News 7 at five is next-
Talk at Virginia Tech today about athletes' behavior and just what's
Plus one of New York City's biggest tourist attractions is getting metal
Quiet weather until later in the week when more showers slip into the
region. Tomorrow will be rather chilly. Details just ahead.
On Health Check-- the F-D-A says the best-kept-medical secret is no longer
Women have had a "morning after" birth control pill all along, though most
didn't know it.
What kind of behavior is acceptable for Virginia Tech athletes? That topic
was before the Board of Visitors today.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
After a string of arrests among football players, Tech officials have
devised a new set of standards for student athletes.
Athletic Director Dave Braine presented the plan to the Board of Visitors
A committee made up of faculty and students devised the program.
It emphasizes recruiting athletes of good character and installing
educational and mentor programs to encourage good behavior and promote academic
It also provides automatic sanctions for arrests.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, WE
HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSED AND I NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL
AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=talk about this.
The sanctions include automatic suspensions for athletes charged with
Coaches will no longer have to decide how to discipline for misdemeanor
charges or convictions.
Instead, the athletic director may impose sanctions ranging from a warning
to dismissal from the team.
President Paul Torgersen said the university expects all its students to
uphold the highest values of sportsmanship, honor, integrity and respect for
Wythe County's school superintendent says his administration is working to
eliminate racial problems in the classroom.
Jim Vaught points to a task force that was assembled a few years ago.
The group promotes multi-cultural differences.
And one of its first courses of action was requiring Wythe County eight
graders to take an ethnic diversity class.
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((JIM VAUGHT/WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THIS HAS BEEN IN PLACE AND I
THINK AS WE GO ON AND GO FORWARD, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD VEHICLE IN
PROMOTING WORKING TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN THE KIND OF CLIMATE THAT WE WANT IN OUR
SUPER=01-Jim Vaught/Wythe Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=our schools
Last week a hate message aimed against blacks was spray painted on the road
leading up to George Wythe High School.
Before that, a group of students was suspended for knotting its jacket
drawstrings to resemble nooses.
THAT incident was repeated at Scott Memorial Elementary School one day
The Empire State Building is back open, but the observatory deck is not.
Police are still invetigating and metal detectors are being installed-
after yesterday's massive shooting.
A Palestinian gunman opened fire killing one person and wounding six others
before fatally shooting himself.
Today New York's Mayor pointed the finger at the state of Florida-
saying the gunman Ali Abdul Ka-mall was able to buy his weapon simply by
checking into a motel and getting a state I.D.
((RUDY GIULIANI/NY CITY MAYOR; BY AND LARGE THE PROBLEM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
IS FACING IS ONE CREATED OUTSIDE THE CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK BY PLACES THAT
ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET GUNS UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH NO CHECK IS DONE, NO
INQUIRY IS MADE AND THAT SHOULD END.))
SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York City Mayor;
OUT Q=and that should end."
Giuliani is calling for tough uniform gun laws for the nation.
Relatives of JonBenet Ramsey apparently know one of them is probably among
the suspects in her murder.
A family spokesman says the family believes the father, John Ramsey, or
others are on that list.
The family spokesman spoke yesterday in an interview with Geraldo Rivera
and a Denver radio station.
The spokesman says police still have not formally interviewed JonBenet's
parents, but remain in contact through attorneys.
The six-year-old child was found murdered in her home, the day after
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Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Hill City could call this month Fiscal February
as it cashes in on basketball tournaments there--
And VMI releases its quarterly report concerning how female rats will be
accepted next year on post.
Scientists and ethicists around the world are experiencing a bit of future
We'll explain the controversy over the first cloning of an adult mammal.
Also coming up-- TWO live reports from tonight's ODAC championship game--
Stay with us-- more NEWS-7 at FIVE is just ahead.
The man charged with murder in last year's July 4th shooting at a Roanoke
motel went on trial today.
Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley admits shooting 22 year old Jesse Darnell Ferguson
outside the Embassy Inn.
Ferguson was fighting with Wiley's brother over a woman.
The prosecution says Wiley and his brother turned an argument into a fatal
IN Q=Because they brought
((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BECAUSE THEY BROUGHT A GUN, AND
THEY CHANGED THE TONE AND DIMENSION OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND AS A RESULT OF
THOSE BAD CHOICES, OF THOSE BAD DECISIONS, JESSE FERGUSON IS DEAD;))
SUPER=01-Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=Ferguson is dead
But the defense says Wiley opened fire to save his life.
IN Q=Jesse Ferguson
((ALTON PRILLAMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; JESSE FERGUSON WAS A MAN OF VIOLENCE, HE
HAD A PROPENSITY FOR VIOLENCE, HE CARRIED A GUN WITH HIM AT ALL TIMES.))
SUPER=01-Alton Prillaman/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=at all times
The case is expected to go to the jury tomorrow.
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A Roanoke County man is behind bars tonight- accused of shooting and
killing a man during an argument over the weekend.
56-year old Paskel Tinsley Junior was arraigned this morning on a first-
degree murder charge.
Authorities say he was having a dispute with 37-year old Rick Knobel
(KA-nobel) when Tinsley allegedly shot him.
Tinsley's court date is scheduled for April.
He will remain in the Roanoke County jail, pending a bond hearing
Forty-three women have applied to Virginia Military Institute so far.
Twenty-one have been accepted.
Perhaps the real story is that the number of applications- -overall, male
AND female- - has INCREASED 21-percent since the school agreed to admit women
In the latest status report filed today in federal court, V-M-I sets out a
plan to exchange six cadets with other military schools.
It's partly designed to have a few upperclassWOMEN on post when the first
co-ed class of "rats" arrives in August.
The female exchange students at V-M-I will team up with male mentors,
called "dykes," to help the "rats" get used to barracks life and the rigors of
the "rat line."
It's the kind of publicity money can't buy.
In a two week span, the basketball spotlight is shining on Lynchburg, which
is playing host to five different basketball tournaments.
An estimated 45- hundred people turned out for the Hill City Shootout this
past Saturday, where some of the nation's top high school stars were in action.
Starting Wednesday the Big South mens and womens basketball tournaments are
IN Q=The big thing
((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: THE BIG THING ABOUT THE BIG SOUTH
TOURNAMENT IS BRINGING THE COLLEGE TOURNAMENT HERE, GETTING GOOD PUBLICITY FOR
THE CITY WITH THE ESPN. IT HAS A GOOD ECONOMIC IMPACT, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT
PART OF THAT IS THE SPOTLIGHT IT GIVES TO THE CITY.))
SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Sports Capital of Va. :00
OUT Q=to the city.
On the heels of the Big South tournaments, the Virginia high school
championships arrive in town on March 13th.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Steve Mason has a live report from the Salem
Civic Center-- where Hampden Sydney and Lynchburg College play for the ODAC
On Health Check-- just when is a woman supposed to get a mammogram?
The answers really depend on who you ask-- and a CBS poll has found
patients may be the ones left in the dark.
IN Q=I don't know
((I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE GUIDELINES SAY AT THIS POINT, BUT I DO KNOW
THERE IS A CONTROVERSY. ))
OUT Q=a controversy.
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Scottish researchers have done what was once thought to be the impossible.
They've cloned an adult animal.
Dolly is a seven-month old lamb, the first exact genetic duplication of
another adult sheep.
She was created when scientists combined a single cell from the udder of a
six-year-old ewe with an unfertilized egg stripped of its genetic code.
Researchers say this breakthrough could help defy the aging process, and
find cures for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
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IN Q=There are a
SUPER=01-Dr. Ian Wilmut/Embryologist; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Ron James/Research Sponsor; :23
SUPER=01-Dr. Patrick Dixon/Genetics Expert; :40
OUT Q=then thousand times.
IN Q=There are a
((DR. IAN WILMUT/EMBRYOLOGIST: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GENETIC DISEASES FOR WHICH
THERE ISN'T A CURE AT THE PRESENT TIME, SERIOUS DISEASES, AND THIS WILL ENABLE
US TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES OF THOSE DISEASES AND PERHAPS DEVELOP
METHODS TO TREAT THEM.))
OUT Q=methonds to treat them.
That gives rise to the ethical questions of how far this technique will be
taken -- are human clones next?
IN Q=In the UK
((DR. RON JAMES/RESEARCH SPONSOR: IN THE U.K. AND ALMOST CERTAINLY IN THE U.S.
IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DO WHAT WE'VE DONE WITH ANIMAL CELLS WITH HUMAN EGGS.
IT WOULD JUST NOT BE POSSIBLE TO DO IT. ))
OUT Q=to do it.
Others say that's what scientists thought about cloning animals -- that it
couldn't be done.
IN Q=What kind of
((DR. PATRICK DIXON/GENETICS EXPERT: WHAT KIND OF WAYS COULD THIS TECHNOLOGY BE
ABUSED BY A DICTATOR, THAT'S WHAT I ASK MYSELF. PERHAPS SADDAM HUSSEIN WOULD
LIKE TO GIVE BIRTH TO HIMSELF, TO SEE HIS OWN TWIN BROUGHT UP IN HIS OWN HOME,
NOT JUST ONCE BUT A HUNDRED TIMES, TEN THOUSAND TIMES. ))
OUT Q=thousand times.
So say you want to re-create a deceased loved one, or even yourself?
Or what if Hollywood wanted to re-create the last great movie star?
It may be illegal, and unethical.
But...will it be done?
Women have had a "morning after" birth control pill all along, though most
never knew it.
Experts confirm a woman can take large doses of ordinary birth control
pills in the days immediately following sex-- and avoid pregnancy.
Today, to clear up the picture, the government has come out with
guidelines on the matter.
F-D-A commissioner David Kessler says women have a right to know all the
options that exist.
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It's an issue facing every woman-- mammograms-- who should get one and
A CBS poll found that only 20-percent of women know that most experts
recommend an annual mammogram starting at age 50.
IN Q=I think people
((I THINK PEOPLE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING. ))
OUT Q=should be doing.
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To confuse things further there is no medical agreement on whether younger
women would benefit from mammograms.
Several recent studies show mammography can significantly reduce the risk
of dying from breast cancer for women age 40 to 49.
Mammography is not a perfect science. Pre-menopausal women do have dense
breast tissue which can complicate finding tumors.
Mammography can be so sensitive that it can find suspicious abnormalities
that ultimately turn out not to be cancer.
A panel of experts convened last month by the National Cancer Institute
was concerned these false positive results might create unnecessary anxiety.
IN Q=The element of
((PALESTINE HOWIE/MAMMOGRAPHY PATIENT: THE ELEMENT OF UNNECESSARY
WORRY IS ALWAYS THERE WHENEVER YOU DO ANY PROCEDURE FOR DIAGNOSIS. BUT YOU CAN
OVERCOME WORRY, YOU CAN NOT OVERCOME MASSES THAT ARE LEFT TO THEIR OWN. ))
SUPER=01-Palestine Howie/Mammography Patient; :
OUT Q=left to their own.
The N-C-I panel found that women in their 40-'s should decide for
themselves...and women in the CBS poll agreed.
Only 18-percent say the government should continue to set guidelines--
while 80-percent feel the decision should be left to a woman and her doctor.
Opinion changed dramatically though when women were told insurance might
not cover the test without a government recommendation.
In that case, 72-percent support firm guidelines.
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Even if you're not a basketball fan-- if you attend tonight's ODAC
championship game, you can help out the community too.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The ODAC Men's Basketball tournament is about to reach a climax tonight,
with Lynchburg facing Hampden-Sydney, but there's more to this tourney than a
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Salem Civic Center, where charity is as
important as passing and shooting.
SUPER=01-Jack Spruhan/Salem Rotary Club;
SUPER=01-Joe Ferguson/Salem Rotary Club President;
PATRICK TO STEVE
(patrick ad lib toss to steve)
Patrick, as you said, Lynchburg and Hampden Sydney play for the ODAC
tournament title tonight at 7, but perhaps the most heated rivalry, at least
for this season, ended last night when the Tigers dethroned the defending
champion Roanoke Maroons 63-62.
No love lost between the two schools and with the stakes so high, a minor
scuffle did break out after the game, but according to ODAC commissioner Dan
Wooldridge, minor is the key word.
SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/ODAC Assistant Comissioner; :
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SUPER=03-Salem/ODAC Semi-Finals; :00
STEVE/MIKE double boxes
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The ODAC tourney gets the week's worth of hoops started, and UVa and Virginia
Tech keep it rolling tomorrow night
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when the Hokies and Hoos renew their always entertaining rivalry at 8 o'clock
at the Richmond Coliseum.
And Your Hometown station is the only place to catch the game tomorrow night.
We'll have it for you LIVE at eight.
This afternoon Tech head coach Bill Foster had this to say about the rivalry.
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((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...they'l compete."
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More sports coming up for you tonight at six.
Hope to see you then. Have a great weekend everybody.
take a break
They said goodbye to a longtime landmark in Flint, Michigan.
SUPER=03-Flint, MI; 10:19:25
Thousands watched in person and thousands more at home as the historic I-M-A
Auditorium came crumbling down by implosion.
The 70-year-old structure, once known as Flint's Cultural Center, fell
noisily into the pages of history.
Demolition crews passed out pieces of the historic structure to a lucky few
near the blast site.
Not only has the I-M-A been a sports arena, concert complex and dance hall,
hundreds of soldiers were stationed at the site during World War II.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
The sudden death of a friend can be one of life's most painful experiences.
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Keith Humphry joins us with the story of a Pittsylvania County wrestler
who's been there.
Jean, tonight at six, we'll have an inspiring story about friendship.
Eben (eh-bin) Ward had a big influence on Kenny Reynolds' life-- especially
when it came to sports.
But that closeness ended when Ward was accidentally shot and killed.
Three years have passed, but Reynolds isn't about to forget his friend.
He's dedicated each wrestling season to Ward's memory.
Eben Ward is continuing to have an impact on Reynolds' life-- right down to
his choice of careers.
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Teresa Hamilton will explain in 30-minutes 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.
I'll see you later, Goodnight.