New York authorities search for a motive in yesterday's deadly shooting
spree at the Empire State building.
And a Roanoke County man is charged with first degree murder following a
A few clouds today, and colder tomorrow. Stay tuned for complete forecast
details, and a look at ODAC results from this weekend.
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
The observation deck at the Empire State building remains closed this
afternoon as New York police and the F-B-I investigate yesterday's deadly
A 69- year- old Palestinian man opened fire on a crowd of tourists.
He killed one person and wounded six others before taking his own life.
Officials say the gunman was an English teacher from Gaza City.
Managers of the landmark skyscraper are now reviewing security measures.
Right now there are no metal detectors between the building's lobby and the
observation deck on the 86th floor.
Lee Cowan is in New York with the latest.
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SUPER=05-New York, NY;
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York Mayor;
SUPER=01-Suzie Mary Smith/Tenants' Association;
OUT Q=BACK TO YOU.
((THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS TODAY, BUT THE OBSERVATION
DECK, ONE OF NEW YORK'S MOST POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, REMAINS CLOSED. A
PLACE FAMOUS FOR ROMANCE AND SPECTACULAR VIEWS, IT WAS A SCENE OF MADNESS
YESTERDAY, WHEN A LONE GUNMAN WENT ON A SHOOTING RAMPAGE.
(SOT, WITNESS, SOUNDED LIKE FIRECRACKERS)
BUT THEY WERE THE SOUNDS OF A SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL IN THE HANDS OF THIS MAN,
IDENTIFIED AS ALI ABU KAMAL, A 69-YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN WHO'D BEEN IN THIS
COUNTRY SINCE CHRISTMAS EVE. WITHOUT APPARENT WARNING, HE OPENED FIRE. ONE
PERSON WAS KILLED, A 27-YEAR OLD DANISH TOURIST. SIX OTHER PEOPLE WERE
WOUNDED. AND THEN, POLICE SAY, ABU KAMAL SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD. HE DIED
FIVE HOURS LATER.
(SOT, RUDOLPH GIULIANI, MAYOR, NO REASON TO BELIEVE THIS WAS ANYTHING BUT AN
ISOLATED INCIDENT, ETC.)
WHILE THE COMPANY THAT RUNS THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING SAYS SECURITY IS
ADEQUATE, THERE ARE SURE TO BE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW EASY IT IS FOR ANY ONE TO
JUST WALK IN, BUY A TICKET AND GO UP TO THE 86TH FLOOR OBSERVATION DECK,
(SOT, SUZIE MARY SMITH, EMPIRE STATE BUILDING TENANTS ASSN., YOU COULD WALK IN
HERE WITH A BOX LABELED "BOMB" IN FIVE LANGUAGES AND HAVE NO PROBLEM GETTING
STILL, THE TOURISTS KEEP COMING.
Lee Cowen CBS NEWS New York.))
SUPER=05-New York, NY;
A Roanoke County man was arraigned on a first degree murder charge this
morning after allegedly shooting another man during an argument.
Roanoke County Police say 56- year- old Paskel Tinsley Junior allegedly
shot 37- year- old Rick Knobel (KA-nobel) yesterday morning.
Ka-nobel died at the scene.
Tinsley's wife was home, but police say she was sleeping.
Tinsley's court date has been set for April seventh.
Meanwhile, Tinsley is being held in the Roanoke county jail, pending a bond
hearing Wednesday morning.
A man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend is in the clear after she
turned up unharmed.
The Commonwealth's attorney yesterday agreed to drop the charges against
Robert Wayne Hickson.
Rebecca Lee Hicks showed up at a friend's house yesterday morning and told
police she was never kidnapped.
Several police teams spent Saturday searching for HICKSON near Bradshaw Road
in MONTGOMERY COUNTY.
Hickson's MOTHER talked with HICKS and says she was hungry, but in good
IN Q=SHE HAD BLACK EYES
((BETTY HICKSON/ROBERT'S MOTHER: SHE HAD BLACK EYES. SHE SAID IT WAS FROM THE
FIGHT THAT WAS IN ROANOKE AND SHE WAS TRYING TO GET THEM OFF MY SON.))
SUPER=01-Betty Hickson/Robert's Mother;
OUT Q=OFF MY SON
Mrs. Hickson says Hicks told her she was hit in the face as she tried to help
her ex-boyfriend during the fight Thursday night.
It was the same fight that led to the abduction charges.
Robert Hickson still has not been seen.
Fire gutted a Bedford County home last night.
Fire officials say Randy Carter's house on Taylor's Mountain is a total
The investigation into the cause continues this afternoon.
The legislative year is over in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls has highlights of the 46 day session.
IN Q=Assembly historians
SUPER=01-Del. Earl Dickenson/(D) Louisa; 1:04
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Assembly historians may remember 1997 as the year two long- fought battles
sot ALLEN TAPE 14:44:16
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: FINALLY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS HEARD AND HEEDED THE
WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. WE HAVE A TRUE PARENTAL
An 18- year abortion fight yields to a George Allen campaign promise.
nat sot Carry Me Back
And peace is declared in a 27- year fight over the state song.
SOT SATURDAY TAPE ONE 02:55:36
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE VOLUMINOUS BILLS, IN MY OPINION MOST
OF WHICH DID NOTHING, I THINK THAT WE HAVE CONCENTRATED ON THOSE AREAS OF THE
LAW THAT NEED REFINEMENT, AS OPPOSED TO NEW INITIATIVES AND I DON'T THINK
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BUT I DON'T BELIEVE I'LL HAVE TO VETO AS MANY BILLS
GENERALLY AS I'VE HAD IN THE PAST. I THINK THAT MEMBERS REALIZE WHEN I SAY I'M
GOING TO VETO A BILL I'M GOING TO VETO IT. SO MANY OF THESE BILLS HAVE BEEN
KILLED SO I DON'T HAVE TO VETO 'EM.))
Statewide, there were obvious winners in the budget war.
sot 12:50:44 EARL TAPE
((DEL. EARL DICKENSON: A FOUR-PERCENT INCREASE...TEACHING FACULTY.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: ))
Regionally speaking, Southside and Southwest Virginia picked up some help
SOT SATURDAY TAPE ONE 02:44:47
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PRIMARILY THE BUDGET. ...
COMPETE IN THE NEXT CENTURY.))
SOT 03:27:15 SATURDAY TAPE
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: THE BUDGET WAS A FAIRLY EASY PROCESS AGAIN THIS YEAR.
WE DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS THERE ABOUT LOTTERY MONEY BEING SPENT IN NORTHERN
VIRGINIA TO BUILD A BASEBALL STADIUM.))
Politically speaking, Don Beyer had a good year.
He got his way on every bill he proposed but one -- and bi-partisan praise
at the end of eight years at the helm of the senate.
In a sense he's playing catch-up with his likely opponent for governor.
Jim Gilmore's record was largely built over the last two years -- as was his 93
ticket mate's -- who still cheered this year.
SOT ALLEN TAPE 14:42:50
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WANTED TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO MEMBERS OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY, IN A SESSION THAT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE MOST
PRODUCTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL THAT ANYONE CAN REMEMBER.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
China and the U-S are bumping heads today over human rights.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is in Beijing on the last stop of her
nine country trip.
In a meeting with Chinese officials she noted that China has released some
political prisoners, but the U-S wants to see more released.
But China's foreign minister maintains Chinese courts deal fairly with
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Albright arrived in Beijing on the eve of the official memorial service for
Deng Xiaoping (dung shah-oh-ping).
More than 100-thousand people lined the streets to watch as the motorcade
carrying Dung's body passed by.
His body was then cremated at a cemetery for Communist heroes.
His ashes will be scattered at sea.
No foreign dignitaries have been invited to tomorrow's service.
Scientists in Scotland say they've produced the world's first clone of an
The duplicate was created by combining a single cell from an adult sheep
with an unfertilized egg.
"Dolly" is already seven months old and said to be developing normally.
Scientists hope this experiment will eventually provide a greater
understanding of hereditary diseases but they say it won't lead to human
((DR. RON JAMES, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PPL THERAPEUTICS :THEORETICALLY YES WE ARE
A STEP CLOSER TO CLONING HUMANS THAN, SAY, WE WERE THIS TIME LAST WEEK. WHY NOT
HUMANS? BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T BE ETHICAL TO DO SO. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ron James/PPL Therapeutics;
OUT Q=TO DO SO.
Details of the experiment are to be published in this week's edition of the
There's a new weapon on the streets of South Boston.
The police department recently bought three video cameras for the officers
to use in their cars.
They've been using the cameras for a while to get accustomed to them before
receiving official training about a week ago.
The classroom training included officers from neighboring jurisdictions.
Police Chief Jim Hall believes the cameras will protect the officer as well
as the public.
IN Q=Not only
((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF:NOT ONLY DOES IT TELL THE TRUE STORY
BECAUSE THE PICTURES ARE THERE, THE RECORDED AUDIO IS THERE, IT SHOWS EXACTLY
WHAT DID TRANSPIRE.
MARTY DAVIS/BOYDTON POLICE CHIEF:IT'S ONLY HELPED, IT'S HELPED TREMENDOUSLY, IF
THERE'S A DISCREPANCY OR ANYTHING, WE CAN GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE TAPE, I ALSO
USE IT TO CRITIQUE MYSELF TO SEE HOW I CAN BETTER CHANGE AND DO THINGS
DIFFERENTLY, SO I WOULDN'T WORK WITHOUT ONE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; :00 quick
SUPER=00-Marty Davis/Boydton Police Chief; :13
OUT Q=without one.
The cameras cost the town of South Boston about four thousand dollars each--
money Chief Hall believes is well worth it.
NASA is helping to give schools in western Virginia high- speed access to
A ribbon- cutting ceremony last week launched Future Net, which will
eventually link the Southwest Virginia Governor's School with classroom
computers in several counties.
70- thousand dollars from NASA and a matching amount of local funds will pay
for computers, modems and a high- speed connection.
IN Q=The internet is rapidly
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: THE INTERNET IS RAPIDLY BECOMING AN
INDISPENSIBLE TOOL FOR EDUCATION AND IN NO PLACE IN RURAL AMERICA IS THAT
INFORMATION NOW MORE AVAILABLE THAN IT IS HERE IN PULASKI COUNTY AND SOON TO BE
AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY.))
OUT Q=in the New River Valley.
Pulaski County schools will be the first linked to Future Net.
Soon to follow are classrooms in Giles, Wythe, Bland, Carroll, and Smyth
You won't see them marching down the street or holding protests.
But for nearly six years, the group People Uniting Against Racism has
gathered at the Roanoke Tribune.
They believe straight talk is the best weapon against racism.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
IN Q=Anita Bond began coming
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :07
SUPER=01-Anita Bond/People Uniting Against Racism; :10
SUPER=01-Marcie Weis/Group Member; :32
SUPER=01-Claudia Whitworth/Roanoke Tribune; 1:03
SUPER=01-Rochelle Loritts/Group Member; 1:18
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( Anita Bond began coming to the Thursday night meetings, looking for
support in raising her bi- racial adopted daughter.
Her experience hasn't been that of overt racism--
SOT tape 1 10:28:37
((ANITA BOND/PEOPLE UNITING AGAINST RACISM: BUT IT'S MORE OF THE SUBTLE TYPE
OF STARES AND INNUENDOES THAT WE GET AS A FAMILY. ))
Hers is just one example of the racial tension that still exists in the
Roanoke Valley and beyond.
A recent housing study named Roanoke the most segregated city in
Virginia-- which comes as no surprise to group members.
SOT tape 1 10:37:41
((MARCIE WEIS/GROUP MEMBER: AS SOON AS YOU SAY NORTHWEST IN ROANOKE, YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD. OR IT'S-- I'M SORRY THAT IT HAS TO BE THAT
But Weis says she's made friends at the bi- monthly gatherings, and
believes socialization among races is key to improving relations.
More than coming together to try to fix the world-- these people are
learning to deal with their own prejudice feelings and attitudes.
For them, the group provides a gateway to mutual understanding.
SOT tape 2 11:04:35
((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/ROANOKE TRIBUNE OWNER: THIS IS OUR FEELING. WE KNOW THIS
IS A PREJUDICED FEELING. WE KNOW IT MIGHT BE A RACIST FEELING, WHATEVER, SOME
FORM OF PREJUDICE. BUT IT'S IN HERE B-ROLL SECOND PART OF BITE WITH MEETING
COVER AND OUR BEING HERE TO START WITH MEANS WE'D LIKE SOME HELP WITH IT.))
SOT tape 2 11:17:57
((ROCHELLE LORITTS/GROUP MEMBER: THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND SO
MANY STAGES FOR RACISM TO PLAY A PART ON THAT IT'S HARD TO SAY THAT IT WILL
EVER NOT BE HERE. I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT.))
And it's that hope that keeps the dialogue going.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
It may cost a little more to get a good seat at a U-V-A football game.
University officials say they need more money for sports scholarships.
So they want season ticket holders with seats between the 20-yard lines at
Scott Stadium to give at least 100 dollars to the U-V-A Student Aid Foundation.
Those refusing might be bumped by more generous fans.
Only five of U-V-A's 24 sports teams had full scholarship funding this year.
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Tax time can create a number f worries.
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Bill Williams/H&R Block; :09
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT tape one 06:24:01
IN Q=Today on Common
((Today on Common Sense Bill Williams with H&R Block talks about some of the
most common worries taxpayers have.))
OUT Q=taxpayers have.
SOT TAPE ONE 05:59:22
IN Q=The vast
((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: THE VAST MAJORITY OF TAXPAYERS IN MY JUDGEMENT ARE
HONEST. THEY WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I THINK THEY'RE CONCERNED THEY'RE
GONNA CLAIM SOME CREDITS OR DEDUCTIONS THAT THEY'RE NOT ENTITLED TO, AND
THEY'RE GONNA WIND UP GETTING A LETTER OR AN AUDIT LETTER FROM THE IRS, AND
THEY REALLY DON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN AN AUDIT, SO AS A RESULT, SOMETIMES
THEY DON'T CLAIM ALL THE DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS THEY'RE ENTITLED TO. And
that's a mistake. WILLIAMS: THAT'S A MISTAKE. A TAXPAYER SHOULD CLAIM
EVERYTHING THEY'RE ENTITLED TO UNDER THE LAW AND MINIMIZE THEIR TAXES TO THE
GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=extent possible.
SOT TAPE TWO 06:30:21
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
TAPE#net (edit of VB97-1)
The Lady Tar Heels clinched the A-C-C regular season championship with a
win over Virginia.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/North Carolina vs Virginia;
Carolina's Shenell Wright hits the three pointer.
Moments later Tracy Reid scores two of her game high 20 points and the Tar
Heel lead was 10.
Virginia would make a run cutting the lead to 2 with 13 minutes left in the
But Carolina would open it up to SUPER=33-North
Carolina/70/Virginia/65/;five and the Lady Tar Heels beat Virginia 70 to 65.
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-2)
Hampden-Sydney knocked off Roanoke College by a single point.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Tigers;
Roanoke's Nathan Hungate would score two of his game high 14 points on this
basket as Roanoke led by two early in the second half.
Roanoke had a chance to win it at
SUPER=33-Hampden-Sydney/63/Roanoke/62/;the Buzzer but two easy shots would
not fall and the Tigers beat the Maroons 63 to 62.
IN Q="We had a
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......another way."
SUPER=04-Hornets vs Eagles; :
Hampden-Sydney will take on Lynchburg for the ODAC tournament championship.
The Hornets beat Bridgewater yesterday.
Lynchburg's Chris Whelan shoots the jumper and scores as the Hornets took
the lead in the first half.
They go on to win it 88 to 73.
TAPE#net (edit of R-35)
Jeff Gordon won his second straight Winston Cup race yesterday in the
Goodwrench Service 400 at the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN Sports;
Dale Jarrett had the strongest car on the track early in the race.
South Boston's Jeff Burton was having a good run. He was in fifth place
after passing Ricky Craven.
With 163 laps to go Dick Trickle spins out and slides on the track bringing
out the third caution of the day.
Gordon made a move and took the lead with 42 laps to go.
IN Q="All of a
((JEFF GORDON/GOODWRENCH SERVICE 400 WINNER: ))
((DALE JARRETT/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Goodwrench Service 400 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Finished Second; :16
OUT Q=......40 laps."