Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
100 workers in Roanoke County got pink slips for Christmas... and more may
Newt Gingrich says he did it. The House speaker admits he broke ethics
And the lights go out at the compound where rebels hold hundreds of hostages
News 7 at 11 is next.
There is no holiday cheer at Roanoke County's largest employer.
Hanover Direct has announced 100 lay-offs, and it appears several hundred
more employees could also lose their jobs soon.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=When David Stanley
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-David Stanley/Former Hanover Direct Employee; :18
SUPER=01-Brian Duncan/Roanoke Co. Econ. Develop.; :1:08
OUT Q=News 7
((The rumor mill had been grinding away at Hanover Direct for months but
David Stanley says he and other employees just didn't know what to believe.
But yesterday when Stanley arrived for his four o'clock shift company
officials presented him and nearly 100 other workers with lay off slips.
IN Q=it was done
((DAVID STANLEY/FORMER HANOVER DIRECT EMPLOYEE: IT WAS DONE WITHOUT REGARD TO
WORK PERFORMANCE, ATTENDANCE, ATTITUDE OR ANOTHER USUAL FACTORS THAT GO INTO
EVALUATIONS. IT WAS JUST A BLANKET STATEMENT. WE'RE LAYING OFF SECOND
OUT Q=SECOND SHIFT
Stanley says high ranking company officials also told him more layoffs are on
IN Q=he also stated
((HE ALSO STATED THAT 200 PEOPLE WERE LEAVING OUT OF THE TELEMARKETING DIVISION
AND ALSO THEY WERE LOSING THE SHOW PLACE CATALOG WHICH CONSTITUTES
APPROXIMATELY 30-PERCENT OF THE BUSINESS THERE.))
OUT Q=BUSINESS THERE
Sources also say Hanover Direct is moving the telemarketing division to
The catalog retailer has been suffering losses for sometime--more than 51
million dollars in the first nine months of this year.
But it appears Hanover will meet its agreement with Roanoke County.
IN Q=EMPLOYEE WISE
((BRIAN DUNCAN/ROANOKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: EMPLOYEE WISE THEY'RE FINE
AND WITHIN THE STANDARDS. INVESTMENT WISE THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO MEET
THOSE GOALS. IF THEY DON'T THEN THEY UNDERSTAND THE OBLIGATION SET FORTH IN
THE PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT.))
OUT Q= PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT
If the agreement isn't met the company will have the option to return the
land or pay the county in lieu of taxes.
County officials will know more about Hanover Direct's future when they meet
with company officials on Monday.
And it's on Monday, that David Stanley and other laid off workers, will be
meeting with the Virginia Employment Commission to discuss their future
Denise Allen News 7.))
More hostages may be released in the standoff in Peru.
The commander of the rebels holding 340 people in the Japanese ambassadors
complex says he will gradually release hostages who are not connected with the
The guerrillas released 38 hostages last night.
But shortly after the latest announcement, the power was shut off over the
No one is sure why that happened, there has been no unusual activity since.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted today he violated House ethics rules.
The admission came in a statement that was released by the Ethics
Gingrich said he gave innaccurate and unreliable statements to the
committee, but didn't intend to mislead the committee.
Reaction among his fellow house members fell along party lines today.
((REP. SUSAN MOLINARI/(R) NEW YORK;I STAND BEFORE YOU AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF
LEADERSHIP SAYING THAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING HIM AS SPEAKER AND WORKING
WITH HIM IN THE NEXT CONGRESS.))
((REP. DAVID BONIER/(D)MICHIGAN;IT IS INCONCEIVABLE TO ME THAT A PERSON WHO HAS
BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF SUCH SERIOUS VIOLATIONS, INCLUDING REPEATEDLY LYING TO A
COMMITTEE OF CONGRESS, COULD CONTINUE AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Susan Molinari/(R) New York;
SUPER=01-Rep. David Bonier/(D) Michigan; :09
OUT Q=speaker of the house
Penalties for the ethics violations could range from a fine to expulsion
from the house.
O-J Simpson's two young children are home with their father tonight.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA
Simpson won permanent custody Friday, after a court battle with the parents
of his ex-wife, murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson.
In a telephone interview today Simpson said "they're home, they're fine,
everyting is fine".
There is some concern that the custody decision could influence the jury in
the on-going civil suit filed by the families of Nicole Simpson and Ron
Legal analysts say jurors in the case are almost certain to hear about the
decision during the long holiday break in the trial.
The Gretna man found dead in his home earlier this week was a Franklin
County probation and parole officer.
55-year old Bernard Rosser died from blows to the head.
He was found Thursday when authorities went to his house to check on him
after he failed to show up for work.
Authorities say Rosser had more than 30 years experience and spent most of
his career working with juveniles.
An investigation into his death is underway but so far no arrests have been
Former Governor Doug Wilder is criticizing his own party's failure to choose
minorities as candidates for the state's top three offices.
Wilder questioned a unity summit called by likely nominee for governor Don
Beyer, calling it political posturing.
And Wilder says the fact the expected Democratic candidates for Governor,
Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General are all white and male could hurt
IN Q=I question it
((DOUG WILDER/(D)FORMER GOVERNOR; I QUESTION IT, AND I THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO
AFFECT TURNOUT, UNLESS THERE ARE REASONS GIVEN AS TO WHY THIS IS THE CASE.))
((DON BEYER/(D)CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR;
I WAS PART OF THE TICKET WHEN DOUG WILDER GOT ELECTED GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. HE
SHOULDN'T BE THE LAST PERSON OF COLOR TO BE GOVERNOR OF A STATE IN AMERICA, BUT
I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE MANY QUALIFIED PEOPLE
WE HAVE HAVEN'T DECIDED THAT THIS IS THEIR YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/(D)Former Governor
OUT Q=this is their year
Beyer said sometimes criticism hurts worst when it comes from your own
family, but added you shouldn't run for office if you can't take the heat.
The Christmas shopping crunch is on--and "crunched" is a good word to
describe the state of some shoppers' budgets.
While most people have a grip on their finances, many others
are on a holiday buying spree, and they aren't paying in cash, they're using
That means a credit crisis for some.
SOT Credit Card Bite Field Tape
IN Q=You get carried
((MARSHALL MCMINNIS: YOU GET CARRIED AWAY WITH THEM AND PLUS A LOT OF THE
CREDIT CARD COMPANIES I'VE SEEN YOU GET YOUR CREDIT LIMIT AND THEY'LL BOOST
RIGHT UP THERE TO TRY TO KEEP YOU HOOKED AND SPEND MORE WITH THEM.))
OUT Q=more with them.
But there is help for those in need.
More than half a million people turned to credit counseling last year and
the numbers continue to grow.
On Record tape
IN Q=The economy has
((ED GARRETSON/CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELORS: THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD
THERE HASN'T BEEN MUCH FEAR FOR WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS WHEN PEOPLE FEEL LIKE
SPENDING THEY SPEND.))
SUPER=01-Ed Garretson/Consumer Credit Counseling;
OUT Q=spending they spend.
Credit counselors help people set a budget and help change spending habits.
They also call creditors to arrange a longer schedule to pay back loans.
Some people says it's the creditor's responsibility to educate credit card
On Record tape
IN Q=We're just not
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: WE'RE JUST NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF
GIVING EVERYONE OUT THERE A CREDIT CARD. IF WE HAVE A FIRST TIME BORROWER
WHO'S GOING TO GET ONE OF OUR CREDIT CARDS WE REALLY MAKE IT AN EDUCATIONAL
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager;
OUT Q=educational process.
For more advice on credit card problems tune in to On Record tomorrow
morning at 11 here on W-D-B-J.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11,
Time Magazine's Man of the Year is not a household name--but he's helping
thousands live a longer life.
and some might say actor Charlie Sheen is better known for his off screen
troubles than his movies.
We'll have the story of Sheen's latest run-in with police.
It looks like another night for the electric blankets-- but you should
notice some warmer temperatures by tomorrow.
Nothing warm about today though-- as the mercury struggled to make it into
the 30s in most locations.
Just looking at these highs and lows will probably make you chilly....
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Actor Charlie Sheen was arrested today after a woman said he assaulted her.
Police say the woman told them she was shoved to the ground yesterday at
Sheen's suburban Los Angeles home.
She needed 7 stitches for a cut on her lip... Her name has not been made
Sheen was arrested at his home early this morning.
He was released on 20 thousand dollars bond.
President Clinton is asking college students to help wipe out illiteracy.
In his weekly radio address he pushed his America Reads program. urging
young people to work as reading tutors.
IN Q=they will each
(( THEY WILL EACH DEDICATE HALF OF THEIR NEW WORK-STUDY SLOTS TO STUDENTS WHO
WORK AS READING TUTORS. RIGHT AWAY THIS SHOULD GIVE US THOUSANDS OF NEW
TUTORS, A DOWN PAYMENT TOWARD OUR GOAL OF ENLISTING ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND WORK
STUDY STUDENTS TO HELP AMERICA READ))
OUT Q=help America read.
Presidents of 20 leading colleges have already pledged their support to
While very cold temperatures have been around all week, we are actually just
on the doorstep of the winter season.
The season of snow and ice officially began today.
And as the temperatures dip, the heating bills rise.
Heat pumps, storm doors and windows help keep energy costs down.
IN Q=and there are
((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: AND THERE ARE OTHER THINGS: WRAPPING YOUR
DUCTS SO YOU DON'T HAVE HEAT ESCAPING FROM YOUR DUCT WORK. WRAPPING PIPES
ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE IN COLD OR UNHEATED AREAS. THESE ARE FAIRLY COMMON SENSE
THINGS YOU CAN DO.))
SUPER=01-Tom Ayers/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=YOU CAN DO
It's at this time of year shoppers hit the hardware stores looking for
solutions to those drafty windows and doors.
Heaters are also a common item on the shopping list, but safety should
always come first.
IN Q=a lot of people
((DOUG BASHAM/BRAMBLETON HARDWARE: A LOT OF PEOPLE PLUGGING ELECTRIC HEATERS
INTO EXTENSION CORDS. THAT IS A NO NO. AND THEN WITH KEROSENE AND GAS YOU
NEVER LEAVE THOSE BURNING WITH OUT SOMEONE ATTENDING THEM.))
SUPER=01-Doug Basham/Brambleton Hardware;
OUT Q=ATTENDING THEM
Doug Basham says before deciding on which heater to buy you should consider
the room size.
Environmental groups opposed to the proposed Smart Road aren't giving up.
On Friday the Sierra Club, New River Greens and the New River Valley
Environmental Coalition filed a second complaint in federal court.
They want the court to require an environmental impact statement on several
of the high tech highway's newly-added features to allow public input.
The groups say the features, such as snow- blowing, communication towers,
and parking lots and trailers for researchers would significantly impact the
A judge threw out the groups' first complaint, which charged that the
highway department's first E-I-S did not comply with federal law.
The environmentalists are appealing that ruling.
A man on the front lines in the battle against AIDS is Time Magazine's Man
Of The Year.
Time selected Dr. David Ho for the 1996 honor.
Ho is an AIDS researcher, who pioneered an anti-viral cocktail of drugs that
is prolonging the lives of many patients.
Ho is the scientific director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in
The last time the magazine picked its Man Of The Year from the science
community was 1960.
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Stay with us for more News 7 at 11, including--
It's a Wonderful Christmas movie and it turns 50 this year---
while other Christmas traditions are keeping up with the times. We'll tell
you how you can do your holiday shopping without malls or catalogs.
MUSIC UP FULL
If you're tired of battling the holiday crowds at the malls,
there's another option for finishing up your Christmas gift buying--surf the
Len Besthoff explains in part two of his "Cyber Santa" series.
SUPER=01-Tony Kiser/The Computer Exchange; :05
SUPER=01-Bob LeFevr/Computer Owner; :10
SUPER=01-Dave Dunham/Staples Electronics Expert; :24
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
When it comes to shopping on the Internet, some have done it, others
SOT TAPE THREE 21:45:04
IN Q=I've purchased
((TONY KISER/THE COMPUTER EXCHANGE: I'VE PURCHASED A NUMBER OF THINGS OFF THE
INTERNET, AND I PROBABLY GET SOMETHING A COUPLE OF TIMES A MONTH.))
SUPER=01-Tony Kiser/The Computer Exchange;
OUT Q=a month.
SOT TAPE ONE 17:12:46
((BOB HALSTEAD/COMPUTER OWNER: PROBABLY THE QUESTION OUGHT TO BE WHY I BUY OUT
OF THE CATALOG AND NOT OFF THE INTERNET. AND I CAN'T ANSWER THAT, BUT TO THIS
DATE I HAVEN'T USED THE INTERNET.))
OUT Q=the Internet.
Security still remains a concern for many.
But Dave Dunham at Staples says as long as you're careful, there's not too
much to worry about.
SOT TAPE ONE 15:49:15
IN Q=They do have
((DAVE DUNHAM/STAPLE ELECTRONICS EXPERT: THEY DO HAVE WAYS IN PLACE OF
ENCRYPTING THE TRANSMISSION SO THAT UNSCRUPULOUS PEOPLE CAN'T GET HOLD OF THAT
INFORMATION. SO I DON'T SEE QUITE THE LEVEL OF CONCERN THAT SOME PEOPLE DO AS
FAR AS ON- LINE SHOPPING.))
SUPER=01-Dave Dunham/Staple Electronics Expert;
OUT Q=online shopping.
Web browsers like Netscape Navigator hook its users up with a security
measure called a firewall.
It's signified by a key on the bottom of the screen.
SOT TAPE THREE 21:46:07 might be cool to put broken key over some of this
IN Q=If you're using
((TONY KISER/THE COMPUTER EXCHANGE: IF YOU'RE USING A WEB BROWSER LIKE THE
MAJORS OUT THERE, NETSCAPE OR MICROSOFT'S INTERNET EXPLORER, YOU'LL KNOW THAT
YOU'RE ON A FIREWALL BY A BLUE BAR AND A KEY JOINED TOGETHER AS A FULL KEY. IF
YOU DON'T SEE THAT, NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER OVER THE INTERNET,
BECAUSE YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE DOING IT OVER A CELLPHONE, IT'S JUST AS UNSAFE.))
SUPER=01-Tony Kiser/The Computer Exchange;
OUT Q=as unsafe.
Thousands of retailers have on- line pages-- L-L Bean, and Lands End, for
And there are "virtual stores"...places you can only visit on the Internet.
C-D Now sells thousands of music selections.
Amazon- dot- com sells books at a 30- percent discount.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
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The Roanoke Express is undefeated in the month of December and tonight
Roanoke welcomed the Raleigh Icecaps to town.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Roanoke vs Raleigh; :
If you noticed something different above the ice at the Roundhouse tonight
its a new scoreboard with all the latest gadgets.
And the Express would light up the scoreboard first Ilya Dubkov works it in
close and slips it into the net for a 1 to nothing Roanoke lead.
The Icecaps get it back in the second period when Lee Leslie steals the
puck and takes it in for the score on Express Goalie Dave Gagnon.
Roanoke's Dave Stewart fires a quick shot just inside the blue line and
the Express led 2 to 1 in the period.
Raleigh answered that goal when SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/Raleigh/2/;Dave
Cundiff fires a shot from the red line for a score but Roanoke goes on to win
it 5 to 2.
Curtis Staples scored a game high 17 points to lead Virginia to a 57 to 34
win over Maryland-Baltimore County.
Virginia is now 6 and 2.
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL/SPORTSOUTH; :
V-C-U was in Alabama this afternoon taking on the Crimson Tide.
The Rams Patrick Lee pulls up and nails this three pointer as V-C-U led
early in the first Half.
But Alabama rallied. Demitrius Alexander with the nice spin move on the
baseline for the easy slam.
And the Crimson Tide pushed it out SUPER=33-Alabama/72/VCU/69/;side to
Eric Washington who nails the three pointer And Alabama beats V-C-U
72 to 69.
Radford lost on the road this afternoon but V-M-I beat Winthrop.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/HTS; :
At College Park, American University's Nathan Smith nails this three
pointer American led maryland by a score of 7 to 3.
But the Terps come back Laron Profit makes the steal and glides down the
court for the slam as the Maryland took its first lead of the half.
Then the Terps push it inside and SUPER=33-Maryland/81/American/74/; Greg
Watkins takes it in for the Monster Slam and the Terps win it 81 to 74.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/CBS SPORTS; :
At the United Center in Chicago 24-th ranked U-C-L-A took on Illinois.
Illinois was hot early in the first half Matt Hellman's three pointer and
the Bruins trailed 14 to 6.
U-C-L-A's Toby Bailey would rally the Bruins he pulls up and hits the
jumper at the top of the key.
Illinois led at the half thanks to the outside shot Turner nailing this
three pointer for a 7 point lead.
UCLA got close in the second half
SUPER=33-Illinois/79/UCLA/63/;but Illinois upsets the Bruins by a score of 79
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/FOX SPORTS; :
In Hockey, The Philadelphia Flyers scored two goals in the second and two in
the third in a win over the St. Louis Blues.
For the rest of the college and pro scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Radford/65/j/Ohio U./83////JMU/67/j/S. Illinois/74///;
SUPER=0098-j/Kansas#1/88//N.C. State/59///j/Wake Forest#2/90//Campbell/53///;
SUPER=0098-j/Iowa State#5/77//East Tenn. St./49///j/Villanova#10/91//Mount St.
SUPER=0096-/Detroit/92/j/New York/95////Boston/100/j/New Jersey/101///;
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/5/j/Hartford/6///j/Dallas/3//N.Y. Islanders/2///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Panthers end their regular season tomorrow with a game
against Pittsburgh the Rams won today.
And New England earns a first round bye in the playoffs with a come from
behind win over the New York Giants.
The New England Patriots clinched the A-F-C East title and a first round bye
by coming from 22 points down to beat the New York Giants this afternoon 23 to
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/NBC SPORTS; ;
The Giants went in at the half leading 22 to nothing when Jason Seahorn
intercepts this Drew Bledsoe pass and returns it 24 yards for the touchdown to
end the second quarter.
A Patriot field goal made it 22 to 3 then Drew Bledsoe goes to the air and
hits Terry glenn on the 26 yard touchdown pass to make it 22 to 10.
Then in the fourth quarter the special teams came through. Dave Meggett
fields this punt and he returns it 60 yards for the score and the lead was cut
to 22 to 17.
The winning touchdown came with SUPER=30-New England/23/N.Y.
Giants/22/;less than 2 minutes left in the game Bledsoe fires a bullet to Ben
coates and he drags the Giants over the goal line and New England wins it 23 to
IN Q="We're lucky
((BILL PARCELLS/PATRIOTS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bill Parcells/Patriots Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.....really do."
The St. Louis Rams ended their N-F-L season with a 14 to 13 win over New
Backup quarterback Jamie Martin threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Eddie
Kennison for the winning score.
The Rams finish 6 and 10 while the Saints end up 3 and 13.
The Carolina Panthers are already in the playoffs with one game remaining
in the regular season.
Carolina will play Pittsburgh tomorrow in a game that could determine
whether or not the Panthers will host a game in the playoffs.
IN Q="The one
((GERALD WILLIAMS/PANTHER DEFENSIVE END: ))
((KERRY COLLINS/PANTHER QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Gerald Williams/Panther Defensive End; :00
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panther Quarterback; :10
OUT Q=..........we can."
Many critics around the country have been saying for weeks now that the
Hokies don't deserve to be in the Orange Bowl against Nebraska.
The Hokies believe otherwise, but know they'll have to prove they belong to
silence the skeptics.
IN Q="YOU KNOW...
((BILLY CONATY/VA. TECH CENTER:))
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Va. Tech Center; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :22
OUT Q=...HOPEFULLY IT WILL."
A beloved Christmas story marks a milestone this year.
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Turner Home Video
It was 50 years ago the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" first came to
Back then, the movie lost money, and was considered a failure.
But audiences warmed up to the classic when it was rediscovered in the
On its golden anniversary the film still attracts audiences every
Christmas-- drawn by the message that no one is a failure, as long as he has
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