Coming up on News 7-
A new company and hundreds of new jobs are coming to Henry County.
O.J. Simpson responds to Fred Goldman's offer.
Plus is your cell phone dangerous? We'll tell you why it might be.
And Michael Jackson may be a daddy tonight.
News 7 is next.
O-J Simpson has rejected a
challenge from Fred Goldman- saying he will not confess to murder.
Goldman went on radio today saying if Simpson signed a murder confession he
would forget about the millions of dollars Simpson owes him.
The nation's largest airline could come to a screeching halt Friday night.
American Airlines pilots are threatening a strike.
And Michael Jackson may soon be a daddy.
The Associated Press reports his wife has been admitted to the hospital-
She's due Friday.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Beaver Creek Industrial Park in Henry County is home to one of the area's
Five-B's, the nation's largest computerized embroidery firm, is moving in.
Governor Allen and local dignitaries were on hand in Henry County this
afternoon for the announcement.
The Ohio based company plans to hire one- thousand workers over the next
Company officials say most of the jobs will be labor intensive.
IN Q=The average
((TODD BILES/5B'S PRESIDENT:THE AVERAGE WAGE STARTING WITHIN THE SEVEN TO EIGHT
DOLLAR RANGE, WHICH, YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY, WE WANT TO BE COMPETITIVE WITH THE
APPAREL INDUSTRY, SO WE'RE STILL EVALUATING THE LABOR MARKET, THE WAGES, AND
WE'RE GOING TO COME IN WITH COMPETITIVE WAGES, BECAUSE WE WANT TO GET GOOD
GOV. GEORGE ALLEN:OBVIOUSLY THE 10- MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT AND THOUSAND NEW
JOBS ARE A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN VIRGINIA AND I THANK YOU, EACH AND EVERY ONE
OF YOU, LELAND, VICCI, TODD, THE WHOLE 5B'S GANG, THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THE
RIGHT DECISION IN COMING TO THE WINNING STATE, IN THIS DECISION. ))
SUPER=01-Todd Biles/5B's President; :
OUT Q=this decision.
Five-B's was formed in 1980 by Lee and Vicci Biles and their three children.
They hope to begin operations next month.
O-J Simpson says no way to Fred Goldman.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica/Last Week;
Simpson's attorneys say O.J. will not confess to something he did not do.
Goldman went on the radio today offering to drop millions in damage awards in
return for a confession.
((FRED GOLDMAN: IF THE PERSON WHO'S NAME I DON'T USE THAT MURDERED MY SON WANTS
TO WRITE OUT A COMPLETE CONFESSION AND PUBLISH IT IN NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE
COUNTRY I WOULD BE GLAD TO IGNORE THE JUDGEMENT.))
OUT Q=IGNORE THE JUDGEMENT."
Goldman predicted Simpson would not confess- saying Simpson's never taken
responsibility for anything he's done his whole life.
The renovation of Addison Middle School has become a point of controversy
in Roanoke, where the local chapter of the N- Double A-C-P is calling for
greater minority participation in public construction projects.
IN Q=And it's not about
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE
FIRM. IT'S ABOUT THE SIZE OF OUR WILLINGNESS, BECAUSE WE CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
AROUND THESE ISSUES IF WE CHOOSE TO.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=if we choose to.
Tuesday night, the City School Board hired a Roanoke architectural firm to
design the improvements at Addison.
James Bumbry is a graduate of the school and a member of the committee that
recommended the firm.
IN Q=When it comes to selecting
((JAMES BUMBRY/SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBER: WHEN IT COMES TO SELECTING A
CONTRACTOR, WE DON'T GO BY RACE OR WHATEVER. WE PICK THE ONE THAT'S BEST-
QUALIFIED TO DO THE JOB AND THE COMMITTEE SELECTED THE BEST ONE TO DO THE
SUPER=01-James Bumbry/Selection Committee Member;
OUT Q=to do the job.
Martin Jeffrey says he isn't criticizing the committee that selected Rife
and Wood from the design firms that submitted proposals.
But he believes the city and the school system should search for creative
ways to involve more minority firms in public construction projects.
The man who brought us the "Civil War" and "Baseball" series is turning his
camera lens on Thomas Jefferson.
Steve Smallshaw talked with acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns in Charlottesville
today about his latest historical documentary.
IN Q=Ken Burns has
SUPER=01-Ken Burns/Filmmaker; :20
SUPER=01-Dan Jordan/Monticello; 1:15
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Last Night; 1:33
OUT Q=News7, Charlottesville.
(( Ken Burns has spent the past four years on this mountaintop, trying to get
better acquainted with the man he calls the most interesting character in
But Burns says his new documentary on the life of Thomas Jefferson only
grazes the surface of the man whose actions and words continue to shape our
IN Q=I mean everything
((KEN BURNS/FILMMAKER: I MEAN EVERYTHING THAT WE ENJOY, THAT YOU ENJOY, COMES
FROM HIM. OUR POLITICAL, OUR RELIGIOUS, OUR INTELLECTUAL, I WOULD EVEN SAY OUR
PERSONAL FREEDOM, OUR SENSE OF IT, COMES FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON.))
OUT Q=from Thomas Jefferson.
Boiling down Jefferson's lifetime of accomplishments into a three- hour film
The more controversial topics, like Jefferson's approach to slavery, are
examined from a broader perspective.
IN Q=And so the
((KEN BURNS: AND SO THE PORTRAIT THAT WE'VE TRIED TO TELL IS BY NO MEANS
REVISIONIST, IT ATTEMPTS TO SORT OF MEASURE THOMAS JEFFERSON'S LIFE IN ALL ITS
OUT Q=all its complexities.
IN Q=Ken Burns says
((Ken Burns says he tried to portray Thomas Jefferson as a mortal man,
something that may not sit well with some residents of central Virginia, where
Jefferson is accorded an almost god-like status. Even still, Monticello
officials granted Burns unlimited access to make his film, figuring that a
project like this can only generate even more interest in Jefferson and
OUT Q=Virginia history.
IN Q=This is Ken's
((DAN JORDAN/MONTICELLO: THIS IS KEN'S FILM, IT'S NOT OURS, IT'S A PERSONAL
ESSAY BUT HE'S TRIED VERY HARD, I THINK, TO REFLECT THE COMPLEXITY OF THOMAS
JEFFERSON, THE GREATER TRIUMPHS AS WELL AS THE SADNESS AND THE TRAGEDIES. IT'S
A ROUNDED PORTRAIT.))
OUT Q=a rounded portrait.
And one that's already received some acclaim.
Burns gave President Clinton a sneak preview Tuesday night...the rest of the
nation can see it on PBS beginning February 18th.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))
"Carry Me Back To Old Virginia" is one step closer to retirement -- withOUT
any plans to find a successor.
IN Q=And we've
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE LANGUAGE. BUT I
THINK FOR SOME OF YOU IT'S BEEN SOME TIME SINCE YOU'VE HEARD THIS SONG. AND
I'D LIKE TO PLAY IT FOR YOU NOW.))
nat sot 02:34:11
((SONG: THERE'S WHERE I LABORED SO HARD FOR OLD MASSA. DAY AFTER DAY IN THE
FIELDS OF YELLOW CORN.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth;
OUT Q=yellow corn.
Luca's sponsored the bill. Her boom box did the trick.
A House Committee voted to retire the song.
But it decided NOT to look for a new one.
Danville heritage supporters said their piece.
IN Q=Down by
((TONY LUNDY/SONG SUPPORTER: DOWN BY THE OLD DISMAL SWAMP WHERE I'VE WANDERED.
THAT'S WHERE THIS OLD DARKEY'S LIFE WILL PASS AWAY. MASSA AND MISSUS HAVE
LONG GONE BEFORE ME -- We know the words, we know the words! IT'S A SONG OF
CHRISTIAN LOVE OF THESE PEOPLE DYING AND BEING IN HEAVEN TOGETHER, AND I WOULD
SAY THAT THAT MORE THAN THE WORDS IS WHAT SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. I DO
NOT. I THINK IT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN TO SING TODAY.))
SOT 02:54:24 tape two
((SEN. LUCAS: WE'RE SO TIRED OF THIS SONG THAT THAT WE WERE WILLING TO GET IN
BED WITH A RATTLESNAKE TO GET IT TO BE GONE. NO YOU'RE NOT THE RATTLESNAKE.
SUPER=01-Tony Lundy/Song Supporter;
The full House now takes up the controversy.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, American airlines takes drastic steps in
preparation for a pilots strike,
And is using the cell phone while driving more dangerous than drinking and
driving? We'll tell you what a new study says.
MUSIC UP FULL
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American Airlines is already cancelling some of its overseas flights Friday
night- as a strike draws near.
And more flights could come to a halt.
The union pilots have set a deadline for midnight Friday.
((ROBERT CRANDALL/AMERICAN PRESIDENT: WE'VE OFFERED OUR PILOTS THE BEST IN THE
INDUSTRY. WE CONTINUE TO HOPE THEY'LL EITHER REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH US OR
ACCEPT BINDING ARBITRATION.))
SUPER=01-Robert Crandall/American Airlines CEO;
OUT Q=accept binding arbitration."
American says if pilots walk out- it'll do its best to put travellers on
Up to 90 thousand workers could be out of a job if the airline is grounded.
A long list of ways to make airline
travel safer made its way to the President today.
The Air Safety commission recommends computerized screening of air
travelers, background checks of airline employees and high tech airport
The commission also wants the air traffic control system overhauled and more
money for research.
((AL GORE: REAL PROGRESS IS BEING MADE AND AMERICAN TRAVELERS WILL BE MORE
SECURE BECAUSE OF WORK OF THIS COMMISSION.))
OUT Q=OF THIS COMMISSION."
But some say checking passengers would lead to civil liberties violations
against some people.
((I DON'T THINK ITS FAIR I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR. ... ENOUGH DELAYS ALREADY.))
OUT Q=ENOUGH DELAYS ALREADY.
The commission's goal is to cut fatal airline accidents by 80 percent over
Talking on the phone while Driving can be just as dangerous as Drinking and
That's according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study concludes using a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of
A manager for G-T-E Mobilnet says new customers receive notice about the
hazards of cell phone usage when they sign up for a plan.
IN Q=people have been
((JOHN RODMAN/GTE MOBILNET GENERAL MANAGER: PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRIVING CARS FOR
ALMOST 100 YEARS NOW, AND THERE ARE CERTAINLY OTHER DISTRACTIONS THAT FOLKS CAN
FACE WHEN THEY'RE OPERATING ))
SUPER=01-John Rodman/GTE Mobilnet;
OUT Q=they're operating
Rodman says changing the radio station, checking on kids in the back seat,
and daydreaming may cause more accidents than cell phones.
A state police officer agrees driver inattention is dangerous.
He says drivers in our region do a good job of pulling off the road to use
their phone, but that's NOT a great idea on the interstate.
IN Q=WE DON'T
((VERN JONES/SALEM STATE POLICE: WE DON'T RECOMMEND THAT YOU STOP ON THAT
PAVED SHOULDER, BECAUSE YOU ARE CREATING A HAZARD-- SOMEONE COULD RUN INTO THE
BACK OF YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Vern Jones/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=back of you
Sergeant Jones also says he seriously doubts talking on the phone can be as
hazardous as drinking and driving.
The Roanoke Juvenile Detention Home is no longer on probation.
Today, the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice voted to re-certify the
Members of the board toured the facility yesterday, and were expected to
consider the issue at a meeting in March.
But this afternoon, the board agreed to certify the facility for one year.
The city must deliver a status report after three months.
The state placed the Coyner Springs facility on probation after inspectors
found more than 30 violations of state standards.
But officials say they're impressed with improvements the city's made.
Is Michael Jackson a daddy or not?
Conflicting reports out of Los Angeles tonight.
KNBC TV reports Jackson's wife, Debbie Rowe, gave birth to a baby boy.
But a source close to the hospital tells the Associated Press the child has
not yet arrived.
Rowe has been admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
She's due this Friday.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, coming up next.
in our series "Voices From The Past," we'll remember two deejays who proved
that radio in Roanoke wasn't just a man's world.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Voices From The Past
Today, almost every radio station in Virginia has a female disc jockey on
But there was a time when women had trouble getting through the studio door.
Tonight, in our series "Voices From The Past," Ted Stone remembers two women
who changed the sound of radio in Roanoke.
IN Q=Local broadcasters
SUPER=01-Linda Silver/Former WROV Disc Jockey; :28
SUPER=@file; :39 (QUICK)
SUPER=03-New York, NY; 1:10
OUT Q=News 7.
((Local broadcasters tell us Roanoke's first female disc jockey was Chris
Shannon at WBLU in 1969.
She had loyal listeners, but she also received hate mail from people who
thought talking on the radio was a man's job.
Chris Shannon died of cancer while still in her 20s.
Female deejay number two arrived at WROV in 1976. By then, things were
starting to change.
((LINDA SILVER/FORMER WROV DISC JOCKEY: SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T DEAL WITH IT VERY
WELL. MOST PEOPLE DEALT WITH IT JUST FINE. BECAUSE I HAD TO WORK TWICE AS HARD
AS THE OTHER GUYS DID. AND I DID. BECAUSE I WANTED IT SO MUCH.))
At WROV, where the staff included Bart Prater and Rob O'Brady, she found
what she wanted.
((LINDA SILVER: I WAS JUST SO HAPPY TO BE THERE, DOING WHAT I WAS DOING. I
DIDN'T CARE. IT WAS SUCH A RUSH. I HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME.))
As with most deejays, Linda enjoyed creating a personality in the minds of
her listeners. But radio's anonymity has its down side.
((LINDA SILVER: WHEN I WOULD MEET PEOPLE THEY WOULD SAY "OH, MY GOD, I WOULD
THINK THAT YOU WERE TALL AND YOU WERE BLOND, AND YOU WERE THIS, AND YOU WERE
THAT," AND IT'S LIKE "SORRY, I'LL GO HIDE IN MY CONTROL ROOM NOW. AND CREATE
Today, Linda is Music Director at WDBZ F-M in New York City. Say goodby to
another illusion; SHE's the one who controls what the deejays play.
((LINDA SILVER: SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL UNDER THE FANTASY THAT DISC JOCKEYS JUST
SIT IN A ROOM AND DECIDE "I'M GOING TO PLAY THIS OR I'M GOING TO PLAY THAT."
AND UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S MUCH MORE SCIENTIFIC NOW. WE DO A LOT OF RESEARCH, AND
IT'S ALL DONE FOR THEM. THEY HAVE A LITTLE MUSIC LOG, THAT AT MY STATION I
PRODUCE, AND THEY HAVE NO CHOICE.))
As for the future, Linda says she'd eventually like to move to another
previously all-male part of a radio station: the Station Manager's office.
Ted Stone, News 7.))
Tomorrow night, we'll meet a radio personality who was "discovered" by
federal agents, and find out what he'd do to impress one of HIS favorite
SOT (under video)
IN Q=He'd drive it
((DEEJAY'S VOICE: HE'D DRIVE IT TO ROANOKE AND SHOW ME, THIS NEW CORVETTE.))
OUT Q=this new Corvette.
That's tomorrow night in "Voices From The Past," here on News 7.
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The Roanoke Express rallied for five goals to tie it but Charlotte scored a
goal in the closing minutes of the third to beat the Express 6 to 5.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Checkers; :
We pick the action up late in the second period with the express trailing
5 to nothing. Then Dave Stewart skates inside the blue line and fires the slap
shot for the score to make it 5 to 1 Checkers.
Then just 12 seconds later Wayne Strachan wins the face off and during a
pile up in front of the goal he scores to make it 5 to 2.
Then in the third quarter Jeff Jablonski gets the deflected shot while
diving in the crease and scores the goal and the Express trailed 5 to 3.
Roanoke would add another goal in SUPER=38-Charlotte/6/Roanoke/5/;the
fourth period close to the goal Ilya Dubkov picks up the lose puck and scores
to make it 5 to 4 but the Express loses it 6 to 5.
The Final practice was held yesterday at Daytona as the Winston Cup Drivers
prepared for today's Gatorade qualifying races.
Mike Stevens has more on the final practice and some news about an old
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=04-Final Winston Cup Practice;:00
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Starts 11th in 2nd Race; :31
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Starts 11th in 1st Race; :36
SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Allison Legacy Series Driver; 1:02
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
That's it for Sports. Have a great day everybody
Wake Forest got a double double from Tim Duncan last night and Beat the
Clemson Tigers 55 to 49.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/ESPN; :
The Nature Boy Ric Flair was the guest coach of the Deacons in the A-C-C
In the first half, Greg Buckner hits the jumper and the tigers took the 11
to 7 lead.
But Wake Rallied. Tim Duncan gets it inside for the easy jam and the
Deacons led 21 to 17.
The Deacons went at the half leading 24 to 21 when Goolsby pulled up and
nailed this three pointer.
Wake opened it up early in the first half again Goolsby hits the three
pointer to make it 35 to 28.
Clemson scored its first field goal 9 minutes into the game but this
Terrell McIntyre three pointer gave the tigers a 38 to 37 lead.
But Wake Forest came back Ricky SUPER=33-Wake
Forest/55/Clemson/49/;Peral hits the three pointer upping the lead to four and
The Deacons win it 55 to 49.
We'll have more sports coming up a little later in Mornin
And coming up, Steve Mason checks in tonight with Hometown Hoops.
And Wake Forest holds on to the top spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Plenty of college basketball action tonight for those scores lets go to the
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0098-j/Wake Forest#2/55//Clemson/49///j/UNC#16/45//N.C. State/44///;
OUT Q=....last score."
Shifting gears to basketball back in Southwest Virginia...here's Steve
Mason with the latest edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Warm Springs/Rams vs. Chargers; :00
SUPER=01-Gray Honaker/Highland Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Richard Mcelwee/Bath Co. Head Coach; :38
SUPER=03-Radford/Maroons vs. Bobcats; :45
SUPER=01-Al Copenhaver/George Wythe Head Coach; :52
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cougars vs. Colonels; 1:35
SUPER=01-Buddy Farris/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; 1:42
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops Weekly
((Until this year, Highland's claim to fame was the longest documented
losing streak in Virginia High School history. The Rams are currently 14 and 3
and the Pioneer district's 2nd place team thanks to a guard/center combination.
10 and 7 Bath County success mainly falls on Pioneer leading scorer Adam
Grist who is averaging over 20 a game.
George Wythe is on track to successfully defend it's Hogoheegee district
title, currently holding down first place.
6'5" center Brian Barnes is the 17 and 3 Maroons top scorer.
Point guard Justin Bourne's 11 points, 6 assists and 3 steals has also been
Floyd County and Parry McCluer recently lost. Magna Vista is 7th, but
Martinsville has tied for the Piedmont district lead.
In girls, 17 and 1 Pulaski County, is a perfect 7 and OH in the Roanoke Valley
District. 4 seniors lead a deep squad.
Congratulations to the William Fleming Lady Colonels who recognized their
seniors last night, Steve Mason, Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
New York's upscale restaurants have discovered a new taste sensation...the
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
What's new about these doughnuts? apparently the presentation AND the price
One restaurant is serving these trendy pastries with home made jams laced
with liquors. They're called Drunkin' Donuts and they cost eight dollars.
IN Q="We've brought simple
((WE'VE BROUGHT SIMPLE HOMEMADE DESSERTS UP ANOTHER NOTCH AND ITS BEEN VERY
WELL RECEIVED, OUR CLASSICS ARE FANTASTIC. A DONUT FOR SEVEN OR EIGHT DOLLARS?
MUST BE A PRETTY FANCY DONUT. I THINK THAT'S PRETTY OUTRAGEOUS TO PAY THAT FOR
OUT Q=that for a donut..
Meanwhile a Southern favorite is taking the Big Apple by storm.
Krispy Kreme donuts hit the city six months ago and the shops can't make
enough of them.
IN Q=You have to
OUT Q=two once you get there.
Krispy Kreme has been availible in southern states since the 1930's.