News-7 is straight ahead.
Trouble in the air for the Airborne Express cargo plane one day BEFORE the
crash in Giles County.
A ten year old girl is burned when a package bomb explodes at her home on
And Santa Claus wasn't the only one making special deliveries this
Stick around NEWS-7 at 11 is next.
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at 11, I'm Connie Stevens.
Triad International Maintenance Corporation, the company that was overhauling
the Airborne Express cargo plane that crashed Sunday night into a Giles County
mountainside--- is now launching its own investigation.
The plane reportedly had experienced trouble Saturday, forcing pilots to
scrap a test run-- one day before the deadly crash near Narrows.
A Greensboro television station reports trouble with the hydraulic system
caused the plane to drop a mile in altitude, so pilots turned the plane around
and returned to North Carolina.
Federal officials say the Airborne Express D-C-Eight was 20 minutes into a
maintenance test flight Sunday when it fell into a steep dive.
The pilot reportedly made a distress call just before the crash.
Six people died.
The investigation is scheduled to pick back up tomorrow.
Police tonight are guarding the hospital room of a ten-year-old girl
injured in an explosion in her home in upstate New York.
SUPER=03-Clifton Park, NY; :
Authorities believe her parents were the targets of the package bomb that
blew up last night.
Jordan Reardon sustained second-degree burns and other injuries when the
package exploded in her hands..
IN Q=I just can't
(( VINCENT DELUCIA/ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE ANYONE
WOULD INTENTIONALLY TARGET SOMEBODY LIKE THIS.))
((DR. ROGER SALISBURY/ WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER: I THINK SHE UNDERSTANDS IT
COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE.. SHE COULD HAVE COME OUT OF THIS PARALYZED OR
BLIND OR DEAD.))
SUPER=01-Vincent DeLucia/Elementary School Principal; QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Dr. Roger Salisbury/Westchester Medical Center; :06
OUT Q=or dead.
Jordan has powder burns on her face, hands and chest -- but her eyeglasses
and her reaction to cover her eyes with her hands probably saved her sight.
Authorities aren't commenting yet on a possible motive for the bomb.
An explosion at a Lutheran church in Frankfurt, Germany has left three
people dead and ten others injured.
Among the fatalities-- a woman who is thought to be responsible for the
Police believe the woman may have carried two grenades into the Christmas
Eve service-- to kill herself.
Another captive was released today from the Japanese ambassador's beseiged
home in Peru.
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; :
The guerillas apparently let the embassy's first secretary out for health
As you can see, the hostage appeared weak-- he was led out in a wheelchair
and taken away in an ambulance.
Here's more on the situation in Lima from Byron Harlan.
wipe wipe wipe
IN Q=No one watching
SUPER=01-Ernesto Mendoza/Peruvian Native; 1:22
SUPER=10-Clso Bedaurre/Peruvian Native/Voice of Translator; 1:28 QUICK
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:42
OUT Q=BH, CBS News, Lima, Peru.
No one watching knew quite what to make of it..the Peruvian President's
daughter arrived at the compound Christmas Day...with turkeys intended for the
rebels and more than 100 hostages stuck inside.
Alberto Fujimori's daughter Keiko wanted to go inside to see her uncle
and the others...but could not.
A Peruvian Archbishop did make it inside for a Christmas celebration..all
this folows two significant events from the day before.
Rebels freed the uruguyan ambassador...after officials in that country
freed a pair of Tupac Amaru rebels.
Officials in uruguay deny there's a connection but apparently the
Peruvians don't like it a bit and recalled their ambassador to Uruguay.
What no one can deny though..is that this city that sits on the pacific
coast..splashed with waves that wash in from the east..is facing some social
The Tupac Amaru wants to restructure the economy..and its not hard to find
folks who say they're right-- that too much foreign investment is hurting the
And that a President with a Japanese surname is just one more
indication that Peruvians have lost control of their country.
It's also not tough to find people who say Alberto Fujimori is just as
Peruvian as anyone else born here and that foreign investment means jobs.
ERNESTO MENDOZA/PERUVIAN NATIVE
AND THATS A VERY GOOD THING FOR THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY..
CLSO BEDAURRE/PERUVIAN NATIVE/VOICE OF TRANSLATOR
HE SAYS THAT JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN PERU IS VERY GOOD.
It gives Peruvians a lot to think about this holiday season..spiritual and
social matters combined in a complex mix.
The bottom line for the hostages is Christmas means captivity with no hint
that they will be home before the holidays are over.
Byron Harlan CBS News Lima Peru.))
Of the 33-thousand troops serving in Bosnia this Christmas-- most say they
want just one thing--
For peace to prevail, so they can go home to their loved ones for good.
IN Q=Peace takes on
((CAPTAIN SUSAN AUER: PEACE TAKES ON A NEW SIGNIFICANCE OVER HERE AND THE TRUE
MEANING OF CHRISTMAS, IT REALLY DOES. JUST COMING OVER HERE AND KEEPING THE
SUPER=07-Capt. Susan Auer; :
OUT Q=keeping the peace.
**CONNIE AUDIO ON CART**
SUPER=03-Tuzla, Bosnia; :
Santa did make his rounds with the troops-- though he looked suspiciously
like an old gunnery sergeant.
And of course, Christmas mail has been pouring in-- from families, even
school children from around the U.S.
Their cards are posted everywhere.
IN Q=To me, holiday
((SPECIALIST LESLIE FAHEY: TO ME A HOLIDAY IS FAMILY AND WHEN YOU'RE AWAY
FROM YOUR FAMILY IT'S HARD TO HAVE TO HOLIDAY . . . WHEN I GET HOME WE'LL HAVE
THE REAL HOLIDAY WITH MY KIDS.
SHEFFIELD: NOT EVERY SOLDIER HAS FAMILY. A LOT DO BUT THERE'S MANY THAT
DON'T. THE ONES THAT DON'T ARE THE ONES YOU REALLY GOT TO LOOK OUT FOR
AT CHRISTMAS TIME. ))
SUPER=07-Specialist Leslie Fahey; : QUICK!!
SUPER=07-Capt. Mike Sheffield; :07
OUT Q=NAT SOUND FADES UNDER VO
In a country where the nights were once filled with gunfire, silent night--
IS the gift American soldiers have given to Bosnia.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, gun owners in the Commonwealth now have a
guide to firearms laws.
Not everyone had Christmas day off-- many special deliveries stayed right on
schedule. Stay with us.
We're having a silent night weatherwise on this Christmas--
But today's mostly clear skies will be giving way to cloudiness by
We'll also have the potential for some showers by the weekend.
Meanwhile, some cooler weather today--
MUSIC UP FULL
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Roanoke County fire fighters were busy this Christmas morning, trying to
tame a blaze on Rosecrest Road.
The fire started in the chimney of this house... but it quickly spread to
Flames started shooting out of the home but apparently the people inside had
According to emergency officials, someone driving in the neighborhood
stopped when they saw the blaze... knocked on the door... and alerted them to
Everyone inside was able to escape without injury.
It may NOT be what you'd consider an appropriate stocking stuffer... but its
authors say it's a gift that could save lives.
The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide is being rushed to a book store near you.
It's chock full of information on gun laws and court precedent about the
legal use of guns.
IN Q=It doesn't
((ALAN KORWIN/VIRGINIA GUN OWNER'S GUIDE": IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO OWN A GUN
AND NOT KNOW THE RULES. AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS HAS MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT
TO KNOW THE RULES. SO I'VE COMPILED ALL THE GUN LAWS AND TRANSLATED THEM INTO
PLAIN ENGLISH BECAUSE I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THEY WERE AND I FIGURED AS A WRITER
OTHER PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. AND IT'S BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL.
MY ARIZONA BOOK WHICH WAS FIRST IS NOW IN ITS 17TH PRINTING.))
((STEVE MANISCACLO/"VIRGINIA GUN OWNER'S GUIDE": A LOT OF GUN OWNERS IN
PARTICULAR WILL FEEL THAT THEY HAVE AN INNATE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN
WAYS THAT PERHAPS ARE GOING TO BE ILLEGAL OR CAUSE TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS FOR
SUPER=01-Alan Korwin/"Virginia Gun Owner's Guide"; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Maniscalco/"Virginia Gun Owner's Guide"; :22
Since Virginia's concealed carry law took effect in July of 1995, more than
47- thousand people have gotten the permits.
Even though Santa finished making his rounds late last night, there were
still some presents left undelivered.
As Scott Prince reports, it's up to the U- S Postal Service to pick up the
IN Q=He has
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark White/U.S. Postal Service; :33
SUPER=07-Debbie Bull; :47 (QUICK!!)
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Roanoke County
(( He has white hair and a white beard, and he delivers presents on
No, he's not Santa Claus.
But he sure acts like it.
NAT SOT 10:29:16
IN Q=Merry Christmas
OH, THANK YOU. OUR SON HAS BEEN CALLING FROM CALIFORNIA-- THREE TIMES LAST
NIGHT-- AND IT CAME!))
OUT Q=it came
Mark White has worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 2
decades... and he's been delivering packages on Christmas Day for 15 years.
He has enough seniority now that he doesn't have to work on the holiday...
but he likes doing it.
IN Q=It's an
((MARK WHITE/U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: IT'S AN ENJOYABLE JOB. YOU'RE OUT MOST OF THE
DAY. YOU GET TO MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND IT'S VERY ENJOYABLE. ))
OUT Q=very enjoyable
It's enjoyable for the package recipients too.
After all, who wouldn't be happy about getting more presents on Christmas?
IN Q=The mail
((DEBBIE BULL: THE MAIL MAN BROUGHT ME A PACKAGE ON CHRISTMAS DAY. I CAN'T
BELIEVE IT! ))
OUT Q=believe it
As for the Santa similarities, Mark shrugs them off.
He says he's not trading in his blue uniform for a red suit any time soon.
And he much prefers a postal jeep over a sleigh and eight reindeer.
IN Q=Some people
((WHITE: SOME PEOPLE MAY SAY I LOOK THE PART, BUT I JUST TRY TO MAKE THE
DELIVERIES. WHEN I DO BRING THEM, I THINK THEY'RE PLEASED. ))
OUT Q=they're pleased
At least he admits to spreading a little good cheer.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Roanoke County.))
Some of the area's less fortunate weren't left out in the cold-- they were
treated to a holiday dinner this afternoon.
Roanoke Area Ministries' RAM House once again opened up its kitchen for a
Freshly prepared turkey, ham, and all the trimmings were served.
Organizers say it could have never happened without the help of volunteers.
IN Q=We've got
((LOU IOTT/ROANOKE AREA MINISTRIES: WE'VE GOT ALMOST TWENTY VOLUNTEERS HERE IN
THE KITCHEN TO HELP SERVE THE FOOD. IT'S JUST A SPECIAL DAY. THAT'S A VERY HIGH
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS. ))
SUPER=01-Lou Iott/Roanoke Area Ministries;
OUT Q=of volunteers
More than 100 hungry guests spent a portion of their Christmas at Roanoke
GRAPHIC=american Red cross
The American Red Cross is hoping folks spend some time over the holidays
Donations typically drop during the holiday season because of bad weather
and busy schedules.
There's now a severe need for all blood types, especially type "O"
positive and negative.
Type "O" is a universal blood group that's used in most hospital
Soft Music Under
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Steve Mason takes us bowling-- later on in
But first we'll show you a Christmas tradition that re-enacts history more
than 200 years ago. Don't go away.
MUSIC UP FULL
Even though we've recently had two snow storms, the Virginia Department of
Transportation says it's pleased with the mild temperatures this winter.
Last winter's heavy storms caused VDOT to exceed its snow removal budget by
VDOT says another hard winter could mean less money to fix state roads.
In New Jersey, some nine-thousand people gathered today to witness a
SUPER=03-Near Trenton, NJ; :
It's the annual reenactment of George Washington's crossing of the
The reenactment tells the story of Washington's 17-76 suprise attack on
sleeping British soldiers.
76-year-old James Gallagher has portrayed General Washington for the past
But this is his last year-- he's retiring-- to take it easy.
IN Q=It took
((JAMES GALLAGHER/"GEN. GEORGE WASHINGTON": IT TOOK US A LITTLE LONGER THAN
NORMAL, VERY ENJOYABLE, I WILL MISS IT BUT TIMES COME AND TIMES CHANGE. ))
SUPER=01-James Gallagher/"Gen. George Washington"; :
OUT Q=times change.
Gallagher says he'll still participate in other historical activities.
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College football dropped NFL scouts a Christmas present today in the form
of a record breaking Blue-Gray all star classic.
SUPER=03-Montgomery, AL; :00
It was a bed of roses for the Blue as it racked up 44 points which breaks
the old scoring record
of 40 set back in 1953. Blue quarterback Jim Arellanes's 70 yard touchdown
connection to Nathaniel Jaquet shattered the record for longest pass play and
gave his team a 7-nothing lead in the first.
Colorado State's Calvin branch made it 14-nothing Blue on this 5 yard TD
scamper. Branch impressed scouts with 2 rushing TD's.
The Gray team never gave up and cut the lead in half with Ray Nearly's 5
Time for some defense. No gray area here. Van Miles is in the right place
at the right time. he's gonna take the interception 45 yards for the touchdown
to tie it up.
But the Blue goes on to win it 44 to 34.
The bowling season is in full swing and on this Christmas day the
Midshipmen of navy took on the California Golden Bears in the Jeep eagle Aloha
Bowl in Honolulu in what turned out to be an offensive shootput.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI; :00
The Midshipmen coming in after an impressive 8 and and 3 regular season
thanks to a high pwered offense that averaged about 32 points a game.
Speaking of power, Santa wishin Mrs. KLaus had given him a motor for this
Not a good start for the Midshipmen as California's Deltha O' Neal takes
the opening kickoff and finds a seam on his way to a 1 hunfred yard touchdown
return. The extra point fails but the bears led 6-nothing.
The midshipmen gave up 35 points in the dfirst half a lone and 434 total
yards for the game...and won this one!!!! Navy rolled up 646 yards of O and
came from 10 points down in the SUPER=34-Navy/42/California/38;
last 8 minutes to win thanks to back up quarterback Ben Fay who came in to run
for a pair of TD's, including the game winner with under 2 minutes to play.
Nay beats California in the Aloha Bowl 42 to 38.
The Express practiced today at the Round House in preparation for Friday's
home game against East division rival Richmond.
two player remain absent form practice. Jeff Loder has been called back
up my manitoba and Micheal Smith is still with St. John. But most of the
Express family was on hand and, many of the players could not go home for the
short holiday, they did enjoy Christmas in Roanoke.
((JEFF JABLONSKI/EXPRESS LEADING SCORER))
((JEFF COWAN/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Express Leading Scorer; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Cowan/Express Left Winger; :12
It was also a good day for the coach who not only made some business calls
but watch his son open presents.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....Coming up"
GRAPHIC=Homewtown Hoops Weekly
Tomorrrow, at 2pm, local basketball fans will get a post Christmas day gift
when 8 high school basketball powers begin play in the annual Nations Bank
Holiday Hoops Classic at the Salem Civic Center.
For the coaches and players, playing around the holidays is better than the
((BILLY POPE/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH:))
((ART LAWRENCE/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :13
OUT Q=...that's great"
And still to come tonight, we will check in with the NBA as Michael Jordan
and Grant Hill hit the hard wood for a Christmas day match up,
and, Houston Oiler Eddie George hits the oil well with a big post season
4 NBA teams were hard at work on Christmas day,. We start in the windy City
where the Chicago Bulls hosted the detroit Pistons in a match up of premeire
SUPER=03-Chicago/Pistons vs. Bulls; :00
Michael Jordan and Grant Hill had achance to showcase their talents head to
Hill would draw first blood on this easy pull up jumper in the first quarter
Jordan ws off on this shot but watch Dennis Rodman gather the rebound and
nail the rare fade away.
Jordan did get on track, here he takes the pass from Tony Kokoc and give s the
fans a show on the slam as the Bulls wouls pull away to win 95-83.
The NFL awards keep pouring in after the end of the regular season. Houston
Oiler and former heisman trophy winner Eddie George was the recipient of a NFL
Christmas gift today.
93 sports reporters from around the country voted on the the NFL offensive
rookie of the year. 74 of them chose George. The Associated Press picked a
running back who gained 1 thousand, 368 yards and scored 8 touchdowns.
George averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his first NFL season. While most in
recent years have watched other former rookies go through the Heisman jinx;
George IS the 7th Heisman winner to go on to receive this award.
The NFC West division champion Carolina Panthers are gearing up for their
first post season appearance in the franchises short 2 year history.
The Panthers clinched the division with a win over Pittsburgh, which
capped off a solid 12 and 4 season. All of the talk has been about the defense
and the emerging offense behind Kerry Collins, but the unsung heroes are the
((GREG SKREPENAK/PATHER TACKLE:))
((KERRY COLLINS PANTHER QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Greg Skrepenak/Panther Tackle; ;00
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panther Quarterback; :0017
That's it for us tonight.
Thanks for watching-- and Happy Holidays-- from all of us at News 7.
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