(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE IN COLLEGE ARE THE LUCKIEST
PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. THEY HAVE THE ADULATION, THE RESPECT, AND THE
CHEERS OF EVERYONE.
VIRGINIA TECH ISN'T CHEERING AS IT SUSPENDS TWO FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO ARE
CHARGED WITH RAPE....
BRIAN EDMONDS AND JAMES CRAWFORD AREN'T TAKING THIS LIGHTLY-- THEY FILED A
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT IN RESPONSE TO THE CHARGES.
IT'S TUESDAY DECEMBER 17TH--TONIGHT'S TOP STORY
VIRGIL GOODE'S VACANT SENATE SEAT IS NOW ACCOUNTED FOR AS CITIZENS IN THE
DISTRICT CAST THEIR VOTES IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION.
OUT Q=the special election.
Good Evening you're watching NEWS-7 PRimetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
The Democratic Party is celebrating an early Christmas...
pinn page 1050
voters have named Delegate Roscoe Reynolds the 20th district's next state
double boxes Teresa/Connie
Teresa Hamilton was with Reynolds tonight when he gave his victory speech,
just about an hour ago.
(roll Cue: "...Virgil Goode.")
SUPER=01-Roscoe Reynolds/(D) Senator-Elect;
OUT Q=around the corner.
Barring any dramatic developments, Virginia Tech players Brian Edmonds and
James Crawford will NOT be playing in the Orange Bowl.
SOT 36:33 96-91
IN Q=we've taken a day
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=way to go.
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
The decision to suspend the players was made early this evening following
rape charges against the two players.
The alleged rape victim told NEWS-7 she was at Edmonds' and Crawford's
apartment for a party Friday night.
She says she was intoxicated, and after everyone else left, the players took
advantage of her.
The woman says when she realized they were raping her, she began yelling for
She says she went back to confront them later, because she wanted to hurt
them like they had hurt her.
Edmonds and Crawford say they are the victims.
Their attorney filed a suit seeking 32-million dollars in damages-- because
of the effect criminal charges could have on the player's possible N-F-L
((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: THE LAWSUIT TODAY ALLEGES THAT SHE
TRESPASSED ONTO THE PROPERTY, THAT SHE ATTEMPTED TO EXTORT MONEY FROM THEM,
THAT SHE SLANDERED THEM, THAT SHE DAMAGED PROPERTY AND THAT SHE ASSAULTED AND
BATTERED JAMES CRAWFORD. ))
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Players' Lawyer; :
The woman admits beating Crawford with her boot and kicking Edmond's bedroom
She says Crawford told her he didn't know why she was upset, that he thought
she had consented to sex.
She denies the players' accusations that she demanded money in exchange for
A tough decision facing the Governor is put on hold-- at least until 1997.
The U-S Supreme Court has intervened in the execution of Virginia Beach
killer Joseph O'Dell-- granting a temporary stay.
IN Q=It seems
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THERE IS NOT ADEQUATE ATTENTION, OR
REVERENCE, OR SYMPATHY...OBVIOUSLY IT WILL NOT BE TOMORROW.))
OUT Q=not be tomorrow.
The Pope was one of many international voices speaking out to stop O'Dell's
There's more NEWS-7 Primetime headed your way--
Nearly 11 years later, a piece of the Space Shuttle Challenger, washes
go to break
A lawyer for a female student at the Citadel says two women cadets had
their clothes set afire not ONCE, but three time over recent months.
The suspension of two cadets at the South Carolina School, and the
allegations have left some to wonder....can men and women handle the training
Colonel Mike Bissell at Virginia Military Institute says he's SEEN IT HAPPEN
at the New Mexico Military Institute, a coed- Junior College.
IN Q=And I've watched
((AND I WATCHED YOUNG LADIES STOP AND CHEW OUT A YOUNG MAN FOR DOING SOME
INFRACTION WRONG, MAYBE CARRYING HIS BOOKS WRONG OR MAYBE NOT MOVING THE RIGHT
WAY, DROP HIM FOR PUSHUPS AND VICE VERSA. AND I'VE WATCHED IT AND IT WORKED
VERY VERY WELL AND VERY VERY PROFESSIONALLY. ))
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Bissell/VMI Special Assistant to Supt.
Colonel Bissell warns there will always be some mishaps, but he's confident
the harrassment reported from The Citadel will be avoided at VMI next year.
He believes the upperclassman will keep the "rats" in line.
It will cost close to 13- MILLION- DOLLARS to convert one of the old Norfolk
Southern buildings next to the Hotel Roanoke into a higher education center.
That figure was released today by State Senator John Edwards, who sponsored
legislation to pay for the study.
IN Q=The renovation
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D)ROANOKE: THE RENOVATION OF THIS BUILDING FOR A HIGHER
EDUCATION CENTER WILL ALSO IMPORTANTLY SERVE TO PRESERVE THIS HISTORIC, AND
ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT BUILDING FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke;
OUT Q=Roanoke Valley.
Edwards says there's already enough demand for space from area schools to
fill all nine floors of the building.
He notes constructing a new building would actually be more expensive than
renovating the downtown landmark.
The Roanoke Valley will NOT be hosting an international cycling event next
Sources close to Cycle Roanoke Valley says efforts to find new sponsors
have fallen through.
SUPER=04-Tour DuPont 1996
DuPont announced earlier this month that it was pulling its name and money
from the race, a year early-- after a falling out with promoters.
Since then, organizers have been trying to find funds for a race in May.
Cycle Roanoke Valley will apparently work on getting international cycling
back to the state by 1998.
Tonight on Primetime Sports-- the Governor makes a wager on the Orange
and it may not be scientific, but it comes from the heart and the HARP.
We'll introduce you to a teenager who's trying to help babies, struggling to
go to break
NASA will bury two newfound pieces of the ``Challenger'' with the rest of
the shuttle's debris.
SUPER=03-Cocoa Beach, FL; :
One of the fragments that washed up today in Cocoa Beach, Florida, weighs
hundreds of pounds.
It's thought to be the largest chunk recovered since the investigation into
Challenger's explosion ended more than ten years ago.
SUPER=04-January 28, 1986
All seven aboard the Challenger were killed in the explosion January 28th,
SUPER=330-Cloudy/Fog & Drizzle/38-42/Morning Fog/Rain Later/42-46;
SUPER=331-Foggy/with Drizzle/40-44/Fog Early/Rain Developing/46-50;
SUPER=332-Cloudy/Showers & Fog/32-36/Snow Showers/Likely/34-38;
SUPER=333-Cloudy with/Fog & Drizzle/36-40/Rain/Developing/40-44;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/with Showers/30-35/Snow/Likely Late/34-38;
Primetime sports is headed your way on News-7 Primetime right here on WEFC.
go to break
On Health Check tonight,
Music therapy may have healing powers--
Melanie Moon reports, from Roanoke's Community Hospital.
SUPER=01-Betty Ashton Andrews/Harpist; :23
SUPER=01-Kay Kelly/Carilion Community Hospital; :41
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Allen/Neonatologist; 1:18
SUPER=01-Roxanne Borth/Mother; 1:40
OUT Q= Melanie Moon, News 7 Roanoke.
They are babies so tiny, born prematurely or with life threatening
illnesses,-- all struggling to survive.
Here at the neo-natal unit they have the attention of doctors and nurses,
all of the finest equipment, and a teenager with a harp.
BETTY ASHTON ANDREWS/HARPIST: IT STARTED OUT AS A PROJECT AND IT'S KIND OF
TURNED INTO SOMETHING I'D LIKE TO DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
Every Friday, for several weeks now, 16 year old Betty Ashton Andrews has
been playing her harp in the neo-natal unit.
KAY KELLY/RN CARILION COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: FROM THE TIME THAT SHE FIRST
STARTED, WE'RE SEEING THE BABIES, NOT AT THE BEGINNING BUT AT THE END OF HER
PLAYING, THEY'RE ALL SETTLING DOWN AND VERY LITTLE CRYING.
The playing may also be improving their physical condition.
Andrew's school project includes monitoring the effects of her music on the
While her findings are unscientific-- they show the music affects their
breathing and heart rhythm.
ANDREWS: THEY'VE BEEN TAKING THEIR RESPIRATORY AND HEAR RATES IN 15 MINUTE
INTERVALS, I'VE FOUND THEY IT DROPS ON AVERAGE FOUR TO FIVE POINTS.
DR. ROBERT ALLEN/NEONATOLOGIST: CLEARLY TO HAVE A BABIES HEART RATE SLOWER
WOULD BE AN ENERGY CONSERVING THING AND PROVIDE MORE ENERGY THAT COULD GO
TOWARD GROWTH RATHER THAN A RAPID RATE.
And while the actual medical benefits have yet to be documented the parents
of these preemies have their own opinions.
ROXANE BORTH: HE'S BEEN CONTENT EVER SINCE SHE STARTED PLAYING AND IT PUT HIM
RIGHT TO SLEEP. I THINK IT'S NICE.
That's music to the ears of this young harpist.
REPORTER;TELL ME WHAT YOU GET OUT OF THIS?
ANDREWS: THE JOY OF SEEING OTHERS SO ENTHRALLED BY THE MUSIC THAT I'M ABLE TO
USE SOMETHING THAT I LOVE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS.
Melanie Moon, News 7 Roanoke.))
News 7 Primetime tonight is striving to keep you up-to-date, on the
cutting edge of the latest trends....so we're going back 50 years.
It's the fashion world tonight, earning our video pick.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
((DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA, THE TRUTH IS I NEVER LEFT YOU))
SUPER=75-"Evita"/Hollywood Pictures; :
OUT Q=never left you.
*****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
Some of fashion's heaviest hitters are betting that women will want to
look like Madonna...as Evita.
The controversial wife of Juan Perone, the 1940's dictator, was the
original material girl....dressing in clothes by the top designers of the day--
Dior and Valentino.
The fashion industry is hoping the glamorous look of yesteryear will the
Bloomingdale's has opened Evita boutiques around the country.
Makeup manufacturers and hairdressers are also ready to supply the Evita
IN Q=I think one of
((BRIDGET FOLEY/FASHION EDITOR, "W":I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT EVITA
THAT'S INTERESTING IS THAT IT'S PART OF A BIGGER TREND, PART OF A FEMININE MOVE
THAT'S RUNNING THROUGH FASHION RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=75-Bridget Foley/"W" Fashion Editor; :
OUT Q=fashion right now.
two-shot toss with sports
Tonight on PrimeTime sports here on WEFC, more on the latest off field
disturbance at Virginia Tech has two more players are suspended.
We'll also check in with UVa as their Carquest Preparation continue, and see
what's up the Express tonight.
SUPER=03-Hartford, CT; :00
But first - here's the video of the day! Watch Clarissa Davis of the New
England Blizzard cold cock Cindy Brown in the ABL all-star game on Sunday.
Tonight she was fined $15 hundred dollars and suspended for 2 games.
Now your scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/Utah/94/j/New York/99///j/Toronto/97//New Jersey/88///;
SUPER=x5009;/Los Angeles/104//Chicago/92/4///Atlanta/81//Dallas/46/3/Two Late
SUPER=0103-/Los Angeles/2//New York/3/3///Detroit/3//Colorado/2/2/Two Late
SUPER=0098-j/Cincinnati #7/90//Howard/46///j/Clemson #8/58//South
SUPER=0098-j/Minnesota #16/82//Rhode Island/72///j/Texas Tech
OUT Q=....last score."
Earlier in the newscast we told you about the two suspensions handed down
tonight at Virginia Tech to fullback Brian Edmonds and receiver James Crawford.
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
Edmonds, who back on November 6th, was indicted by a grand jury on
misdemeanor assault and battery charges, has been charged with rape and
Crawford, who was a plaintiff in the Christy Bronkala case has also been
charged with rape and attempted sodomy.
Both deny the charges.
IN Q="You have 2...
((DAVE BRAINE/VA. TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...THE LAW.
While the Governor is extremely concerned about the state of the Tech
football team these days, he is excited about the team's Orange Bowl
SUPER=03-Shreveport, LA/December 1993; :00
The UVa graduate and former Cavalier player, is a friend of head coach Frank
Beamer, and is still considered by many to be the team's unofficial good luck
charm, dating back to the 1993 season.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 1995;
Last December Allen bet his Texas counterpart on the Sugar Bowl and won.
He now trying to make a wager on Tech with Nebraska Governor Benjamin Nelson.
IN Q="Last year..
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN:))
OUT Q=...OUT OF NEBRASKA."
Even though the Cavs failed to beat Texas last year, they came through for
the Governor in the Peach bowl, and now he's banking on them beating Miami in
the Carquest on December 27th.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/1994; :00
In 94, the Cavs lost Boston College; another Big East school, in UVa's
first trip to the Carquest.
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...couple other bowl games"
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 29; :00
The cavaliers are finding part of their motivation for the Carquest Bowl in
the fact that their last showing against a Big East School; the Hokies, was not
a good one.
IN Q="I think
((JAMES FARRIOR/UVA LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-James Farrior/UVa Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...something to prove"
The Roanoke Express stayed perfect in the month of December with a 6 to 3 win
over Johnstown tonight.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Chiefs vs. Express; :00
The Express, hit the hardwater tonight looking to win their third straight
They fell behind one-to-nothing, but then came alive with Jeff Cowan's power
play goal, Roanoke wins it 6 to 3.
SUPER=03-Salem/Patriots vs. Colonels;
In the other Civic Center over in Salem, Fleming beat PH - 57-to-56 in a
major come from behind win.
William Hankins hit this shot in the paint and a free throw won it!
More on this game on News 7 at 11,back on WDBJ.
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
SUPER=76-Reynolds vs. Dudley;
We'll hear more from Senator-elect Roscoe Reynolds-- as well as from
Republican Allen Dudley-- now that today's special election is history.
Plus we'll hear the tape of the captain from the runaway freighter in New
Orleans...moments before it hit a shopping mall.
for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
You can catch more news in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Thanks