Next on News 7 at Five-
Police arrest eight teens who walked into one high school and apparently
refused to leave.
Plus cars were slip sliding away in Connecticut- dozens pilup in a chain
The weekend weather story looks pretty good.
Temperatures in the 60s with a mix of clouds and sun.
On Health Check--
We'll feature a health care alternative for those in rural areas.
Plus-- maybe you spent the day staring at a computer screen-- getting a lot
of work done.
But what's it doing to your eyesight?
Police are called to a Roanoke County school- after a rowdy group walks into
the high school and refuses to leave.
Police arrested eight people in all- charging them with trespassing at
Northside High School...
What's alarming is not what they brought in, but what was left in the car.
Police confiscated this nine-millimeter handgun along with 13 small golf
ball sized bags of marijuana from a car outside the school.
School administrators called police after the eight teens walked into the
school apparently looking for a student - and then refused to leave.
IN Q=They were in
((OFFICER T.M. MILES/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: THEY WERE IN A VERBAL ALTERCATION
WITH THE PRINCIPAL WHO WAS TRYING TO HAVE THEM LEAVE, WASN'T DOING ANYTHING OUT
OF THE ORDINARY OTHER THAN, YOU KNOW, GENTLEMEN, YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE PARKING
LOT, HE WAS CURSED AT.))
SUPER=01-T. M. Miles/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=cursed at.
Police say they don't know whether the teens intended to use the gun or
distribute the marijuana at the school.
One of the them told police he was looking for a student who had a problem
with a relative of his.
The teenagers are not students at the school.
An angry disc jockey is one of many people who testified before a Grand Jury
in the case against Joe (Ah-bed) Abed and his reputed organized crime family.
Rick Landers provided the music the night of the fire at Mixers Lounge.
He's known for some time now that authorities determined the fire was
But he's upset about the arsonist's disregard for other people's lives.
IN Q=If you're in
((RICK LANDERS/DISC JOCKEY: IF YOU'RE IN BUSINESS AND YOU'RE LOOSING BUSINESS,
THEN YOU SHOULD GET OUT OF BUSINESS. I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD DO ANYTHING LIKE
THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLES' LIVES ARE INVOLVED.))
SUPER=01-Rick Landers/Disc Jockey;
OUT Q=lives involved.
The owners of the Lounge are accused of hiring the Abeds to set the fire
for insurance money.
One of the owners was arrested this week in Atlanta.
The other remains at large, believed to be in Ontario, Canada.
Four men are charged with malicious wounding by mob for the January attack
of a pizza delivery driver in Blacksburg.
Police say two men approached the driver's car at College Park Apartments,
and one poured beer through the sunroof.
When the driver tried to run away, he was beaten and kicked.
The men allegedly took about 16 hundred dollars worth of items from the car,
including pizza, cash and jewelry.
Police have charged Duane Darnell Brown, Braxton Mullen, and Christopher
Donald Lee, all of Woodbridge, and Brian Landgrover of Baltimore.
The rain has ended for now- and the sun even came out today in Northern
but water still covers hundreds of homes.
Families are returning to see what's left.
Officials estimate over 250 million dollars in damage.
((ALLEN JONES: MOST OF EM CAN'T AFFORD FLOOD INSURANCE. FLOOD INSURANCE IS SO
HIGH YOU CAN'T GET IT. WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN. ONCE EVER THIRTY YEARS- JUST HAVE
TO GO IN AND TRY TO START OVER.))
OUT Q=AND START OVER."
SUPER=03-West Point, KY;
Postal workers may get through rain, sleet and snow- but they can't get to
some flooded areas.
Officials say some addresses are simply unreachable.
wipe wipe wipe
Motorists along this stretch of I-95 in Connecticut were not going anywhere
It was ice that caused this problem-
The pileup included several dozen cars- a couple of tractor trailers and a
((I GOT HIT BY THIS CAR. THAT CAR, THEN THE TRUCK HIT THE CAR AND THE CAR HIT
ME AGAIN. IT JUST KEPT ON HAPPENING.))
OUT Q=kept on happening.
Amazingly no serious injuries reported in the crash.
(toss to ROBIN)
(Robin Reed is next!)
(go to Robin!)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Virginia is appealing a federal court's ruling that the state's only
black-majority congressional district is unconstitutional.
and Roanoke County has found a way to cut its budget... it's letting students
build their own computers.
Plus-- on Health Check today-- rural health care.... computer use and eye
As well as the battle of the bulge.
Americans are weighing in heavier than ever.
Star Wars is hot in the theaters and in the stores.
We'll see the little kid in Patrick at a toy show in Salem.
President Clinton defends the Vice President and the first lady's chief of
At a news conference, Clinton defended Al Gore's fund-raising calls made
from the White House and Maggie Williams' acceptance of a contribution also at
the White House.
((I BELIEVE BOTH THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MAGGIE WILLIAMS ARE HIGHLY ETHICAL
PEOPLE. I DO'T BELIEVE EITHER ONE WOULD EVER KNOWINGLY DO ANYTHING WRONG.))
OUT Q=DO ANYTHING WRONG."
It's illegal for federal employees to solicit campaign contributions in
federal buildings- but Gore has said he and the President are exempt from that
GRAPHIC=Va State Seal
Virginia will defend its only black majority congressional district.
That decision announced today by Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore.
IN Q=We want
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE WANT TO DO A RE-DISTRICTING... NEW
ELEMENTS OF THIS.))
OUT Q=of this.
Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott represents the third
district, running from Tidewater to north of Richmond.
School systems throughout the area are working to put more computers in the
And in Roanoke County, the students themselves are doing their part.
Fourteen students at the Arnold Burton Technology Center have assembled 43
I-B-M compatible computers for use in offices and classrooms.
Administrators believe the student's work will save the school system more
than 20- thousand dollars.
IN Q=The students have done an excellent
((PHIL SIMS/INSTRUCTOR: THE STUDENTS HAVE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB HERE. THEY'VE
WORKED REAL HARD ON THE COMPUTERS. I'M VERY PROUD OF IT. AS YOU CAN TELL WHEN
YOU GET ALL OF THIS GOING TOGETHER AND IT WORKS, THAT'S SOMETHING TO BE REALLY
OUT Q=real proud of.
The computers come with a warranty.
The students will be responsible for repairs if any of the equipment fails
after it's put into service.
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The Star Wars Trilogy is back in full force in theaters.
And Patrick says retailer are also hoping to see a blast from the past since
the films made more than three billion in merchandise the first time around.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
With the re-release of the Star Wars saga, collectibles from that trilogy,
as well as others, are in high demand.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
A traveling toy show and convention drops into the Salem Civic Center this
Patrick Evans is on hand to tell us more about what's hot and what's not in
the world of toys.
SUPER=01-Skip Patel/Toy Show Organizer;
SUPER=01-Gene Rogalski/Toy Dealer;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Coming up in tonight's sports ticker Mike will give us a rundown of
the Primestar 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.
Americans are getting bigger and bigger--
The government says the coveted remote control is one factor.
The unpleasant details, on Health Check.
IN Q=More Americans
((MORE AMERICANS ARE OVERWEIGHT THAN WE HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE ))
OUT Q=seen before.
health bump next
A new option in health care will soon be available to Pulaski County
Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital is opening a rural health facility.
It's intended to serve patients who don't have a family physician, and in
turn, cut down on the number of emergency room visits.
The center will be staffed by a nurse practitioner under the supervision of
((KEVIN MEYER/COLUMBIA PCH MARKETING DIR.: PREVENTIVE CARE AND TEACHING,
PATIENT TEACHING ARE STRESSED IN THEIR COURSE WORK. AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL
CARRY OVER IN THIS SETTING TO HELP PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BETTER AND
KEEP FROM BECOMING ILL AS OFTEN. ))
SUPER=01-Kevin Meyer/Columbia PCH Marketing Dir.;
OUT Q= ill as often.
Officials broke ground for the facility this morning.
It's expected to open on Cougar Trail Road this summer, offering weekend and
extended evening hours.
Ailments like carpel-tunnel syndrome have been linked to computer use for
but the strain could be affecting another part of your body, your eyes.
Intern Reporter Amy Bohutinsky has more.
IN Q=Does this look
SUPER=01-Dr. Lee Thomas Helms/Ophthalmologist; :15
SUPER=19-Amy Bohutinsky; 1:21
OUT Q=Amy Bohutinsky, News 7
Does this look familiar? Squinting at a computer screen-- most of us do it
everyday-- whether for work or play, we're focusing in-- a lot.
But what's all this screen-staring doing to your eyes?
IN Q=I see a lot
((DR. LEE HELMS/OPHTHALMOLOGIST: I SEE A LOT OF PATIENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO
HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM IN THE PAST, AND NOW THEY'RE USING THE COMPUTER A WHOLE
LOT AND START HAVING EYE STRAIN))
OUT Q=eye strain
Doctor Lee Helms is the new President of the Roanoke Valley Academy of
Medicine-- and a practicing ophthalmologist.
He says many of his patients complain of eye problems from using
computers-- though a New York research study found the computer does NOT cause
long-term focusing problems.
IN Q=They found a lot
((THEY FOUND A LOT OF FATIGUE, AND EYE STRAIN, AND CONDITIONS THAT WERE
SELF-LIMITED, TEMPORARY NUISANCES AND DISCOMFORTS-- BUT THEY DIDN'T FIND ANY
LONG-TERM DEFINITIVE EFFECT ))
OUT Q=definitive affect
What this means is that staring at a screen all day won't give you an eye
problem-- but it may trigger an existing problem you didn't know you had.
This can be easily corrected by wearing glasses-- but sometimes the solution
can be as simple as giving your eyes a rest.
IN Q=taking a break
((TAKING A BREAK, AND WHEN YOU TAKE A BREAK NOT GOING IN THE BREAKROOM AND
READING THE NEWSPAPER, BUT MAYBE WALK AROUND OUTSIDE AND RELAX.))
OUT Q=and relax.
If you can't take the time for a walk, try focusing on an object that's far
away. This might even give you an excuse to stare out the window-- and
Amy Bohutinsky, News 7. ))
GRAPHIC=Health Check Bug
A few extra calories-- a little less exercise...it all adds up to a hefty
problem from the American public.
The Centers for Disease Control has been tracking the girth of Americans
since the sixties.
The last survey finds that six percent more children and adolescents are
overweight-- and nine percent more adults are overweight....adding up to a
14 percent of all children....12 percent of teenagers and a whopping 35
percent of all adults are fat.
Despite all the messages about the benefits of diet and exercise...many
americans just don't take it all that seriously.
IN Q=I'm trying
(( DUANE PURVIN: I'M TRYING TO BE ON A DIET THIS WEEK SO I LEFT THE WHIPPED
CREAM OUT..BUT THAT'S ABOUT AS DIETETIC AS I GET.))
OUT Q=as I get.
****Connie Audio on Cart****
But CDC researchers say
fat and calorie intake isn't the only factor.
Our national weight problem may have more to do with broader societal
changes. jobs are less physical...and when you can travel around the world on
your computer screen....why go for a walk?
IN Q=I hope the
((RRICHARD TROIANO/REPORT AUTHOR: I HOPE THE ALARMING INCREASE IN THE
PROPORTION OF THE POPULATION THAT'S
OVERWEIGHT WILL SERVE AS MOTIVATION TO HELP PEOPLE GET OFF THEIR DUFFS AND
START MOVING MORE. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Troiano/Report Author; :
OUT Q=moving more.
2-Shot Connie & Jean
GRAPHIC=Two Minute Ticker
Welcome to your weekend everybody. Before we get to the basketball news,
let's head down to
SS=Atlanta Motor S'way
Hampton, Georgia where qualifying for Sunday's Primestar 500 was a bit of
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/Winston Cup Qualifying;:00
Mark Martin qualified on the outside of row one with a speed of 185 point 918
miles an hour.
That wasn't a surprise but this is.
Rookie Robby Gordon won the pole at 186 and half miles an hour.
Now the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Robby Gordon/186.507/2. Mark Martin//3. Darrell Waltrip//4. Dick
Trickle//5. Hut Stricklin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Lake Speed//7. Ted Musgrave//8. Geoff Bodine//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Kenny Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-11. Billy Standridge//12. Jimmy Spencer//13. Ricky Craven//14.
Jeremy Mayfield//15. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-16. Rick Mast//17. Ernie Irvan//18. Bobby Hamilton//19. David
Green//20. Sterling Marlin//;
SUPER=0107-21. Morgan Shepherd//22. Terry Labonte//23. Jeff Gordon//24. Mike
Skinner//25. Ricky Rudd//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Rusty was just 35th fastest, and Earnhardt's 43rd slowest.
The ACC quarterfinals got underway this afternoon on WDBJ, with Maryland
and ______ picking up wins.
Tonight Wake Forest plays Florida State at 7, and Virginia meets North
Carolina around 9:20.
The Cavs have beaten UNC once this season. Can they do it again? Steve
mason sizes up the matchup.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/Virginia Guard; :22
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Head Coach; :50
SUPER=01-Colin Ducharme/Virginia Freshman Forward; 1:24
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
WIPE TO SCHEDULE OUT OF PKG
And the state basketball quarterfinals begin for three area teams tonight.
In Group Two-A, Liberty takes on Martinsville at 7, at Rustburg high school.
And in Group-A, Glenvar hooks up with J.I. Burton and Floyd meets Haysi in a
doubleheader at the Dedmon Center starting at 6:30.
SUPER=0097-/Martinsville///Liberty///Tonight In Rustburg @ 7pm/////;
SUPER=0097-/J.I. Burton///Glenvar///Tonight In Radford @ 6:30pm
//Haysi///Floyd Co.///Tonight In Radford @ 8pm/;
SS=two minute ticker
Coming up at six we'll teach you how to be a real Express fan.
Have a nice weekend everybody.
take a break
Today's no holiday -- unless you're a Corvette fan.
For the Vette faithful, it's an automotive holy day.
SUPER=03-West Bloomfield, MI;
Last night at the stroke of midnight, the public got the opportunity to buy
the new version of the Corvette model.
About 400 Chevrolet dealers unveiled the new Vette -- the first complete
redesign in 13 years.
An Effingham, Illinois man was lucky enough to buy the first car sold to the
It can take years before an aspiring writer gets published... and sometimes
it doesn't happen at all.
But that's NOT the case for one local youngster.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphrey joins us from the newsroom with more on a elementary school
student whose making a name for herself in Franklin County, and across the
That's right Jean.
It started out as a school project.
But before 10- year- old Christine (krah-ZELL) Krawzcell knew it, her
science report had been published in a national children's magazine.
We'll have more on that story
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coming up on News- 7 at six in about half an hour.
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.
See you later, Goodnight