Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
The latest on the bodies found in an apartment last week--
Mister Goode goes to Washington-- we'll hear what he thinks about his new
And how about a little stress relief to end 1996?
Record highs in the east, record snows in the west and our cool down
Wednesday will not last long.
And on Health Check-- the government plans to come out swinging in the
round of its bout over legalizing marijuana for medical use.
It's all coming right up, next, on News 7 at FIVE.
Four days after two bodies were discovered in an Old Southwest apartment--
their identities are released.
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Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
Roanoke Police have identified the two men found dead at a Day Avenue
apartment last week.
54 year old Spencer Jackson Dickason lived at the apartment where his body
was found on Friday.
The other man, 44 year old Odell Hairston had a northwest Roanoke address.
Over the weekend, the medical examiner said both died from a single gunshot
to the head.
The bullets were the same caliber as a gun found at the scene, pointing to a
possible murder suicide.
Investigators are hoping further tests will tell them who fired the gun.
A medical examiner says the wounds of two Pulaski County shooting victims
are consistent with murder- suicide.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Sunday Morning;
Betty and Douglas Burgess died Saturday night outside of their home on
Alum Spring Road.
The couple had been separated for some time, and were reportedly in the
process of getting a divorce.
Police say Douglas Burgess was clutching a large caliber handgun when they
found his body.
Following autopsies today, Dr. William Masello said both victims died from
gunshot wounds to the head.
Douglas Burgess had a single gunshot wound. Betty Burgess had more than
Southside residents who love to vote: mark your calendars.
Governor George Allen has called a special House of Delegates election for
That's to fill the unexpired term of Delegate Roscoe Reynolds -- following
his special election to fill the unexpired term of state Senator Virgil Goode
-- who was, of course, elected to Congress.
Democrats and Republicans have both accused each other of trying to delay
the special election to benefit their candidate.
Today, Roscoe Reynolds faxed his letter of resignation to the Governor --
enabling Allen to set the new election date.
According to the administration, January 14th is the earliest possible date.
That means the 10th House district will be un-represented for at least the
first week of the 1997 General Assembly session.
Virgil Goode says he'll be his own man in Washington.
But the demcorat from Rocky Mount also says he will look to the example set
by his predecessors as he takes his seat in Congress.
Goode promises to vote his conscience, and remain true to the conservative
philosophy that he followed during more than 20 years in the state senate.
But as he heads to Washington, Goode says he also considers L.F. Payne and
Dan Daniel to be excellent role models.
IN Q=Dan Daniel was a very fine
((VIRGIL GOODE/CONGRESSMAN-ELECT: DAN DANIEL WAS A VERY FINE LEGISLATOR AND IF
ONE COULD DO JUST A A PART OF THE THINGS HE DID IN THE AREA OF CONSTITUENT
SERVICE WOULD BE GOOD. AND I THINK L.F. PAYNE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB. AND I THINK
BOTH OF THOSE ARE GOOD ROLE MODELS FOR ANYONE FROM THE FIFTH DISTRICT OR
VIRGINIA TO LOOK TO.))
OUT Q=to look to.
Goode has been appointed to the House Agriculture Committee. He'll be
sworn in January 7th.
Eight deaths are now blamed on the latest winter storm to sweep the Pacific
Oregon, Washington and Idaho are working to recover after heavy
weekend snows and rain and warming temperatures today.
Flooding and mudslides are becoming a problem-- forcing some major roads
This was the second bout of bad weather in four days.
About a hundred-thousand customers are now without electricity-- some
haven't had power since Thursday.
The National Guard has been called out.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- hostages in Peru will be getting
another chance to keep in touch with their loved ones.
And Federal regulators have an appetite for information on a popular doll.
Also today on Health Check-- for those at risk of osteoporosis-- a new way
to accurately evaluate the condition of your bones-- before it's too late.
Stay with us for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Police in India believe dozens are dead in a train explosion.
The blast ripped apart three cars of the New-Delhi bound express in
No one has claimed responsibility.
SUPER=03-Near Brescia, Italy; :
In Northern Italy, four people were killed and more than a dozen injured
when two passenger trains collided today.
The two trains were run by a private company-- they were running on the
same track, heading toward each other.
SUPER=03-Ossetia, Russia; :
Nearly 300 people are trapped in a mountain tunnel by avalanches in Russia.
Rescue teams have been working relentlessly since Friday, braving freezing
temperatures and heavy snowfall, to free the trapped travellers and their 120
A gift tomorrow for the hostages being held by rebels in Peru.
Family members of the 83-hostages still held by the Tupac Amaru rebels at
the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima met with Red Cross officials today.
They'll pass on some 200 letters to the hostagess-- their family and
friends will receive another 500.
The Red Cross also plans to deliver clothing, cigarettes, candles,
insecticide, and disinfectant.
The rebels took 500 people hostage two week's ago.
Over the weekend they released more hostages.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission confirms it's looking into reports
about Cabbage Patch "Snack Time Kid" dolls.
SUPER=03-San Diego; :
The doll is designed to chew automatically when plastic french fries or
other items are placed in its mouth.
It keeps eating until its plastic food drops into its backpack.
But the dolls' mechanical jaws have locked down on the hair of several
In California, Emmy Sivadge learned first-hand.
IN Q=The face was
((SCOTT SIVADGE/EMMY'S FATHER: THE FACE WAS SO TIGHT AGAINST THE TOP
OF HER HEAD, PUSHED DOWN LIKE THIS, THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD CUT THE HAIR.
GAIL SIVADGE/EMMY'S MOTHER: IF YOU PULLED ON THE DOLL, IT ONLY GRABBED MORE,
AND IT WAS PULLING HER HAIR AWAY FROM HER SCALP.
REPORTER: WHERE WAS IT ON YOUR HAIR?
EMMY: RIGHT HERE.
REPORTER: DID IT HURT?
EMMY: MMHMMM,. IT WAS TIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Scott Sivadge/Emmy's Father; :00
SUPER=01-Gail Sivadge/Emmy's Mother; :07
OUT Q=it was tight.
The doll does not have an on-off switch-- it took this family 20 minutes,
20 screws-- and a very sharp knife-- to cut the head back.
More than a half-dozen hair-eating episodes have been reported since
Christmas in at least four states.
Fire forced a Lynchburg family out of their home today.
The blaze in the 200 block of Payne Street was called in by a neighbor just
Heavy smoke was pouring from the front of the building when crews arrived on
Firefighters quickly knocked the blaze down, but not before it heavily
damaged the front living room.
The rest of the house suffered smoke damage.
Authorities say debris piled near a wood stove may be to blame.
The Lynchburg fire marshal's office is investigating.
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Stick around-- Mike Stevens has a live report from Florida, as the Hokies
prepare for the Huskers-- but first Meteorologist Robin Reed has the New Year's
Eve forecast--don't go away.
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It was originally built as a refuge for Congress in case of nuclear war.
But The Greenbrier Bunker will soon open for public tours.
The concrete- and- steel bomb shelter beneath the resort was constructed in
At first, only local residents knew about it-- the government didn't
acknowledge the bunker's existence until 1994.
It was decommissioned last year, when it opened up to reporters.
Starting Saturday, the public will get to walk through the narrow halls for
15- dollars a person.
The tours will be given through the middle of March.
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Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Two Minute TIcker is live in
Miami, where Tech and Nebraska's off the field allegations are making headlines
And on Health Check, cardiac arrest kills some 350-thousand Americans each
But the Danville fire department is joining the growing number of
rescuers-- now using a portable defibrillator to help save heart attack victims
from sudden death.
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One thousand Americans die every day from heart attacks.
But beginning January first Danville residents will have an increased chance
That's when the Danville fire department will begin carrying
During cardiac arrest, the heart goes into a condition called
That's when the heart is unable to contract like it's supposed to and the
person stops breathing.
The machines are already used by volunteers with the Danville life- saving
But experts predict the machines will save more lives with fire
Danville fire- fighters generally have a quicker response time of three and
a half- to four minutes.
IN Q=You have
((DR. STUART SMITH/DANVILLE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER:YOU HAVE ABOUT A TEN
MINUTES OPPORTUNITY TO GET THAT HEART TO BEAT NORMALLY AGAIN, WITH
DEFIBRILLATION WITHIN ONE TO TWO MINUTES AFTER CARDIAC ARREST, YOU CAN ACTUALLY
SAVE ABOUT 90- PERCENT OF PEOPLE BUT UNFORTUNATELY EVERY ONE MINUTE THAT PASSES
FOR A PERSON IN CARDIAC ARREST YOU LOSE ABOUT TEN PERCENT, SO AFTER ABOUT TEN
MINUTES YOU HAVE ESSENTIALLY A ZERO PERCENT SURVIVAL FROM CARDIAC ARREST. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Stuart Smith/Danville Regional Medical Center; :00
OUT Q=cardiac arrest.
Danville purchased seven defibrillators so that every fire station in the
city will have one.
The Clinton administration is warning doctors in Arizona and California not
to prescribe marijuana for their patients, despite ballot measures allowing it.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
Drug czar Barry McCaffrey says federal law still bans such prescriptions.
IN Q=What we
((BARRY MCCAFFREY/WHITE HOUSE DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR: WHAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO
DOING IS LOOKING IN A SCIENTIFIC WAY AT ANY PROPOSITION THAT WOULD BRING A NEW
MEDICINE TO THE ASSISTANCE OF THE
AMERICAN MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT ))
SUPER=01-Barry McCaffrey/White House Drug Policy Dir.; :
OUT Q=American medical establishment
McCaffrey calls the ballot measures "hoax referendums" because
there's no medical reason to prescribe marijuana.
He says in the case of cancer and AIDS patients, existing prescription
medicines can handle pain better.
Women are constantly reminded of the consequences of osteoporosis.
Yet it can be difficult to find out just how weak or strong your bones are
until it's too late and you suffer a fall.
Now though, there is an exciting new way to accurately evaluate the health
of your bones.
IN Q= NAT SOUND WITH DR.
SUPER=03-New York; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Marjorie Luckey/Mt. Sinai Hospital; :26 quick
SUPER=01-Aileen Janover/Osteoporosis Patient; :55
OUT Q=bone density was.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
((OKAY, AILEEN, I'M GOING TO HAVE YOU.. ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
It's the DEXA machine.
A state of the art device able to measure even very small changes in a
person's bone density.
A narrow beam of x-ray scans through the spine, hips and arms and is precise
enough to detect as little as two percent changes in bone density.
The results help identify osteoporosis before it reaches an advanced stage.
((DR. MARJORIE LUCKEY, MT. SINAI HOSPITAL: WE CAN MEASURE THE AMOUNT OF
BONE IN THE SKELETON VERY ACCURATELY WITH THIS MACHINE. ))
OUT Q=with this machine.
Before this development, the outlook for osteoporosis patients wasn't as
((DR. LUCKEY: OSTEOPOROSIS WAS REALLY ONLY DIAGNOSED AFTER THE BONES BEGAN
TO BREAK. IF WE WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE BONES BREAK TO DIAGNOSE THIS DISEASE
THEN THERE CAN BE DEFORMITY AND PAIN THAT MY NOT GO AWAY WITH TREATMENT.
MRS. JANOVER: I WAS A VERY HEALTHY, ACTIVE PERSON. I HAD NO IDEA I HAD
OSTEOPOROSIS. AND IT WAS THROUGH THE READING OF THIS MACHINE THAT THEY
DISCOVERED HOW VERY LOW MY BONE DENSITY WAS. ))
OUT Q=density was.
If you have this test and your bone density is normal, that doesn't mean
you can just coast...it's still necessary to maintain your bone strength.
You can do that through maintaining an adequate calcium intake, doing
weight bearing exercise, and sticking to a healthy diet.
And if your bone density test reveals that you do have osteoporosis, there
are very effective medications that you can take that actually stop bone loss
and can even increase your bone mass to some degree.
Some Bedford County volunteers today are giving people a chance to not just
feel good about themselves, but feel down right heroic.
They're calling it the Holiday Heroes bloodmobile, and it's taking place
right now at the National Guard Armory in Bedford.
Organizers say the need for blood donations increases sharply during the
Christmas and New Years season.
IN Q=Because of a
SUPER=01-Shirley Harris/Bloodmobile Organizer; :00
OUT Q=when we need them.
Like any business, the American Red Cross depends on repeat customers.
This man's donation today put him over the five GALLON mark.
The bloodmobile will be open until 8 tonight.
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After almost a week's worth of hype and preparation, there's nothing left
for Virginia Tech and Nebraska to do other than play tomorrow night's Orange
DOUBLE BOXES Connie/MIKE
Mike Stevens is at the Port of Miami-- with some of the happenings just one day
before the game.
(mike ad lib)
(roll cue: "...off the field embarrassments are being known outside the
SOT ** ROLLED FROM TRUCK **
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 22
SUPER=01-Tom Osborne/Nebraska Head Coach; :56
OUT Q=the air anymore.
(roll cue: "...since 1939 that isn't being played in the Orange Bowl.")
SOT **rolled from truck**
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale; :00
SUPER=04-November 16; :40
OUT Q=kinda glad to be here
mike tosses to break
Finally tonight-- the latest stressbuster comes from Tokyo.
In Japan businessmen and women are using the last days in 1996 to forget
For the stressed city dweller, a two hour trek from Tokyo may be the
Beneath the slopes of Mounty Fuji, is the perfect place for a break.
Check out the Time Machine Bar--
For ten thousand yen, you get two hours of supposed stress busting
The owner says Japan is a tense place with short holidays and the stress
relief room is the perfect solution.
It's certainly one way to end the year.
The owner seems relatively stress free- she can be found on the roof
feeding her pet tiger - or downstairs inspecting her hundreds of vintage
electric guitars, including one signed by the Beatles.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Connie)
You'd expect with these unseasonably warm temperatures that Smith Mountain
Lake State Park would be pulling in the crowds.
But that's hardly the case.
In fact the park was closed today... and will be for the next few days.
double boxes Connie/Keith
Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom to tell us why.
Connie, the park is trying to trim its deer population.
So for the rest of the week, only hunters will be allowed on the grounds of
Smith Mountain Lake State Park for a controlled deer hunt.
We'll have more on that story
double boxes Connie/Keith
coming up in about a half hour on News- 7 at six.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join me for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.