Next on News 7-
More racial problems near a Wythe County School. Slurs painted on the road
are now covered up, but the tension is far from over.
Plus Jon Bonet Ramsey's stepsister died several years ago. Now police are
looking into her autopsy.
What a day! Hazy sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60's. But tomorrow
there will be some changes.
On Health Check-- a tour of The Achievement Center--
as learning disabilities don't have to hold kids back.
That story, for "Exceptional Children's Week"
The racial tension mounts at a Wytheville school.... as a hate message is
placed where everyone could see it.
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Good evening... I'm Jean Jadhon.
Racial problems continue to surface in and around George Wythe High School.
Now civic leaders are worried this current trend could eventually lead to
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Scott Prince has been tracking this story... and he now joins us from our
New River Valley Newsroom with today's developments.
Jean... first we need to remember what's transpired at George Wythe in the
Black students were outraged when a group of white students tied their
jacket drawstrings into nooses.
Those students were suspended but the problems appear far from solved.
This morning, students and teachers were greeted with a racial slur painted
on the road leading up to the school... and the adjacent school board office.
((ROBERT GREEN/CONCERNED CITIZENS NETWORK: THEY HAD WROTE BURN NIGGER OUT
TOWARD THE SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE AND THAT'S ALL I KNOW ABOUT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Green/Concerned Citizens Network;
OUT Q=know about that
That's all most anyone knows at this point.
We spoke with principal R.T. Phillips.
He calls this latest incident "very unfortunate," but says at this point
there's very little the school can do.
He says because it happened on public property, the school is not really
involved in the investigation... and he adds at this point there's no evidence
that it was done by a student.
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Jean at this point there have no arrests made in the case.
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The woman who says she was raped by Virginia Tech Football players James
Crawford and Brian Edmonds told her story today in court.
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Joe Dashiell is in Blacksburg tonight where the preliminary hearing is still
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(questions: is it unusual to hear from so many witnesses during a preliminary
A murder victim's car led police to the suspects in Greenbrier County, West
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Last Night;
Stanley Harmon's 1977 Firebird was missing from his Buffalo Mountain home
when the 38-year old's body was found yesterday.
The car turned up in Rupert, West Virginia.
Mark Anthony Beavers and Jerry Wayne McKinney were arrested there last
night on fugitive and auto theft warrants.
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A Giles County man has been charged in the murder of his girlfriend.
Benjamin Scot Elliott shot Misty Dawn Dellinger in the head at their home
HE says it was an accident. County sheriff's investigators charged him
with SECOND- degree murder and use of a firearm.
The two had lived together for the past couple of months in the mobile home
where the shooting happened.
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Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- it's crunch time at the State Capitol-- Ellen Qualls
has a live report on today's debates.
And the widow of Martin Luther King Junior asks a judge to try confessed
assassin James Earl Ray.
Also, the National Institutes of Health takes up the issue of marijuana for
medical usage-- the story on Health Check.
Patrick Evans is checking out some vintage vehicles-- and you can too.
A live report-- and the Two Minute Ticker, when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
Virginia's House of Delegates has done the inevitable.
It has passed what abortion opponents calls "true parental notification."
It's a bill Governor George Allen promised -- and that only needs his
signature now to make history in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsrooom with the latest.
Jean, what may be most notable about today's vote is how long it was put off
by Democratic leaders in the House,
how heavily everyone was lobbied on both sides, and then how quietly it went
into the record books just a half hour ago.
IN Q=This issue has been
SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk;
OUT Q=would notify.
The first order of business was to strip off the amendment that the House
committee had tacked on.
That would have expanded notification to other adult relatives.
That done, the bill abortion opponents have fought for so long was finally
coming out of a second chamber -- with NO debate.
The vote: a whopping 74 to 26, with a rare smattering of applause
The difference of course this year was that it went to the Senate Courts
It's passed before in the House, but everyone knew the Senate Education and
Health committee would kill it.
This year it didn't have a chance.
So this year was the scenario abortion rights supporters have dreaded for
And Jean, Governor Allen's pen is ready to sign this one into law.
Police in Colorado say they'll look into how JonBenet Ramsey's 22-year old
John Ramsey's daughter from his first marriage, died in a car crash in
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO/December 1996;
A city spokesman refused to say why the stepsisters autopsy has become part
of the investigation.
Meanwhile police aren't saying much anything.
((KELVIN MCNEILL/POLICE SPOKESMAN: OUR INVESTIGATION IS MOVING FORWARD. WE
CONTINUE TO BE IN CONTACT WITH COUNSEL FOR THE RAMSEY FAMILY. OUR RELATIONSHIP
CONTINUES TO BE COOPERATIVE.))
SUPER=01-Kelvin McNeill/Boulder Police Spokesman;
OUT Q=to be cooperative."
McNeill says they haven't ruled anyone out as a potential suspect.
The widow of Martin Luther King Junior wants a trial for the man who
confessed to killing her husband.
King asked a Tennessee judge to help her search for the truth- by ordering
a trial for James Earl Ray.
((CORETTA SCOTT KING: INDEED A TRIAL FOR MR. RAY IS OUR LAST HOPE TO REVEAL THE
TRUTH ABOUT MY HUSBAND'S ASSASINATION. AND BRING ABOUT AT LEAST SOME SENSE OF
SUPER=01-Coretta Scott King/Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Widow;;
OUT Q=sense of closure."
Ray never stood trial- instead pleaded guilty. But three days later he tried
to rescind his admission of guilt.
A Danville teen on his way to church died last night when the car he was
riding in collided with another vehicle.
Police say 16-year old John Paul Bailey was in the front passenger seat when
his older sister pulled into the path of a car.
18-year old Mary Bailey was crossing Route 58 on her way to Westover Baptist
A younger brother, who was in the backseat, is recovering.
The driver of the other car and his passengers were not seriously injured.
Charges are pending.
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Antique autos take the floor of the Roanoke Civic Center--
All to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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If you love antique cars and racing memorabilia, then we have a deal for
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The Annual MDA Car Show begins tomorrow. Patrick Evans has a guest in
studio today to tell us more about the event.
SUPER=01-Tom Allison/Charity Car Show Committee;
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To keep us in the warm weather mood, Mike has some baseball spring training
news in tonight's Ticker.
As Elizabeth Taylor recovers from surgery to remove a benign brain tumor,
we'll hear more about this condition, the treatment,-- and what it means for
IN Q=Total removal
((TOTAL REMOVAL OF THIS TYPE OF TUMOR IS COMPLETELY CURATIVE.))
OUT Q=completely curative.
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Elizabeth Taylor is now recovering, after a three-hour surgery in Los
Angeles today for a benign brain tumor.
A little medical background about the condition-- this is not cancer.
Still, when most people learn that they have a brain tumor, they expect
Taylor's particular benign tumor is called a meningioma (Menin-GEE-oma).
Hers arises in the covering of the brains left parietal (puh-rye-ital)
lobe-- the main information center.
IN Q=The tumors don't
((DR. ROBERT SOLOMON/COLUMBIA PRESBYTERIAN NEUROSURGEON: THE TUMORS DON'T
ACTUALLY INVADE THE BRAIN, THEY DON'T ARISE FROM THE BRAIN, AND THEY DON'T
REALLY DO ANY DIRECT DAMAGE TO THE BRAIN. THEY JUST APPLY PRESSURE TO THE
UNDERLYING BRAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Soloman/Columbia Presbyterian Neurosurgeon; :
OUT Q=the underlying brain.
MRI's are used to identify a tumor and figure out the best way to operate.
With a technique is called stereotactic surgery, using a probe and computer
enhanced images, surgeons can pinpoint the exact location of the tumor and
remove it without damaging healthy brain tissue.
Just how difficult the operation is depends on the exact location of the
In Elizabeth Taylor's case, surgery apparently went quite well.
A panel of experts thinks marijuana has some promising medical uses.
Experts with the National Institutes of Health are recommending that
marijuana be investigated in careful clinical studies.
They say it could help people with cancer, AIDS and glaucoma.
Governor Allen has declared this week in Virginia "Exceptional Children's
Week"-- a time to learn more about learning disabilities.
In recent years, we've heard a great deal about conditions like dyslexia
and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell takes us on a tour of one school, helping kids find
their own way of learning.
IN Q=A visit to the Achievement Center
SUPER=07-Jared Palmer; :15
SUPER=01-Barbara Ann Whitwell/The Achievement Center; :39
SUPER=07-Jonathan Carriker; 1:09
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((A visit to the Achievement Center finds an atmosphere of quiet
While some students work at their desks, others receive individual
attention from their teachers.
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IN Q=Are you glad
((JARED PALMER: ARE YOU GLAD YOU CAME HERE? YEAH. WHY? BECAUSE I'VE LEARNED HOW
TO READ BETTER AND I'M DOING A LOT BETTER IN MATH THAN I WAS.))
OUT Q=than I was.
Sharing the campus of Roanoke Catholic School, the Achievement Center is an
independent, non- sectarian facility.
Since 1975, enrollment has grown from fewer than 25 students to more than
90, expanding into portable classrooms behind the main building.
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IN Q=I think that people
((BARBARA ANN WHITWELL/THE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER: I THINK THAT PEOPLE OFTEN LOOK
AT THE L-D CHILD AND THINK THAT THEY ARE DUMB, THINK THAT THEY ARE SLOW, THINK
THAT THEY ARE LAZY, CALL THEM CARELESS, YOU KNOW, AND NONE OF THESE THINGS
APPLY TO THESE CHILDREN. THEY ARE BRIGHT CHILDREN WHO ARE TRYING AS HARD AS
THEY CAN. AND THEY WANT TO LEARN AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR, TO HELP THEM
TO LEARN IN A WAY IN WHICH THEY CAN.))
OUT Q=a way in which they can.
That alternative approach is one that stresses phonetics, and employs all
of the senses.
Students say it works.
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IN Q=What's made the difference?
((JONATHAN CARRIKER: WHAT'S MADE THE DIFFERENCE? PROBABLY LESS PRESSURE,
BECAUSE IN MAIN SCHOOLS THEY SOMETIMES WANT YOU TO GET ALL OF THAT WORK DONE AS
FAST AS YOU CAN AND HERE THEY SAY TRY TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND JUST GET IT DONE,
AND HOPEFULLY YOU GET IT RIGHT.))
OUT Q=hopefully you get it right.
For students with learning disabilities, frustrated by traditional
teaching, that can be a powerful message.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Time now for the Two Minute Ticker and some baseball news--
Plus Mike Stevens previews this weekend's Goodwrench Service 400.
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The Thursday afternoon two minute sports ticker has definitely caught a
little Spring fever today.
Let's get started with some baseball news concerning the Yankees.
Manager Joe Torre got a couple of presents today - a two-year $2 million
dollar contract and Cecil Fielder in camp.
The money is safe, Fielder still may be traded.
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Deion Sanders also checked into training camp today with the Reds.
Deion still has a little blurred vision stemming from the broken eye socket
he suffered in the playoffs loss to Carolina.
The Winston Cup circuit pulls into the North Carolina Motor Speedway in
Rockingham tomorrow morning to begin preparing for this weekend's Goodwrench
South Boston's Jeff Burton is anxious to get back to the Rock and improve on
his 13th place finish at the track last Winter.
But duplicating last year's start may be a tough trick to duplicate.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/91 Career Winston Cup Starts; :00
OUT Q=...THAT THIS YEAR."
(( As the newest member of Jack Roush racing, Jeff Burton was outside looking
in last season, trying to find his place amongst veteran team members Mark
Martin and Jack Roush.
But the Exide battery team came out of blocks on fire, finishing 5th at
Daytona, 13th at Rockingham and 4th at Richmond to move into second place in
the points standings.
But reality set in the next week in Atlanta when Burton failed to even
qualify for the race. His absence killed his chances of finishing in the top
10 in the final points standings, but as Rick Mast found out last week making
races on your reputation is no longer possible in Winston Cup racing.))
The News 7 sports team will be in Rockingham tomorrow for qualifying. At six
Roy Stanley checks in from the Rock with first round time trial results.
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Jean will be back for News 7 at Five right after this. Take care.
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Do you remember watching John Glenn when he became the first American to
orbit the earth?
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Glenn looked back at the historical orbit- on its 35th anniversary.
((I'VE RECALLED IT SO MANY TIMES INSTEAD OF 35 YEARS IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS MORE
LIKE A MONTH AGO OR 35 DAYS AGO))
OUT Q=or 35 days ago."
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Glenn says the space program has made leaps and bounds in 35 years.
He wonders what on earth young people will experience in the future.
The 75 year old has been a U-S senator since 1975- He announced today he
will NOT run again.
Glenn says he does long for a second trip into space.
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Most of us are familiar with the work done at the Bradley Free Clinic--
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But Keith is here to tell us about the WOMAN behind it.
Jean tonight on NEWS-7 at Six--
we continue our series on women role models.
Meet Estelle Nichols-Avner, the director of the Bradley Free Clinic.
We'll hear about her 22-years at the facility-- and hear why she believes
people aren't yet used to seeing women in positions of power.
Denise Allen has the story- tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
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Thanks Keith-- we'll tune in--
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--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Have a good evening, Goodnight.