IN Q=TONIGHT ON
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... "HUG YOUR KIDS AT HOME. BELT 'EM IN THE
CAR." THAT'S WHAT STATE LEGISLATORS ARE TRYING TO DRIVE HOME.
HALIFAX COUNTY'S SUCCESSFUL BASKETBALL TEAM LOSES ONE OF ITS STAR PLAYERS WHO
WAS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA. ))
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It's Monday, February 17th- our Top Story
Allegations of racism surface at a Wythe County High School.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Racism is a growing problem at George Wythe High School according to the
Concerned Citizens network.
The community group of parents, students, and other citizens met tonight in
response to recent racial incidents at the school.
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((MARRETTA WITCHER/12TH GRADE: WE HAVE PEOPLE THROWING THESE NOOSES AT US AND
SPITTING IN OUR FOOD AND EVERYTHING, AND THEY GET AWAY WITH DOING STUFF LIKE
((JERMAINE/CROCKETT/11TH GRADE: THEY ALL WEAR JACKETS AND THEY ALL WALK AROUND,
AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT HAD THE NOOSES ON THEIR JACKETS AND THEY'LL CALL
YOU...YOU'LL WALK BY AND YOU'LL HEAR THEM SAY NIGGER, AND ALL THIS STUFF.))
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SUPER=01-Jermaine Crockett/George Wythe Student; :08
OUT Q=all this stuff
The CCN isn't happy with the response they've gotten from George Wythe's
principal, who says his administration has disciplined any student who has
IN Q=we dealt
((KIDS COME BACK TO SCHOOL, AND THE ADMINISTRATION ACTS AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED.
JUST GO BACK TO CLASS, WHEN THEY NEED TO BE SAT DOWN, AND TOLD WHY THEY WERE
SUSPENDED FOR WHAT REASON, AND WHY NOT TO DO IT AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Dr. R.T. Phillips/George Wythe Principal; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Kerry Eanes/Concerned Citizens Network; :07
OUT Q=it again.
The CCN says the state school board has begun an investigation of their
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In Halifax County-- three high school athletes are on disciplinary
dismissal after being arrested for posssession of marijuana.
Among them-- a star on the successful Halifax County basketball team.
Carlos Santana Jackson was arrested Saturday morning just hours after his
team beat rival G-W Danville.
The 19 year old football and basketball star was caught in a smokey hotel
room with marijuana.
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((I DON'T THINK ANYONE WAS SMOKING WHEN THE DEPUTIES ENTERED THE ROOM, BUT
THERE WERE TWO LARGE BAGS OF MARIJUANA AND A COUPLE OF MARIJUANA CIGARETTES
WERE FOUND IN THE ROOM ))
SUPER=01-Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
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Two football players were in the room as well-- number 25 for the team
Cedric Jacobs and number three Michael Chappell were also charged with
possession of marijuana.
School officials say the implications go beyond the court and playing
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IN Q=It does hurt
((IT DOES HURT, IT HURTS THE IMAGE OF THE SCHOOL, THE IMAGE OF THE COMMUNITY,
AND IT CERTAINLY IS HURTFUL TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT GET
INVOLVED IN THESE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES.))
SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co.High School Principal;
OUT Q=types of activities
Three juveniles were also taken into custody.
An official decision on the athletes school status is scheduled for
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Boulder, Colorado police investigating the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey have
wrapped up another trip to Georgia, where they talked to some 20 relatives and
friends of the Ramseys.
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((KELVIN MCNEILL/BOULDER POLICE SPOKESMAN: POLICE ARE NOT AT THE POINT IN THE
INVESTIGATION WHERE WE ARE ABLE TO PUBLICLY NAME ANY SUSPECTS.))
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OUT Q=any suspects.
Meantime today, one expert-- a Pennsylvania coroner-- who has studied
what's been released of JonBenet Ramsey's autopsy-- says it appears the
six-year-old was a victim of chronic sex abuse.
The child beauty queen's body was found the day after Christmas in the
basement of her family's home in Boulder.
The child had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
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In Roanoke County, Police say Ronnie Brooks is charged with first degree
murder in connection with the shooting death of a 26- year- old woman.
Brooks is being held in the county jail without bond.
The 32-year old is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Lisa Sizemore
earlier this month.
Brooks was recently transferred from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to
Police say after the shooting, Brooks turned the gun on himself.
Another run-in with the law for a notorious Franklin County moonshiner.
This time, though, the charges are more serious.
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William Gray Stanley also known as "Dee" was arrested last night... accused
of shooting his son.
SCOTT Stanley suffered multiple gun shot wounds and is now in the intensive
care unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital... in critical condition.
The shooting happened at around seven last night at the family's home off
Route 40 near Rocky Mount.
Dee Stanley was charged with malicious wounding and is being held in the
Franklin County Jail.
Just a few weeks ago he was arrested and charged in Charlottesville with
transporting illegal liquor.
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Still to come-- restrain your child or pay the price-- that's the word from
Virginia's least populated county could be getting crowded, above the
ground-- as the Air Force tries to increase low-level training maneuvers-- stay
with NEWS-7 Primetime for the story.
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Richmond lawmakers want you to belt your kids.
Today they approved a bill that would make it a "primary offense" to let
kids rattle around in the back seat without a safety belt.
As you know, police cannot cite you for failure to wear a seat belt, unless
they've stopped you for some other reason first.
Under the new law, an officer who sees children jumping around in the back
seat would be able to cite the driver.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/(D) VINTON: I'VE HEARD THE DEBATE ABOUT SAFETY. IF YOU PUT
A CHILD IN A SEATBELT IN THE BACK OF A CAR IT'S A $25- FINE. IF YOU WANT TO
PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF VIRGINIA, YOU EXPOSE THE PARENTS TO CIVIL LIABILITY.))
The bill would NOT apply to the back of station wagons, sport utility
vehicles and pickup truck beds.
Charter Schools in Virginia died a second death over the weekend.
The governor had tried to revive the issue with a new proposal late
But it was given the thumbs down by a legislative committee.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE MOST UNFORTUNATE ASPECT OF ALL OF THIS IS THAT THEY
ARE PLAYING PETTY POLITICS AND OBSTRUCTING THE ABILITY OF OUR CHILDREN IN
VIRGINIA TO GET 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THIS VERY GOOD IDEA.))
OUT Q=good idea.
Some black lawmakers fear charter schools could re-open the door to
IN Q=When you go
((BENJAMIN J. LAMBERT, III/D- RICHMOND: WHEN YOU GO THROUGH CERTAIN THINGS AS
DESEGREGATION AND SEGREGATION YOUR VERY MUCH ALARMED AND ALERT ABOUT THE
POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN AND MAYBE OVERLY CAUTIOUS. I'D RATHER BE
OVER CAUTIOUS THAN TO SET UP A SYSTEM THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF
SUPER=01-Sen. Benjamin Lambert, III/(D) Richmond
OUT Q=Commonwealth of Virginia.
Also today the House unanimously approved the bill to retire "Carry Me Back
to Old Virginia" as the state song.
Delegates eliminated a provision calling for a special commission to come
up with a NEW state song.
So the Senate will have to consider the measure again.
Governor Allen says he supports the bill.
A plan that will send more low- flying jets over Pocahontas and Highland
Counties has angered residents there.
And local officials are now gearing up for a fight.
The proposal would expand the training operations area, and lower the
altitude of the military jets.
It would also increase the number of flights from 66 to more than two
thousand a year.
In Highland County, farmers say they fear the effects on their livestock.
IN Q=It's solely a noise issue
((JOHN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA POULTRY FEDERATION: IT'S SOLELY A NOISE ISSUE. A SUDDEN
AND LOUD NOISE. IF A CLAP OF THUNDER CAN CAUSE TURKEYS TO PILE UP AND
SUFFOCATE, IMAGINE AN F-16 FLYING OVER AT 300 FEET AT 600 MILES AN HOUR.))
((ROBIN SULLENBERGER/HIGHLAND CO. SUPERVISOR: WE HAVE A SMALL FEED LOT AND I
PUT A GROUP OF CATTLE IN THAT FEED LOT SEVERAL YEARS AGO, AND ONE OF THE PLANES
WENT OVER A DAY OR SO AFTER THAT. AND IT TAKES A WHILE FOR THESE CATTLE TO
SETTLE DOWN, AND THEY LITERALLY PANICKED AND STAMPEDED AND TORE DOWN A LARGE
PORTION OF THE FENCE THROUGH ONE WHOLE SECTION OF THE FEED LOT, SO I'VE SEEN
WHAT CAN HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-John Johnson/Va. Poultry Federation; :00
SUPER=01-Robin Sullenberger/Highland Co. Supervisor; :14
OUT Q=I've seen what can happen.
Air Force officials have extended the public comment period for 30 days,
and they're planning a trip to the area to hear from residents.
Highland County officials say they want a six- month delay, while they
consider the effects of the additional flights.
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Tonight on Primetime sports-- Mike has highlights from the Salem--William
Byrd game in Blue Ridge District action.
But first on health check--
A new program for sick kids may be just the right prescription-- it focuses
on EMOTIONAL well-being, during a hospital stay.
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A Lynchburg success story returned to the Hill City to talk to middle school
students in honor of Black History Month.
Renee Cardwell Hughes graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1974.
Now, she's a judge in Philadelphia's court of Common Pleas.
She told the students that the choices they make today could determine
whether they appear before her as an attorney or as a criminal defendant.
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((HON. RENEE CARDWELL HUGHES/E.C. GLASS GRADUATE: THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM
WHO WILL COME OUT TO SUPPORT YOU AND WILL HELP YOU TO MAKE CHOICES, THAT WE
EITHER SEND YOU DOWN TIGER WOODS' PATH, DOMINIQUE MOCEANU'S PATH, DOWN MY PATH,
OR THEY'LL SEND YOU DOWN KURT COBAIN'S PATH OR TUPAC SHAKUR'S PATH.))
SUPER=01-Renee Cardwell Hughes/E.C. Glass Graduate; :00
OUT Q=Tupac Shakur's path.
Following her speech, Lynchburg Mayor Jim Whitaker presented Hughes with a
key to the city.
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A buffet of sorts tonight, for our video of the day--
It's headed your way when News-7 Primetime continues-- right here on WEFC.
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On Health Check tonight-- enduring a medical illness is never any fun.
But, it can be even more difficult for children-- who often have so much
Now Carilion has a new program to help the medicine go down somewhat
easier, so to speak.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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SUPER=07-Kristin Petitt; :16
SUPER=01-Janice Zack/Certified Child Life Specialist; :41
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(( 15-year-old Kristin Petitt was diagnosed with cancer nearly a year ago.
She's now in remission.
But besides helping her physical rehabilitation, Kristin says Carilion's
new Child Life Program has been crucial to her emotional well- being.
((KRISTIN PETITT: IT'S NOT JUST YOU'RE IN THE HOSPITAL AND YOU'RE DOWN AND I
MEAN-- YOU HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO THAN SIT HERE AND JUST LAY IN BED AND WATCH
Child Life specialist Janice Zack brought the program with her when she
came to Carilion five months ago.
In a playroom filled with toys, games and books-- Zack makes SICK children
feel more like HEALTHY children, taking their minds OFF their illnesses.
The program also helps parents deal with their children's sickness.
((JANICE ZACK/CERTIFIED CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST: FOR ANY PARENT, THEIR CHILD, NO
MATTER WHY THEY'RE HERE, IS THEIR CHILD. AND THEY WANT TO SEE THEM ACTING AND
BEHAVING IN THE WAY THAT THEY NORMALLY DO. SO, TALKING ABOUT NORMAL GROWTH AND
DEVELOPMENT AND HOW THAT MIGHT BE AFFECTED DUE TO HOSPITALIZATION AND ILLNESS
IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND LETTING THEM KNOW THEY CAN STILL BE PARENTS, EVEN THOUGH
THEY'RE HERE. ))
((AND HOW'S ALEXIS FEELING? HOW ARE YOU FEELING? YOU FEEL BETTER NOW?
Once again proving that a mixture of laughter, play and a little T-L-C is
the best medicine of all.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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From decades old ship-wrecks....to a volleyball partner who doesn't talk
back....our video of the day reaches through England, Japan....and the good old
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SUPER=75-John Buglas/Marine Biologist; :
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(( Off the east coast of Britain, exceptionally low tides have exposed a
number of shipwrecks.
Archaeologists believe many of the boats were lost around the turn of the
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((JOHN BUGLAS, MARINE BIOLOGIST: THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN THOUSANDS OF SHIPS LIKE
THIS, UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS VERY LITTLE RECORD OF WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM AT THE
END THEY END UP WRECKED ON BEACHES, LOST AT SEA, BROKEN UP IN SCRAPYARDS,
TIMBER GETS SALVAGED, RECYCLED FOR BUILDINGS, FIREWOOD AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
OUT Q=like that.
Soon the sand and tide will bury the wreckage, once again.
Electronics giant Toshiba today unveiled a unique robot-- which actually
plays beach volleyball.
The company is hoping it will pave the way for the next generation of
This model-- which goes by the name "Tomorrow" is unique because it can
handle three basic functions-- seeing, hearing and touching-- and like a good
sport, will also shake hands with the opponent.
And finally, every kind of tattoo under the sun was on display at this
tattoo convention in Maine.. where visitors were more than happy to show off
their permanent body art.
This enthusiast has spent 22-thousand dollars on his tattoos.
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((MY WHOLE BODY IS COVERED. EVERYTHING EXCEPT MY PRIVATE AREA. ))
OUT Q=my private area.
And one devoted woman tattooed the face of her fiance on her thigh.
((WE'VE BROKEN UP PROBABLY THREE TIMES SINCE I'VE GOTTEN IT DONE. BUT WE'VE
ALWAYS GOTTEN BACK TOGETHER. ))
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, hoop highlights from the Blue Ridge
playoff and Roanoke College, plus, News concerning Jerome Bettis and Jeff
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But first, you know spring can't be too far away because the boys of summer
already have begun checking into their spring training sites.
The Florida Marlins, who are getting a lot of attention this preseason are
working out in Melbourne, Florida.
Now the scores.
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The Roanoke College Maroons won the ODAC regular season championship tonight
tanks to a win over Guilford, and a loss by Virginia Wesleyan.
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After a mid-season slump, Page Moir had his team in position to get back in
the saddle tonight.
And again the offense would come from the outside, as Kevin Sigafoes buries
Jason Bishop's inbounds pass from the corner for a 27 point lead.
The Quakers from down in Greensboro were never in striking distance despite
efforts like this one from Kevin Spainhour.
Roanoke was tough on the fast break as well, as Nathan Hungate goes to
Tim Braun to Courtney Fitch.
Roanoke tunes up for the tourney with the 90-to-60 win.
The Blue Ridge district had to hold a special one game playoff tonight to
determine its regular season champ as Salem battled William Byrd down in
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Paul Barnard was hoping his Terriers could get off to quick start tonight.
And some good work on the boards would lead to some early buckets as Jason
Bailey scores to give Byrd the early two points lead.
but Salem would come back with a 12 to nothing run in the second quarter, as
Herschel Thomas dishes to Eric Grinell and the Spartans take the lead.
Josh Wheeler would get Byrd right back in it with this nice reverse layin.
But Thomas gets 2 of his 11 points and Salem wins the regular season title
with a 46-to-34 victory.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost free agents Willie Williams and Chad Brown in
the past week, but today they were able to sign running back Jerome Bettis.
The all-pro runner, who was considered washed up when he was released by the
Rams signed a four year deal worth just over $14 million dollars.
He is now the third highest paid running back in the NFL, with Emmitt Smith
first and Barry Sanders second.
And in the NBA, the Mavericks and Nets hooked up in a blockbuster trade
tonight taking part in a nine player deal.
The Mavericks send Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, Sam Cassell, George McCloud
and Eric Montross to New Jersey in exchange for Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack,
Khalid Reeves and Ed O'Bannon.
After winning his first Daytona 500 yesterday, Jeff Gordon came outside the
track today and put his dupont Chevy on display inside Daytona USA.
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Gordon's winning Monte Carlo will remain inside the attraction until next
And as you can see it is placed in Daytona USA in the same condition it was
in when it crossed the finish line.
The Pepsi Company hopes to cash in on Gordon's big win yesterday.
Last month Gordon was caked in makeup for a nighttime commercial shoot on
behalf of the soft drink company.
His new deal with Pepsi call for national exposure for not only himself but
also the sport.
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((JEFF GORDON/DAYTONA 500 WINNER:))
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Gordon and many of his NASCAR comrades are also taking nationwide their
effort to raise consciousness and the number of names in the bone marrow pool.
Gordon's car owner Rick Hendrick is suffering from a rare form of leukemia.
More on this story tonight at 11.
Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 65th birthday the charitable way--
by raising more than a million dollars for her AIDS foundation in one evening.
The black tie fundraiser turned out quite a few hollywood notables.
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((MY FRIEND ELIZABETH LEARNED TO OUTLAST THEM ALL. ))
((I HAVE KNOWN ELIZABETH THROUGH 422 BIRTHDAYS IN THIS DOWN. YOU CAN WORK OUT
THAT MATH. YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. ))
OUT Q=so beautiful SINGING
Taylor herself is suffering from a benign brain tumor and is scheduled to
undergo surgery later this week.
There's more news--coming up in 30-minutes over on WDBJ...
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along in half an hour on NEWS-7 at 11.