Hundreds are held captive for a third night in Peru-
Two of the hostages have family in Roanoke- one was released. the other is
A man tries to escape prison by MAILING himself out.
And Frank Beamer talks about troubles with his team.
News 7 is next.
Four more hostages have been freed in Lima, Peru-
but hundreds remain inside the Japanese ambassadors residence- including
One woman who got out has family in Roanoke.
Cecila (ah-la-me) Alami says her sister's been released, but her brother in
law is still being held captive.
A prisoner tried to gain freedom by mailing himself in a box- but guards
caught him in the nick of time.
((JACK FORD/PRISON SPOKESMAN: IT WAS WELL THOUGHT UOT. WELL PLANNED. WELL
SUPER=01-Jack Ford/Prison Spokesman;
OUT Q=WELL THOUGHT OUT."
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Some hostages are trickling out of the Japanese Ambassadors residence in
Peru- one of them, a woman with ties to Roanoke.
The latest group walked out tonight escorted by Red Cross Workers.
But that leaves more than 300 hostages still inside.
They've been held since Tuesday night-
While food and supplies are making their way inside- there's no sign of
when this standoff will end.
The gunmen are demanding the release of jailed comrades and it appears they
will not give in.
One Roanoke family is keeping a close eye on the situation.
Jay Moore reports-
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=07-Cecilia Alami; :11
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; :23
OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7
(( Cecilia Alami says her sister and brother- in law were captured while
attending the ambassador's dinner.
Her sister, Stella was released unharmed but Stella's husband is still being
IN Q=My sister didn't
((ALAMI: MY SISTER DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE. SHE WOULD HAVE PREFERRED STAYING
WITH HER HUSBAND. THERE IS SOME RELIEF BUT WE'RE STILL WORRIED ABOUT HIM.))
OUT Q=worried about him.
Stella and her husband Kris have lived in Peru for about two years.
Kris has worked all over Central and South America.
He currently works for the U-S Agency for International Development.
IN Q=What I'm hoping
((ALAMI: WHAT I'M HOPING IS THAT PEOPLE TAKE THEIR TIME WITH THIS. THAT THEY
DON'T RUSH WITH ANYTHING. I'M SURE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE NEGOTIATIONS THAT ARE
TRYING TO GET THE HOSTAGES OUT ARE KEEPING IN MIND THE LIVES OF THE HOSTAGES.
OUT Q=of the hostages.
Cecilia says her sister is getting plenty of support from her and her other
This large family is sending plenty of prayers for Kris's safe release.
IN Q=The day before this
((ALAMI: THE DAY BEFORE THIS HAPPENED HE HAD SENT US AN EMAIL INFORMATION
TELLING US HE COULDN'T BE HERE. SOME OF THE FAMILY IS COMING HERE FOR
CHRISTMAS. HE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN HE PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE WORKING OVERSEES FOR
VERY MUCH LONGER AND IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS HE'D COME BACK HOME HE THOUGHT
FAMILY WAS IMPORTANT.))
OUT Q=was too short.
And the important thing for this family now is to hopefully have Kris safe
and free this Christmas.
Jay Moore, News 7.
Some school systems in our viewing area are still trying to deal with
Jean reads closings from Board.
About five thousand American Electric Power customers in Southwest Roanoke
and Roanoke County were without power for a while tonight.
A spokesman for A-E-P says the problem was in a relay at the Mudlick Station.
The power was out from around 8:40 until shortly after ten.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Football
For the first time since two of his players were charged with rape and
attempted sodomy, Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer spoke
publically about the trouble his program has faced recently.
While Brian Edmonds and James Crawford are the most recent players to make
headlines, the program's problems date back more than a year, and Beamer made
it clear today the off field problem must stop.
IN Q="People that...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...plain & simple."
Beamer says he will continue to handle each case on an individual basis -
especially when it comes to reevaluating whether or not to reinstate the
handful of players who are still on suspension.
Starting in January, sexual assault education will be required for all
Virginia Tech athletes.
The university is launching Project SAFE, Sexual Assault Facts and
It's taken a year to develop the comprehensive program, which will
eventually be extended campus-wide.
((ELYZABETH HOLFORD/PROJECT SAFE COORDINATOR: IT'S DESIGNED TO LOOK AT MORE
THAN THE ISSUE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, BUT TO ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE ROOTS OF THE
PROBLEM. AND THAT'S TAKING A LOOK AT GENDER RELATIONS, ALSO LOOKING AT SEXISM.
SUPER=01-Elyzabeth Holford/Project SAFE Coordinator;
OUT Q=looking at sexism.
Officials say Christy Brzonkala's rape allegations against two football
players LAST year highlighted a need for the program.
Athletic Director Dave Braine says Project SAFE will be a model for all
((DAVE BRAINE/TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: I MEAN I SURE HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL
FROM IT AND I THINK BECAUSE I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT AND THAT I HAVE PREACHED
THAT TO OUR STAFF AND OUR COACHES, THEY NOW KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT AND I THINK
THAT WILL PERMEATE THROUGH THE PROGRAM, AND HOPEFULLY THE UNIVERSITY. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=the university.
The program consists of eight hours worth of seminars, which will include
Another fatal shooting at a Post office-
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;
this one outside the main Post office in Las Vegas.
A postal supervisor was shot- a recently fired worker is under arrest.
Police say the suspect surrendered to a police officer a few minutes after
A key figure in Arizona's Viper Militia pled guilty to eleven counts.
Gary Bauer admitted he conspired to use explosives and to teach others to
Bauer was one of 12 Viper Militia members arrested in July.
He faced the most serious charges.
Prosecutors alleged the group was plotting to blow up federal buildings.
The indicment however charged them with the less serious conpsiracy and
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, it's been twelve years in the making as
minister Jerry Falwell and adult magazine publisher Larry Flynt get ready to
debate on television,
and after months of preparation, the television industry unveils its new
rating system. We'll tell you what it is when we return.
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Starting next year expect to see ratings on TV shows.
Lee Cowan explains the new system.
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; 15
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((The rating would appear in the upper left hand corner of your
screen starting with a TV-Y meant for all kids or a TVY-7 for kids 7
And it continues from TV-G for general audiences, all the way up
to TV-M for mature audiences.
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: BUT THAT ICON WILL ONLY APEAR FOR ABOUT 15 SECONDS...IT
WILL BE TRANSPARENT AND IT WON'T BE VERY BIG. IF YOU CAN'T FIND IT, LOOK OVER
MY RIGHT SHOULDER. THAT'S WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE.
Straight news programs would be exempt, so would sports.
All of this could be coming to a screen near you as early as next
month. Federal regulators can review the plan, but can't force any changes.
this is a voluntary effort and as one creator said it's all or
nothing. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
So you want to buy a railroad?
It'll cost you.
That's what Norfolk Southern and cross- state rival C-S-X are learning.
Tonight Norfolk Southern raised its hostile bid for Conrail to ten billion
That's larger than the nine- point- five- billion- dollar bid C-S-X made
That's about a 16- dollar- a- share increase.
Monday's vote on the Conrail- C-S-X agreement has been postponed until next
N-S calls the C-S-X offer an eleventh hour attempt to avoid defeat in a
Its bid still exceeds the new C-S-X offer by 500- million- dollars.
With a cold snap upon us, heating your home is probably a top priority.
But don't be surprised if your bill is SIGNIFICANTLY higher than last
Roanoke Gas reports an increase of 20 to 25 percent when it comes to natural
But rate hikes are also affecting other players in the home- heating
((RON LUNDY/APB-WHITING OIL: UNFORTUNATELY, ALL FORMS OF ENERGY ARE SUBJECT TO
FLUCTUATION-- NATURAL GAS, ELECTRIC, CRUDE OIL. THAT'S THE BASIS FOR WHICH
HEATING OIL IS MADE. WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME BALL GAME TOGETHER. ))
SUPER=01-Ron Lundy/APB-Whiting Oil;
OUT Q=game together
Lundy says customers who receive fuel oil to heat their homes will see a 10-
percent price increase over last year.
Lynchburg evangelist Jerry Falwell has revived the old debate with Porno
Publisher Larry Flynt.
The two plan a joint appearance on cable T-V tomorrow night.
Keith Humphry reminds us what it's all about.
SUPER=04-Columbia Pictures; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Road Baptist Church; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December, 1984; :21
SUPER=10-Larry Flynt/Hustler Magazine Publisher/December, 1984; :35
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
The T-V debate airs a week before the opening of a new movie about Flynt.
NAT SOT full 4:20
IN Q=It is my right
OUT Q=my sources.
Falwell says he wants to challenge the notion that Flynt's a hero, as a
champion of the First Amendment.
IN Q=I just want
OUT Q=to know Christ.
Twelve years ago this month the two men were fighting it out in a Roanoke
((I THINK IT'S AN ON-GOING BATTLE; I THINK IT'S 6,000 YEARS OLD.))
Larry Flynt had come to town to defend himself against Falwell's 45-million
dollar defamation suit.
IN Q=It's beyond me
((IT'S BEYOND ME TO UNDERSTAND THAT A COUNTRY FOUNDED ON THE PRINTED WORD THAT
200 YEARS LATER, PEOPLE ARE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT YOU READ OR ABOUT WHAT
KIND OF MOVIES THAT YOU SEE.))
The federal jury in Roanoke concluded Flynt had intentionally inflicted
"emotional distress" on Falwell by publishing a parody of a liquor ad,
suggesting Falwell was a drunk whose sexual initiation took place in an
outhouse with his mother.
SOT @ 3:00
((IF LARRY HAD BEEN PHYSICALLY ABLE AND WERE NOT IN A WHEEL CHAIR. THERE'D HAVE
BEEN NO LAWSUIT. I'M A CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA COUNTRY BOY. I'D JUST TAKE HIM
OUTSIDE THE BARN AND WHIP HIM AND THAT'D BE THE END OF IT.))
The Supreme Court eventually overturned the trial court's decision. Falwell
got nothing, but said today he enjoyed every minute of what he unapologetically
calls an attempt to put Flynt out of business.
IN Q=I'm you're
((I'M YOUR DREAM CLIENT. I'M THE MOST FUN. I'M RICH, AND I'M ALWAYS IN
OUT Q=in trouble.
Keith Humphry News 7.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the broadcast, we'll head up to Pocahontas County, West
Virginia to see how that community is rebounding from high unemployment,
and we'll tell you why Mattel is upset now that a non politically correct
Barbie has been spotted wearing fur!
MUSIC UP FULL
Last year, officials in Pocahontas County, West Virginia were optimistic
they could cut their unemployment numbers in half.
As Scott Prince reports, they've almost reached that goal.
IN Q=It appears
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Gordon Stuart/W.Va. Shoe President; :24
SUPER=01-Melanie Shafer/River Place Restaurant; 1:08
SUPER=01-Sen. Walt Helmick/(D) Marlinton; 1:25
OUT Q=Pocahontas County, WV.
((It appears Pocahontas County residents have weathered the storm in more
ways than one.
This time last year, unemployment was at 20- point- five percent.
Then two floods practically paralyzed the area.
But the county is now putting its best foot forward.
The newly opened West Virginia Shoe Company has instantly become one of
Marlinton's largest employers, thanks to an increasing number of sales.
IN Q=Some of
((GORDON STUART/WEST VIRGINIA SHOE: SOME OF THE TOP RETAILERS IN THE UNITED
STATES HAVE CAST THEIR LOT WITH US. ))
OUT Q=with us
The factory is already making shoes for J.C. Penny and Sebago... and
they've secured new contracts with J. Crew and Brooks Brothers.
By the end of 1997 company officials hope to employ 200 workers.
Stand up 14:48:02
((There' little doubt that places like
West Virginia Shoe have made a significant impact. But just as important are
the small businesses. Here in Marlinton, most have recovered from the flooding,
and that's put even more people back in the workforce.))
End Stand up
For years the River Place Restaurant operated in cramped quarters.
But last month, an expansion project was completed...
The restaurant reopened with 28 workers... more than twice the staff it had
IN Q=I have
((MELANIE SHAFER/RIVER PLACE RESTAURANT: I HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD WORKERS.
REALLY GOOD WORKERS. THEY PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL IN THIS PLACE. ))
OUT Q=this place
Since last year, the unemployment rate has nearly been sliced in half.
But at 10- point- 8 percent, West Virginia officials know they still have a
long way to go.
SOT 12:00:41 tape 1
IN Q=The way
((SEN. WALT HELMICK/D- MARLINTON: THE WAY WE FEEL WE CAN GET IT EVEN LOWER AND
STABILIZE THE ECONOMY IN POCAHONTAS COUNTY IS DOING AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY CAN
WITH THE RESOURCES WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US-- NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE TIMBER
OUT Q=timber industry
But for right now, most seem satisfied that STEPS have been taken in the
Scott Prince, News- 7, Pocahontas County West Virginia. ))
You've heard of jail breaks -but one prisoner tried to escape in an unique
The convicted sex offender nearly mailed himself to freedom at the Utah
David Neel was found in a large box on its way to the United Parcel Service
station just outside the prison.
A guard thought there was something odd about the box and opened it.
((JACK FORD/PRISON SPOKESMAN: WELL THE INMATE WAS JUST SITTING IN THERE. HE
WASN'T DOING ANYTHING HE HAD NO WEAPONS. I'M ASSUMING HE WAS PLANNING ON
KICKING HIS WAY OUT OF THE BOX.))
SUPER=01-Jack Ford/Prison Spokesperson;
OUT Q=OF THE BOX.
Neel is serving a five years to life.
SUPER=330-Flurries/Clearing & Cold/16-20/Partly Sunny/Blustery & Cold/26-30;
SUPER=331-Clearing/& Cold/18-22/Mostly Sunny/Blustery & Cold/28-32;
SUPER=332-Flurries &/Snow Showers/10-14/Partly Cloudy/Windy & Cold/22-26;
SUPER=333-Scattered Flurries/Windy & Cold/14-18/Partly Sunny/& Cold/20-24;
SUPER=334-Snow Showers/Windy & Cold/8-12/Very Cold/Snow Showers/18-22;
We start with a Virginia basketball note. forward/guard Courtney Alexander
is hurt and is doubtful for this weekend's game against UMBC this saturday.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Flames vs. Cavaliers; :00
The Cavalier super soph sprained his left ankle with just over 2 minutes
left in Virginia's 67-54 win over the Liberty Flames Wednesday night. X-rays
taken yesterday were negative. he is also questionable for Monday's game vs
On the hard wood last night, The Cincinnati Bearcats buried Eastern
Michigan 102 to 79 on their home floor. Danny Fortson lead all scorers with 33
Patrick Henry rebounded from it's loss to Fleming to beat Martinsville
49-46. In girls action, Cave Spring hosted Amherst last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Lancers vs. Knights; :00
Linda Long and her Lady Knights..looking to show the new triple A members
what basketball is all about.
But Amherst made the first move. Sabrina Leftwich takes the pass and hits
the shot to cut Cave's lead to 3.
Lady Knight Amber Neil answers with the dish to Lauren Carr who converts to
extend the lead to 9.
Amherst never went away. Lauren Chambris snaps the bottom of the net from the
top of the key.
Neil then makes the steal and scores as cave pulls away for the 71-28 win.
To the NBA. The Hornets could not stop his airness as the visiting Chicago
Bulls floated past Charlotte 93-72 last night.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Bulls vs. Hornets; :00
Michael Jordan scored 22 of his 35 points in the first half to lead a
quick Chicago Bulls start. it was the Bulls 5th straight win at Charlotte.
Dennis Rodman was his usual self, receiving a technical in the first
quarter for tangling with Anthony Mason and Vlade Divac.
Glen Rice led Charlotte with 23, but the Bulls do it the Chicago way,
winning by 21.
A cold freezer note around the holidays. Former Roanoke Valley Rebel, Mike
Keenan, was fired by the St. Louis Blues yesterday.
Keenan was stripped of his head coaching job and his general manager's title.
The Blues are two games under 500 this season. Keenan is the first coach to
lose his job in the NHL this year.
Express head coach Frank Anzalone commented on Keenan's situation.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...sooner or later"
Heisman Trophy runner-up and Iowa State running back Troy Davis is heaed to
the NFL and will forgo his the remainder of his college eligibility.
The two-time All American, who led the nation in rushing this year with
two-thousand-185 yards, is the first major-college ball carrier to exceed
two-thousand yards twice in a career. Now the numbers.
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go to break
still to come tonight, a pre ornage Bowl media day took center stage in
as Virginia tech head coach Frank bemaer addressed a number of topics.
Virginia Tech's Pre-Orange Bowl media day brunch was held at the Red Lion Inn
in Blacksburg this morning.
Mike Stevens says Nebraska Cornhuskers were one of many items on the menu.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Virginia Tech Center; :46
SUPER=04-1996 Spring Game; :1:07
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Va. Tech Cornerback; :1:19
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
An Atlanta radio station reported that Joe Gibbs was coming out of retirement
to coach the Atlanta Falcons.
Gibbs responded to the statement from his Charlotte racing headquarters
IN Q="There's no...
((JOE GIBBS/FORMER REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joe Gibbs/Former Redskins Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...everybody loses."
Barbie is now wearing fur-
SUPER=03-W. Bloomfield, MI;
For 240 dollars you can cover the doll in mink.
A Michigan furrier's already sold 50 sets of mink coats and matching
((ARTHUR BRICKER/FURRIER: THE YOUNG PEOPLE LOVE IT. THE DAUGHTERS AND
GRANDAUGHTERS GO CRAZY OVER IT. THEY GRAVITATE TOWARD IT IMMEDIATELY.))
OUT Q=TOWARD IT IMMEDIATELY."
But Barbie's maker doesn't like it.
Matel says Barbie is politically correct, and would never wear animal fur.