Next on News 7-
Lawyers are back at work in the O-J Simpson civil trial- We'll have a live
This is what was confiscated in Rockbridge County- after a nine month
Plus Elizabeth Taylor is diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Northwest Winds and chilly weather highlight the forecast for the next few
Some 25-percent of kids in this country are overweight.
Today, ways to change that....exercise-- rather than diet-- may be the
That's our topic on Health Check.
The dust has settled at the Santa Monica Courthouse. But no break for
lawyers- They're already preparing for the next step in the O-J Simpson civil
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The jury is off today, but attorneys for Simpson and the plaintiffs are
heading into court.
They'll discuss witnesses who will testify in the punitive damages phase.
Dave Fehling is covering the case and joins us from the Santa Monica
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SUPER=22-Santa Monica, CA;
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SUPER=01-Fred Goldman/Ronald Goldman's Father; :20
SUPER=01-John Kelly/Brown Family Attorney; :40
SUPER=01-Yolanda Crawford/Former Juror; 1:04
After unanimously finding O. J. Simpson liable in the civil lawsuits bought by
the families of murder victims, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Brown, the
jury had the day off. But lawyers went to court to decide who will testify in
the next phase of the trial. On Thursday arguments begin on the amount of
punitive damages to be awarded both families.
((FRED GOLDMAN: THANK GOD FOR SOME JUSTICE FOR RON AND NICOLE. THIS IS ALL WE
EVER WANTED. WE HAVE IT.))
The jury awarded Ron Goldman's family 8.5 million dollars in compensatatory
damages. For technical legal reasons the Browns did not seek compensatory
((BROWNS or Attorney))
Simpson is likely to appeal the verdict which could reopen the question of his
The prosection presented evidence in the civil trial...evidence not presented
at the criminal trial... evidence that made a difference.
((YOLANDA CRAWFORD/FORMER JUROR:
THERE WAS NICOLE'S DIARY THAT WAS ENTERED INTO EVIDENCE THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE
PRIVY TO IN THE CRIMINAL TRIAL/YOU HAD PHOTOS OF THE BRUNO MAGLI SHOES THAT PUT
OJ IN THOSE SHOES AND IF YOU BELIEVE THOSE PICTURES YOU HAD TO BELIEVE HE WAS
AT THE CRIME SCENE.))
The double murder case has divided the nation by race and sex for two and a
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An eight year old Pittsylvania County murder suspect is no longer in
Last night, a judge agreed to remove the child from the W-W Moore Juvenile
The eight year old boy has been held in the Danville facility since his
arrest last month for allegedly killing his stepfather.
Authorities say 55-year old Bernard Rosser died from severe blows to the
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./File Tape;
The former Franklin County probation officer was discovered inside his
Gretna home after he failed to show up for work.
The child's attorney says another hearing is scheduled next month.
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((GLENN BERGER/CHILD'S ATTORNEY:WE'RE GOING TO TAKE UP SOME ADMINISTRATIVE
MATTERS AT THAT POINT AND THE MEDIA WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY O BE HEARD ON
WHETHER OR NOT THEY'LL BE ALLOWED AT THE TRIAL. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Berger/Child's Attorney;
OUT Q=at the trial.
Published reports indicate the eight year old was taken to Virginia Baptist
Hospital in Lynchburg.
The Rockbridge Regional Drug Task Force showed off the results of a nine
month undercover investigation today.
Earlier this week, the task force arrested 27 people on drug charges.
They also confiscated cocaine, marijuana and several prescription drugs
allegedly stolen from a Lexington nursing home by a worker.
Police Chief Bruce Beard has been with the department for 27 years, this is
the biggest single drug roundup he's seen.
((CHIEF BRUCE BEARD/LEXINGTON POLICE DEPT.; IN A SMALL COMMUNITY LIKE THIS WE
WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT DRUG FREE BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT THE CASE, WE HAVE
THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT OTHER JURISDICTIONS HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Chief Bruce Beard/Lexington Police Dept.
OUT Q=other jurisdictions have
The Rockbridge task force has made a total of 299 arrests since it formed in
Pilot error may have caused Israel's worst military air disaster.
SUPER=03-Shaar Yeshuv, Israel;
A senior Israeli defense official gives that assessment- saying the pilots
had already made several trips to Lebanon yesterday when the crash happened.
The choppers were flying after dark in heavy rain- when they collided
killing all 73 people aboard.
The exact cause though may be difficult to figure out.
Neither aircraft carried a black box, and there were no survivors.
Today Israel's cabinet met declaring a national day of mourning.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- one school system is beefing up its
background checks when it comes to hiring personnel.
And Tanglewood Mall lures a trendy coffee house and bookstore...along with a
few other additions.
On Health Check-- it might not seem like the most pleasant of tasks-- but
it's an important one.
Keeping your pets teeth clean-- you might even want professional help.
Also coming up-- Ballroom dancing for all ages.
He's no Fred Astaire, but Patrick will try his best when we come back.
If you have a checkered past, it's going to be tougher finding employment in
the Lynchburg city school system.
The school board last night agreed to expand its criminal background checks
for all prospective employees.
The new system will include a check of the state's sex offender registry, to
weed out applicants with that kind of criminal history.
School officials say they haven't had any problems so far, and they intend
to keep it that way.
IN Q=When you do
((BARRY CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG DEPUTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WHEN YOU DO SEE
INSTANCES OCCUR NATIONALLY AND IN OTHER SCHOOL DIVISIONS AND OTHER PLACES, IT
MAKES YOU STOP AND PAUSE, AND THINK `COULD THAT HAPPEN HERE'? THAT'S BEEN ONE
OF THE REASONS WE'VE GONE FORWARD WITH THIS POLICY, TO PUT IN PLACE SOME OF THE
MOST EXHAUSTIVE SAFEGUARDS WE CAN.))
SUPER=01-Barry Campbell/Lynchburg Deputy School Super.; :00
OUT Q=safeguards we can.
Campbell says expanding the background checks will deter people with
criminal records from applying in the first place.
The spirit of Thomas Jefferson is invoked almost daily in Virginia's
But today, the man who captured that spirit on film for an upcoming PBS
special brought down the House... and the Senate.
((KEN BURNS: LISTEN. HE WAS A FARMER. A VIOLINIST. A WRITER. A SURVEYOR.
A SCIENTIST. A LOVER OF FINE WINES. AND A RESTLESS ARCHITECT WHO COULD NEVER
QUITE BRING HIMSELF TO FINISH HIS OWN HOUSE. HE WAS A RELUCTANT POLITICIAN
WITH A VOICE SO SOFT HE COULD BARELY MAKE HIMSELF HEARD FROM THE PODIUM. YET
HE FOUNDED ONE OF AMERICA'S FIRST POLITICAL PARTIES.))
SUPER=01-Ken Burns/Documentary Film Maker;
OUT Q=political parties.
350-thousand Virginia tax dollars helped underwrite "Thomas Jefferson."
It will air February 18th and 19th on PBS.
Another quarter million state dollars has been spent organizing a nine stop
Jefferson driving tour that includes Poplar Forest and Natural Bridge.
Burns' Civil War documentary is credited for bringing millions of extra
tourists to Virginia battlefields and historic sites.
Tanglewood Mall lands another major retailer... Barnes and Noble.
Mall officials say the book and music superstore will be built
in the area between J-C Penney and Kroger.
But that's not the only big change in store for the mall.
Carmike Cinemas is tearing down its current theatre, and replacing it with
a 10-screen multi-plex.
Both businesses are expected to open in time for the holiday shopping
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Ballroom Dancing is still alive and well throughout the world--
And if you're interested in sprucing up your steps, or starting from square
one, you won't want to miss Patrick's report.
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Dancing styles run the gamut from new inventions like the Macaranea to
But one style endures like no other.
Ballroom dancing is always in fashion,DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
and today Patrick Evans is visiting a class taught by Roanoke County Parks and
Recreation-- designed to get anyone out on the dance floor.
SUPER=01-Frank Roupas/Dance Instructor;
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Steve Mason tips off this week's Hometown
On Health Check-- Heart-Score '97 continues today....
Our topic-- keeping your kids strong and healthy.
The experts worry all too many are inactive and overweight.
IN Q=Children today
((CHILDREN TODAY HAVE A NORMAL LIFESTYLE THAT PRACTICALLY EXCLUDES EXERCISE.
THEY GET DRIVEN TO DAY CARE OR PRESCHOOL OR SCHOOL, THEY TAKE THE SCHOOL BUS.))
OUT Q=the school bus.
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The American Heart Association estimates that perhaps a quarter
of American children are overweight.
On today's Heart Score report, doing something about it.
Dr. Laura Nathanson, author of the book "Kids Shapes" says today too many
kids eat more than they need for growth and activity.
IN Q=Exercise has to
((EXERCISE HAS TO FILL THAT GAP . YOU CAN'T ASK CHILDREN NOT TO EAT AND IT'S
VERY DIFFICULT TO PUT CHILDREN ON A DIET. YOU HAVE TO SUBSTITUTE EXERCISE. NAT
SOUND: TRICEPS, ETC.))
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That's where Recreation Center and after school- gym programs-- are coming
in handy to get kids moving.
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((VELONDA THOMPSON/FOUNDER, "FIT KIDS": MY GOAL IS TO MOTIVATE THE KIDS TO
CHOSE TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, TO CHOSE TO EAT HEALTHY AND SNACK HEALTHY.
NAT SOUND: MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT, HEY! ))
SUPER=01-Velonda Thompson/"Fit Kids" Founder; :
In addition to steady movement, this program includes nutrition education--
and exercises designed to build self-esteem.
You probably know how important regular trips to the dentist are to
But what about their pets?
February is National Dental Health Month.
And a local animal clinic is reminding pet owners they're not the only
ones who need to brush their teeth.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Jesse Webster/Vinton Veterinary Hospital; :23
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((LIKE I SAID, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SHE'S EVER HAD THIS DONE, SO I THINK
SHE'S DOING REALLY WELL. REALLY WELL. GREAT. ))
No doubt this five- year- old Chihuahua cross breed doesn't understand the
importance of having her teeth brushed.
But proper pet dental care can prevent more extensive health problems
beyond plaque build- up and inflamed gums.
((DR. JESSE WEBSTER/VINTON VETERINARY HOSPITAL: THESE BACTERIA CAN GET INTO
THE VASCULAR NETWORK, THE GUMLINE, AND CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS. THEY CAN
SETTLE-- THE BACTERIA CAN LOCALIZE IN THE HEART, THE LUNGS, THE KIDNEYS, AND
THE LIVER. THEREBY, CAUSING GENERALIZED HEALTH PROBLEMS. ))
Dr. Webster recommends using a toothpaste flavored especially for pets,
and brushing their teeth twice a week.
But how do you get your dog or cat to sit still long enough?
((ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS YOU DO IS TO JUST TAKE YOUR FINGER AND GENTLY RUB
OVER THE TEETH ON THE OUTSIDE ON THE CHEEK. DO THAT FOR JUST A FEW SECONDS
EVERY DAY-- 20, 30, A MINUTE OR SO EACH DAY. DO LIKE THAT, GET THEM USED TO
THE IDEA OF RUBBING THEIR TEETH. ))
((WE LIFT THE GUM AND WE JUST DO A LITTLE CIRCULAR MOTION. SO, WHEN SHE GETS
TIRED OF IT, YOU JUST QUIT. AND THEN YOU TELL HER WHAT A GOOD LITTLE PATIENT
SHE IS. ))
But when it comes to an extensive dental cleaning-- time to visit the vet.
((WE'LL FIX HER UP A LITTLE COCKTAIL HERE. ))
A short- acting, safe anesthesia that doesn't have any strong side
((SOUND OF DRILLING ))
And after about a 30- minute CAT nap-- this pooch's bite should be as
healthy as her bark.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7. ))
Time now for sports-- where basketball dominates the sporting news this time
Mike Stevens has college and high school hoops in tonight's Ticker.
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The two minute ticker is full of hoops tonight, including another look at a
buzzer beater for the books.
The Virginia Tech Hokies beat Atlantic 10 rival, George Washington last night
45-to-43 tanks to their Ace in the hole.
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With the game tied at 43 and 2 point 8 seconds to go, the Hokies got the
ball to Ace Custis - and listen to his jumper beat the buzzer.
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((ACE CUSTIS/VIRGINIA TECH SENIOR:))
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Tech is now 12-and-9.
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The G.W. Danville Eagles have a great shot at repeating as state
championship. Steve Mason takes a closer look at this team in Hometown Hoops
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SUPER=01-Tyrone Robertson/Former Eagle Center; :27
SUPER=04-Last Night/Hilltoppers vs. Eagles; :39
SUPER=01-Teron Mcfadden/Eagle Guard; :50
SUPER=01-Marques Cunningham/Eagle Guard; 1:18
SUPER=01-Chris Carter/G.W. Danville Head Coach; 1:36
SUPER=01-Ronnie Lewis/Eagle Forward; 1:43
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((In a week's time, the senior has signed to play football at Virginia Tech
and signed off the basketball team.
In his absence, the Eagles have shown the character of true champions, coming
together to win 2 straight against Western District opponents. Teron Mcffaden,
has moved inside to fill Robertson's void.
This year, the eagles are 15 and 2 and 5 and 1 in the district. Leading the
way are the guard/forward tandem of Marquis Cunningham and Charles Stephens.
Cunningham, a Maryland and Duke recruit, is averaging around 16 points a game
while Stephens leads the team in scoring at over 20 a contest.
The eagles held powerful E.C. Glass to 49 points last night and to add
another state championship trophy to the display case more defensive efforts
like that one will be needed.
1st year coach Chris Carter has hardly been defensive about replacing a
legend in Harry Johnson.
Carter's 8 man rotation one game at a time philosophy are 2 other keys to a
2nd straight title.
Actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor is scheduled to undergo brain
surgery later this month.
Doctors say Taylor has a tumor on her left frontal lobe-- They say the tumor
Taylor-- who turns 65 this month-- will have the tumor removed February 17th,
the day after she attends an AIDS fundraiser.
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Coming up at Six, the House of Delegates signs off-- on the top man at the
state's most embattled agency.
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
The begrudging approval of DEQ head Tom Hopkins today showed there's a limit
to political games.
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((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON: I DON'T THINK IT'S THE VIRGINIA WAY FOR EXECUTIVE
AGENCIES TO DECEIVE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES.))
But when one lawmaker called the Department of Environmental Quality the
"Rodney Dangerfield of state agencies," we learned there's NO limit to the
29 lawmakers chose NOT to vote at all.
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We'll have that plus all the day's news coming up in just one half hour on
NEWS 7 at Six.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you later, Goodnight