News 7 at Five is next-
Another hostage is released in Peru- one day after an explosion at the home.
A car drives through the window at Blockbuster Video.
Plus it's the rush to return at area stores. We'll have a live report.
Well it looks like temperatures will stay up enough to keep us out of an
icing situation. Forecast details coming up.
On Health Check-- cardiac care.
The latest word on implantable defibrillators.
Plus, a warning about shovelling snow.....it can be very dangerous for your
Another hostage is released in Peru- this time the Guatemalan Ambassador.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The day after Christmas meant freedom for one more hostage.
The Ambassador walked away from the compound.
His release came with no advance notice or explanation.
But there are still 103 captives inside and no end in sight.
Last night an explosion rocked the Japanese Ambassador's home- suprising
the hostages and the REBELS.
Apprently an animal triggered the explosion- making it clear the house is
((REGARDING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THERE ARE EXPLOSIVES IN THE AREAS OF THE
RESIDENCE, THE SOUND OF THE EXPLOSION THIS MORNING SHOWS YES THERE ARE.))
OUT Q=YES, THERE ARE.
It doesn't appear that anyone was hurt in the blast.
Meanwhile the rebels continue to demand the release of their comrades jailed
in South America.
Buckingham Correctional Center near Farmville is on lockdown tonight after
its warden was stabbed in the neck by an inmate.
Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman David Botkins says warden Eddie
Pearson is in serious but stable condition.
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Botkins says about two hundred inmates at the 950- bed, maximum security
facility refused to return to their cells about 45 minutes after the stabbing.
He says that was a period of "chaos," but NOT a riot.
Botkins says dogs were brought in and a warning shot was fired from a non-
lethal pellet gun.
An investigation into the stabbing is underway.
The department is NOT sure when a Virginia warden was last assaulted by an
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are back in Giles
County... hoping to finish their on-sight investigation into a deadly plane
An Airborne Express cargo plane slammed into East River Mountain Sunday...
killing all six people on board.
Investigators returned to the scene late this afternoon, but would not
comment on their findings.
Meanwhile, the company that was overhauling the plane is launching a probe
of its own.
Officials at Triad International Maintenance Corporation say its
investigation is out of concern for the victims' families.
TIMCO (Tim-co) was in the process of rebuilding the plane when it crashed.
A Greensboro T-V station is reporting that the D-C 8 had trouble with its
hydraulic system the day before the crash.
The man accused of beating his roommate to death on Christmas Eve remains
held without bond in Lynchburg.
33-year old James Michael David made his first appearance in Lynchburg
General District Court today.
David was arrested early Tuesday morning after police discovered his
friend's body in the motel room the two men were sharing.
The victim's identity is still being withheld.
Meanwhile, David was given a court- appointed attorney today, and could
remain in jail until his preliminary hearing next month.
Another Christmas is behind us, but the holiday shopping season survives.
The frantic search for that last-minute gift has been replaced with
returns, exchanges and a determined hunt for holiday bargains.
double boxes Jean/JoeD
Joe Dashiell joins us tonight from Tanglewood Mall. How busy is out there
Jean, whether it's the day after
Thanksgiving, or the day after Christmas... retailers always brace for a fresh
wave of business. Here at Tanglewood, and at Valley View Mall this day was no
IN Q=It may not be bumper to bumper
SUPER=01-Freddie Monk/Shopper; :09
SUPER=01-Geraldine Frith/Shopper; :32 quick
SUPER=01-Harry Frith/Shopper; :37
OUT Q=Christmas cards for next year.
((It may not be bumper- to- bumper, but the line of cars continues to fill
the parking lots of area malls.
IN Q=It's crazy
((FREDDIE MONK/SHOPPER: IT'S CRAZY. THIS MAN I'M WAITING FOR HIM TO MOVE OUT
AND I THINK THEY WENT IN THERE TO LOOK AT THEIR PACKAGES BEFORE THEY PULL OUT,
BECAUSE I'VE BEEN SITTING HERE WHILE YOU WERE WALKING AND THAT'S WHAT I'M
WAITING FOR, BUT I SEE ANOTHER SPOT, SO IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME I THINK I'LL GRAB
IT BEFORE SOMEBODY ELSE GETS IT.))
OUT Q=before somebody else gets it.
Freddie Monk found her parking place, and so did thousands of others who
were returning merchandise, exchanging gifts, or simply searching for a
IN Q=We found some good deals
((GERALDINE FRITH/SHOPPER: WE FOUND SOME GOOD DEALS ON CHRISTMAS PAPER, 50
((HARRY FRITH/SHOPPER: IT'S WORSE THAN IT WAS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, ALMOST,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE STANDING IN LINE FOR THIS PAPER, CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR
OUT Q=Christmas cards for next year.))
Both Valley View, and here at Tanglewood the traffic has been manageable
today, the crowds were not excessive.
double boxes Jean/JoeD
Jean... this isn't quite the frenzy of earlier in the week... so bargain
hunters shouldn't be deterred by the crowds.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Does Virginia Tech's winning record on the football field generate more
students interested in attending the school?
And a clearer television picture could soon come to a living room near you...
as high-definition digital television gets the okay.
Plus, on Health Check-- we'll have the latest theory on treating women with
Also coming up-- the Cavaliers are in Florida awaiting tomorrow's game with
A preview of the Carquest bowl in tonight's Ticker. Stick around.
New T-V could be coming to your living room soon.
It's high definition digital television.
Federal regulators gave it final approval- setting off a race between
computer makers and TV manufacturers.
Digital TV offers crystal-clear pictures and CD-quality sound.
It may also allow viewers to watch a program while surfing the Internet
over the same "smart box."
Expect to see digital sets on the market by 1998.
The cost- between 15 hundred and 3 thousand dollars.
But as always, prices are expected to drop as broadcasters offer more
digitally transmitted programs.
It appears Virginia Tech's success on the gridiron is generating more
student interest in the university.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995;
After last year's win over Texas in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans,
applications from Texas and Louisiana doubled.
So did the number of freshman from those states who actually enrolled.
This year, overall applications for early decision are up 30 percent.
((KAREN TORGERSEN/INTERIM UNDERGRAD ADMISSIONS DIR.: THIS YEAR WE HAVE OVER
1800 APPLICANTS WHO'VE APPLIED EARLY DECISION, STATING THAT VIRGINIA TECH IS
THEIR FIRST-CHOICE SCHOOL. GENERALLY ABOUT 740, 750 STUDENTS ARE OFFERED EARLY
DECISION. THIS YEAR THAT NUMBER IS OVER A THOUSAND, SO THAT'S A PRETTY
SIGNIFICANT INCREASE. ))
SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Interim Undergrad Admissions Dir.;
OUT Q=significant increase.
Torgersen believes Tech's athletic accomplishments are directly related to
the increases, along with more academic recognition.
She says it's too early to know if the upcoming Florida Orange Bowl game
against Nebraska will affect applications from those states.
A customer at Blockbuster Video made quite the difference this afternoon.
Roanoke County Fire officials say four big windows at the movie store on
Electric Road were smashed, when the driver of this car apparently pushed the
accelerator instead of the brake.
It happened just about two this afternoon.
No one was injured--
When fire officials arrived they evacuated Blockbuster Video and called in
the building inspector.
Surprising there was no structural damage...
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Meteorologist Robin Reed will be
along with the complete forecast-- but first
a White day-after Christmas in the Northwest is proving more hazardous then
beautiful-- the frigid details when we come back.
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The weather outside is frightful for people in the Northwest.
SUPER=03-Columbia Gorge, OR;
Snow and freezing rain have knocked out power to 70-thousand customers in
Oregon- and to part of the Portland International Airport.
Snow has also disrupted traffic in parts of Washington state.
Meanwhile records are breaking in the Plains and the Midwest.
The Temperature hit 27 below in Minneapolis breaking a record set in 1855.
((GO AHEAD TRY IT. SOUND OF CAR ENGINE TRYING TO START ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND CAR SOUNDS"
St. Cloud Minnesota hit 34 below.
It plunged to 24 below in Valentine, Nebraska- with wind-chill readings near
toss to robin
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy With/Light Rain Or Sleet/34-36/Cloudy Skies/Wind
SUPER=331-Light Rain/Mostly Cloudy/34-36/Continued Cloudy/Wind W-10/48-50;
SUPER=332-Patchy Light/Rain/34-36/Drizzle Early/Cloudy & Warmer/53-55;
SUPER=333-Sleet Early/Then Light Rain/33-36/Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-10/44-46;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/36-39/Mostly Cloudy/With Drizzle/50-55;
health music under
Still to come in the newscast-- Mike Stevens begins his reports from Miami
on tomorrow's Carquest Bowl..
On Health Check--
You've heard it before-- but we'll explain exactly why shoveling snow may
be dangerous to your health.
Plus managing neck pain.
It's an all too common ache these days-- in the age of the computer.
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Researchers say small implantable defibrillators could cut the risk of
death from heart attacks---in half.
The defibrillators-- which are about the size of a cassette tape--
work by shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm whenever they detect
a dangerously abnormal beat.
Scientists say less than half of those patients who had the device, died.
Critics however are calling for more study-- because the procedure is
very expensive -- and the research included drugs that have since been found to
-increase- the risk of death.
The work is reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine.
With quite a bit of winter ahead of us, shovelling snow is not an activity
many of us are looking forward to.
And a warning-- in some cases, it can be life threatening.
It's a well known fact that heart attacks can be triggered in susceptible
people by physical exertion-- and shoveling snow is certainly strenuous.
((DR. JACOB HAFT/CARDIOLOGIST: SHOVELING SNOW IN PARTICULAR IS STRESSFUL
BECAUSE IT'S AN ISOMETRIC EXERTION, WHICH MEANS YOU'RE LIFTING SOMETHING HEAVY,
AND WHEN YOU
DO THAT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE GOES UP. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jacob Haft/Cardiologist; :
OUT Q=goes up
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
The rise in blood pressure puts additional stress on the walls of blood
vessels already diseased with hardening of the arteries, athero-sclerosis.
In a recent study of 19 patients who were seen with acute chest pains or
shortness of breath after shoveling snow, 15 of them had heart attacks or
similar severe problems.
With x-rays, cardiologists determined most had experienced a sudden rupture
in an area of atherosclerosis.
IN Q=When it ruptures
((WHEN IT RUPTURES PART OF IT OBSTRUCTS THE FLOW OF BLOOD THROUGH
THAT BLOOD VESSEL AND IT ALSO STIMULATES THE FORMATION OF A CLOT THAT CAN MAKE
ALL THE BLOOD FLOW THROUGH THAT BLOOD VESSEL STOP.))
OUT Q=blood vessel stop
And if blood flow stops in an artery supplying part of the heart muscle,
the muscle dies and that's a heart attack.
So a warning, if you have chest pain while shoveling snow, or even a few
hours later, it may be the onset of a heart attack.
Get to the emergency room immediately.
An injection of cancer-killing drugs directly in the abdomen, rather than
intravenous chemotherapy, is better for ovarian cancer patients.
At least that's the conclusion of another study published today in the New
England Journal of Medicine.
The study of 650 women found those who received therapy drugs in the
abdomen are living longer, and with fewer side effects than those on i-v
The American Cancer Society predicts ovarian cancer will kill nearly
15-thousand women this year.
Two U-S drug companies want approval to market the thalidomide
Two companies want to offer the drug to treat conditions associated with
H-I-V and AIDS infection, as well as leprosy.
The drug was banned worldwide in the 1960's when severe birth defects were
blamed on it.
It had been prescribed to expectant mothers as a treatment for morning
About 12-thousand babies suffered malformed limbs, defective organs and
You really don't think about your neck...until it starts hurting.
And when it does it's all you can think about.
SUPER=04-Baylor College of Medicine; :
That's because the neck supports weight equivalent to that of a bowling
ball....and can easily become stiff and sore.
Injuries, poor posture, tension and wear-and tear can all cause neck pain.
Exercise will keep the muscles in the neck strong.
Also, be careful on the job...whether your standing or sitting in front
of a computer station, the head and spine need to be in-line.
IN Q=Where is
((WHERE IS THE COMPUTER MONITOR? IS IT TOO HIGH, SO THAT THE NECK IS BACK ALL
DAY? THAT WOULD BE A SET UP FOR PROBLEMS. IS IT TOO LOW? IS IT OFF TO THE SIDE.
WE SEE A LOT OF FOLKS WHO END UP TYPING ALL DAY, TURNED 90-DEGREES TO THE
RIGHT. THAT INDIVIDUAL IS DESTINED TO GET NECK PROBLEMS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Terrence Glennon/Physical Medicine; :
OUT Q=neck problems.
Sleeping wrong and stress can also cause the neck muscles to contract.
Most neck pain, though, will go away without a doctors care.
IN Q=Shrugging the shoulders
((SHRUGGING THE SHOULDERS. AND ROLLING THE SHOULDERS JUST TO KEEP THE MUSCLES,
ESPECIALLY THE BIG MUSCLES AROUND THE NECK TO KIND OF KEEP THEM RELAXED. ))
SUPER=01-Colette Pientok/Physical Therapist
OUT Q=keep them relaxed.
If you experience numbness in your fingers, frequent headaches and
dizziness associated with your neck pain, you should see a physician.
Time now for sports-- another pink slip goes out in the N-F-L
ANd Tech and U-V-A are now in Florida awaiting their bowl games-- here's Steve
Good Evening, everyone welcome to your Thursday Ticker.
The Hokies left Roanoke this morning after 8 o'clock in below freezing
But Mike Stevens says they've received a warm welcome in Miami.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :19
SUPER=01-John Ballein/Director of Football Operations; :53
SUPER=01-Lester Karlin/Tech Equipment Manager; 1:15
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVA Running Back; 1:37
OUT Q=News-7 Sports.
To the NFL where Detroit head coach Wayne Fontes was fired today after a
Fontes's Lions posted a 5 and 11 record this season and failed to make the
playoffs. In his 8 years in Detroit, Fontes became the most successful coach in
Lions history with 67 wins , but at the same time he lost more games than any
other Lions coach. Fontes had one year left on his contract, but his failure to
guide detroit to post season success was his down fall; the Lions were 1 and 4
in the playoffs under him. Fontes exits with a 67 and 71 record in Detroit.
THAT'S it for sports-- see you at six-- have a good evening.
For the past 18 years The Kennedy Center has honored performing artists for
their contributions to American culture.
Two of this year's five honorees... Johnny Cash and Jack Lemmon.
((I HEAR THE TRAIN A COMIN'))
OUT Q=THE TRAIN A COMIN'
Cash's music has influenced generations of artists.
The 64-year old's varied music career has produced many hits, many Grammy's
and earned him a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
((JOHNNY CASH: I LOVE MY WORK. I LOVE IT AS MUCH NOW AS I DID WHEN I
SUPER=01-Johnny Cash/Kennedy Center Honoree;
OUT Q=when i started.
For five decades Jack Lemmon has appeared on the silver screen.
IN Q=this isn't
OUT Q=of a firecracker.
Lemmon received the first of his three Oscars in 1955 for his role in "Mr.
Lemmon is best known for his comic partnerships with the Grumpy Walter
Mathau. Most notably "The Odd Couple."
((JACK LEMMON: I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY PERCEIVE ME. I HOPE MOST OF THEM THINK OF
ME AS AN ACTOR WHO DOES BOTH COMEDY AND DRAMA. ))
SUPER=01-Jack Lemmon/Kennedy Center Honoree;
OUT Q=and drama
You can watch the 19th Annual Kennedy Center honors right here on your
Hometown Station tonight at 9:00.
Coming up at SIX, in warmer weather, Virginians have been doing it for 60
Going to the park.
A new photography exhibit reminds us how our six-decade old state park
system got started.
IN Q=But people
((BUT PEOPLE RECREATED DIFFERENTLY THEN. THEY MIGHT AFTER CHURCH ON SUNDAY,
THE WHOLE FAMILY WOULD HOP IN THE CAR IN THEIR SUNDAY BEST ATTIRE AND GO TO THE
OUT Q=to the park.
It's a window to a different era ...and a reminder of weekend possibilities
for next year.
Ellen Qualls has that report in 30-minutes 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.