARS, A CORPORATION
SPONSOR FOR 250 DOLLARS OR EVEN HAVING A SMALL BUSINESS OR A LARGER BUSINESS
BUY A PARK BENCH FOR FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT ALLOWS US TO PUT THEIR NAME ON
THAT TO SHOW THAT THEY CARE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.))
OUT Q=COMMUNITY AS WELL
Stocks says they hope to break ground for the playground in April.
The Danville Science Center is celebrating its first "birthday".
The center opened a year ago and has been growing in popularity thanks to a
lot of hard work and "word of mouth".
The center offers a variety of lessons in science for young people as well
as exhibits for older folks that focus on history.
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((BARBARA SMITH/SCIENCE CENTER:WE HAVE SO MANY GOOD PROGRAMS, SO MUCH GOING ON,
THE HARVEST JUBILEE WAS FABULOUS, WE PARTICIPATED IN THAT, WE HAD OVER
2-THOUSAND PEOPLE ALONE, WHO HAD COME BY AND ACTUALLY CAME THROUGH THE DANVILLE
SCIENCE CENTER, IT WAS FASCINATING. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Science Center Membership Coord.; :00
OUT Q=it was fascinating.
More than 400- people have signed up for a membership with the Danville
Right now, the center is trying to organize a trip to the Science Museum of
Virginia in Richmond.
This week's snow in Southwest Virginia doesn't look like much if you compare
it what's happening in the Calfornia mountains right now.
SUPER=03-Yuba Gap, CA;
In the Sierra mountains, they've had two to three feet of snow in some
Enough for an industrial strength snow blower... also a good way to kick off
the ski season.
How many times have you gotten hungry while skiing but you just didn't feel
like taking off all your gear.
If you're like most that happens a lot.
Today McDonald's offered a solution to that problem.
The new venture is called McSki, a fast- food restaurant atop the white
capped mountains in Lindvallen, Sweden.
Its main attraction is a ski- through which allows skiers a place to eat
without taking their gear off.
The restaurant is conveniently placed next to the lift.
It's equipped with special seats which allow skiers to put their gloves and
hats in a box right under them.
The Salem Spartans finally captured a state championship in football this
Mike Stevens has more on Salem's 20-to-12 win over Sherando in the Division
Four title game.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sherando vs. Salem; :00
SUPER=01-R.J. Beckwith/Two Touchdown Passes; :34
SUPER=01-John Hancock/Two Touchdown Receptions; 1:05
SUPER=01-Ricky Eubank/Salem Receiver & Defensive Back; 1:25 QUICK
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; 2:24
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( Victory stadium served as a neutral site, but there was never any question
as to who was the home team in this battle.
Salem also did a better job of neutralizing the rain and mud in the first
half by forcing three Sherando turnovers, still the Spartans trailed with 3
minutes left in the half.
But R.J. Beckwith took care of that with this strike over the middle to John
Hancock giving Salem a 7-to-6 lead at halftime.
The Spartans were the recipients of 2 good omens to start the third quarter,
first - Paul Jackson rips off a huge gain right of the middle, but the Sherando
tacklers rips the ball loose - finally the Salem would recover.
A couple of minutes later the sun came out and Hancock went back in the zone,
hauling in another Beckwith toss over the middle to make it 14-to-6 Salem with
7:21 left in the third.
But this one was far from finished - as Sherando comes back and moves the
ball down inside the Salem 10.
But the Spartans defense would throw down a goal line stand of the ages
stopping the Warriors on 2 straight downs from the one to preserve their lead.
The unselfish Spartans then unleased freshman Denis Haley up the middle, and
his 20 yard gallop seemed to out the game away making it 20-to-6 with 7:20 to
But on another fourth and goal Kelly Washington finds Brad Payton for the
short TD chopping the lead to 20-to-12.
But there would be no last second comeback on this day! Jamie Garst seals the
deal with the interception, and Salem proves that the third time is the charm
beating Sherando 20-to-12 for the Division 4 state crown.
Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
The Division three state final was a defensive battle and James Monroe
beats Brookville 7 to nothing to capture the state title.
SUPER=03-Spotsylvania/Brookville vs James Monroe; :
The Bees came into the game ready to play on the muddy and this guy had a
face full in the first quarter.
Brookville's James Lomax comes up with a big defensive play around the
left end and throws the Yellow Jackets quarterback for a loss of 10 yards.
James Monroe scored the only points of the game in the third quarter when
Shannon Wallace took it over the right side from the 40 and the Yellow Jackets
led 7 to nothing.
But the Bees could not answer the SUPER=36-James
Monroe/7/Brookville/0/;third quarter score and James Monroe puts the sting on
to win it 7 to nothing.
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((MARK LINEBURG/BROOKVILLE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Lineburg/Brookville Head Coach;
OUT Q=.......championship game.."
In Fairfax, Chantilly used a strong fourth quarter to beat Danville 14 to
7 in the Division six state championship game.
SUPER=03-Fairfax/G.W. Danville vs Chantilly; :
For the second week in a row, the Eagles had to deal with the rain and a
Danville led 7 to nothing in the first quarter then chantilly's Mark Matthie
bulls his way over from the one yard line to tie the score at 7 to 7 in the
Chantilly then began a drive in the fourth quarter and Mike Scipione goes
to the air and hits Mike Wrobel on this pass play moving the ball inside the
Eagle 10 yard line.
A couple plays later Matthie takes SUPER=36-Chantilly/14/G.W.
Danville/7/;the handoff and scores from the one yard line and Chantilly wins
the championship beating Danville 14 to 7.
The Giles Spartans came up a little short this afternoon losing to Powhatan
in the division two state finals 20 to 8.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Giles vs Powhatan
Giles county entered E.S. Poates field at Midlothian high school just
outside of Richmond were keeping the ball dry would be the hardest task all
The Indians of Powhatan would get on the bord first when Chris Paguette
hits Rod Robinson from 7 yards out to make it 7 to nothing.
Powhatan would score again on its next possession when Paguette would take
the boot leg around the right side on fourth down and slip past the Spartan
defender and score from 24 yards out and it was 14 to nothing at the half.
Giles would move the ball in the second half as Chris Ratliffe keeps the
ball and gets knocked out of bounds on the Indian 9 Yard line.
Two Plays later Chris Hutchinson SUPER=36-Powhatan/20/Giles/8/;takes the
handoff and scores from the one yard line but Giles comes up short losing 20 to
IN Q="When last
((STEVE RAGSDALE/GILES HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; :
OUT Q=....came up short today."
Army becomes the first team in school history to win 10 games and the
Cadets are headed to a bowl game after beating Navy 28 to 24.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Army vs Navy; :
Army trailed until early in the third quarter. Cadet tailback Bobby
Williams takes the handoff gets a key block and takes off down the sideline on
his way to an 81 yard touchdown run giving Army a 21 to 19 lead.
But backup fullback Demetrius SUPER=36-Army/28/Navy/24/;Perry scored
what would prove to be the winning touchdown on this 2 yard run and Army beats
Navy 28 to 24.
And coming up, Ace Custis scored 21 as the Hokies beat Coastal Carolina,
V-M-I and Roanoke also win.
But in Charlottesville, Virginia opened its home season with a loss in the
A-C-C to 12-th ranked Clemson.
The Virginia Cavaliers opened their home season at University Hall against
12-th ranked Clemson this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Cavaliers vs Tigers; :
The Cavs go inside early in the first half Norman Nolan gets his on miss
and lays it in Clemson led 5 to 2.
Virginia would take its first lead of the game when Jamal Robinson takes
it coast to coast for the bucket making it 8 to 7 U-V-A.
The Tigers couldn't buy a basket until McIntyre gets out ont eh break and
scores the layup cutting the Cavalier lead to 2.
Virginia then kicked it outside to SUPER=33-Virginia/52/Clemson/62/;
Harold Deane who nails the three pointer but Clemson wins it 62 to 52.
Virginia Tech, Roanoke and V-M-I won this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/ESPN; :
And in Raleigh, Tim Duncan and Tony Rutland led Wake Forest to a A-C-C win
over N.C. State.
For that and all of the college scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Va. Wesleyan/74/j/Roanoke/96////W & L/67/j/VMI/112///;
SUPER=0098-j/Kansas#1/96//UCLA#17/83///j/Wake Forest/53//N.C. State/45///;
OUT Q=....last score."
We end our newscast tonight with some sights and sounds from the "Festival
of Lights" parade in Roanoke.
This year Vinton joined in with the Star City because its parade was
canceled due to snow Thursday night.
Videographers Tim Wright and Brad Grimmett have this photo- essay.
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