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A disagreement leads to murder early this morning at a Lynchburg motel.
Rain slows down the investigation of the downed Cargo plane in Giles County--
And 30-thousand pennies are paid to Carilion in protest.
Showers dampened Christmas Eve-- but they won't stick around for long.
The Christmas Day outlook is mostly sunny and MUCH colder.
There are those who say a daily dose of laughter lowers their blood
pressure and revs their immune system,
On Health Check, we'll tell you about several studies now
underway--looking for proof of the power of humor.
One man is dead, another facing a charge of murder after an early morning
fight in a Lynchburg motel room.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Lynchburg authorities are still sorting out what happened inside room-116 at
the Ramada Inn around 1:30 this morning.
Police say 33-year old James Michael David and another man were staying at
the Ramada when they apparently got into a fight inside their motel room.
The victim was reportedly beaten to death- His identity has not been
It was the suspect who asked a motel employee to call for the rescue squad.
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((LT. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HE WENT TO THE OFFICE AT THE MOTEL AND
REQUESTED THEY CALL AN AMBULANCE. AND WHEN THE MEDIC UNIT GOT THERE, THEY
DISCOVERED THE VICTIM DECEASED INSIDE THE ROOM. IT APPEARED THAT A STRUGGLE
HAD TAKEN PLACE INSIDE THE ROOM. THE VICTIM APPEARED TO HAVE SOME BLUNT TRAUMA
INJURIES TO HIS BODY. MR. DAVID WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE MURDER.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=charged with the murder.
Police believe both men were transients, who were passing through central
A magistrate ordered David held without bond until his first court
National Transportation Safety Board and F-A-A officials were hoping to wrap
up their on-sight investigation into the Airborne Express crash today.
But steady rain will force a return trip to East River Mountain in Giles
County after Christmas.
The rain practically washed out the dirt road that leads up to the crash
site, making it extremely treacherous for investigators.
In fact only two officials from the NTSB made it to the scene this morning.
The D-C 8 cargo plane went down Sunday night, killing all six people on
At this point, there are still many unknowns.
But investigators are hoping the flight data recorders will provide the
Officials are expected to return to Giles County on Thursday.
Firefighters uncovered a secret marijuana growing operation in a Roanoke
building last night.
Investigators say a man working on his car accidentally started a fire in a
large building on Church Street.
Firefighters got the fire out- and when they checked the smoke-filled
building for more flames, they found a secret room with 100 marijuana plants
growing under lights.
Police are still trying to find out who was growing the plants.
Several people leased storage space in the building.
Investigators say the person who was leasing that part of the building was
not there at the time of the fire.
Mideast Peace talks are going well.
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That's the word from Israel- where Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for several hours.
They're working on a deal to give Palestinians self rule in the west bank
town of Hebron.
((DENNIS ROSS/U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY: THIS WAS A VERY VERY GOOD METTING BETWEEN THE
TWO LEADRES. THEY HAD THOROUGH DISCUSSIONS. THEY HAVE MADE REAL PROGRESS.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Ross/U.S. Special Envoy;
OUT Q=MADE REAL PROGRESS."
Negotiating teams will meet again tomorrow morning- and Netanyahu and Arafat
also agreed to talk again soon.
Bethlehem is filled with color this Christmas Eve.
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Bands played and people marched through Bethlehems Manger Square, where
the traditional midnight mass will be celebrated tonight.
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Around the world, Christians are celebrating this Christmas Eve.
In Finland, traditional music filled the main square where people stood
under falling snow to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Christmas in Moscow is more commercialized now than every before.
A Coca Cola Santa overlooks the city and many Russians are out doing some
last minute holiday shopping.
A holiday message from the First Family to all Americans-
((HILLARY AND I WISH ALL OF YOU THE PEACE AND JOY OF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON A TIME
FOR US TO REJOICE IN EACH OTHERS COMPANY AND IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON. A
SPIRIT OF SHARING AND GIVING AND MAKING PEACE.))
OUT Q=AND MAKING PEACE."
President Clinton gave a special thanks to the men and women in uniform-
and said we must not forget needy children at this time of the year.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at Five-- Marge Schott is making headlines again--
And a dispute over a hospital bill prompts one man to make his payment in
pounds and pounds of pennies.
Tonight, on Health Check-- the latest in treatment options for those who
suffer from multiple sclerosis.
Plus, we'll have efforts in Southside, to help ease the financial burden
for M-S- patients.
Also coming up-- Patrick introduces us to a folksinger, an author and a
That story and the Two Minute Ticker, when we come back.
Violence in Belgrade Yugoslavia-
Police beat protestors who are pro-democracy and anti-government.
One person was shot and two were stabbed.
The State Department accuses Serbia's president of provoking the trouble.
A diplomat says Slobodan Milosevic staged rallies to counter demonstrations
by opposition forces.
Marge Schott's franchise may be in trouble-- We're not talking about the
Cincinnati Reds but her Chevrolet franchise.
A Cincinnati newspaper reports Schott ordered her Chevrolet-Geo dealership
to fake car sales figures to keep General Motors from taking away her
The story alleges Schott falsified 57 sales, hiding some of the cars at
her home and selling them later at auctions or as used cars.
Schott agreed last year to surrender her dealership if it did not
meet certain quotas.
Schott's been part owner of the Reds since 1981 but Major League
Baseball won't allow her to run her team because of controversial
and racially insensitive remarks.
The jingling sound at the Carilion debt recovery office this morning wasn't
It was the sound of more than 30 thousand pennies.
Walter Ball brought them in to pay an emergency room bill from the 1980's.
He says he brought in the pennies as a protest.
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((WALTER BALL/PROTESTOR; IT'S AN ACCOUNT THAT I FEEL I DON'T OWE. I'VE NEVER
BEEN TO ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, AND THEY CAN PRODUCE ANY DOCUMENTS WITH MY
SIGNATURE OTHER THAN A DOCUMENT WITHOUT ANY SIGNATURE AT ALL, WHICH THEY SAY
COULD HAVE BEEN ME.))
OUT Q=could have been me
Ball says he'll file a civil suit to get the money back.
A Carilion spokesman says the hospital has several safeguards in place to
make sure the right people are charged for treatment.
He said he could not comment on Ball's specific case because medical records
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
With just minutes left until most stores close for Christmas Eve, Patrick
has found something you might be interested in all year long...
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Time is running out for shopping, but our own Christmas Elf, Patrick Evans
has a good suggestion for the person in your life who enjoys music, cooking,
and a little philosophy.
Here's his report.
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SUPER=01-Michael Johnathon/Folksinger - Author; :27
SUPER=04-Poetman Records USA; :36
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Stick around-- Roy has Hoos news from the Hardwoods and the gridiron--
All this in tonight's Two minute Ticker.
Laughter can certainly make you feel good-- but can it actually cure
illnesses and prevent disease?
Several medical research projects are looking for some definite proof.
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((WE HOPE WITH THESE STUDIES THAT SCIENCE CAN PROVE BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT
THAT FEELING GOOD IS GOOD FOR US.))
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A new medication to treat multiple sclerosis has just received F-D-A
Co-Polymer One is an injectable medication-- it will be marketed under the
About 300-thousand Americans have M-S.
The condition develops when the body's immune system damages the lining of
Co-polymer-one is believed to work because the immune system attacks the
drug instead of damaging the nerve cell lining.
A group of Southside insurance agents is taking some of the burden off
multiple sclerosis patients.
Frank Hollingsworth can't say enough about the Danville Association of Life
For five years, the group has sponsored an annual golf tournament to raise
money for MS patients.
On several occasions the group has repaired Frank's scooter and helped out
with other bills.
Insurance agents John Barton and Reid Yates are among about 100- members of
the Danville association.
IN Q=As John
((REID YATES/D.A.L.U. MEMBER:AS JOHN SAID EARLIER, EVERYTHING FROM PROVIDING
FOOD, GROCERIES FOR PEOPLE, WE BUY A FAIR NUMBER OF BATTERIES FOR WHEELCHAIRS
WHICH IS A FAIRLY COSTLY THING AND A REPETITIVE EXPENSE FOR PEOPLE, WE BUILT A
RAMP IN A RESTROOM TO HELP PEOPLE BE ABLE TO USE A RESTROOM IN THEIR OWN HOME.
FRANK HOLLINGSWORTH/MS PATIENT:THEY'VE HELPED ME TREMENDOUSLY, THEY, A FEW
YEARS AGO MY BACK WAS BOTHERING ME, THIS ASSOCIATION BOUGHT ME A NEW MATTRESS
AND BOX SPRINGS, BECAUSE IT WAS MY BED THAT WAS BAD, THEY'VE, THEY'VE JUST DONE
TREMENDOUS THINGS FOR ME. ))
SUPER=01-Reid Yates/D.A.L.U. Member; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Hollingsworth/MS Patient; :21
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The association is already making plans for the upcoming golf tournament
which will be held in the spring.
All of the money raised stays in the Danville area.
There have been many studies on the effects of negative emotions like
anger and fear-- on our health.
Only recently, though, have researchers begun studying positive emotions--
like laughter and humor.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Lee Berk/Loma Linda Univ. School of Medicine; 1:45
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At the Babies and Children's Hospital of New York, three studies are
underway using clowns from the Big Apple Circus to see if laughter can improve
medical outcomes-- such as reducing the amount of medication prescribed, and
the length of hospital stays.
The clowns work in operating rooms, intensive care units-- and of course,
right in the children's room's.
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((TALKING WITH CLOWNS-- THEN:
DIANE WADE/MOTHER: THEY VISIT HIM A LOT AND IN THE BEGINNING HE WAS VERY SICK
AND DIDN'T WANT ANY PART OF THE CLOWNS. AND THEN IT BECAME A REALLY FUN THING
AND NOW HE SPENDS THE WEEK OR SO BEFORE SURGERY PLANNING WHAT REVENGE HE'S
GOING TO TAKE ON THE CLOWNS.
RELAX. THIS IS THE CRITICAL PERIOD WHERE THE NOSE MAY BEGIN TO REJECT YOU.))
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Parents and staff, including doctors, are asked to participate.
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(( LEMONT HASKINS/CLOWN: I DEFINITELY FEEL WE'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE, I
KNOW THAT LAUGHTER DOES HEAL.
DR. JOHN DRISCOLL: WE PRESUME THAT CLOWNS ARE SUCH A POSITIVE INFLUENCE
THAT THEY ALTER OUTCOMES OF CHILDREN IN THE HOSPITAL IN SOME WAY THAT WOULD
NOT HAPPEN IF THE CLOWNS WERE NOT COMING ON A DAILY BASIS TO VISIT THE
OUT Q=visit the children.
There are also studies underway to see if the same theory applies in
treating stressed-out, but otherwise-healthy ADULTS.
And at Loma Linda University, a study took blood samples from
participants while they watched a funny video.
The researchers found laughter actually boost the immune system, white
blood cells, t-cells and even antibodies.
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((DR. LEE BERK: MOST SIGNIFICANT, I BELIEVE, IS THAT WE SEE INCREASES IN A
TYPE OF IMMUNE CELL CALLED NATURAL KILLER CELLS WHICH GO AFTER VIRALLY
INFECTED CALMS AND GO AFTER TUMOR CELLS. ))
OUT Q=tumor cells.
So from fighting cancer to relieving stress-- many believe that laughter
is the best medicine.
Time now for sports-- Virginia lost a close one against Connecticut on the
basketball court last night...
Roy Stanley has highlights in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Thank You ladies and welcome to the Christmas Eve two Minute Ticker.
The University of Connecticut continues to hold its edge on the Virginia
Last night the Huskies beat the Cavaliers 64 to 61 in overtime.
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Virginia scored the first 8 points of the game two when Curtis Staples
drives to the hoop for the Layup.
Connecticut went on an 8 to nothing run highlighted when Deon Carson goes
inside for the easy layup to make it 9 8 Huskies.
But the Cavaliers rallied at the end of the half Harold Deane drives to the
hoop and scores and it was 30 to 30 at the half.
The game went to overtime tied 53 to 53 but Staples pulls up and nails the
three pointer giving U-V-A a three point lead.
But the Huskies opened the lead to SUPER=33-Connecticut/64/Virginia/61/;
five points and Connecticut beats Virginia in overtime 64 to 61.
The 7 and 4 Virginia Cavaliers are no strangers to playing Bowl games on
the road as the "away" team.
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Last year, the Wahoos topped the Georgia Bulldogs 34-27 at the Georgia
Dome in the dogs back yard. Now the Cavs will play at Pro Player Stadium in
Miami's home state. But playing the roll of the away team hardly phases the
((JAMES FARRIOR/UVA LINEBACKER:))
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
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SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :21
OUT Q=..with the outcome"
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Carolina Panther coach Dom Capers is the A-P N-F-L coach of the year.
He received 67 votes from a nationwide panel of Sports Reporters.
Capers led the Panthers to the N-F-C West title and a bye in the first
round of the playoffs with a 12 and 4 record.
The Oakland Raiders fired head coach Mike White today. White was 7 and 9
this season and 15 and 17 overall. More sports at six-- Connie and Jean will
back in a moment.
If you found it tough dealing with the crowds at the mall this holiday
season, imagine what it's like for the President.
President Clinton joined the multitudes of last-minute Christmas shoppers
with an unannounced stop today at the Pentagon City mall in Northern Virginia.
He caught many shoppers off guard as he breezed through the complex.
The President was heavily escorted by the secret service but quickly shook
off his press escort so he could mingle with the masses.
The Santa watch is underway--
Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Santa's sleigh to
fly below the required altitude tonight.
And the North American Aerospace Defense Command began tracking Santa Claus
and his sleigh at sundown.
The radar and satellite tracking systems focus on the North Pole as Santa
begins his rounds.
Children can even listen in on the tracking operation. That number with live
updates throughout the evening is area code 719-474-3980.
(toss to Kimberly)
(kimberly tosses to Jean)
Coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX...
You can visit the Commonwealth from your home computer--
It's called Visit Virginia--
Internet users can check out Claytor Lake State Park, Pulaski's historic
courthouse, and downtown shopping and dining there.
Tracy Altizer has the story on surfing through the state in 30-minutes on
That's it for News-7 at Five...Happy Holidays. Goodnight.
NEWS-7 at SIX,