News 7 at Five is next-
Two Tech Football players charged with rape say they're innocent.
We'll hear what the governor says about the case.
Plus it's looks like it's going to be a White Christmas in some parts of
Snow is in the forecast by late tomorrow night, and some significant
accumulations anticipated for the New River Valley and the Mountains of
Virginia. Details coming up.
And more evidence that MEN who smoke could be harming their unborn
We'll explain on Health Check....
IN Q=There's obviously
((THERE'S OBVIOUSLY BEEN MANY WISECRACKS ABOUT THIS, AND EVERYONE'S HEARD JOKES
AND DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT IT AT VIRGINIA TECH.))
OUT Q=Virginia Tech.
But the Governor's NOT laughing about the latest legal turmoil for the
Virginia Tech football team.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The two Virginia Tech football players charged with rape and attempted
sodomy say they're the REAL victims.
Attorneys for Brian Edmonds and James Crawford today filed a civil suit
against their accuser. We'll hear more from the Governor in a moment but first
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Tracy Altizer has the latest from our New River Valley newsroom.
Jean, Edmonds and Crawford are seeking 32 million dollars in damages.
A tremendous sum, their attorneys say, because of the effect these criminal
charges may have on their possible N-F-L careers.
IN Q=The alleged rape victim
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Players' Lawyer;
OUT Q=battered James Crawford.
The alleged rape victim told News-7 she was at Edmonds' and Crawford's
apartment for a party Friday night.
She says she dated Crawford in the summer of '95, and had no reason to not
trust him OR Edmonds.
She says she was intoxicated, and after everyone else had gone, the players
took advantage of her.
The woman says when it registered that they were raping her, she began
yelling for help and they ran.
The woman says she went back to confront them later, because she wanted to
hurt them like they had hurt her.
The players' attorney says she went back to plant evidence to bolster her
((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. ))
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
University officials still haven't decided what action they may take, but
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Ellen Qualls joins us from Richmond with the Governor's perspective.
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Allen is very concerned.
He wants to make sure no one pre-judges this case.
But the Governor says IF Tech football players are found GUILTY in any of
the recent charges, he wants to hear NO excuses about the pressure they're
IN Q=These young
((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. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDER PRESSURE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SAY
19- YEARS OLD, WHO ARE NOT IN COLLEGE, AND THEY'RE MARRIED, AND THEY HAVE A
KID. AND THERE'S BEEN A LAYOFF, OR THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR JOB BEING LOST.
THOSE ARE THE FOLKS UNDER PRESSURE. SO I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE ANY OF THESE
The Governor is NOT alone in saying that even before a possible trial,
Edmonds and Crawford should sit on the bench in Florida.
IN Q=I'm deeply
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED. WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT COACH.
THEY'VE HAD AN EXCELLENT SEASON. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THEM HEADING SOUTH TO
FLORIDA. BUT IF WE HAVE TWO YOUNG MEN THAT ARE FOUND ENOUGH EVIDENCE ACTUALLY
INDICT THEM, ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO DETAIN THEM, I THINK WE HAVE VERY SERIOUS
DOUBTS ABOUT WHETHER THEY SHOULD REPRESENT VIRGINIA ON A NATIONAL BASIS.))
OUT Q=national basis.
So both Allen and Beyer had words of high praise for Coach Beamer tonight.
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They say they know he'll do the right thing.
One tough decision the Governor was facing was taken out of his hands for
this year anyway.
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
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- voters head to the polls for today's special
election to fill Virgil Goode's Senate Seat--
And nearly 11-years later debris from the space shuttle Challenger washes
On Health Check, they call it the Golden Hour-- those critical minutes
after a trauma event.
For patients suffering major blood loss, a blood substitute, now being
tested, may be a lifesaver.
Also coming up-- we should be happy with this rainy day...
We'll show what it's like in the Northern Plains when we come back.
The fate of the 20th Senatorial district is now in the hands of the
Today's Special Election to decide who will fill the shoes of
Congressman-elect Virgil Goode is now underway.
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Teresa Hamilton caught up with democratic candidate Roscoe Reynolds-- and
she joins us from Martinsville.
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SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :10
OUT Q=of themselves
(kim ad lib)
(roll cue: "of the General Assembly.")
SUPER=01-Allen Dudley/(R) State Senate Candidate; :00
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :13
OUT Q=safety and of course education.
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Two large pieces of the Space Shuttle Challenger have washed up on shore-
almost 11 years after the shuttle explosion.
SUPER=03-Cocoa Beach, FL;
One piece of metal is six by 15 feet. It's likely part of the tail or wing.
The other piece is about one by five feet.
((JAN SEEKNER/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER INVESTIGATOR: I THINK THE REACTION TO MOST
PEOPLE HERE IS IT HAPPENED IN 1986 AND HERE IT IS 1996 AND WE'RE STILL GETTING
PARTS FROM THE SHUTTLE.))
SUPER=02-Jan Seekner/Space Center Investigator; 00
OUT Q=from the shuttle."
SUPER=04-January 28, 1986;
Challenger exploded January 28th, 1986- killing all seven aboard.
The pieces have been taken to Kennedy Space Center for a closer look.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come--
an arctic blast blows across the Northern Plains leaving residents dealing
with blizzard conditions...stick around.
GO TO BREAK
Wind, snow and bitter cold are making travel treacherous across the Northern
This is what it looks like in Fargo North Dakota.
Blowing snow is bringing visibility to near zero in some areas- The blizzard
conditions are forcing police to close many roads.
SUPER=03-Sioux Falls, SD;
While temperatures are staying in the single digits- wind chills could dip
to 50 below.
The National Weather Service is recommending people delay their trips.
The fierce winter weather is expected to last at least through tomorrow.
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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;
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health music under
The Roanoke Express is back home at the Roundhouse tonight- Mike has a
On Health Check, it's not a scientific theory--
but rather, one that comes from the heart and the HARP.
This teenager believes her music, is helping babies, struggling to
health bump next
Next month, with approval from the F-D-A, emergency room physicians around
the country will begin testing a man-made blood substitute called (Heem-Assist)
Hemassist, hoping to increase survival rates for trauma patients.
Hemassist can be given to critically injured patients of ANY blood type.
It's made from human hemoglohbin-- the iron-rich protein in blood that
delivers oxygen to organs throughout the body.
Chemically enhanced, the substitute can be stored longer than whole blood.
And it could be widely used, doctors say, in treating stroke and heart
IN Q=The important thing
((DR. EDWARD SLOAN/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS:THE IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE IS THAT
NOT ONLY DOES IT RAISE BLOOD PRESSURE BUT IT MAY IMPROVE THE BODY'S ABILITY TO
SHUTTLE OXYGEN TO THOSE AREAS THAT'RE IN GREATEST NEED.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Edward Sloan/University of Illinois; :
OUT Q=greatest need.
Still, the substitutes are NOT a treatment for chronic conditions like
They don't clot or fight infection, and in no way are they a replacement
for real blood.
Researchers in Britain say they now have additional evidence that men
who smoke could be harming their unborn children.
Previous studies have shown a link between lighting up and leukemia and
brain tumors in children.
Now, scientists say as many as 15-percent of all childhood cancers may be
due to smoking --- which damages a man's sperm.
And--they say the MORE a man smokes, the higher risk of his baby getting
The study is reported in the British Journal of Cancer.
The Sound of Music is proving to be more than just soothing for some of
Community Hospital's tiniest patients.
It may also be having a healing affect.
Melanie Moon has the story.
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.))
Time now for sports-- and some discouraging news for cycling fans--
Mike Stevens has the latest on the status of an international race through
our area next year.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Tuesday ticker. We start on the bike
paths of Southwest Virginia with news concerning the Tour DuPont.
A source close to Cycle Roanoke Valley says the there definitely will not be
a race in 1997!
SUPER=04-Tour DuPont; :00
The source says efforts to replace Dupont with another sponsor have failed
and that the financing and organization is just not there to get the race set
for next year.
The chemical giant withdrew its sponsorship from the event earlier this
month. The race could return in 1998.
There is hockey tonight as the Roanoke Express plays host to the North
Division Johnstown Chiefs tonight at 7 at the round house.
The Express practiced on the Roanoke Civic Center ice for around and hour
today. Roanoke has won two straight.
More on the Express at 6.
The playoff picture in the AFC is still out of focus thanks to last night's
loss by the Buffalo Bills to Dolphins.
A win last night would have locked the Bills in the playoffs and kept them in
the hunt for the AFC east title.
And things looked pretty good when Jim Kelly went deep over the middle to
Andre Reed on a 67 yard scoring pass to give Buffalo a 7-to-6. lead.
But Miami came back with three Joe Nedney field goals and then iced it in the
fourth quarter with this TD toss from Marino to O.J. McDuffie.
The Dolphins aren't headed to the playoffs, and last night they delayed
Buffalo's trip as well with a 16-to-14 win.
((JIMMY JOHNSON/MIAMI HEAD COACH:))
((DAN MARINO/MIAMI QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Johnson/Miami Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Miami Quarterback; :14
OUT Q=...NICE TO WIN."
Speaking of winning, the Carolina Panthers have been doing plenty of that
With 11 wins this season, they can wrap up the NFC West this weekend with a
win over the Steelers. Still, few folks believe they are for real.
IN Q="In the NFL...
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...SUNDAY AFTERNOON."
Coming up tonight at six, the UVa players tell us why they are more fine
turned for this Carquest Bowl appearance then they were at the end of the 1994
That and much more coming your way at six.
Have a good night, folks.
take a break
Honors go out today to more than one-thousand servicemen who've spent
months searching for the wreckage of TWA Flight 800.
They are the sailors who handled a long, tedious and gruesome job- salvage
and recovery at the crash site.
((JAMES KALLSTROM/FBI: THE NOTION THAT WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER AND THAT WHEN WE
DON'T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT WE CAN DO WONDERFUL THINGS AND I THINK ALL OF
YOU EPITOMIZE THAT YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC.))
OUT Q=ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC."
TWA Flight 800 crashed off Long Island in July- killing everyone on board.
Today sailors received medals for their work at the site.
(toss to Patrick)
(Patrick tosses to Jean)
An attorney for two of the female cadets at the Citadel now says they had
their clothes set ablaze... not just once, but three times.
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Keith Humphry spoke to the man who's handling the transition to
co-education at V-M-I.
He doesn't rule out the possibility that one individual could go too far.
But Mike Bissell believes V-M-I's system provides assurance that
upperclassmen- -senior cadets will take it upon themselves to police and report
problems before they get out of hand.
We'll hear from Colonel Bissell on NEWS 7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.